Awards & RecognitionsMay 1, 2018
Creation of Thesis Writing Up SpacesJanuary 1, 2018
For many decades postgraduate research students had been disproportionately represented at the KCL Students' Union. With the support of NUS' The Student Engagement Partnership (TSEP), KCLSU and King's College London, Sweta founded King's Doctoral Students' Association (KDSA). It is UK's first democratic, autonomous representative body of the Postgraduate Research Student community that ensures an equitable and inclusive representation of students from all 8 research faculties at King's through annual elections.
KDSA aims to
Engage and Connect – Connect with the students they represent, sourcing the issues and ideas from them as students at King’s and as members of KCLSU.
Understand and Build – Understand student issues within their community, making decision and forming priorities to amplify as the representative body.
Act and Change – Lead collective campaigning to bring change and improve the experience for their student community and beyond.
Share and empower – Share their students’ successes with the KDSA and wider student community, empowering them to make a positive impact as a collective Union
Drafted KDSA's constitution based on students' needs and inputs
Trained and empowered faculty representatives
Integrated existing student societies and associations, created local representative bodies where needed
Secured funding to run day-to-day activities of KDSA
Extensively engaged with College & Union staff, businesses and corporates to provide enhanced career and personal development training for postgraduate students