There are a huge number of societies at GKT, check them out below and get involved!
The King’s College London Bioscience Student Association is for all undergraduate and postgraduate students in the School of Bioscience Education. We aim to provide strong representation for bioscience students throughout King’s, and give students an unrivalled social and academic experience. We organise a plethora of activities including academic seminars, career events and social gatherings, all of which afford incredible opportunities to network and meet new people from a wide variety of backgrounds. We also offer a peer support system to help you through the more difficult academic aspects of university life.
We look forward to seeing you at King’s!
Dignified. Sophisticated. Culturally sensitive.
These are just some of the words that would not be used to describe the GKT Christmas Comedy Revue. Nevertheless, this arcane tradition has somehow managed to survive to the year 2013 without – to our knowledge – the GMC or the Daily Mail attempting to shut us down. For three nights each year, the Greenwood theatre is no longer a place where students attempt to stay awake during yet another physiology lecture, but an emporium of laughter, relentless nudity and the worst taste imaginable. Put together by a small cast and an intrepid backstage crew, and headed by a committee of director, musical director and producer, the revue, comprising sketches, songs, parodies, video shorts and the indomitable Dancing Boys and Dancing Girls, is the one event of the MSA’s social calendar which is not to be missed. We’re already well under way for this year’s show, but if you’d like to get involved next year then we’re easy to find at freshers’ fairs and the like.
This year’s show will be performed on Wednesday 27th, Thursday 28th and Friday 29th November. The trailer and title will be released shortly, but more importantly, tickets will go on sale. These tend to sell out within days, if not hours, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for our publicity. All proceeds from the show go directly to RAG, which means that your laughter will also help some worthy causes. In other words, if you don’t come and see the show then babies will die.
If you’re reading this after Christmas and you’re hungry for comedy, then don’t fear. The revue also competes at the United Hospitals Revue in April, during which we put our funniest material on show in a contest with the other four London medical schools… well, three of them. RUMS never really show up with anything one could generously term ‘funny’. Anyway, it’s always a great evening, and more details will follow as they are established.
Much peace and love,
Alex, Lara, Vatana and Luan
GKT Comedy Revue Committee 2013
KCL Dance Soc welcomes everyone new and old with a shared passion for dance. Whether you’ve been dancing since you were three or have never danced before, you will find few societies as welcoming as KCL Dance Society, winner of KCLSU “Society of the Year” 2013 and 2014!
We are based in Boland House, Guy’s Campus at London Bridge and run classes of all different styles each week:
Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Swing, Hip Hop, Zumba, Latin & Ballroom, Salsa, Bachata, Ballet, Flexibility & Tone and Burlesque
To give you the opportunity to sample styles that do not feature in our set timetable, each week we offer a workshop open for all levels to come along and try something new. With a mix of styles in collaboration with other KCL societies, students and industry professionals, there is something for everyone.
Not found what your looking for? We’re always open to suggestions and ideas for future workshops and classes. Popularity in previous years has even seen styles such as Swing transfer into our regular timetable.
In the 2nd term, whilst a reduced timetable is still available most classes are replaced by rehearsals for our annual Dance Show. With over 150 members of cast and crew our shows are set to be one of the biggest events of the year at King’s. Anyone is welcome to audition to choreograph and perform, with over 25 acts there is a style and a level for all. This is an incredible opportunity to get involved, make new friends and show everyone at KCL what you can do!
Placing at every competition in 2014/15 our award winning competition team, ‘KCL Fusion’ continue to excel year on year. Rehearsals are held weekly on Sundays in preparation to compete at inter-university competitions across the country. Auditions to choreograph and compete as a performer are held in September, each year we look forward to welcoming new talent with strong technique and a passion for dance to represent us in jazz, hip hop, tap, ballet, and contemporary.
For more info on audition dates and our most recent successes check out our website listed below.
From our Christmas showcase to our annual show, throughout the year we host and partake in numerous events to raise money and awareness and help those in our local community. This year our show ‘REVOLUTION’ alone raise over £7000, all of which was donated to our chosen charities The Manna Society and Magpie Dance. We are always welcoming people who wish to participate in our charity events as volunteers too!
I have also attached a copy of our logo which would also be great to feature on the website.
Many thanks for your help and we look forward to working with you this year!
KCL dance society secretary
The society was founded in early 2013 with the aim of promoting awareness and interest about Dermatology, and in particular the surgical aspect of Dermatology that is not well known. This is especially the case as Dermatology comprises in total 1 week of the whole MBBS 4 curriculum, and yet has it’s own OSCE station and is assessed in the examinations. Currently consisting of ~60 members, we are also affiliated with the British Association of Dermatologists.
The society conducted a “soft-launch” event in the form of a Dermatology Mock OSCE in May 2013. The event was extremely well-subscribed, with a long waiting list and feedback which suggested that more than one session would be helpful.
In the coming year, in addition to a Mock OSCE we also intend to hold society evenings with Guest Speakers, Revision sessions, as well as a Suturing course. This is in view of the very limited places on the surgical society’s surgical skills course.
What we can offer you
- Opportunities to meet and network with other students interested in Dermatology
- Information about Dermatology-related events, including those sponsored by the BAD.
- OSCE practice and revision for the MBBS4 Dermatology component
- Committee Positions are still open, and we need dedicated help especially with events!
- Lastly, membership is free
Please do leave your name and email on our sign-up sheet, or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
We are a student group for those wishing to pursue a career in Dermatology. We aim to provide talks by specialists in Dermatology, publicise external conferences and courses, and provide revision sessions and opportunities to network.
Guy’s and St Thomas has a long history of excellence in this area. The St John’s Institute of Dermatology seeks to improve the diagnosis and management of severe skin diseases through conducting research into the mechanisms that cause these conditions.
Please check our Facebook group, KCL Dermatology Society, or the Facebook page for this year’s committee ‘KCL Dermatology Society 2013-2014’ for more details. Meetings are usually held at Guy’s Campus, London Bridge.
Furthermore, there are regular meetings at external organisations such as the Royal Society of Medicine and St Johns Institute – please contact the group page to find out more.
Email us: email@example.com
We look forward to hearing from you!
The 2013-2014 Committee
A group for KCL students to organise and coordinate action to defend the NHS against job losses, cuts and privatisation. We also raise awareness of issues for students who are unaware of the current situation in the NHS.
Who can join: EVERYBODY! We want to get ALL students involved with Defending the NHS! This is particularly important at King’s, where many health students will go on to work for the NHS in some form.
Check out our Facebook for more information.
The Final Year Committee organise several key events, including the Grad Ball and the 4th Year Mock OSCE. They are also responsible for yearbooks and are there to help with all of your phase five needs. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
KCL friends of Medecins sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) aims to fundraise for the charity as well as raise awareness of the work MSF does and open up a dialogue on the ethical and global health issues thrown into perspective. We also hope to advise students who may be interested in a future career with MSF. We host a variety of events throughout the year including; screenings of MSF films, speaker events, pub quizzes, festive fundraising events as well as our yearly fundraising hike!
To be added to the emailing list, for more information or if you simply want to get more involved, email us at email@example.com or find us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KCLfoMSF and twitter https://twitter.com/KCL_MSF
The Gastro Society at King’s College London is one of the newest student-run medical societies. Our committee is comprised of 7 officers and 5 student representatives for each of the medical school years. The aim of the Gastro Society is to inspire and support medical and nursing students interested in Gastroenterology and Gastrointestinal Surgery (GI Surgery) as possible career paths. We will also support student learning in gastroenterology and GI surgery by hosting educational events surplus to the core medical school curriculum, and revision events for students approaching exams in all year groups. We also want to encourage students to hone their research skills in preparation for the future. It costs £5 a year to become a member and this would entitle you to free events and discounted fees for seminars and workshops.
The GKT Gazette is the oldest hospital journal in the world, having been established in 1872 as the Guy’s Gazette, and today continues to be a completely independent publication produced almost entirely by current health schools students.
Sections include everything from research to arts and culture events going on in London. As well as the ‘in-print’ publication, the Gazette has a website (www.gktgazette.org.uk) with weekly articles allowing students and alumni to share news and stay up to date with all areas of life at GKT. Additionally the Gazette covers many GKT-based events throughout the year and so provides a pictorial record of the year.
If you are interested in getting involved with the GKT Gazette as a writer, editor, photographer, illustrator, web designer, layout designer or by helping out with getting advertising or running the merchandise shop, email the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the team via Facebook (www.facebook.com/thegktgazette).
We are a friendly, relaxed, non-auditioning orchestra, playing a mix of classical and contemporary music. Whether you don’t want to audition, were unsuccessful for the KCL Symphony Orchestra, or just want to play in a more relaxed environment, the GKT Music Society Orchestra is for you. There is no minimum playing standard, and anyone can join (medics and non medics). There is the opportunity for those who would play in the back desks of the KCLSO to play in the front desks, as well as concerto opportunities – but don’t worry – there is no pressure to play solos if it’s not for you. We have 3 concerts a year, including a Christmas concert in the impressive Southwark Cathedral, and have social events throughout the year. Come along to Guy’s Chapel at 19.30 to try us out or email us for more information.
Every year GKT Ski organise an unforgettable ski trip, all are welcome, whether you’re a veteran or a rookie, be sure to get check them our on Facebook to find out more.
Guy’s Christian Union aims to share with others on campus the good news about Jesus Christ: his life, death and resurrection. We meet every Thursday at 5:15pm in G3 of New Hunts House to listen to a talk from the bible together, worship, and pray in order to praise God, to encourage one another as we tell others about Jesus, and to ask him for his help as we do this.
We run several events through the year, the Christmas carol service and lunchtime talks for example, where we present the gospel clearly. Within the CU, there are small groups that will be running smaller events regularly throughout the year – in halls, on campus, anywhere we’re allowed to take the message of Jesus. Keep updated with these on the Facebook group and website.
During Fresher’s, we have events happening throughout the week (17th-21st September) so keep an eye out on the website and Facebook page for those! Another major time for us is during January (this year from 21st-25th January), when we run a series of lunchtime talks and evening events over a week that explore a number of topics to do with the Christian faith and its relevance and importance to each person today.
The Interhouse Committee has it’s own website, which can be found here
Kenyan Orphan Project (KOP) is a small, friendly international development charity which supports orphaned and vulnerable children in Kisumu, western Kenya by improving access to school health and nutrition. Their vision is a world where all children thrive through health and education.
At KCL KOP we aim to recruit students who want to actively participate in supporting these orphaned and vulnerable children. Through fundraising events arranged by the committee and students themselves, our aim is to reach a collective fundraising total by the end of the academic year.
The money KCL KOP students raise will fund numerous local project partners based in Kisumu, who support the children all year round. During August 2014, the students themselves will then see for themselves first-hand the impact of their fantastic fundraising efforts when they attend the KOP programme.
The two week trip to Kenya includes:
A packed trip schedule involves teaching, preparation of the children’s food, building-work, and most importantly playing with the children, on a variety of projects. By night, there is plenty of time to unwind and share your experiences.
With nights out, local markets, scenic vistas and a safari, the trip is also indulgent for the traveller in you. It really is an amazing trip, made all the more rewarding, knowing that it was your year of hard work that helped to improve the lives of so many children.
For further information, please contact us through any of the methods below
Facebook: Search for ‘KCL KOP’
As the KCL branch of Marrow, the student led branch of the blood disorder charity Anthony Nolan, we work together to help saves the lives of people with leukaemia and other blood disorders. As a society we aim to raise awareness and sign people up to the stem cell register. When someone cannot find a stem cell match within their own family they look to us!
We also fundraise for our parent charity Anthony Nolan; whether with the simple and much loved bake sale or sky diving and cocktail evenings. As well as this, each year we go talk to sixth forms about Anthony Nolan and our work, this is incredibly rewarding and also looks great on your cv.
Finally we have some amazing socials! We are a close knit team of volunteers and we welcome anyone with the same enthusiasm for helping people.
As a KCL Marrow volunteer, you can be involved in any of the above! Join the society at http://www.kclsu.org/organisation/Marrow (it’s completely free!). And to keep up to date with our events have a look at our facebook,twitter or Instagram. If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch with us at email@example.com.
We are one of the Musical Theatre societies at King’s College, London and every year we put on a show in the Greenwood Theatre in January. The society is open to all students from all years. Every year we give all our proceeds to the RAG charities.
This year we are going to be performing ‘Rent’, with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson. The society is great fun to be a part of, as well as requiring hard work to put on a great show every year. The entire company meet every Tuesday evening, with extra rehearsals on Friday evenings and Sundays for specific scenes.
The director and producer/s must be studying a medical science, but students from any subject can take part. Auditions for the show take place each September, but there are other chances to get involved back stage in the lead up to the show.
Please see our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @MSA_MT
The aim of the society is to unite students who share an interest in Neuroscience. We work closely alongside the Neuroscience department of King’s College London as well as other Neuroscience societies around London.
Our activities include talks from world class professionals on topics such as Neuropsychopharmacology, Neuroimaging, Neurodevelopment and mental illnesses. We also host social events and careers days to encourage discussion between students from different backgrounds. These different backgrounds allow us to share study techniques, career prospects, internship options and laboratory research experiences.
The Neuroscience society brings together all students, past and present, to create strong bonds between the Neuroscience community and provide advice for those on their journey. We welcome any and all students from King’s including masters, PhDs and Medics.
To take part please come visit us on
facebook : https://www.facebook.com/groups/kclneurosoc/
twitter : @KclNeurosoc
website : http://kclneurosoc.org/
KCL Psychiatry Society was set up to promote psychiatry to medical students, support those who wish to pursue it as a career and raise the profile of mental health issues amongst all mental health professionals.
- Annual programme of lively talks from eminent speakers
- Organising and publicising SSCs in psychiatry
- OSCE revision
- Advice on planning psychiatry electives
- Career events with psychiatrists of different sub-specialities
- Exciting projects including international mental health
- NO MEMBERSHIP FEE!
RAG (Raising and Giving) is the largest student-run fundraising group at King’s and this year our theme is ‘RAG Through the Ages’. We’ll be organising regular bucket collecting days for RAGgers just like you to hit the streets and raise as much money as possible for charity. This year, we will be fundraising for Together We Can, War Child and Alzheimer’s Research UK. Your hard work will be rewarded with frequent themed events such as 80s neon parties, swinging 60s nights, RAG Raid (a relaxing weekend trip away with our lovely committee) and best of all, RAG week – 5 solid days and nights of RAGgy fun! Come and get involved, we can’t wait to meet you!
Saving Londoners’ Lives (SLL) is a partnership project that aims to increase the number of people in the capital with emergency life support skills. We are affiliated with the British Heart Foundation, St John Ambulance (Prince of Wales’ district), London Ambulance Service NHS trust, the NHS, and the London Mayor’s office.
We run training sessions twice a year, in which you will be taught emergency life support skills in a training session led by a member of the London Ambulance Service. After completion of this training session, you’ll be registered as a volunteer and will be able to assist in the teaching of first aid to primary and secondary schools around London.
The more you volunteer, the better – we don’t demand you to volunteer every week, we aim to work around your schedule. The minimum number of sessions required to receive a certificate of participation is 4 school sessions and 5 points over an academic year. This could easily mean only 4 hours of your time. Once you complete your minimum sessions, SLL will invite you to a special award ceremony, which is taking place this year at City Hall! You’ll also get to meet volunteers from the other London medical schools.
It is so much fun teaching pupils, and you’ll receive immense gratitude from the teachers. You’ll not only develop communication skills and teaching skills, but also inspire and educate the young. This is a fantastic opportunity, specific only to London medical and nursing schools, so take advantage!
If you have any questions or want to know more, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We also have a Facebook group you can join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/336848069784070/
Hope to hear from you soon! – The KCL SLL committee
SHINE Mentoring is a volunteer-led charity operating mentoring programmes for primary school children in the London Borough of Southwark. University student mentors are matched to a Year 5 or 6 pupil nearing the end of their primary school experience to help them make the transition from primary to secondary school. SHINE aims to encourage aspirations of higher education, and enhances mentees’ learning and development through proactive support and provision of positive role models.
The mentor-mentee relationship is built through weekly one-hour in class mentoring sessions and creates a partnership in which all can learn, develop and succeed. As university students, mentors are excellent ambassadors for education and can discuss further higher education opportunities.
SHINE has proved to be a very rewarding experience for everyone involved. The children have benefitted considerably from the academic and pastoral contributions a mentor makes, particularly showing successful friendships, improved confidence and aspirations and improved school attendance. The programmes have been well received within the communities within which it works with local families and youth groups showing their support in addition to schools.
If you would like to know more about SHINE, please feel free to contact us by email on email@example.com or visit our website: www.shinementoring.org.uk.
Applications for mentor positions shall open at the start of September.
The Student Medical Leadership Association (SMLA) is an organisation that aims to introduce undergraduate students to the important concepts of healthcare leadership, management, patient safety and quality improvement.
Supported by King’s Health Partners (KHP) as the student body of the Faculty of Healthcare Improvement, the SMLA’s members comprise students from the School of Biomedical Sciences, Nursing and Midwifery, Nutrition, Physiotherapy, Medicine and Dentistry at King’s College London.
Throughout the academic year, the SMLA organise a number of events including our popular monthly lecture series and workshops delivered by renowned figures from the healthcare world. Previous guest speakers include Keith Willett (National Clinical Director for Trauma Care) and Alastair McLellan (Editor-in-Chief of the Health Services Journal).
As an Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School Chapter, the SMLA is able to utilise the IHI’s expertise and resources to facilitate highly successful small-group workshops for students on a quarterly basis. Hosted in association with the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM), our inaugural conference, ‘Creating the Future We Want’, attracted hundreds of students and healthcare professionals from across the nation.
The SMLA believe that students should be at the forefront of change. ’Ductus exemplo’ (lead by example) is the motto adopted for our cause. For more information visit our website (www.smla.org.uk), join us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/smla.uk) and follow us on Twitter (@KCL_SMLA).
Who we are:
StreetDoctors is a charity registered in the UK. We change the lives of high risk young people by giving them the skills they need to deliver life-saving first aid. But as well as saving lives we use first aid as a tool to educate and empower these young people, giving them confidence and a sense of responsibility for their actions, helping to change their attitude towards violence.
What we do:
Teach and mentor young people involved in Youth Offender Programs throughout London, alongside similar teams based at Imperial, UCL and Bart’s. We are (in 2013) a brand new society at Kings so are looking to recruit enthusiastic new members! Opportunities exist both to be a regular member and to take more of a leadership role so get in touch if this sounds like something you’d enjoy!
email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or get in touch by sending us a via our Facebook group.
I’m very pleased to announce that I am this year’s GKT Summer Ball Chair and so am on the hunt for some keen individuals to be on the Committee!
I’m looking for help from all year groups, with a variety of interests and skills (no, you don’t have to be GKT – I need some reps from other campuses, too!) and experience. Whether you’ve got a flair for design or just like organising things – get involved!
If you think you’d be able to help make this year’s Ball as special as last year’s, or know of a friend who you think would be perfect for the job, send a quick email to email@example.com, including who you are, why you’d like to get involved and how you’d like to help. The MSA and I will have a look over them and get back to you as soon as we can.
First meeting will be at the end of next week (15th) so please get in touch before Tuesday 12th!
The KCL Surgical Society promotes the art and science of surgery through a variety of events for both students and staff. This includes lectures, suturing workshops, tours of surgical establishments, careers fair, networking receptions, medic revision classes, our annual National Undergraduate Trauma Conference along with social events throughout the year! Students and staff from all specialties are welcome. Join the society at http://www.kclsu.org/organisation/Surgical/ for exclusive member discounts. Keep up-to-date with events on our website, Facebook or Twitter or email us to join our mailing list.
Resources may be limited and the elements against you – can you still save a life? Medicine takes on a whole new look in the wilderness, whether it’s a remote area or a disaster zone. Join us on expeditions and hands-on scenarios, inspiring talks from the frontiers of human reach, extreme research and other unique opportunities and challenges.
We welcome students from every discipline and level of experience, offering regular jaw-dropping lecture evenings, outdoor trips and wilderness training. Get in touch and come meet us!