Make a difference


The committees 

Our five Union Development committees of elected students will meet regularly throughout the year and those forums are open to any student who’s interested in coming along. If you’ve submitted an idea, it will be sent to one of these committees, and you’ll attend the next forum to discuss and plan it. Below you'll find more info about the committees and their ongoing projects.

If you want to get in touch with any of the committee members, please email representation@kclsu.org.

Ongoing projects

You can see below the projects that students are working on this year. These projects have been approved by the union development committees and the students who proposed the ideas are forming project teams to make them happen. If you are interested in getting involved in any of the projects, you can email representation@kclsu.org to get in touch with the project lead. 

 

Art competition

What is the change that you would like to make happen at KCLSU?

An art competition culminating in an exhibition, aimed at non art students to encourage creativity outside of their subjects

If you deliver this project, how will it impact KCLSU members (King's students)?

It will give people a chance to express a side of themselves they usually don't have a chance to within the university

For which KCLSU members will your idea have impact?

Any they wish to be involved, or even just attend the exhibition

Submitted by

Emily Hall

Colonial history week

What is the change that you would like to make happen at KCLSU?

Run a Colonial History Week in February to highlight the history of Western colonialism and imperialism, and how it relates to us as students.

If you deliver this project, how will it impact KCLSU members (King's students)?

It will raise awareness of Britain's and the West's colonial past and present among the student body, positively impact our students of colour and international students who are often affected by the legacy of colonialism and modern imperialism in the UK and abroad, and stimulate discussion and debate on the role of universities in colonialism and imperialism.

For which KCLSU members will your idea have impact?

All students, but particularly students of colour and international students.

Submitted by

Robert Liow

Flu shots on campus

What is the change that you would like to make happen at KCLSU?

Create a health event that promotes members of the KCLSU to get flu shots. This can be a King's-wide event with a flu shot clinic open at each campus in collaboration with King's NHS and other health-related organizations at King's. The idea is to make it festive with a small goody bag or sticker for each individual who gets the shot and create hype leading up to it.

If you deliver this project, how will it impact KCLSU members (King's students)?

It will create a healthier King's through herd immunity. Many fall ill at King's especially those who live in student accommodations where diseases easily spread. Falling ill can cause detrimental impacts on one physical and mental health whilst frustratingly impairing one's ability to participate in class. Additionally, diseases like the flu are highly contagious and some vulnerable members of the KCLSU who are unable to get shots due to a compromised immunity or other reasons are put at risk. This initiative will make getting flu shots more accessible and thus promote its utilization within the King's community.

For which KCLSU members will your idea have impact?

The entire KCLSU community.

Submitted by

Nurul Ezzaty Binti Hasbullah

Godparent system for new students

What is the change that you would like to make happen at KCLSU?

I would like to implement a system that will assign every first year a godfather/godmother who will be either second or third year in order to help first year to adjust and settle in their new university. I am currently a second year student and with the PPE society I had the opportunity to be the "godmother" of several PPE student and we all (first and second year) found the idea really nice. In practice it is nice as well to mix a bit more the different years.

If you deliver this project, how will it impact KCLSU members (King's students)?

This project will help every first year students to adjust and make the most of their king's experience. They will have the chance to receive advices from older of more experienced students and will have to chance to get to know more people, thus to extend their social network as much as the second and third year will do.

For which KCLSU members will your idea have impact?

For all of them.

Submitted by

Emma Rouviere

PhD group at Denmark Hill

What is the change that you would like to make happen at KCLSU?

We would like to set-up and run a PhD group based at Denmark Hill campus. This group would provide a point-of contact for PhD students (in particular international students), encourage networking, provide professional support/advice and an outlet to deal with the pressures of doing a PhD.

Although there are already several student groups at KCL there is no social infrastructure available for new biomedical PhD students based at Denmark Hill campus. This is making it particularly challenging for students without an established social circle in London to meet other people with similar passions, ambitions and challenges to share experiences. The available platforms are based at other campuses which are too far away for students with limited time and resources to visit easily. Although there are many excellent post-graduate events organized by KCL at both the Strand and Guy’s Campus, it is not feasible for students from Denmark hill to attend. It would take too much time/money for students based at Denmark hill campus to ‘’come over for a chat or a drink after work’’.  We, a group of 6 PhD students from different fields and laboratories, believe this is a missed opportunity as it is important for everyone to be able to meet with and share experiences with people in similar occupations in order to discuss the challenges and opportunities in one’s professional life.

Therefore, we want to set up a group based at Denmark Hill that PhD students can join in order to share experiences, help each other get settled and build relationships in a place close to or on campus. This group would be open to students from all KCL campuses but would be based exclusively at Denmark hill. In our vision an informal setting would be ideal as people can come for as long as they’d like before resuming their evening without having to travel to a different campus. We have already started building a group of various PhD students who also feel there is a limited local community for PhD students at Denmark Hill and we are actively working towards expanding the members of this, for now unofficial, group.

Developing an official Denmark hill- based PhD group would make it easier to disseminate information about future meet-ups and events and would provide new students with a point of contact. This would allow us to achieve our overall goal of developing a social network for PhD students which will ultimately help the student and his/her PhD project. Integration in a body of students on a single site with similar academic ambitions, passions and challenges is important for the welfare of all students.

If you deliver this project, how will it impact KCLSU members (King's students)?

This project will allow postgraduate research students to establish a social circle and share experiences with people of similar occupations. Any postgraduate PhD student from King's College London would be able to join.

For which KCLSU members will your idea have impact?

Our idea will affect the postgraduate research students at KCL, mainly in Denmark Hill campus but people from other campuses are also welcome

Submitted by

Ewald Doornebal

Table tennis tournament in the Shack

What is the change that you would like to make happen at KCLSU?

I'd like to organise a table tennis tournament in the Shack (KCLSU hub). If it turns out to be successful, I could see it becoming a bimonthly event to accommodate everyone who wants to take part.

If you deliver this project, how will it impact KCLSU members (King's students)?

I have spent several hours this academic year playing table tennis in the Shack (great idea to have a table there by the way!).

I have played games with dozens of students and I see new ones every time I'm there. It's a refreshing way of breaking the ice with fellow students and introduces a bit of physical activity into socialising. Meeting new people in a light-hearted yet slightly competitive environment is genuinely a great way of taking a break from classes.

I believe the tournament, even if it starts out at a small scale, will bring interested players and spectators closer together, providing us all with the opportunity to meet new people, loosen up and inject a bit of fun into our study routines. Furthermore, the competitiveness of the sport will most definitely give rise to cheering, applause and laughter from potential spectators (can be seen as a way of boosting timid students' confidence).

I would love to replicate the electrifying atmosphere found in stadiums and sports auditoriums.

For which KCLSU members will your idea have impact?

I honestly believe that anyone that likes watching or playing sport will be impacted by this. I have noticed a large number of people fixated on table tennis games going on in the Shack just because of how intense they can get. We can all choose to set aside a few hours of our day to be distracted and watch or take part in a table tennis tournament hosted by KCLSU in the beloved Shack.

Submitted by

Nishant Parshurampuria

Sustainability Survey

What is the change that you would like to make happen at KCLSU?

I believe it would be useful to collect data on students' and staff' attitudes towards implementing changes to reduce their carbon footprint, and use this information to develop the Sustainability Committee's strategy when implementing new projects. I often find that people think their individual decisions do not make a difference when it comes to sustainability. However, if we understood their attitudes better, it might be easier to come up specific strategies to target those who find it unnecessary or pointless to make any changes. Given that my expertise lies in psychological/psychiatric research, I would be happy to support survey development, data collection and analysis for this purpose.

If you deliver this project, how will it impact KCLSU members (King's students)?

Protecting our environment and mitigating climate change is not just important for KCLSU members but can have a wider impact on society. To increase the reach and impact of the Sustainability Committee, I would suggest reaching out to other universities and interest groups to work together on collecting data on attitudes and use this to implement joint projects that can have a wider reach.

For which KCLSU members will your idea have impact?

As above

Submitted by

Lilla Porffy

Giving Free Food to the Needy

What is the change that you would like to make happen at KCLSU?

Introducing "Giving Free Food to the Needy". Every Friday left over food from Kings College Canteen's and restaurants to be collected and given to the hungry/homeless. There is a homeless/hungry person gathering in Holborn every week on a Friday however one can also be started in one of the campuses of Kings College or even food taken to the spot in Holborn.

Food left at the end of the day or about to expire can be collected and given to the needy.

A Kings College Food Bank can be initiated as there are large numbers of people who do not eat 3 times a day and this is where a Kings College Food Bank can help and come in.

If you deliver this project, how will it impact KCLSU members (King's students)?

This will have an huge impact and I am certain most students would love to get involved and drive it forward. There is a real need for running such a project especially since Christmas is just around the corner.

For which KCLSU members will your idea have impact?

Not quite sure I understand the question being asked here I am afraid. Sorry.

Submitted by

Asad Mahmood

Selling, Exchanging and Storing Items

What is the change that you would like to make happen at KCLSU?

I want to build service for international students and also students who want to be more independent. By using sharing extra space for selling their stuff and exchange what they really need.

If you deliver this project, how will it impact KCLSU members (King's students)?

Help students share and dispose their stuff, let them have more budget on study, books, and innovations so they have more chances to think about their future.

For which KCLSU members will your idea have impact?

Students, more focus on international or other EU students. Because they are far from their home, they need more support than UK students. Also we want to UK students help each other and help those not UK students by sharing their experience, extra space, and exchange their stuff with each other by fee.

Submitted by

Yuanwen Li

Reducing Packaging at King's

What is the change that you would like to make happen at KCLSU?

I want to see reduced food waste and packaging surrounding food sold in student cafes/restaurants at all KCL campuses, by implementing a vertical indoor "grow your own vegetables/fruits" farm installation. This would significantly improve the quality/freshness of the produce used and bought at the student cafes/restaurants around the campuses. It would also reduce food waste and its management costs, and more significantly the costs relating to packaging and its pollution involved with transporting these fresh produce to our campus cafes daily.

If you deliver this project, how will it impact KCLSU members (King's students)?

I believe this project would impact not only King's students, but everyone, both the sellers (businesses running the student cafes/bars/restaurants) and the purchasers (students, academics and visitors of KCL). This project would prompt all concerned parties to become more aware of the environmental impact our daily waste is having on the world, and also encourage them to develop more responsible habits on food waste and its management. Overall, this could help KCL to become more "green", given the university's commitments to more sustainable and ethical consumables available in Bush House, and the recycling bins located across every campus.

I also suspect, if the right fresh produce is grown onsite via vertical indoor farms (e.g tomatoes, given how much of it is consumed in our food), this could potentially cut out on that produce's specific costs relating to transport and pollution. This, in return, could lower price of fresh food sold, mostly consumed by KCLSU members, while still not interfering with the individual businesses' (cafes/restaurants/bars in campus) profit margin.

For which KCLSU members will your idea have impact?

All KCLSU members, KCL academics, visitors of KCL, staff would run the cafes/restaurants/bars at KCL campuses...Everyone!

Submitted by

Helen Yoon 

Prayer Space

What is the change that you would like to make happen at KCLSU?

Being an international student and moving to a completely new city is a very big challenge for all the students coming from abroad to study in London. Since KCL is one of the top notch universities in UK, I believe it is their utmost duty to make this transition as smooth and comfortable as possible. Thus, I feel there should be a small temple or praying room for Hindu students from countries such as India, Nepal and Mauritius who have a large Hindu population. This would be a great addition to the already existing chaplains and Muslim prayer rooms that we currently have on all the campuses. Further, since there is a significant portion of Hindu students currently studying in India and enrolling every year, it would be a great opportunity for them to practise their faith. I feel this can help a lot of students like me to use such spaces for mental destress, overcoming homesickness and celebrating festivities like Diwali and Holi with my other respected mates.

If you deliver this project, how will it impact KCLSU members (King's students)?

It will promote a sense of inclusivity and diversity among all KCLSU members. It will give everyone an opportunity to learn about one of the highly followed religions in the world. Most importantly, it will help international students like me to cope up with the new surroundings and give them an essence of fulfilment and moral support.

For which KCLSU members will your idea have impact?

This idea will impact all KCLSU members in general as it promotes diversity but in particular will significantly improve the student experience for Hindu students. For instance, a lot of students from Hindu background usually like to visit a temple and pray before any important tasks such as exams or meetings. Thus, this initiative would boost their confidence and significantly fulfil their emotional needs.

Submitted by

Sparsh Gupta