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Communication and impact

Doctoral training opportunities in this theme are available below.

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Workshops and webinars

King's postgraduate research students and postdoctoral research staff can access and book places on the CDS training courses through our online system Skills Forge. For guidance about course bookings, see Booking & Course Availability.


Expanding your Research into Consulting (CRSD18)

Many commercial and non-profit organisations stand to benefit from accessing the knowledge and expertise of researchers at King’s. However,the process of identifying potential consulting opportunities and converting these into viable projects which stand a good chance of delivering satisfactory outcomes to all involved is not straightforward. Specific skills are needed to avoid the all too common pitfalls and to make the experience of working with external clients as smooth and risk-free as possible. This course will provide you with all the know-how you need. We start by describing the sorts of external projects you could pursue and then use a number of practical and interactive exercises that will help you in spotting opportunities outside of King’s, making the connection with potential clients and ‘sealing the deal’. Above all, the course demonstrates how to expand the impact of your research outside of King’s through paid work while maintaining your academic independence.

Fundamentals of Designing A Poster Presentation (PGR113)

This course is aimed at research students planning to give a poster presentation during the course of their research degree. It covers the key aspects of ensuring that the poster is effective and well-designed.

Introduction to Public Engagement (PGR322)

How can we engage the public with our research? Who are the public anyway? And why does any of it matter? This two-part course will answer these questions, giving you a set of easy-to-use tools that can shape your future public engagement activities. Aimed at PGR students and early career researchers with little or no prior experience of public engagement, each session will help you develop skills and an understanding of public engagement with research, as well as help you consider possible public engagement you can carry out with your own research, including through our public engagement small grants scheme here.

Making the Most of Conferences (PGR115)

This course is aimed at research students who feel they need some guidance in knowing what to expect at their first research conference, including how to network effectively. You will learn to understand what you are aiming to get out of a conference, be able to identify effective networking strategies and develop some confidence about conference attendance.

Presenting with Confidence (PGR229)

Presenters need to know how to capture and hold the attention of their audience who expect a shorter, but more dynamic presentation style. This session will build on your existing skills to help you present with greater authority and leave a lasting positive impact when presenting. This programme is primarily designed for those who have some experience of presenting but want to move their skills to the next level. Specifically, the training will provide a complete and practical guide to every aspect of designing and delivering a high impact presentation.

Pitching for Funding (CRSD65)

The Pitching Skills session will help you perform more successfully in front of interview panels for funding. It will be highly participative and engaging, and will focus on making practical improvements to your existing pitching skills. The session is designed for those who will need to apply for research funding in the future. It will support you to deliver pitches with greater impact and prepare for the Q&A to maximise your chances of securing funding for your next grant application. Please note that while the examples used are drawn from the sciences, many AH &SS funders also use interviews to those applying to these funders may also benefit from this workshop.

Public Speaking for Research Students & Research Staff (PGR185)

Academics can make as much of an impact from what they say as what they write whether it be through teaching, conferences or job presentations. This workshop takes participants through how to structure a speech, the use of appropriate language and imagery, audio-visual aids and how to master the Q&A, and draws upon acting techniques such as how to improve diction, resonance and stage presence as well as relaxation and breathing techniques to calm nerves.

Social Media for Researchers (CRSD30)

Blogging and using social media are useful skills for research staff. This workshop will help you get started about what to consider when writing your own blog or contributing engaging content to existing platforms. It will also provide an opportunity to think about and discuss how to use Twitter effectively.

Understanding and Influencing – Build a Productive Relationship with Your Manager (CRSD58)

Our ability to influence and manage upwards is a key part of the modern-day professiona ltoolkit, and yet most people only think about it when their relationship with their boss goes wrong in some way. But regardless of blame or accusation, an adult relationship is something that both parties have a responsibility for, and it is something that we, as developing leaders, must learn to influence effectively. This tailored blended (on and offline) learning programme will give you an insight into how to build and co-create a better relationship with your boss.

Writing and Giving Conference Papers for Arts,Humanities & Social Sciences (PGR159)

Do you want guidance on giving conference papers? This course will cover all stages of conference presentations: identifying an area of research suitable for a paper, choosing which conference(s) to attend, writing an abstract, preparing and presenting a talk, and handling questions. Advice will be offered on such things as timing, dealing with nerves, and different ways of delivering papers (reading out, PowerPoint, handouts, etc.). Advice will also be offered on chairing panels, organising your own panels, panel diversity ("manels" etc.), and developing your own conference networks. We will cover common concerns, and session will be full of practical advice and examples of what (not) to do. This session is suitable for people who consider themselves inexperienced at speaking at conferences, or want to improve how they present.


You can access all on-demand learning from On-demand PGR Training.


PGR Core Library

The Centre for Doctoral Studies has developed a core library of on-demand courses specifically designed for King’s PGR students. These courses typically take an hour to complete and cover topics across our 8 key themes of doctoral training. See the KEATS course.

RDFmapped and LinkedIn Learning

As a member of King's you have free access to LinkedIn Learning.  For more information on how to access LinkedIn Learning, see the Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning.

Search LinkedIn Learning through the lens of Vitae's Reesarcher Development Framework using www.rdfmapped.com.  Developed by King's, this tool allows you to search a curated list of LinkedIn Learning courses and videos relevant to the domains of the RDF.  See: www.rdfmapped.com

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Further opportunities

3 Minute Thesis Competition

This competition is open to any King’s student studying for a PhD or other doctorate. The rules are simple: explain your research to a non-specialist audience in three minutes. No props, sound or moving images allowed; no poems, raps, songs or mimes; only a single static PowerPoint slide is permissible. The winners will be decided by a panel of judges. A series of heats will be held in Spring, with two winning contestants from each heat going forwards to the King’s College London 3 Minute Thesis Grand Final. The winner of the Grand Final will be invited to represent King’s at the 2021 UK 3 Minute Thesis National Semi-Finals. 

For more dtails please see the 3MT information page.

Teaching opportunities

Opportunities for PGR students to gain teaching experience can be found on the Teaching opportunities page.


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Public engagement small grant scheme

Do you have a great idea for a public engagement activity? Are you keen to get experience of engaging people with research?  PhD students, research staff and academic staff at King's are invited to apply for a small grant of up to £1,000 to deliver a public engagement activity.

For full details and information on how to apply please see the PE Small Grants page.

King’s Engaged Researcher Network

KERN supports a growing community of researchers, across the university, interested in engaging different audiences with their research. KERN runs training, facilitates collaborations and sends a monthly newsletter which details opportunities to get involved, funding information, resources, and advice. See: www.kingsengagedresearchblog.wordpress.com and follow @KingsEngages

Learn a language

The Modern Language Centre provides all postgraduate students with the opportunity to take a language module free of charge. The Language Resources Centre offers King’s students access to language learning materials and free speaking practice sessions with a native speaker to improve their listening skills. Online resources in five languages are also available through KEATS. See: www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

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