Frequently Asked Questions

We’re happy to answer your questions about the DTP, our courses and our activities.  Before you send a question, however, please check below to see whether we’ve already answered it for you.

We get a lot of email traffic to our address but will try to respond to your queries as soon as possible. If your question isn’t clarified below, you can reach us via liss-dtp@kcl.ac.uk

You can sign up to become part of our regular newsletter mailing list on our registration webpage. Our emails will let you know about training registration periods, courses with space still available, new courses on offer and other DTP activities. You can also keep track of our activities by following us on Twitter, joining our Facebook or LinkedIn communities and checking our website regularly.

LISS DTP’s Thematic Pathways are designed to help foster interdisciplinary and inter-institutional activities across the three DTP partner universities. They’re a useful way of getting to know other PhD students outside your department who are working on similar research topics.

Each Pathway also has a budget to help its members plan and run events and activities around their research interests and training needs.  Academic Pathway Leads will provide some support and direction, but much of Pathway activity can be driven by its affiliated students.  You can select which Pathway best fits your interests when you register to join the DTP.

You can change your Pathway at any time using the ‘Change Pathway’ online form.  Many Pathway events are open to students from other Pathway so you’re not limited to a single Pathway’s options.  Often, groups of Pathways within the same broad Research Area will work together to run events and activities.  Being active in your Pathway is completely voluntary; there’s no requirement to be involved.

While King’s College doctoral students who are unaffiliated with LISS DTP can technically book onto our courses via the Skills Forge booking system, we will always prioritise King’s students who are affiliated with us when courses are oversubscribed.  Queen Mary and Imperial College doctoral students MUST register to join LISS DTP in order to receive access to the Skills Forge booking system for our courses.

Once you have registered to join/affiliate with LISS DTP via our online registration form, you will be given a link to our Skills Forge booking system’s homepage.  King’s College doctoral students will be able to log into this system immediately, using their k number and password as for email; Queen Mary and Imperial College students will need to set up an account/password on the Skills Forge system.  Once completed, this will allow them to book training using this system as well.

LISS DTP training bookings work on a termly basis; only courses in the immediately upcoming/current term will be available for booking, .ie. during our autumn term (October- December), only autumn term courses will be open for booking. Exact dates/times/locations and required preparation for each course are accessible via detailed outlines on the Training Programme webpage.

Termly bookings on Skills Forge open as follows in 2017-18:

  • Autumn 2017 registration- from 25 September 2017
  • Spring 2018 registration- from 11 December 2017
  • Summer 2018 registration- from 3 April 2018
  • Summer Institute registration- varied, look for announcements on our Summer Institute webpage and via social media and our e-newsletter.

Every LISS DTP course will have its registration period listed as part of its Skills Forge entry and/or on its course outline.  All courses in the same term will open on the same date (listed above) but closing dates will vary.  For courses with little to no preparatory work required, booking will stay open until 48 hours before the first session or when the course fills with a short waiting list.  For courses with advance preparation required, booking will usually close 5 days before the start of the first session, or when the course fills with a short waiting list.   

Registration is now on a first-come/first-served basis.  However, we will be closely monitoring ‘no-shows’ (students who book onto courses and then do not attend or cancel their place via the SF system) and students who book onto more than 7 courses per academic year.  Failing to cancel your place in a timely fashion (ie. a minimum of 48 hours ahead of the first session), failure to show up to courses you book onto and booking on excessive numbers of courses will result in individual students being barred from booking onto future DTP courses after a warning is issued.

If the DTP course you want to attend has multiple sessions, please DO NOT book onto it unless you can attend at least 75% of the sessions- ie. 3 out of 4 sessions on a 4 session course.  Otherwise you are potentially taking a space away from another student who could commit to attending a course in full.  Your attendance will be monitored via attendance sheets at each session.  Please inform the course convenor directly if you are going to miss a session of a course.

LISS DTP runs a ‘one off/one on’ standard waiting list procedure once a course is fully subscribed.  We ask that you cancel your place via the Skills Forge system as quickly as possible if you find that you can no longer attend a course onto which you are booked.  If you are on a waiting list for a course and receive an offer of a place, please be aware that these offers are time sensitive.  You will need to click on a link in the email you receive in order to gain a space on the course or else your offer will expire and the place will be offered to the next student on the waiting list.

We anticipate that much of our DTP programming will remain the same year-on-year, so if you can’t attend a course during one academic year, it will likely be repeated in the following year.  As much as possible, course materials, audio or visual recordings of courses etc. will be available online for all affiliated DTP students to access.  More information on this to follow here soon.

 

 

If you are a part-time or distance student with interest in particular LISS DTP courses, please contact LISS DTP Manager, caitlin.patrick@kcl.ac.uk, and let her know the particular courses that interest you.  She will see what is possible with the convenor to make more material available on that topic and to maximise online resources.

We recommend that you register for no more than 8 DTP courses per year.  We hope this will encourage you to choose the courses you really want to attend rather than ‘sampling’ large numbers of courses.  To make training successful, it’s important that you commit to attending and fully participating in it.  As we keep our course numbers capped quite low (at 25 or often less) this policy also makes it easier to ensure that as many students as possible can attend the courses they really need/want.  

If you are unsure about whether a particular DTP course will be relevant to your interests/needs, please contact LISS DTP Manager, Caitlin Patrick (caitlin.patrick@kcl.ac.uk) or the course convenor to clarify whether the course is appropriate for you before you book onto it.  Reading groups and some other DTP programming are bookable individually on Skills Forge (so that you can pick and choose which sessions you attend) but we’ll count attendance at multiple sessions of these as just 1 course (same course code).

If you find you can no longer attend a DTP course you have a confirmed space on, it’s VERY important that you cancel as soon as possible to allow another student to have the space.  You can cancel using the Skills Forge system that you booked on.  You will need to log on as normal then visit the ‘my booking summary’ section.  Scroll down to find the course you would like to cancel and click ‘Details’.  Scroll down to the section marked ‘Booking status’.  From here, you should follow the ‘Click here to cancel your place’ link.  If you try to cancel less than 48 hours before the start of a course, Skills Forge will not allow you to complete your request.  Instead, you will need to email us at liss-dtp@kcl.ac.uk  This will then be counted as a ‘late cancellation’ and may effect your ability to get a place on future DTP courses, so please make every effort to cancel well in advance.

You can change your LISS DTP Pathway at any time using the form on this webpage.

If you are a Queen Mary or Imperial College student, only LISS DTP courses (those with codes starting LISS) will be available for you to book.

King’s College doctoral students will be able to access and book other courses via Skills Forge, but LISS DTP is only responsible for courses with codes starting LISS.  No, we only deal with KISS DTC courses that start with ‘KISS’ in the course code.  For assistance with courses starting with ‘PGR’ and ‘RS’, email doctoraltraining@kcl.ac.uk  For courses starting with ‘LIB’ and ‘ISS’ you need to contact King’s Library Services.

Please contact LISS DTP Manager, caitlin.patrick@kcl.ac.uk to provide any ideas you have regarding new DTP programming.  We’re very open to suggestions and have a budget to make new, innovative event ideas happen.  If you would like to run your own event, we will need you to submit a short proposal (no more than 2 A4 pages) with some details about the proposed content of the training, the anticipated audience/participants for the training with consideration taken to all three institutions in the partnership and a short budget to indicate how required funds would be spent.  Proposals can be submitted to caitlin.patrick@kcl.ac.uk or liss-dtp@kcl.ac.uk