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    Find out about teaching opportunities for researchers

    By Vivienne C Watson, on 25 July 2016

     

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    The Brilliant Club: teaching opportunities for doctoral and post-doctoral researchers

    Book a one-to-one appointment to speak to a member of staff from the Brilliant Club on Thursday 28th July. Further details on how to book a slot below.

    The Brilliant Club is an award winning charity that recruits, trains and places doctoral and post-doctoral researchers in non-selective state schools to deliver programmes of university-style tutorials to small groups of high performing pupils.

    During our autumn placements, our PhD Tutors will work with twelve high-performing 10-12 year old pupils, delivering a series of six tutorials that takes them beyond the curriculum and helps them to develop the knowledge, skills and ambition necessary to secure places at top universities. Successful candidates will receive training by qualified teachers and academics that focuses on learning theory and teaching technique. The first tutorial takes place at our launch trips, where tutors accompany pupils on a visit to a highly-selective university.  To find out more or apply now, please visit www.thebrilliantclub.org/apply

    We will be running one-to-one appointments at UCL to introduce researchers to the programme on the afternoon of Thursday 28th July between 14.00 and 16.30.  Bookings must be made to secure a slot.

    To book a slot, please email Dr Rajbir Hazelwood at hazelwood@thebrilliantclub.org.

     

    Working in social and market research – panel event for UCL researchers

    By Vivienne C Watson, on 29 April 2016

    Beyond Academia: Working in social and market research

    5th May 2016 – 5:30pm – 6:30pm

    ‘Beyond Academia’ is a new programme designed to give researchers a focused insight into specific career areas within industry.

    Two employers will give a short presentation about the work they do in their organisation. The employers who are presenting have a PhD allowing them to give a view point from a researcher’s perspective. The presentations will be followed by a short networking session allowing you to speak to the employers and ask any questions you might have.

    Speakers:

    Dr Marco Bonzanini, Data Scientist, Elevate Direct

    Marco Bonzanini is a Data Scientist based in London. After a few years working as software engineer and lecturer in the private sector in Italy, he took a Master in Advanced Methods in Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London. He completed a PhD in Information Retrieval at the same institute, where he defended his thesis in 2014. His research interests include intelligent search applications and natural language processing. After his time in academia, he moved back to industry where he tries to merge the best of both worlds. Active in the PyData community, he’s now working on his first book about Data Mining applied to Social Media (PacktPub, 2016).

    Dr Neil Stevenson, Senior Research Executive, Ipsos Connect (Ipsos MORI)

    Neil Stevenson is originally from New Zealand where he studied Political Science and History at the University of Auckland and then a Masters in Political Communication. He completed his PhD at the University of Westminster in 2015 on the production of political talk television shows in America, the UK, and Australia. Neil worked at the think-tank Demos in 2014 where he researched ethno-cultural integration in the UK. After that he joined Ipsos MORI, a market research agency, to work in a specialist qualitative team that helps media, technology and government clients wrestle with their business problems and better understand people.

    To find out more please go to: https://courses.grad.ucl.ac.uk/course-details.pht?course_ID=2799

    Research Students book here

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    Bookings open for Life Science Sector Employer Fair for UCL Researchers

    By Vivienne C Watson, on 11 April 2016

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    Life Science Sector: Employer Fair and one-to-one sessions for PhDs and Researchers

    27th April 2016 from 11:00 to 16:00

    The aim of this event is to help PhD and other research students with their career planning by providing an opportunity to meet employers from the Life Science sector.

    The event will begin with an intimate fair which will have a few select organisations. Many of the employers present will be PhD holders themselves. The fair will be followed by one-to-one sessions that will allow you to discuss any questions you might have in further detail with a specific employer on a one on one basis.

    Companies attending:

    DDB Remedy

    Cambridge Healthcare Research

    Coulter Partners

    Ernst & Young (EY)

    Hays

    Immunocore

    JA Kemp

    L.E.K. Consulting

    Lucozade Ribena Suntory (LRS)

    National Institute for Biological Standards and Control(NIBSC)

    To find out more information about the companies attending go to:http://courses.grad.ucl.ac.uk/course-details.pht?course_ID=2234

    Research Students book here

    Research Staff book here

    NEWSFLASH! PhDs can come to media week too!

    By S Donaldson, on 26 November 2015

    Image from Griffith College Marketing team via creative commonsNext week’s media week events are open to all UCL students – including you PhDs. We have lots of great speakers from the worlds of publishing, journalism, broadcasting, and PR and marketing. And if you don’t see yourself as a ‘media type’ you might also like to investigate the growing field of Media Analytics, discussed on Thursday 3rd Dec, where your analytical skills will be valued.

    “But I’m a scientist, is Media Week open to me too?” I hear you ask. Yes! We welcome even you scientists, and you may be particularly interested in hearing from the Freelance Scientific and Medical Editor speaking at our “Getting into Publishing” event on Tues 1st Dec, and the science graduate who now works as a BBC radio producer (she worked on ‘The Naked Scientists’!) who will be answering questions at our “Get into Broadcasting” event on Wed 2nd Dec.

    See the full line up of events below.

     

    UCL Careers Media Week

    1st-4th December 2015

    Come along to our selection of panel discussions, interactive workshops and presentations to find out more about opportunities across this popular sector. Gain tips on routes into the media industry from experienced media professionals and learn what you can start doing now to increase your chances of success!

    All of the events below are now bookable through ‘My UCL Careers’. Event venues are confirmed on booking.

    Get into Publishing: Panel Discussion, Q&A and Networking

    Tuesday 1st December, 5.30pm-7pm

    Want to get some key tips on how to break through into this notoriously competitive sector? Come and meet panellists across editorial roles and academic publishing. Confirmed panellists include:

     

    > Marta Kowalewska , Editorial Assistant, Sage Publications

    > Dr.Nina Buchan, Freelance Scientific & Medical Editor

    > Claire Palmer, Editor, Harper Collins Publishers

    > Allie Collins, freelance editor (former Editorial Director at John Blake Publishing)

    > UCL Press representative

     

    Journalism Workshop with News Associates

    Wednesday 2nd December, 1pm-3pm

    Students interested in pursuing a career in journalism can enrol on this two-hour practical workshop run by the press agency News Associates. They will get you writing an article in a mock, ‘real-life’ breaking news exercise. Feedback will be given on your work and time is set aside for careers advice. News Associates are the UK’s leading training provider of the NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists) Multimedia Diploma.

    Please note that this is an interactive session aimed at those looking to pursue a career in UK-based journalism. Attendees will need to have excellent skills in both verbal and written English to ensure that they can engage effectively with the demands of the workshop.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the group size and nature of this workshop, a returnable cash deposit is required to be paid in person at UCL Careers after registering to guarantee your place. You will also need to bring a laptop/tablet with you to be able to participate in this event.

    Get into Broadcasting – TV, Film & Radio: Panel Discussion, Q&A and Networking

    Wednesday 2nd December, 5.30pm-7pm

     

    Want to get an insight into working in and with the broadcasting industry? Come along to this event to hear directly from professionals about some of the various roles in these sectors! Confirmed panellists include:

     

    > Alex Snelling, Film Director/Producer/Editor, Slack Alice Films

    > Anya Saunders, Editorial Lead, BBC Make It Digital

    > Matt Pelly, Freelance Series Producer, Director and Cameraman

    > Kate Lamble,  Assistant Producer, BBC World Service

    > Eduardo Leal, Account Director, Precious Media

     

    This panel discussion is chaired by Leiah Kwong, President of the UCLU Film and TV Society

     

    What is Media Analytics? Presentation by GroupM
    Thursday 3rd December, 1-2pm


    Media is changing. Today we are in a space where data, creative content and technology collide, where audience insight sits at the heart of the creative process, and where extraordinary intelligence and state of the art trading models help us deliver tangible output for our clients.

     

    GroupM is the world leading media advertising group. We plan advertising campaigns for some of the biggest and most renowned brands globally, and based on rich consumer data we buy the media space that reach the right target audience.

     

    In this presentation we will discuss how data, audience insight and analytics help us deliver successful media campaigns. What data do we collect? What do we know about you? How do we use this information to target the right audience? Where is the future of media taking us, and what does this mean in terms of our future talent and career opportunities?

     

    Get into PR, Marketing & Advertising: Panel Discussion, Q&A and Networking

    Thursday 3rd December, 5.30pm-7pm

     

    Professionals working in the industry will be discussing their career paths and ways to get into the sector. The panel will also be sharing tips on how to progress your career. Confirmed panellists include:

     

    > Christy Madden, Ogilvy Fellow, Ogilvy

    > Kari Shephard, Consultant, Claremont Communications

    > Sophie Orbaum, Account Director, Gerber Communications

    > Caroline Cody, Media Relations Manager, Lloyds Banking Group

    > Tom McCarron, Periscopix
    CVs/Applications for Media Careers: Panel Discussion, Q&A and Networking

    Friday 4th December, 1pm-2pm

     

    Get top tips from industry professionals on how to make your applications stand out and what you can be doing now to increase your chances of securing a role in this industry. Confirmed panellists include:

     

    > Sally Hunter, Head of Commercial Marketing, The Guardian

    > Jackie Fast, Managing Director, Slingshot Sponsorship

    > Graham Russ, Careers Co-ordinator, Creative Skillset

    > Sonia Cason-Zeif, Recruiter, Sapient Nitro

    Insight into education and communications careers panel discussion event open for booking

    By Vivienne C Watson, on 4 November 2015

    SONY DSCInsight into Education and Communications Careers: Employer Forum for PhDs and Researchers

    Thursday 3rd December 2015 5:30pm to 7:30pm

    The aim of this event is to help PhD students and other researchers 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 education and communications 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 Anna Saggerson – Associate Director, Galliard Health

    Dr Alex Burch – Head of Visitor Experience, Learning and Outreach, Natural History Museum

    Dr Nandi Simpson – Operations Manager, Infection, Immunity and Inflammation Programme, UCLH/UCL National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre

    Dr Mat Hickman – Programme Manager, Informal Science Learning (Education), The Wellcome Trust

    More speakers to be added. Please see links below for further details.

    To find out more about the programme please go to: http://courses.grad.ucl.ac.uk/course-details.pht?course_ID=2462

    Research students book a place here: http://courses.grad.ucl.ac.uk/course-details.pht?course_ID=2462

    Research staff book a place here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/events/signupform/

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

    Employability skills training and employer led events for UCL researchers

    By Vivienne C Watson, on 30 September 2015

    UCL_CareersWeekEmployer-Led Careers Skills Workshops

    Are you interested in brushing up on key employability skills and meeting/networking with employers who are keen to engage with researchers?

    For both academic and non-academic careers, these workshops help you identify and develop core competencies which are vital for you to compete in the job market by demonstrating the transferable nature of the research skills you have acquired.

    Day/Date Time Title Employer
    Thurs 15th Oct 2:00pm – 4:00pm Introduction to Negotiation Skills Capco
    Wed 21st Oct 5:30pm – 7:30pm Case Study Interviews Oliver Wyman
    Wed 28th Oct 5:30pm – 7:30pm Networking skills Civil Service Fast Stream
    Thurs 19th Nov 2:00pm – 4:00 pm Group Exercises and Assessment Centres PwC
    Thurs 26th Nov 5:30pm – 7:30pm Interview technique Ark Schools

     

    To find out more about the programme please go to: http://courses.grad.ucl.ac.uk/course-details.pht?course_ID=928

    Research students book a place here: http://courses.grad.ucl.ac.uk/course-details.pht?course_ID=928

    Research staff book a place here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/events/signupform/

     

    Careers in Technology: Employer Forum for PhDs and Researchers

    Thursday 29th October 2015 5:30pm to 7:30pm

    The aim of this event is to help PhD students and other researchers 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 IT & Technology 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 Salvatore Scellato  – Senior Software Engineer, Google

    Dr David Houseman – Quantitative Analyst, G-Research

    Dr Paul Loustalan – Patent Attorney, Reddie & Grose LLP

    Dr Peter Johnson – Research Scientist, Schlumberger

    Dr Nadia Frost  – Senior Solutions Analyst (Business Analysis), Thomson Reuters

    To find out more about the programme please go to: http://courses.grad.ucl.ac.uk/course-details.pht?course_ID=2193

    Research students book a place here: http://courses.grad.ucl.ac.uk/course-details.pht?course_ID=2193

    Research staff book a place here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/events/signupform/

     

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

     

     

    The Boston Consulting Group (BCG): PhD Medics & Post Doc Careers Event

    By Vivienne C Watson, on 12 May 2015

    The Boston Consulting Group (BCG): PhD, Medics & Post Doc. Careers Event on Thursday 14 May

    Thinking about what to do next? Looking for a new opportunity that will challenge and develop you?

    If you’re thinking about the options available to you for the next stage of your career, come to our PhD, Medics and Post Doc careers event to find out what management consulting could offer. Our team at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) includes many who have made the transition from academia to consulting, with backgrounds as diverse as medicine, tendon engineering, game theory, 18th Century literature and the history of art.

    Sign up to our Connection Event designed especially for PhDs, medics and post-docs where you will be able to find out about BCG, our global opportunities and the application process. Also meet our very own PhDs and medics over drinks/nibbles.

    – Date: Thursday 14 May 2015

    – Location: Holborn Bars, 138-142 Holborn, London, EC1N 2NQ

    – Time: 7.00pm-9.00pm

    To attend the Careers Event, please register via the following link – https://talent.bcg.com/Events?folderId=10003800

    To find out more about BCG careers for those with advanced degrees, please visit http://adc.bcg.com/. Applications for full-time positions will open in September 2015.

    Bookings open for Life Science Sector Employer Fair

    By Vivienne C Watson, on 13 April 2015

    Life Science Sector: Employer Fair and one-to-one sessions for PhDs and Researchers

    28th April 2015 from 11:00 to 16:00

    The aim of this event is to help PhD and other research students with their career planning by providing an opportunity to meet employers from the Life Science sector.

    The event will begin with an intimate fair which will have a few select organisations. Many of the employers present will be PhD holders themselves. The fair will be followed by one-to-one sessions that will allow you to discuss any questions you might have in further detail with a specific employer on a one on one basis.

    Companies attending:

    Biotronics 3D

    J A Kemp

    L.E.K. Consulting

    L’Oréal Research & Innovation

    Oxford PharmaGenesis

    Repositive

    Tessella

    To find out more information about the companies attending go to: http://courses.grad.ucl.ac.uk/course-details.pht?course_ID=2234

    Research Students book here

    Research Staff book here

    Bookings open for A Future in Government and Policy: Employer Forum for PhDs and Researchers

    By Vivienne C Watson, on 6 March 2015

    26th March 2015 – 5:30pm – 7:30pm

    The aim of this event is to help PhD students and other researchers 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 government and policy 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 Richard Malham – Senior Policy Officer, Academy of Medical Sciences
    Dr Joseph Elliston – Higher Scientific Officer, Government Operational Research (GORS)
    Dr Rory Yeomans – Senior Research Analyst, 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

    Alternate academic careers Q&A online hosted by University of Birmingham

    By Vivienne C Watson, on 2 March 2015

    altaclecture2_edited-3Looking for a career in academia? Are you sure?

    There are a host of career opportunities open to postgraduate researchers once you finish your programme of study. As well as the traditional academic career paths, there are opportunities within higher education that suit the skills and experience of postgraduate researchers. Whether working to support research or student development, alternate academic careers can deliver many of the benefits of working in higher education but without some of the potential drawbacks of a life in research.

    This online event, hosted by University of Birmingham will allow you to put questions to a panel of higher education professionals who have not only supported the work of researchers around the world, they have also carried out postgraduate research themselves. If you’ve ever wondered what a career in public engagement, career development or student support might look like, or if you’re just curious about what else you could do with your PhD then join the panel on 16 March 2015 at 16:00 UTC/GMT.

    Further details including how to book can be found here: https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/as/studentservices/graduateschool/eventinfo/alt-ac.aspx