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UCL forum on careers in Government and policy

By ucyondr, on 21 March 2011

On 8 March, UCL Careers service held a PhD Employers Forum on Careers in Government and Policy. The aim of the event was to provide UCL research students with the opportunity to question and network with employers from the area of government and policy.

A panel of speakers from local and national Government departments, charities and think tanks spoke about their sector, their career progression and the best routes into government and policy positions. They also gave tips on how PhD and research students can use their qualifications and experiences to enter this field.

Philip Wilson, who spoke at the event, is the chief psychologist with the Cabinet Office, focusing on recruitment of graduates. He said: “I was delighted to attend the event – it provided a fantastic opportunity to engage with the very best of PhD talent and hopefully offer them some useful insights into possible career avenues.”

Fellow panellist Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the RSA, explained: “In any successes I may have achieved in my career, I have always relied on high quality people coming into work from university research, so I was delighted to hopefully give some members from within that group some insights from my own experience.”

The full panel of speakers was as follows:

  • Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, RSA
  • Katy Wright, UK Parliamentary and Advocacy Officer, Oxfam GB
  • Philip Wilson, Chief Psychologist, Cabinet Office
  • Alistair Paton, European Policy Adviser, Department of Transport
  • Varun Sitaram, Healthy Places Coordinator, London Borough of Enfield
  • David Joyce, Head of Placeshaping, London Borough of Camden

Click here for more information on UCL Careers.
Image: Philip Wilson, Chief Psychologist, Cabinet Office

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