The Spotlight Series is a set of panel events for King’s PhDs and research staff. Featuring employers, often alumni, who have PhDs, the panel seeks to give an insight into different sectors that are often attractive to people looking to move beyond academia. This event focuses on management consulting with PhD staff from KPMG, Oliver Wyman, and Capco.
Hosted by Kate Murray and Donald Lush. Speakers include Grant Repshire, Capco, Philip Livingstone from KPMG and Nick Faull from Oliver Wyman.
Grant Repshire, Consultant at Capco: With a PhD in English Language & Literature/Letters Grant is now a management consultant for Capco, with a focus on process improvement, technology, and IT and digital transformation.
Philip Livingstone – “My PhD focused on the interactions between reward pathways and attention pathways in the brain and how they are affected by nicotine in order to find new therapeutic targets for disorders such as schizophrenia. I took a particular interest in how dopamine levels in the brain would change in this pathways as a result of increasing the effects of nicotinic signalling. I am now a Manager in the KPMG Management Consulting Healthcare Team. I specialise in redesigning healthcare services across whole care systems, involving the NHS, local government and not-for-profit sectors.”
Nick Faull – Nick Faull is a Principal in Oliver Wyman’s London Office within the Financial Services practice. He has nine years of experience in consulting to Financial Services institutions across Europe with a focus on strategic IT and operations topics. He joined the firm after completing an atmospheric physics DPhil and a 2-year postdoc at the University of Oxford, working on the largest climate modelling experiment in the world. When you take up this opportunity, use #kcldo1thing to let us know how you got on!
Would you like to check the commercial potential of your research? Do you think you already have the Next Generation Technology or Service in Life Sciences? Then get the know-how to commercialize it!
Apply for the International Summer School on Technology Transfer in Life Sciences, which will take place from 5th – 9th September 2016 in Dresden, Germany!
This training programme (www.summerschool-dresden.de) is part of the Transcampus activities between King’s College London and Technische Universität Dresden and will give you the opportunity to learn the basics of technology transfer, including the identification of the commercial potential within your own research, how to protect and license it, how to create a spin-off – and the know-how how to fund all those activities. You will be trained in how to pitch in front of potential investors, and sensitized on important pitfalls when approaching industry.
The participation fee and accommodation costs of all selected candidates will be covered and you’ll receive a travel stipend!
The eighth annual Life Beyond the PhD conference for doctoral candidates will take place at Cumberland Lodge, in Windsor Great Park, from 15th -18th August 2015. The conference is open to participants of all disciplines at any stage in their doctorate, and is designed to help both those embarking on doctorates and those considering what they will do in the longer term. During the conference, attendees will:
explore common concerns
have opportunities to present their research to those in different disciplines and institutions
engage with those with doctorates in careers within and outside the academic world.
receive training in communication and successful application writing
Participants will also have the unique experience of staying at Cumberland Lodge, a charitable foundation with over sixty years’ experience of working with students from across the world, and which each year hosts approximately 180 academic visits from universities across Britain.
For 2015, the Graduate School is able to fund two places for PhD/PGR students and one place for a postdoctoral researcher to attend the conference.
If you are interested in attending, please send a brief justification (200 words maximum) for your proposed attendance addressed to Professor Vaughan Robinson, Director of the Graduate School, to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject title Cumberland Lodge, by the deadline of 5pm on 22 MAY 2015. The justification should explain how you think you would benefit from attending the conference and presenting a paper.
The Graduate School will cover the conference registration fee which includes all food and accommodation (in shared rooms). We will also cover reasonable travel expenses to and from London on presentation of receipts after the event.
The Association for the British Pharmaceutical Industry are seeking a Research Consultant to work within their Research, Medical and Innovation Department. Work to be carried out will include:
Analysing survey results
Considering evidence from other recent surveys in comparison with these findings
Identifying the major concerns
Reviewing current activity by Research Councils, Science Industry Partnership, other funders of education and training (such as Wellcome Trust) and other stakeholders to identify how well these concerns are currently being addressed
Considering additional activity which could be considered, for discussion with stakeholders
Organising stakeholder event
Drafting a report of the findings and recommendations
For more details and to apply, please click here. Closing deadline is 11th March.
The deadline for the second round of the conference fund is now only a month away, so if you are presenting your research at a conference between February 6 – May 5 2015, and need additional financial support in order to attend, you may be eligible to apply for a Graduate School Conference Fund Grant.
The fund offers grants of up to £300 per award to support postgraduate students at King’s College London attend conferences where they will be delivering an oral or poster presentation on their research in 2014/15.
And this year, we are delighted that, for the first time, we are able to open up the scheme to Masters students, thanks to additional funds being allocated to it.
There are three remaining competition rounds for the 2014/15 academic year, and each round covers conferences within a specific period, as below:
For conferences commencing within the following period
The Equalities Unit are looking to recruit a number of students who self-identify as coming from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds to help with the research phase of a project that aims to narrow the attainment gap for BME students at King’s.
The College is committed to narrowing the attainment gap for BME students, a trend that is observed within Higher Education nationally. In order to address this, it intends to develop a programme of activities to improve the range of support on offer and make the curriculum and teaching more inclusive.
To assist with the research phase of this project, they are looking to recruit a number of BME student researchers from a range of courses/subjects studying at any level. The opportunity is also open to students who have recently completed their degree in 2014.
The Researchers will help run focus groups with undergraduate BME students at King’s. The aim of the groups will be to collect information about the experiences and challenges faced by these students and suggested solutions for addressing the attainment gap. Hence the importance of the Researchers being from BME backgrounds, to ensure they can build maximum trust and rapport with the research participants whilst discussing potentially sensitive issues.
The total duration of the placement will be 2 months, from early October to end November. However given that this is a research project, the volume of hours worked during this period will vary throughout. The estimated total hours worked during this period will be 36 hours.
The researchers will be paid £8.80/hour.
Applicants will be asked to complete a brief application form to demonstrate their suitability for the role against the person specification. For a full application pack, please contact Debbie Epstein, Email: email@example.com or Tel: 020 7848 3767.
The closing date for applications is Friday 19 September.
The deadline for the final round of the 2013/14 Graduate School Conference Fund is on Tuesday 15 July.
If you are a research student delivering an oral or poster presentation at a peer-reviewed conference between 6 August 2014 – 5 November 2014 make sure you get your application in on time. To find out more about the fund and how to apply, please see this post from earlier in the year.
The European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) Fellowship Programme is an international researcher mobility programme offering 10-month residencies in one of the 16 participating Institutes: Berlin, Bologna, Budapest, Cambridge, Delmenhorst, Edinburgh, Freiburg, Helsinki, Jerusalem, Lyon, Marseille, Paris, Uppsala, Vienna, Wassenaar, Zürich. The Institutes for Advanced Study support the focused, self-directed work of outstanding researchers. The fellows benefit from the finest intellectual and research conditions and from the stimulating environment of a multi-disciplinary and international community of first-rate scholars.
EURIAS Fellowships are mainly offered in the fields of the humanities and social sciences but may also be granted to scholars in life and exact sciences, provided that their proposed research project does not require laboratory facilities and that it interfaces with humanities and social sciences.
The Programme welcomes applications worldwide from promising young scholars as well as from leading senior researchers. For the 2015-2016 academic year EURIAS offers 44 fellowships (22 junior and 22 senior positions). Continue reading →
The Student Opportunity Fund is open to all undergraduate and taught postgraduate (masters level) students. The Fund is available for individual students or groups of students to apply for grants of between £100 and £1,000 to enhance the student academic experience. The fund gives King’s students a new opportunity to collaborate with each other and with their teachers to enhance their learning in new and innovate ways.
Awards will be made to individuals or groups students who have innovative projects to enhance their own educational experience. Strong applications will lead to real improvements to the student learning experience and present an opportunity for those involved to develop transferable skills such as project management, time management and financial management.
Examples of how grants may be used include:
participation in educational conferences, seminars or excursions aligned to an academic discipline;
collaborative student projects, related to their studies
extra academic events, invited guest speakers as part of a programme of study
attendance of seminars or events intended to enhance transferable skills;
room hire and small equipment purchases to support special educational events
Please note that grants may not be used to subsidise programme or student accommodation fees, purchase equipment not aligned to study, or to support extra-curricular activities.
To apply for a grant please complete the online form (70kb, doc) and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must be received by the following dates to be considered by the Student Opportunities and Skills Sub-committee:
The EPSRC has announced the 2014 call for applications for a three month secondment opportunity to the Parliamentary Office of Science and technology (POST) open to EPSRC funded PhD students.
The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) is an office of the two Houses of Parliament (Commons and Lords), charged with providing balanced and independent analyses of science and technology based issues of relevance to Parliament.
During their time at Parliament, EPSRC/POST Fellows will work on a policy topic grounded in science and technology. Examples of previous topics include ‘ICT for Disabled People’ and ‘Livestock Super Farms’. Following the placement the fellow will be invited to write a short report for EPSRC detailing their work over the three months and the outcomes achieved.
All EPSRC funded postgraduate research students, except first year students, who will still be studying (receiving a stipend) in March 2014 are eligible.