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Abhishekh (IoPPN)

AshokAbhi is PhD student at Institute of psychiatry, psychology and neurosciences. He completed MBBS before starting his PhD studies. He could help with basic statistics, systematic review and meta-analysis, writing a research articles for publication, preparation for poster presentations and introduction to SPSS. 

Aleida (Arts & Humanities)

Picture of AleidaAleida is first year PhD student in the department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies. She is researching youth political participation in urban spaces within the context of Lusophone Africa. She comes from an interdisciplinary background and holds a BA in Law with French, an LLM in International Legal Practice and an MSc in Research for International Development. Her previous experience includes legal practice in Human Rights law, international development work as well as research on ‘good governance’ in Africa, women in politics, diaspora political participation, external citizenship and minority rights in Brazilian law. Aleida can offer advice on essay/dissertation structure, writing styles, constructing an argument, writing concisely, research skills/ strategies and tips on how to focus on dealing with the task at hand.

Aleida can offer help in several areas: International Law, the UK legal System, EU Law, Modern Languages (French, Spanish, Portuguese), International Development, Political Science, International Relations and Social Science Research.

Dan (Life Science & Medicine)

Dan is a first-year PhD student in the Diabetes Research Group based on Guy’s Campus. He completed a BSc degree in Biology at the University of York, and an MSc in Molecular Medicine at Imperial College London. His thesis involves several themes he finds interesting about human cellular biology; including immunology, signalling pathways and in vivo therapeutic interventions.

Dan can help and advise on the following topics:

  • Presentation Skills
  • How structure paragraphs for scientific writing

Diya (Arts & Humanities)

Diya is a PhD researcher in the Department of English at King's College London, studying the Indian soldiers’ experiences in the Second World War from a literary and cultural perspective. She has a BA and MA in English from Jadavpur University, India, and a BA and MPhil in English from the University of Cambridge. Before starting her research, she worked in the fields of academic publishing, academic communications and journalism. See for more details.

As an Academic Writing tutor, Diya can help with:

  • how to develop an argument in an essay
  • how to write critically
  • problems with structuring an essay
  • issues with grammar and style.

Emily (FoLSM)

Emily is a second-year PhD student in the School of Immunology and Microbial Sciences, and is based at Guy’s Hospital. Her thesis focusses on the immunology of Type 1 Diabetes. She completed her BSc degree in Medical Sciences at University of Leeds, and an MRes in Biomedical and Translational Science at Kings College London. Emily can help and advise on academic writing and research skills, in particular;

  • Scientific writing (literature reviews and/or lab reports)
  • Critical writing and the development of a strong, balanced argument
  • Researching and applying appropriate academic sources
  • Structuring an essay

Emily is also happy to help with presentation preparation, poster preparation and any problems with referencing, grammar and spelling.

Hailey (Arts & Humanities)

Hailey is a PhD student focusing on Shakespeare and early modern drama in collaboration with Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. She can help with developing and structuring an argument, analysing and incorporating sources, and practical essay-writing strategies.

Hannah (Arts & Humanities)

Hannah is a second-year PhD student in the German department at KCL. She completed a BA degree in Modern Languages at the University of Oxford, and a Masters in German, also at Oxford. Her doctoral project focuses on contemporary German-language authors who use collage techniques to write about traumatic histories. She is a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the German Department.

Hannah can provide help with the following topics:

  • How to approach an essay question
  • How to structure and develop an argument
  • Issues with grammar, style and presentation 

Jennifer (Nursing & Midwifery)

Jennifer is a Registered Nurse, with a clinical practice background in critical care, and a passion for social justice. As a PhD student at King's College London, she is studying organisational resilience in nursing. Jennifer has worked in tertiary hospitals in clinical practice, education, research, and management. Jennifer also connects innovative technology with clinical education, including video games and social media.

Jennifer can help you with clinical aspects of nursing, writing, and issues around research, policy, and theory. She has generalist education, so students from all nursing programmes and midwifery are welcome. 

Jingan (Arts & Humanities)

Jingan is an award-winning playwright and journalist. She holds a BA (Hons) in English with Film Studies from King’s College London and a Master of Studies in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Film Studies at King’s College London. Her research focuses on the cinematic representations of the area of London’s Soho in British cinema. She has presented at numerous conferences and organised the seminal ‘Cities in Crisis’ symposium at King’s College London. She was a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Film Studies from 2016 – 2017. Upcoming publications include ‘Foreign Goods: A Selection of Writing by British East Asian Artists’ which she edited and commissioned, published by Oberon Books in 2018, and an article on Jewish representation in British cinema in Jewish Film & New Media journal and a book review in the Historical Journal of Film and Television. She has edited and contributed articles for the South China Morning Post, Guardian, London Review of Books blog and the Hong Kong Free Press.

Jingan can assist with Academic Writing and improving research/archival skills:

  • Structuring an essay
  • Strengthening your argument
  • Grammar and spelling
  • Improve research skills (using archives, using the library)

Joe (Arts & Humanities)

Picture of JoeJoe is currently a 3rd year PhD student in the SPLAS department and completed his MA in Early Modern European History with the History department at King’s. Joe can help students with critical academic writing skills such as structuring and developing an argument. This will involve advice on the appropriate use of sources, as well as finding an academic style. He can also offer advice on finding a question, organising a research schedule, and getting started.

Konrad (Arts & Humanities)

Picture of KonradKonrad is a second year PhD student in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies. His research interests focus on the anthropology of religion, particularly on contemporary Catholicism and Orthodoxy. With more than 10 years of experience in qualitative research (ethnographic interviews, participant observation, etc.), Konrad can help you with research design and fieldwork strategies. As an editor of two collective volumes and author of several academic articles (including in peer-reviewed journals), he can advise on writing skills, such as proper construction of argument, use of sources, or citation and reference styles. Konrad can also help you with conference presentations, research proposals, and other academic skills. He speaks English, Polish, and Russian.

Ksenia (IoPPN)

Ksenia is a third year PhD student. She joined CDT in Medical Imaging after completing MPhys in Theoretical Physics at the University of Manchester and studied MRes in Medical Imaging as part of the CDT programme. Ksenia is doing a PhD in machine learning for neuroimaging analysis. 
Ksenia can help you with: basic statistics, LaTeX scripting, writing scientific reports, abstracts, and literature reviews, presentation skills, time management, and research skills such as critiquing and evaluating literature.

Matthew (Social Science & Public Policy)

 Matthew Knowles is a doctoral researcher in the Department of Security Studies, where he is writing a PhD thesis on military co-operation between Norway and Britain during the Second World War. 

His subject specialisms are History and International Relations which he has also taught at King’s.  He has been a Study Skills Leader with Library Services for two years.

He has many years teaching and tutoring experience at various levels from secondary school to PhD level.

He holds a dual honours BA degree in History and English Literature, and MA in History, a double subject Post Graduate Certificate of Education (with full Qualified Teacher Status) in History and Citizenship, and a Teaching English as a Foreign Language qualification.

Nikou (IoPPN)

​Nikou is a second year PhD student, awarded the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre Studentship, in the Department of Neuroimaging at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. She has a BSc in Physics and MSc in Neuroimaging, both of which were completed at King’s College London.

Nikou can offer support with: basic statistics, LaTeX scripting, writing scientific reports, abstracts, and literature reviews, presentation skills, time management, and research skills such as critiquing and evaluating literature.

Sagar (Social Science & Public Policy)

Picture of SagarA PhD candidate across two disciplines - History & Philosophy at King's College London, Sagar holds a BA & 2 MAs from Liverpool University & King’s College London. 


He has 5+ years of teaching experience in various institutions (both public and private) across the country, specialising both in Academic Writing and Critical Analysis. Currently a Graduate Teacher within the Social Science and Public Policy Department at King’s with extensive knowledge of writing in both Social Sciences & Arts & Humanities. 


As an Academic tutor, Sagar can help with:

  • Academic Writing 
  • Critical Analysis
  • How to structure an essay
  • Academic Language and Style.
  • Time Management

Sonal (Arts & Humanities)

Sonal is a PhD researcher in the Film Studies department. Her research topic focuses on experiences of working with Aboriginal communities in the mid-west of Western Australia, relating her own film and photographic work with representations of Aboriginality in Australian Cinema from the 1970s to present day.  She is also an award-winning photographer and filmmaker: 

Sonal can help students with:

  • Essay structure
  • Developing an argument in writing 
  • Style and grammar

Swapnil (Dental Institute)

Swapnil is a PhD student in the Division of Population and Patient Health at the Dental Institute. He is using a mixed methods approach to develop a workforce model for oral health in low income countries. His background is in dentistry and he completed his Master’s degree in Dental Public Health at KCL in 2011. He has worked as a research assistant at KCL prior to commencing his PhD in 2015. Swapnil can help with:

(a) Literature review

(b) Using a mixed methods approach (quantitative and qualitative research methods)

(c) Basic analytical support on SPSS and STATA software.