OCTOBER 2018 - ISSUE 82
OCTOBER 2018 – ISSUE 82
In memory of Alessandro De Vita
It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of our colleague Alessandro De Vita.
Principles in Action
Have you heard people talking about Our Principles in Action?
Have your say on the future of the Academic Board
Let us know what you think.
King's cleaners and security become employees
Reflections on King's Council's decison to bring cleaners and security staff in-house.
King's academic shortlisted for the £1 million Newton prize
Dr Paul Taylor is recognised for his role in the development of a probiotic derived from a cactus.
A campaign to improve global challenges
Universities UK and ITN Productions have joined forces to produce a programme showcasing the positive impact of UK universities.
King's welcomes Professor Barbara Shollock
Professor Barbara Shollock joins King's as inaugural Head of Department of Engineering.
King's celebrates Black History Month (BHM)
Celebrate Black History Month with us.
Widening Participation Officer (Pre-16) dedicated to King's Scholar
1. Tell me a bit about yourself and how you came to be in your role.
I have been at King’s for over three years now, working in the Widening Participation department on King’s Scholars, a pre-16 scheme. The scheme works with under-represented year 7-9 students and their parents from 13 local schools which aims to raise their attainment through innovative skills. Previously I worked as a Mentoring Coordinator for an educational charity called IntoUniversity.
2. You’ve been nominated for the King’s Awards before – what was that like?
Last year myself and Joe Collin were nominated for the King’s Scholars. We’re one of the first universities to focus on innovative study skills to raise attainment. That’s one of things I really like about the department – we’re quite innovative, we’re not afraid to try new things.
3. What’s the most exciting thing you’re working on right now?
We are in the middle of Randomised Control Trial (RCT) with our partner schools in order to see how effective the scheme is and what impact it’s having on the students. We are the first university to assess the impact of metacognition for pre-16 students. This is pretty exciting!
4. What are you passionate about in your role here?
I’m passionate about raising attainment and aspirations for young people. University changed my life and I want to make sure that all students have the opportunity to attend.
5. What’s the best part of your job?
Seeing the students we’ve worked with over the last three years develop and truly believe that university is a realistic option for them is really rewarding. We also run a parental engagement programme called Parent Power, and seeing how engaged the parents are is very motivating: they’ve got so much drive and determination to make sure their children have no barriers to achieving.
6. What would you like to achieve at King’s?
I would like to raise student attainment through innovative strategies such as metacognition, and hopefully see some of the King’s Scholars as students at King’s one day!