Black and minority ethnic early career researcher conference

Black Minority and Ethnic Early Career Researchers (ECRs) are grossly underrepresented in academia. ECRs find themselves conducting many postdoctoral positions, and end up leaving research as they are unable to make the transition to a lectureship. This may be due to lack of skills, support and knowledge required to stay in academia.

This conference aims to empower researchers with the skills to remain in academia, such as having a good mentor, guidance on applying and writing fellowships, tips on networking, and finally a good work/career life balance.

There will be a diverse range of academics sharing their experiences on the day.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Click here for the booking page.

Library Services Research Support – How we Can Support Research Staff!

Library Services Research Support team provides a range of researcher focused services, including the transition to Open Access for research publications; the management, preservation, and discoverability of research data; as well as support around copyright and bibliometric analysis. Working closely with the rest of Library Services and other professional services departments, support is available for all King’s academics and researchers through a programme of guidance and training activities, offered at individual, departmental and institutional level.

Key areas of expertise:

Open Access (OA)

‘Open Access’ refers to making your research publications accessible to anyone at the point of need. It encourages wider visibility of research, higher potential citations, and greater impact, as well as opening up opportunities for collaboration across disciplines. There are two routes to making your research Open Access: self-archiving the author’s accepted manuscript version of a paper in an institutional repository (aka the ‘Green’ route) or making the final published version freely available immediately upon publication within the publisher website (the ‘Gold’ route). The latter generally requires payment of a fee to the publisher. Importantly, many funders are now mandating Open Access, including HEFCE, the 7 Research Councils, and the Wellcome Trust.

Further details: http://bit.ly/kingsopenaccess

Contact: openaccess@kcl.ac.uk | +44(0)20 7848 7298

Pure (King’s institutional repository) and the Research Portal

Pure, the King’s Current Research Information System, also incorporates the institutional repository which holds both details and the full-text of research publications produced by King’s authors. It has individual researcher and departmental profiles, together with information about grants, projects, and related activities. All academics automatically have a Pure profile which they can edit. The Research Portal is the front-end of Pure, showcasing King’s research to the world, and is indexed by Google and other search engines.

Further details: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/library/researchsupport/openaccess/pure.aspx

Contact: librarypure@kcl.ac.uk | +44(0)20 7848 7296

Further details and contact: http://bit.ly/1KzwB3P | theses@kcl.ac.uk | +44(0)20 7848 7296

Research Data Management (RDM)

Research data management includes, but is not limited to – planning your data management needs in advance; collecting data that is correctly formatted and legally and ethically compliant; organising data so that it is consistently named and properly described; ensuring that your data is adequately stored and secured and depositing your data for preservation, reuse, publication and citation. Major funders require that, where appropriate, publicly funded research data is accessible and freely available for future reuse.

Further details: http://bit.ly/1iRfsMO

Contact: research.data@kcl.ac.uk | +44(0)20 7848 1030

Copyright and Research

King’s claims ownership of the intellectual property, including copyright in works created using university equipment or facilities including manuscripts for publication in academic journals, monographs, book chapters and books. However, to enable usual scholarly publication the university typically waives its rights in such works. When publishing your research: be aware of the Open Access agenda (see above); utilize Creative Commons licenses or the equivalent; refer to King’s Research Publication Policy and your funders’ Open Access policies; check publishers’ contract terms; and consider how underlying research data will be managed (see above).

Further details and contact: http://bit.ly/2byLGsc | copyright@kcl.ac.uk | +44(0)20 7848 7292

Please come and talk to us at the Inaugural Research Staff Event on 10th October 2016 and find out how you can take advantage of the support available from the Library Services Research Support team. We look forward to meeting you.

Library Services Research Support website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/library/researchsupport/index.aspx

Network with Human Resources at the Inaugural Research Staff Event

The Human Resources Directorate (HR) is delighted to attend the Inaugural Research Staff Event and will be represented by Sarah Wooding, Employment Relations & Policy Adviser, and Lesa Roberts, HR Adviser for the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine and the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery.

HR’s portfolio of services includes corporate and operational functions designed to facilitate effective organisational practice. We partner with and deliver a wide range of support to the university’s senior leadership teams, managers, and individual employees in relation to all aspects of employment within King’s. For example: we provide thought leadership to the university on key strategic services, and professional employment advice and support to managers and staff, on all matters ranging from recruitment to reward, and data analytics to staff benefits. Additionally, we facilitate progress with external charter marks such as Athena SWAN and the Race Equality Charter Mark, and engage in projects to continually improve the service we offer.

Within HR, the Organisation Development team offers a suite of courses and development activities, many of which will be of interest to Research staff. The Diversity and Inclusion team supports the university in its commitment to embedding good diversity and inclusion practice so that King’s becomes a richer and more diverse place to work and study.

One of our responsibilities is the development and maintenance of a framework of HR policies and procedures. This promotes HR best practice and the consistency and equitable treatment for all employees; ensures the university complies with the law and other regulations governing its activities; and provides a framework for the workplace to operate. Many of the questions we receive from Research staff concern King’s HR policies and procedures. A FAQ handout will be available at the event, and we would be very happy to answer any general queries that you may have. We look forward to meeting you.

 

Visit the Science Gallery Exhibition at the Inaugural Research Staff Event

'Mouthy' launch at The Orifice, Science Gallery London. 5.7.16

Tongue casting commences for installation Terminal Sulcus at Science Gallery London’s MOUTHY launch party (photograph courtesy of Richard Eaton)

Opening its doors in 2018, Science Gallery London offers King’s staff and students exciting opportunities to engage the public, conduct research and develop transferable skills.  It will provide the local community with a new, free-to-visit space on Guy’s Campus, where art and science collide, and will attract over 300,000 visitors each year. 

Our current pre-opening pop-up season MOUTHY continues from September to November, including workshops, installations and performances developed in collaboration with artists and researchers from King’s Dental Institute.  Come along to the Oral Emporium on Guy’s Campus to explore your mouth in new ways, from poetry to tongue casting.

Alongside our seasonal programming, this year we are also launching Engagement Services – a free consultation service for researchers, providing advice on the public engagement and impact sections of research grant applications.  As part of this offering we will be running  Collaborate & Engage – an exciting new hands-on public engagement training course and grant scheme for PhD students (sign up by October 16th). 

To find out more about Science Gallery London and Engagement Services, come along to the Inaugural Research Staff Event on October 10th 2016 and say hello.

 

 

 

Save the date(s)… meet employers interested in your research experience

We know many of you are focussed on a research career.  We also know that research can take many forms and is valued by many employers.  That’s why we’ve created an incredible series of events where PhDs and research staff at King’s can come and meet employers to find out more about what research means in different contexts.

See below for our Save the Date list: the events will take place at different campuses and usually late afternoon.  We’ll update this list when rooms are booked, and will let you know the exciting range of employers as soon as we can!

Find out more about your possible future

Find out more about your possible future

Spotlight Series

This series is for you as a PhD or member of research staff if:

  • You’re eager to explore careers in different industries…
  • You’ve been thinking about pursuing a career in a field, but would like to know more about the ‘day-to-day’…
  • You’re unsure about how to break into a sector…
  • You’d like some advice on how to craft job applications for industries that interest you…

Each event in the series will put the ‘spotlight’ on a sector, and a panel of practitioners will shed light on the questions above as well as your other queries about career development. Having all spent time in academic research, panellists will be well equipped to speak about professionals experiences in and out the university setting.

Professional Futures

This series is for you as a PhD or member of research staff if you have ever asked yourself:

  • Should I remain in academia or consider a career in industry?
  • How can I market myself outside of academia?
  • Which organisations appreciate the skillset of academic researchers like me?
  • What’s the best way to communicate my skills and experience with non-academic employers?

Come along to the sessions that speak most to your career needs, where you can engage with professionals who have already spent a lot of time figuring out answers to these kind of questions! Our guest speakers will chat briefly about their own experiences and then be on hand to address any questions you have about your own professional development and future.

Event Date
SS: Patent Law Wed 12th Oct
SS: Management Consultancy Wed 19th Oct
SS: Policy Wed 26th Oct
SS: Research outside of Academia Wed 2nd Nov
PF: Industry vs. Academia: Comparing research opportunities in both sectors (Sciences) Wed 9th Nov
PF: Don’t think you need to network? Megan Rossi explains why you do Wed 16th Nov
SS: Finance Wed 23rd Nov
PF: Thinking beyond your discipline Wed 30th Nov
PF: Internationalising your PhD Wed 18th Jan
PF: Finding your fit: PhD-friendly organisations Wed 1st Feb
SS: Entrepreneurship Wed 8th Feb
PF: Industry vs. Academia: Comparing research opportunities in both sectors (Social studies) Wed 15th Feb
PF: Informational Interview (link in with promotion of work shadowing opportunities) Wed 1st Mar
PF: Beyond the Bench: Nail the PhD Elevator Pitch Wed 8th Mar
SS: Behavioural Consultancy (IoPPN) Wed 15th Mar
SS: Education Wed 22nd Mar
SS: Arts Administration Wed 19th Apr
SS: Security & Intelligence Wed 26th Apr
SS: Science Beyond Academia (to include Science Comms, Tech Transfer, & Pharmaceuticals) Wed May 3rd

Register now for online seminars!

Courses where you are!

Get professional development wherever you happen to be!  Register now for four online seminars this term.

Here’s what one attendee said about webinars last year:

‘…the presentation as a webinar was excellent. It saved time looking for a seminar venue and I was able to log in and take part remotely (I was not on King’s campus). Although asking questions is a bit slower online – we we’re typing our questions in a chat box – this wasn’t much of an issue and I had all my questions answered (I had a few). Great session, basically!’

Using Twitter for job-hunting and building professional networks

Twitter is a very powerful tool for job-hunting. It allows you to quickly find job vacancies and recruitment agencies tailored to your interests. It’s also a major channel academics use to share their work and build collaborations effectively and efficiently. ‘Attend’ this webinar to find out more.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Join us for a webinar on Oct 13, 2016 at 12:30 PM BST.

Register now!

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4003604788064503812

Develop your brand: LinkedIn profile building and career research

LinkedIn is a massive database of people’s careers journeys. ‘Attend’ this webinar from the comfort of your own computer to find out more about how to use it effectively in your career research, how to communicate with interesting contacts, and to promote your own personal brand.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Join us for a webinar on Dec 01, 2016 at 12:30 PM GMT.

Register now!

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3646343773385987329

Preparing for Interview

If you’ve understood the basic principles behind what employers are looking for, you’re half-way to being well-prepared for an interview. ‘Attend’ this webinar at your own computer to get this understanding and listen to some sample ‘poor’ and ‘better’ answers.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Join us for a webinar on Nov 10, 2016 at 12:30 PM GMT.

Register now!

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6517079573067154691

Improving CVs for academia and outside

This webinar will help you understand the basic outlines of a CV, whether for academia or outside. ‘Attend’ it sitting at your own computer to find out more and be shown further resources to help you with these tricky application documents.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Join us for a webinar on Sep 29, 2016 at 12:30 PM BST.

Register now!

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5891380491048549891

 

Network with Professional Services at the Inaugural Research Staff Event

Are you a member of King’s research staff? You may be aware of the various Professional Services departments around King’s but are you making the most of their support and expertise? Attend the first all Research Staff Event on Monday 10th October 2016 where a wide range of Professional Services teams from across King’s will be exhibiting.

Use this opportunity to meet and network with Professional Services staff from thirteen different units across King’s to learn more about how they can help you. Each offer a range of ways to enhance your professional development. You might want to discuss with Diversity & Inclusion what you can do to boost gender equality in your department or faculty. Maybe you will end up engaging the public through a collaboration with artists from the Science Gallery.

The exhibition provides a forum in which you can raise questions and discuss issues you are facing in your research career with relevant Professional Services teams.

Learn more about the exhibitors and register to attend the Inaugural Research Staff Event here.

Inaugural Research Staff Event Workshops

King’s research staff are invited to attend various workshops as part of the upcoming Inaugural Research Staff Event 2016 on 10th October 2016. The workshops aim to strengthen the sense of community among research staff and will encourage you to think beyond your own research areas and debate and propose solutions for numerous issues. You will have the chance to contribute towards discussions on a range of issues specific to King’s as well as larger society, from access to healthcare to enhancing diversity at King’s. You will also be able to collaborate with colleagues from across disciplines to apply a multi-disciplinary approach to consider how the issues discussed can be addressed.

The workshops will encourage you to reflect on how the research environment at King’s can be improved, and discuss how the King’s research community can collectively impact the global landscape, whether through research outputs or forging international collaborations with colleagues and institutions worldwide.

The workshops will cover the following topics: Social and Distributive Justice, Informed Urbanisation, Global Health and Wellbeing, Engaging with Diversity and Inclusion at King’s, and Creating a World-Leading Research Environment.

Find out more about the workshops and register to attend here.

 

 

 

 

 

Calling all NMS PhDs and Research Staff! New employers added to your careers event

NMS Careers Day posterSign up here!

What will you get out of attending this event?

  • Inspiration as to paths people with NMS PhDs take after they’ve completed (all our employer guests have PhDs)
  • An overview of the market for people with your kind of PhD or research experience
  • Information, advice and guidance from experienced employers
  • Experience of talking to a range of employers (though they are not here to recruit!)
  • Challenges to your current career thinking!
  • Opportunity to get your CV checked.

More employers added, including Cisco, AWE, Elekta (medical physics), Capco (consulting), GORS and IBM.

Looking forward to meeting you soon!