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Sprint Development Programme for female undergraduates and postgraduates

By uczjvwa, on 14 January 2016






Sprint is a well-established development programme for undergraduate and graduate women at the early stages of their professional development, from all backgrounds and ages. It provides a tool kit to help female undergrads and graduates be empowered to achieve their potential. The programme enables participants to take hold of their personal ambitions and develop a network of mentors and peers.

Originally pioneered at University of Cambridge, with more recent programmes run at the University of Oxford, UCL and City University have co-hosted a number of successful programmes.  The results have been amazing – over 90% say the programme has changed their lives and they feel more positive and better in control of their career decisions as a result.

This winter the programme will be hosted at UCL and across four action packed days, the programme will cover a range of key development topics, with the aim help you to:

  • use your personal power and influence
  • identify your values, attitudes and direction
  • manage your time effectively
  • learn how to use assertiveness positively
  • build your image, networking skills and confidence
  • engage with inspiring role models and industry professionals
  • gain access to a network of mentors (provided by sponsoring companies) to help you achieve your goals

The programme is co-sponsored by The Royal Bank of Scotland and Microsoft.


16th, 17th, 18th February and 22nd March 2016 at UCL – exact rooms to be confirmed on successful application.


Applicants will need to submit a CV and a 300 word letter detailing why they wish to participate in the course.

Applicants will be shortlisted according to clear evidence that they have thought about their future career, why they wish to participate in the course, and how it will meet their development needs.

Whilst the programme is open to all, those at the beginning of their career or with little work experience will benefit the most.

Please email your application to Kathryn Goodfellow (k.goodfellow@ucl.ac.uk) and Rhiannon Williams (rhiannon.e.williams@ucl.ac.uk).

The deadline for applications is 9am on 25th January 2016 and successful candidates will be informed within a week of the closing date.

There are 30 spaces available on the programme for UCL students and graduates. Students from City University will also be attending the same programme, allowing an opportunity to mix with individuals from that institution.


If you are successfully shortlisted, you will be required to pay a £50 returnable deposit to secure your place.  If the workshop becomes fully booked before you pay the deposit, we will email you to let you know and keep you on a reserve list so that we can contact you if there are any last minute cancellations.


All successful applicants will be required to attend ALL four days of the programme. 

Deposits – your deposit will be returned when you attend the final workshop on the 22nd March 2016. Any latecomers will not be admitted to the workshop and will therefore lose the deposit.

Cancellations – you must give at least two working days notice in order to receive a full refund.  Cancellations later than this will not be refunded.

If you have any questions, please email Kathryn Goodfellow or Rhiannon Williams.

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Listen to representatives with PhDs talk about working in the Health sector

By uczjvwa, on 11 January 2016

Booking now open for the ‘UK and Global Health Sector : Employer Forum for PhDs and Researchers’ on Thursday 11th February 2015 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.


The aim of this event is to help PhD and other research students with their career planning by providing an opportunity to question, to hear from and network with employers that come from a variety of roles within the health sector, who are PhD holders themselves. The panel of speakers will give tips on how research students can use their qualifications and experiences to enter this field as well as information about their sector.

Panel of speakers will be:

Dr Katrina de Saram – Associate Director, AXON

Dr Claire Knight – Health Information Manager, Cancer Research UK

Speaker to be confirmed – GSK (GlaxoSmithKline)

Dr Michael Kirwan – Scientific Team Lead, integrated medhealth communication (imc)

Dr Gavin Kenny – Account Manager, Medical Education team, Ogilvy Healthworld UK

To find out more about the programme please go to: http://courses.grad.ucl.ac.uk/course-details.pht?course_ID=2715

Research students book a place here

Research staff book a place here

Find out about the specialist careers support provided by UCL Careers for researchers here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/specialistsupport/researchers

What career skills were you shouting about in 2015?

By uczjsdd, on 6 January 2016

Are you sick of 2015 countdown lists yet? No? Good, because here’s another one.

Have you heard of Coursera? It’s great. It allows you to take free online courses in pretty much anything, and those courses are taught by university experts. In fact, UCL careers consultants helped deliver a course in Employability Skills in 2014 and 2015.

And now the good people at Coursera have put together a handy list of 2015’s most coveted career skills. When you complete a course you receive a certificate, and get the option of posting said certificate to your LinkedIn profile. By assessing courses with the most certificates posted to LinkedIn, Coursera have worked out the top 10 skills people most wanted to show off to recruiters last year. It’s a nice measure of what’s hot with employers right now, with ‘digital marketing’ coming out on top, and ‘data science’ featuring heavily in the top 10. Check out the full list here.

And to be notified when the employability skills course runs again, visit the course page and add it to your wish list.