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 email@example.com, 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