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Communication & Impact

The opportunities below are administered or supported through the Centre for Doctoral Studies.

Three Minute Thesis Competition

Could you explain your research to a lay audience in just three minutes?

The rules are simple: explain your research to a non-specialist audience in three minutes. No props, sound, moving images, poems, raps, songs or mimes are allowed; only a single static PowerPoint slide is permissible.

Heats will be held in March and two winners from each heat will go forward to the King’s 3MT Grand Final in April. The winner will receive a prize of £500 towards research, conference or public engagement activity expenses, and the runner-up will receive a prize of £250. Previous King's winners have gone on to represent the university at the national 3MT competition, so make sure to sign up for a chance to get national exposure for your work!

See the 2017 and 2018 King's finalists, and don’t forget to check out the official 3MT Competitor Guide.

The Three Minute Thesis competition is open to all doctoral research students at King's. Places are strictly limited to 20 per heat and are first come, first served, so select the right heat for your faculty and book now! Bookings close at 9am on Friday 28 February.

Once you've registered, please send the following to matthew.coleman@kcl.ac.uk:

1. Your single static PowerPoint slide in widescreen (16:9) format (please do not use any slide transition or other animations and remember to follow the guidance);
2. The thesis title that you wish to use for your presentation. 

Friday 6 March 14:00-16:00
B.5 Lecture Theatre, Franklin-Wilkins Building, Waterloo Campus
Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences
Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences
Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care

Tuesday 17 March 13:00-15:00 (please note change of date and time!)
Harris Lecture Theatre, Hodgkin Building, Guy's Campus
Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine

Wednesday 18 March 13:00-15:00 (please note change of date and time!)
Safra Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus
Faculty of Arts & Humanities
King’s Business School
Dickson Poon School of Law
Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Wednesday 25 March 2020
Denmark Hill Campus
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience
This heat will take place as part of the annual IoPPN Research Student Showcase. IoPPN students should get in touch with eve.berry@kcl.ac.uk to take part.

The Brilliant Club

The Brilliant Club: a meaningful, well-paid teaching opportunity for researchers at King's.

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning charity that recruits, trains and pays doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to small tutorial groups of high-performing pupils in schools that serve communities with a low-participation rate in higher education.

Over the course of the last academic year we have placed over 150 researchers in low participation schools in London, the South East and the West Midlands, where they have worked with around 3,000 pupils.

Join the 2019/20 programme

We are now recruiting tutors for the academic year 2019/20 when we will run an individual placement in each term, where tutors will work with a different age group. The completion of three placements will lead to researchers becoming Advanced Skills Tutors, but tutors can deliver as little as one placement. Placements do not need to be delivered consecutively, or in the same academic year.

Why join the Brilliant Club?

In addition to earning up to £1,500 a year, successful candidates will gain valuable teaching experience, enhance their knowledge of the UK education system and develop a programme of tutorials based on their own research and the opportunity to disseminate it to a non-expert audience (at KS4 and KS5). Programmes have varied from ‘Curing Cancer with Sound Bullets’ to ‘Charles Dickens and the Victorian Ghost Story’. Candidates will also join a cohort of like-minded researchers who are interested in widening access to highly-selective universities.

To apply to be a Brilliant Club tutor, please find further information and an application form on the Brilliant Club website

Public Engagement Small Grants

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 £750 to deliver a public engagement activity.

How does it work?

Awardees are expected to complete the delivery of the activity or programme within 12 months of the award, write a blog post about the outcomes of their activities and attend a follow up workshop to share experiences and learning.

Priority will be given to projects which facilitate two-way communication (dialogue). For example, these could be activities which enable audiences to share their views on the future direction of research in a particular area. The primary audience(s) for activities should be non-specialists, e.g. families, school children, community groups.

Who can apply?

Grant applications will be accepted from any King’s postgraduate research student or member of research staff. Academic staff working in areas of research which fall within the remit of the Wellcome Trust are also eligible.

How much is available?

Grants of up to £750 will be awarded. 

How do I apply?

Applicants must complete a short application form.  This will become available at least four weeks ahead of the deadline.

The small grants panel meets twice a year. The next deadline for applications has been postponed and is expected to be:

  • Mid-June, 2020


Following measures introduced by the Government the deadline for this scheme and related training have been postponed. We hope to reschedule the training/workshop for May and the scheme deadline a month later.

Please read the guidance document below for full details before you apply.

Download the guidance document 

Applicants are encouraged to attend the following training/events to help with their application and activity:

This scheme is part-funded by the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund.

PLuS International Interdisciplinary Researchers (PIIR) programme

Do you want to develop interdisciplinary skills?

Do you want to build a global network?

Do you want to enhance your employability?

The PLuS International Interdisciplinary Researchers (PIIR) programme is aimed at the next generation of research leaders with the objective of enhancing interdisciplinary skills and developing a truly global perspective and network. The PIIR programme will run as a pilot in 2018/19 and will involve 30 early career researchers (PhDs or postdocs), 10 from each of the three partners – King’s College London, University of New South Wales and Arizona State University.

The primary objective of the PIIR program is to support early career researchers in developing interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to tackling global challenges, through the vehicle of the PLuS Alliance.

PIIR will involve monthly online and face-to-face activities over the course of a year, starting in September 2018. Participants will be funded to attend a Research Innovation Lab in London or Sydney, and can also apply for additional funds to support travel to one of the PLuS Institutions to engage in joint activities and the development of outputs.

We are currently inviting researchers to apply to PIIR. We are asking you to identify which of the four PLuS themes your research interests align with:

  • Sustainability (e.g. Water Management & Sanitation; Urbanization)
  • Technology & Innovation (e.g. Global Security; Automation, Earth and Space Observing)
  • Social Justice (e.g. Indigenous Alliance, Legal Studies)
  • Global Health (e.g. Neuroscience, Nanotechnology, Infectious Disease)

Program goals

  • Empower interdisciplinary teams: train researchers in the approach, understanding and skills necessary to engage with successful interdisciplinary teams focused on global challenges.
  • Develop global networks: expand the networks and perspectives of developing researchers.
  • Career development through mentoring: broaden career paths for researchers within and outside academia through access to tools, training, partnerships with mentors across and outside academia, and engagement with industry, government and non-profit sectors.

Benefits to early career researchers

  • Enhanced employability
  • Broadened awareness of research opportunities outside academia
  • Diverse and widespread networks
  • Agility and responsiveness to collaborative research opportunities
  • Expanded training and mentoring opportunities beyond host institution
  • Increased quality and impact of research outputs
  • Increased competitiveness for external funding

    More information will be published in the 2019-20 academic year


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