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King's was founded almost two centuries ago in 1829. Over that time we've grown to have over 33,000 students from over 185 different countries, meaning that we have a diverse student body that reflects the vibrant city we live in. We're one of the top 35 universities in the world according to QS and part of the Russell Group.
We've been involved in many world-changing discoveries. In fact, you're now standing on top of the labs where DNA was discovered by King's scientists - it is here that the famous 'double helix' shape of DNA was first photographed by Rosalind Franklin. The photo was shown to a team at Cambridge who were working on modelling DNA, giving them a critical insight into the molecule's size and structure. The Cambridge scientists Watson and Crick, along with Rosalind Franklin's research partner at King's, received Nobel Prizes for this work. Unfortunately, Franklin died, aged 37, before she could be awarded one, but her legacy and the work of many more world-changing researchers lives on within these very buildings.
You'll notice there's some building work being done here on the Quad. We are building our Engineering labs underneath the Quad which will include maker spaces fitted with tools and equipment to collaborate together, building prototypes and putting theory into practice. There will also be cutting-edge engineering research lab space, and a fabrication lab which will house larger pieces of equipment. The works are coming to a close, and we are working towards it opening for the next academic year, if all goes to plan.
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Based on the study level of the attendees, you may not need to include all of the below
Be sure to address everyone's study levels
At university, undergraduate students will be taught using a variety of different methods.
Lectures are held in a large room, sometimes with over 400 students. The academic will deliver a talk, and whilst there may be the opportunity to interact and ask questions, you'll mainly be listening and taking notes. The lectures are usually recorded, so you can watch them again online afterwards, and if you've got any questions then your lecturers will have office hours when you can pop in and see them.
Seminars are delivered to a much smaller group, typically of 5-30 students. You meet with a member of the teaching staff and discuss that week's topic, including all of the reading and worksheets you have done.
If you're studying a science subject, you'll likely have some lab or other practical sessions too. These will help prepare you for undertaking your own research projects later on in your degree.
In addition, you'll find that independent work is a really important part of studying at university level - so for instance, you might be asked to read some journal articles, or some chapters from a book, before a tutorial.
You'll also find that you will be assessed in lots of different ways, such as:
Exams
Coursework
Presentations
Performances - if you're doing a degree like music
For postgraduate taught students, you're likely to have a mixture of lectures and seminars, although the balance and class sizes will vary considerably from programme to programme. Modules may be a mixture of required and optional, and there is likely to be a dissertation written over the summer semester. Subject to approval, you might also be able to take options from other courses or even other University of London institutions. Assessment is mainly via coursework and/or examination, but there can also be the opportunity for internship modules too. I'll talk more about internship possibilities later in the tour.
Research students are also often able to join module teaching from taught programmes in order to develop certain skills and knowledges they may need to support their research. PhD students will complete a progress report that assesses your research performance every six month, and following submission of your thesis, there's then the viva examination - a verbal defence of your dissertation in front of a panel of experts in that field of study. MPhil and PhD students also attend several key lectures, seminars and conferences with scholars invited from other universities.
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Talk about how your course (if you study a course at the Strand) is taught and assessed.
Otherwise, talk in more general terms.
There's lots of academic support available. For instance, all teaching staff have office hours. These are set hours every week where, if you have any questions or need some help, you can drop in and visit them. In addition, every student has a member of staff from their department assigned to them as their personal tutor. Your personal tutor is responsible for your overall welfare, both academic and pastoral. They'll schedule a meeting with you about once a term, but you can also make an appointment to see them, or drop in during their office hours.
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• Talk about a time you have used office hours / your personal tutor for academic support
Follow me up the stairs and I'll show you the café and the chapel.
This is the KCLSU Lobby, the new home of the Union on Strand campus, in Bush House. This is one of the study and social spaces operated by our Students' Union, KCLSU. KCLSU is a democratic organisation run by students for students, and it's here to ensure that every King's student has the best student experience possible.
Here in Bush House KCLSU have four floors with great spaces for students to study, relax and take part in activities, including The Shack café which is open till 4:30pm, The Studio which will host film screenings and activities, the Lower Loft, a study space, KCLSU advice, the media suites for the media societies. On the 8th there are multiple bookable activity rooms and the Meadow area where you can chill out on bean bags and enjoy the view of London!
Every KCLSU floor has an accessible entrance and gender neutral accessible toilets. If you need any help or advice, please do not hesitate to chat to a member of the KCLSU Hubs team who will always be happy to help. King's also has a Disability Advisory Service, who support students with a disability or long term medical condition. The Disability Advisory Service can support students before they begin their studies at King's.
KCLSU is responsible for assisting with the organisation of all the student-run societies. Societies are a great way to make friends, because they bring together a group of people with a shared interest. Some of our societies include:
Comedy Society - where you can learn stand-up or sketch, as well watching student comedy shows.
Opera Soc - gain experience in opera production, direction and artistic design.
Jazz soc - whose members get together and listen to jazz as well as performing jazz
If you want to start your own society, then KCLSU will give you support to do so.Instructions: if you have been involved with any societies at King's, share your personal experience of this