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  • Kings relatedNewsletter of the Family Programme Issue 9 | Autumn 2010

    Kings wins prestigious University of the Year

    Kings College London has been awarded the title of University of the Year 2010-11 by The Sunday Times. The College beat last years winners Oxford to receive the honour which recognises all-round excellence in the fi elds of research, teaching and student experience.

    In all criteria of the award Kings has improved its placement from last year and was the only university to have done so. This year has been an exceptional year for the College; it has seen a 13 per cent rise in undergraduate applications and a 30 per cent rise in postgraduate applications, as well a rise in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) and the QS international league table of universities (to 21st position).

    Alastair McCall, Editor of The Sunday Times University Guide said: Kings is an outstanding institution however you judge it. It is not only a prized destination for students in the United Kingdom but a plum draw for students across the world. Teaching and research excellence are to be found everywhere It turns out high-quality graduates who get good jobs and who are able to make both a success of themselves and a contribution to society. Our award of The Sunday Times University of the Year is thoroughly deserved.

    In the University Guide Kings was ranked 10th overall in the UK. More details are available at www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/universityguide

    It is thrilling to be awarded the title of University of the Year, and this is a

    great tribute to the entire College community. National nancial issues have put pressure on the College (as well as every other university) over the last 12 months, but our sta and students have remained committed to the pursuit of excellence in research, teaching and learning, and outreach. Kings has a long and distinguished history, but receiving this accolade must rank as one of its nest moments.

    Students more happy to be at KingsIn the National Student Survey (NSS) 2010, students overall satisfaction with their studies at Kings rose from 83 per cent to 86 per cent which is well above the national satisfaction score. The survey also found that 91 per cent of graduates are working or studying six months after graduating, exceeding both Oxford and Cambridge Universitys achievement of 86 per cent.

    The NSS gives fi nal year students the chance to comment on a range of aspects of their learning experience including teaching, assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, and personal development.

    to be at KingsIn the National Student Survey

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    Kings rose from 83 per cent to 86 per cent which is

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    Happy Anniversary Florence

    The worlds first professional nurse training school, and that from which the colleges own School of Nursing & Midwifery is descended, was established by Florence Nightingale at St Thomas Hospital, and opened its doors to its first students on 9 July 1860. Since then, the School has continued to provide pioneering nursing and midwifery education and research, also hosting the National Nursing Research Unit, a multidisciplinary centre for nursing research in England. In May the School was ranked by the Complete University Guide 2011 as the best school of nursing in London, and in the UKs top ten.

    On Friday 9 July the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery at Kings celebrated its 150th anniversary with a ball at the prestigious Guildhall in London. The event was an opportunity to celebrate

    the Schools history and founder, and was attended by a variety of guests including staff, students, alumni and friends of the School.

    In addition to the ball, Archbishop Desmond Tutu fkc, made an address to a congregation of 2000 nurses, midwives, students and health care professionals at a memorial service at Westminster Abbey to celebrate the life and work of Florence Nightingale in the centennial year of her death.

    The School has continued to pioneer as a provider of nursing and midwifery education and research

    Research Team of the Year

    Breast Cancer Campaign Fellow Dr Jo Morris and fellow researcher Amin Alamshah from the Cancer Genetics Group at Kings, have been awarded Breast Cancer Campaigns Research Team of the Year prize for their outstanding work in the area of breast cancer.

    Scientists at the Kings College London School of Medicine discovered a family of proteins that could track down DNA damage and attach themselves to normal proteins to guide them in fixing the genetic faults.

    This research is another shining example of the first class cancer research being undertaken at Kings, which includes The Division of Cancer Studies, one of the leading cancer research centres in Europe.

    All the Kings Men, an all-male student a cappella group from Kings, will be working with Aspire (an education partnership which encourages entry into higher education) to develop a new outreach initiative for local schools and colleges, encouraging local students to apply to university and showcase the range of opportunities available there.

    In addition to this All the Kings Men have had a busy summer performing their

    debut show Picking up the Pieces at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which received rave reviews. If this was not enough, the group also beat the University of Oxfords rival a cappella group, Out of the Blue, in a stylish and musical A Cappella-Off.

    All the Kings Men were established in September 2009 by freshers at Kings who wanted to have fun with music.

    For more information and a list of upcoming gigs please visit www.all-the-kings-men.com

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    Students get personal support

    Every undergraduate and postgraduate student is allocated a Personal Tutor at the beginning of term. The role of a Personal Tutor is to listen to students, be aware of any problems they have, identify and provide support and to help students with any questions they may have. All students will have regular access to see their Personal Tutor for the duration of their time at Kings.

    Here is what some students had to say about their own Personal Tutors:

    Kayleigh Norton, a second year Classical Studies with English student

    How has your Personal Tutor helped you during your time at Kings?He has helped me in several different ways over the course of the past year. Hes been an invaluable source of advice in situations to do with my course and module choices,

    which Ive now changed several times. I also struggled with some financial problems last year and my Personal Tutor knew exactly who I should speak to about it and showed me that there were many options to help me out of my problem.

    Do you think having a Personal Tutor is a good idea?I really do! Having a Personal Tutor means that someone is always there to offer advice and support, without being judgemental or negative. You might not need to see them beyond the progress updates you have throughout the year, but its definitely comforting to know that theres someone to help you if you need it.

    What would you tell first year students about Personal Tutors?Personal Tutors are there specifically to guide you through your time at Kings. Whether thats keeping you on track with your studies, helping you with financial problems, accommodation issues or even just to bounce ideas off and have someone there to listen when you need to voice frustrations aloud, Personal Tutors are the people you should go to for advice and support.

    Theyre there to offer help when you need it most and, normally, the quicker you go to them the faster they can help resolve your problems!

    Tajinder Sihra, a fourth year Dentistry student

    Describe what your Personal Tutor means to you?Personal Tutors are your first port of call whenever youre having difficulties with anything. They give you insight into how best to deal with any issues you may have and point you in the right direction if they dont have the answer. Its really reassuring knowing there is someone there who will try their best to help you - whether it be exam, course or even personal problems, and its great to know that any information you share with them will be kept confidential.

    Its comforting to know that theres someone to help you if you need it

    Personal Tutors are your first port of call whenever youre having difficulties with anything

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    Contact detailsKate McGranaghan, Development & Alumni Office, Kings College London, James Clerk Maxwell Building, 57 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8WA Tel +44(0)20 7848 4701 Email family@kcl.ac.uk

    In good companyAmongst our alumni are key and influential figures in religion and the religious community including:

    Evelyn Underhill (History & Botany) Honorary Fellow of Kings College for Women in 1913, then the first woman to be made Fellow of Kings College London in 1927. Famous for her writings on religion and spirituality, especially her texts concerning Christian Mysticism.

    The Rt Hon and Rt Reverend Dr George Carey

    (Theology 1962) Lord Carey of Clifton is Presentation Fellow of Kings College London. He was the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1991-2002.

    The Most Reverend Archbishop

    Desmond Tutu DD FKC (Theology

    1965, MTh 1966) was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1984 in recognition o