King's Doctoral Students' Association

Representative groups for specific faculties or subject areas
King's Doctoral Students' Association


  • King's Doctoral Students' Association Membership£0.00

The King’s Doctoral Students’ Association (KDSA) is the recognised representative body of the Postgraduate Research (PGR) student community within KCL’s Student Union (KCLSU). As an academic association, we have representatives across all ten faculties and five campuses. All doctoral students at King’s are automatically part of KDSA.

Aim & Mission

KDSA works closely with the university to further improve the PhD journey:

  • Ensure effective representation of part-time and full-time PhD students:
    • uphold, extend, and defend the rights of all PhD students at King’s
    • address student concerns such as funding issues, work-life imbalance or lack of support which undermine the student experience and research output
    • enable collaboration and exchange of good practices among faculty and department representatives
  • Foster equality, diversity, and inclusion of research:
    • create and sustain peer support networks for both academic and non-academic topics
    • improve and raise awareness of specialist support and resources available to different groups of PhD students
  • Improve representation of Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) and Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) interests
  • Organise and aid PhD activities:
    • social events to strengthen the PhD community and connect PhD students across King’s
    • career and employability events to build professional skills and strategic networks
    • academic events to showcase research and facilitate academic collaboration
  • Refine and raise awareness of resources available to PhD students such as:
    • student services
    • mental and physical health and wellbeing services
    • career and employability services
    • Library and IT support
  • Promote sustainable research:
    • encourage bottom-up sustainable initiatives

KDSA Board for 2022-23:


  • President/Chair: Lina Kramer
  • Vice President/Chair: Roger Carles Fontana
  • Secretary and Treasurer: Aleksandra (Ola) Olszewska
  • Public Relations Coordinator: Victoria Pistivsek & Tatjana Irina Zoller
  • Event Coordinator: Victoria Pistivsek & Leontine von Felbert
  • Wellbeing Lead: Victoria Pistivsek
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead: Heilien (Lienkie) Diedericks & Zeynep Sahin
  • Representative for International Students: Diana Catana & Zhaozhang Sun
  • Representative for Part-Time PGRs: Susan Steward
  • Representative for Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) and Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs): Raúl Zepeda Gil
  • Representative for Healthcare Professionals: Juliana Fernanda Holanda Bezerra Pereira
  • Representative for the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy (SSPP): Chara Christodoulidou
  • Representative for the Faculty of Arts & Humanities: James Rowland
  • Representative for King’s Business School: Mmekidmfon (‘Mfon) Umanah
  • Representative of the Dickson Poon School of Law: Marianna Ryan
  • Representative for the Faculty of Life Science and Medicine (FoLSM): Mariana da Silva
  • Representative for the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN): Tatjana Irina Zoller
  • Representative for Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences (NMES): Sinuhé Perea
  • Representative for the Faculty of Dentistry and Craniofacial Sciences (FoDOCS): Oscar Allan Furlong
  • Representative for the Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care (NFNMPC): Ling Wang
  • Representative for the Francis Crick Institute: Miki Uchima


Vacant Committee Positions for 2022-23 Board:

  • Wellbeing Co-Lead



If you are interested in supporting KDSA in any way contact: [email protected]

The duties entail:

Attending monthly KDSA meetings to discuss and approve motions proposed by yourselves and other members Develop wellbeing resources and organise wellbeing events which will support our research community Roughly, the duties entail:


  • Attending monthly KDSA meetings to discuss and approve motions proposed by yourselves/members
  • Coordinate with Departmental Reps as the need arises
  • Lead projects or events which would strength our research community
  • Meet Faculty Vice Deans/staff from Centre for Doctoral Studies
  • Attend quarterly PaRC or an equivalent meeting at Faculty level
  • Feedback to KDSA Chair/board members on the progress of your work/project on a monthly basis

If you're interested get in touch with [email protected]

KDSA Achievements to date: 

  • KDSA campaigned to improve the PhD student experience and bring:

  • Thesis Writing Space to King's
  • Lockers for PGR Students
  • Fair Pay For GTAs


Useful Links:
KDSA Agreement
Centre for Doctoral Studies

As well as

Delivered academic training such as public-speaking training or Scopus and Mendeley workshops. Contributed to linking PhDs with industry through co-organizing Promega events. Organized focus groups to improve Part-time PGR student experience at King’s.   Circulated useful content for PGRs through our social media platforms.  Created environmental awareness by promoting metal straws and reusable water bottles on KCL campuses.

  • PhD chat about Mental Health and Wellbeing over tea and biscuits

Furthermore, KDSA supported events such as

Women in Science: Debate on how to fight gender inequality where female academics talk about their careers, focusing on the challenges facing women in research and how they have overcome them. Black in Academia: To raise awareness around people of colour and create a strong community of young black researchers at King's


Upcoming Events: 



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