Make a difference



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. 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

Event Coordinator – Blessing Taiwo

Representative for Faculty of Arts & Humanities – Yuna Lee

Representative for King’s Business School – Xiaochuan Tong

Representative for The Dickson Poon School of Law – Myriam Gicquello

Representative for Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine – Blessing Taiwo

Representative for Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences – Andrew Henning

Representative for Francis Crick Institute – Nikos Angelis

Representative for Francis Crick Institute – Lisa Dressler

GTA Representative – Gulmira Begalina

Vacant Committee Positions:

  • Social Media Coordinator
  • 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
  • Representative for Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience
  • LGBT Community Lead
  • GTA Representative 

Please email if you would like further information on these positions. The deadline for committee recruitment is Monday 26th August.



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

Read more about some of the campaigns we have worked upon below:


Thesis Writing Space at King's


Lockers for PGR Students


Useful Links

KDSA Agreement
Centre for Doctoral Studies