Who are we?
We are London’s first and only student-led policy institute. Our vision was to get together students of all years and from all disciplines, create a forum for informed discussion, and propose credible policy solutions to the hard-hitting questions of the day. We decided we were not going to stand for one ideology over another and committed ourselves to open, frank, discourse rarely seen even in the corridors of power.
During our inaugural year, we have successfully held a number of key events on issues such as vote reform, the United Nations and accountability of Middle East regimes. We have attracted speakers of the highest calibre – authors, journalists, MPs, and academics. We were left in awe at the number of students who signed up to our society and turned up to our events. And we have published an annual journal full of original articles written by students themselves.
How do we operate?
This year, we have revamped our offerings with seven policy centres; Defence/Diplomacy, Energy/Environment, Education, Healthcare, Law, Economics/Business and Current Affairs.
We are holding events every week throughout the academic year with the very best speakers from the highest levels of public policy and government. To support this, we will also be running weekly seminars to supplement our events, bringing in PhD and Masters students in the form of an Academic Support team to coach those who wish to conduct research and write papers for our annual journal or quarterly research reports. On top of this we are able to offer internship and work placement opportunities to our members.
Regardless of your aspirations – whether you want to build your CV or gain writing experience or just want to attend some fascinating lectures in the forthcoming months, no matter if you are a nurse or a lawyer – we believe KCL THINK TANK has a place for you.
Benefits for Students
- Practical application of class knowledge, linking academics to public policy and showing how their degree and skills are relevant in the real world.
- Improvement of essential skills necessary for university and work such as communication, critical thinking, research and writing.
- Multidisciplinary – Students will work with lawyers, doctors, war studies, European studies, scientists and business students to provide a holistic view of an issue.
- An opportunity for students to be published in an academic journal and to get feedback from professors and guest editors.
- A chance for students to present their ideas to influential figures through talks and a journal.
- Students will approach an issue in an open way and will have their views and ideologies constructively challenged.
- Opportunities for internships and work experience at think tanks
- Looks good on a CV, having taken part in such a society and having their articles published in a competitive journal.
- Doesn’t take much time, can contribute as much or as little as you want
Principles governing the King’s Think Tank
- No political or ideological affiliation. We are open to all students from any political background and will not predispose students to write in a particular way or support a particular policy. Our recommendations will come through constructive discussion and majority approval.
- Open to students from every discipline. Although a Think Tank society might be considered as something for politics students more than anyone else, we also need students from all disciplines such as Law, Business, the Arts, Sciences, Medicine and the Humanities. Every issue has a number of different aspects and every student is capable of providing constructive comments and criticism even if they do not have ideas of their own.
- Open to students of King’s of any level, undergraduates, postgraduates etc.
- No background knowledge required, seminars and talks will impart brief knowledge and the detailed research will be done by those who want to write on a particular topic.
- Democratic selection of a theme and topics, we will study what the members are interested in.
- Ability for students to do their own research and write their own articles outside of the seminars.
- Not everyone has to write articles. Some can simply contribute to the discussion at the seminars, others can do research for those writing the articles.
- Differentiation from other societies and groups, not just a debating society, but rather a chance for students to form their own opinions and write these up.
- No membership fees