Welcome to the advice page. In this section, we aim to provide advice surrounding your studies, health and well being, and general updates that you may need to know about. As a society, we believe, now more than ever, it is important to help and support one another. We, therefore, hope that you find this page to be a beneficial source of information and guidance.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time and we hope that everyone is healthy and keeping safe. Lockdown in the UK has been lifted, but it is important to take the necessary precautions when going out.
Ensure that you are wearing a facemask when using public transport. Not wearing one can result in an £100 on the spot fine.
From 8 August, you will be required to wear face coverings in a greater number of public indoor settings such as museums, galleries, cinemas and public libraries.
Avoid crowded places, and ensure you keep 2 meteres apart from other people
All Londoners should wear a face covering in enclosed spaces where they can’t keep a safe distance (2 metres) from others.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
a high temperature
a new, continuous cough
a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste
Order the COVID-19 test, and do not leave your house for 10 days.
For more information visit : https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
University will be resuming in September, with all teaching resources available online. Lectures will be specially recorded online, but there will also be a few live lectures.
Campus will be open, but with restrictions in order to maintain social distancing
Tutorials and workshops will be carried out on MS teams, with the possibility of live campus sessions being run as well.
Currently practicals will not be performed on campus, but recordings will be available online.
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Top tips to stay happy and healthy!
Although we sometimes forget it, it is very important to look after ourselves! Here are some tips to keep physically & mentally healthy:
A good night's sleep has shown to improve cognitive function and maximise our performance both physically and mentally! It is recommended that adults get between 7-9 hours of sleep.
Sometimes life can be overwhelming. Being mindful involves being fully present and engaged with what we are doing, being neither over nor underwhelmed. Like weight training, mindfulness involves strengthening the brain to reside within the present, the weights being meditation.
Exercise releases endorphins which reduces stress levels and improves our mood. Additionally, intense physical activity increases blood flow to the brain, stimulating cell growth particularly in the hippocampus, which is why exercise helps with concentration and learning.
KEEP IN TOUCH
Remember to keep in touch with friends! The most important thing in a friendship is communication. Check in and support each other. A recent Harvard study has shown that having solid friendships in our life even promotes brain growth!
We all love the occasional domino’s pizza or Nando’s! However, try not to make fast food a habit. Remember healthy eating is not about cutting out food, but eating a balance. By doing this you can maintain a healthy weight and reduce health risks such as high cholesterol. It has also been shown to improve memory and alertness!
When do I start my neurology rotation at King's?
The first neurology-related block, titled 'Cognitive, Movement and Senses' takes place in Stage 2 Year 3 of the GKT curriculum. Though after this there is no specific neurology placement, you are likely to encounter cases in your later rotations (e.g. neuro-trauma in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care in Stage 3 Year 4)
Which 3rd year project should I take? I feel like topics were not covered enough in depth to make an informed decision.
We are working on including previous 3rd year student experiences regarding 3rd year laboratory projects , so keep an eye on our website for more details coming very soon.
Which options are available to 3rd Year Neuroscience Bsc students?
All the information regarding module options for the Neuroscience/Msci can be found on the Programme Advising page on KEATS https://keats.kcl.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=51494
How do I submit an article?
Check the article submission guidance on the articles page!
What laboratory work experience does KCL offer?
KCL offers paid summer studentships that are open to all undergraduate students at Kings via the Kings Undergraduate Research Fellowship (KURF). This experience allows you to conduct your own PAID research laboratory project under the supervision of leading KCL academics. Successful applicants for the Fellowships are also enrolled on the King’s Experience Research Award, which enables students to gain formal recognition for their role as Research Fellows. Successful completion of the Research Award will feature on students’ Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR). Applications for 2020-21 will open in March 2021, so keep an eye on this page: https://keats.kcl.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=13571§ion=12 If you'd like to learn more about a successful applicant's KURF experience and what to expect from undertaking a summer research project at KCL, keep an eye on our blog where a post will be available very soon.
I enjoyed one of the topics covered in a particular lecture on one of my modules and I am interested in this topic for a summer project. How do I go about this?
It is important to keep in mind that it is tricky for researchers to take on summer students independently, without a scheme in place where a summer laboratory project is being advertised either by KCL or by a society such as the Biochemical Society. This is because funding and insurance are difficult to procure without a scheme already in place. That being said, let the professor know that you are interested inpursuing a project, and ask if they are willing to take you on as a summer student. They may already be offering a project via the Kings Undergraduate Research Fellowship (KURF) , or would be willing to apply with you via a society such as the Biochemical society to gain funding. If you are on the Neuroscience Bsc/Msci course, also consider approaching the relevant researcher regarding your topic of interest as a 3rd year laboratory project, funded as part of your degree!