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    Archive for March, 2016

    Listen to representatives with PhDs talk about working in the government and policy sector

    By Vivienne C Watson, on 16 March 2016

    Book to attend ‘A Future in Government and Policy: Employer Forum for Researchers: Employer Forum for PhDs and Researchers’ on Tuesday 22nd March 2016 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

    The aim of this event is to help researchers with their career planning by providing an opportunity to question, to hear from and network with employers from the government and policy sector who are PhD holders themselves. The panel of speakers will give tips on how researchers can use their qualifications and experiences to enter this field as well as information about their sector.

    Panel of speakers will be:

    Dr Jacob Parakilas – Assistant Head, US and the Americas Programme, Chatham House

    Dr Gemma Bridge – Programme & Change Management Lead, Cabinet Office, Civil Service Fast Stream

    Dr Joseph Elliston – Senior Scientific Officer, Government Operational Research Service (GORS)

    Dr Hadjer Nacer – Researcher, The Health Foundation

    Dr Daniel Jones – Operational Researcher, Forecasting and Model Development Unit, Ministry of Justice

    Dr George Windsor – Senior Policy Researcher, Nesta

    To find out more and to read the speakers’ biographies please go to: http://courses.grad.ucl.ac.uk/course-details.pht?course_ID=2214

    Research Students book here

    Research Staff book here


    Top tips for building research independence

    By Sophia Donaldson, on 10 March 2016

    building blocksHave you seen the new guest blog about how to demonstrate research independence on Piirus.ac.uk? It was published today and it may be the best guest blog a guestblogger has ever blogged!

    Ok. So we wrote the guest blog. But if you’re hoping to build a career in academia, you’re going to want to show funding bodies and academic recruiters that you’re an independent researcher. So maybe check out these tips on how to do just that. And if you’re a UCL PhD or researcher who wants more guidance on this, you can book onto our workshops or one-to-one careers sessions.


    Photo from Derek Bridges.