King's Doctoral Students' Association

Student representation for specific faculties, locations or levels of study.
King's Doctoral Students' Association

The King's Doctoral Students' Association (KDSA) is the recognised representative body of the Postgraduate Research Student community. It is an autonomous body within the KCLSU representative structure and drives for the changes that doctoral students want to see. As a King’s doctoral student, you’re automatically part of KDSA.

Aim & Mission

KDSA is independent of King’s and works with the university to drive the changes doctoral students want.

  • Uphold, extend and defend the rights of doctoral/ postgraduate research students at King’s.
  • Establish a Peer Support Network for both academic and non-academic issues.
  • Promote student-led activity amongst new and existing PGR communities to build professional skills, share research ideas & network.

KDSA Board for 2019-20:

Chair – Francesco Pierangeli

Vice Chair – Shaikha Almazrouei

Secretary and Treasurer – Cyrus Fan

Representative for Faculty of Arts & Humanities – Yuna Lee

Representative for King’s Business School – Valentina Chan

Representative for The Dickson Poon School of Law – Myriam Gicquello

Representative for Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences – Andrew Henning

Representative for Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy - Alexis Calvas

Representatives for Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine - Tanyel Ashik, Melissa Gargaro and Sara Nasereddin

Representative for Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience - Xhoana Lama

Representatives for Francis Crick Institute – Nikos Angelis and Lisa Dressler

GTA Representatives – Jacob Gracie-Burrow

Social Media Coordinator - Liang Ge

Event Coordinator - Claire McQuitty


Vacant Committee Positions for 2020-21 Board:

Join the KDSA Board to Represent Fellow PhDs. Apply for a leadership role to help postgraduate students thrive. Make a difference to your peers’ educational experience, drive change and bring your student community together.  

KDSA is recruiting the 2020-2021 KDSA board. The leads will be responsible for and in charge of student welfare and will closely work with college executives and academic reps.

The Positions include:

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair
  • Secretary and Treasurer
  • Representative for Faculty of Arts & Humanities
  • Representative for King’s Business School
  • Representative for The Dickson Poon School of Law
  • Representative for Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences
  • Representative for Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
  • Representative for Faculty of Dentistry, Oral and Craniofacial Sciences
  • Representative for Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care
  • Representatives for Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
  • Representatives for Francis Crick Institute
  • Representative for Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience
  • Event Coordinator
  • Social Media Coordinator
  • GTA Representatives
  • Diversity and Inclusion Lead

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

This is a fantastic opportunity if you are interested in gaining exposure to leadership and decision-making within a large academic organization. Beyond helping you gain communication skills, it will give you the satisfaction of improving student experience for your peers!

You do not need to have prior experience to suit a particular role perfectly as training would be provided but a very strong commitment is required from the very beginning.

The committee positions would be assumed by mid-October in preparation for the College start that kicks off the next session.

Anyone interested should email attaching CV and a 200 word letter explaining why they think are a good fit for the post. Please clearly state the name of the position you are applying for in the object. Deadline is Saturday 10th October. Interviews will be scheduled shortly after the deadline. Indicate if you would be interested in being considered for more than one role.



The KDSA lead collective campaigning to bring change and improve the experience for their student community and beyond.

Some of the campaigns we have worked upon include:

  • Thesis Writing Space at King's
  • Lockers for PGR Students
  • FairPayForGTA


Supported Events

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


Useful Links

KDSA Agreement
Centre for Doctoral Studies


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