Some interesting employment statistics from jobs.ac.uk

jobs-touch-icon-144x144Last week, I attended a conference at the University of Warwick. The theme was how careers professionals can support the transitions of researchers into employment. Alison Osborne from jobs.ac.uk shared some very useful data from the site. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • 89% of doctoral graduates find employment on open-ended contracts 7 to 9 years after graduating
  • 36% of these are in teaching
  • There were 65,000 job vacancies on the site in 2015. 49% were academic jobs (of which 7% were research and the rest academic/teaching roles), 23% were professional roles, 12% clerical and 6% technical.
  • More academic roles are available in the North of England while pure teaching and research roles are more common in the South East.
  • The range of job titles is extremely diverse and it is therefore important for job seekers to look beyond the job title.
  • The three largest areas for recruitment were Engineering and Physical Sciences, Social Sciences and Life and Medical Sciences. The least number was in sport.
  • The three largest areas of recruitment (above) offer the most generous salaries.
  • The peak times for vacancies are: Research (May, June, and October), Lecturing (April, May, and June), Fellowships (June/July).
  • International experience is becoming increasingly valued.
  • The TEF will probably increase the number of teaching opportunities but may alter the requirements

Donald Lush, Careers Consultant for PhD students

PTES Survey 2016

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016, is an annual national survey and give King’s Masters’ students an opportunity to share their experience at King’s.

The survey opens on Thursday 17 March 2016 and ends on Thursday 16 June.

If you are a King’s Master’s student, you will receive an email to your university email inbox with a unique link, inviting you to complete the survey. The survey is anonymous.

Students are asked to feedback on six key areas: Teaching & Learning, Engagement, Assessment & Feedback, Organisation & Management, Resources & Services and Skills Development. You will also be invited to give feedback on dissertation or major project management and work placements if these form part of your study experience at King’s.

Student feedback will be used to inform both short-term changes and medium-term developments designed to benefit the postgraduate taught student community at King’s. The results of PTES are not made public but individual faculties and directorates review the results, and implement action plans in collaboration with the university.

Completing the survey can help us improve the student experience by reinforcing practice that is working and addressing areas that need to be improved.

Information about the results of the 2015 survey and examples of action taken in response can be found on the university’s PTES web page

Students who complete the survey are automatically entered into a prize draw, with a chance to win one of five £50 Love2Shops vouchers.

For any further information please contact studentsurveys@kcl.ac.uk during the survey period.

King’s Cultural Institute: Collaborative Innovation Scheme for Early Career Researchers

 Collaborative Innovation Scheme for Early Career Researchers

Making an impact beyond academia

The Cultural Institute at King’s is delighted to announce a scheme for Early Career Researchers to develop collaborative projects with a cultural or creative industry partner in their area of research. Up to 9 projects will receive funding of £1500 (plus a £500 prize for the best completed project) as well as the opportunity to:

  • shape their project idea with input and expertise from cultural partners;
  • receive support from Institute Associates in developing the joint application with the cultural partner; and
  • disseminate research findings through a novel medium and generate impact beyond academia. We would like to invite PhD students and academic staff within five years of PhD award to submit a 300-word summary of their project idea by Friday 1 April 2016. The Institute will suggest suitable partners to successful applicants who do not have an established contact with the cultural sector but we also encourage proposals by applicants who have already secured a cultural collaboration.

To be successful, proposals must:

  •   be innovative, test new approaches and provoke further debate;
  •   have potential for collaboration between art/culture and academia;
  •   produce high quality and original outputs; and
  •   have a clear vision for influencing wider policy, practice or production and informing research and learning at King’s

For more information and application forms, please click here or contact Richard Mason (richard.mason@kcl.ac.uk)

Light up your Study Skills

Study Skills Focus Groups
King’s Study Skills Centre is developing its existing study skills provision and is undertaking some research to gather information on students’ perceptions of study skills and their suggestions for enhancements to current provision.

Following an initial desk research and literature review stage, they are organising a series of focus groups with students and looking for Masters and PhD students to take part.

In particular they are interested in these areas:

  • What study skills IT provision already exists?
  • What do students think of it?
  • Can students find resources on the web?
  • What gaps can students identify?
  • What changes would they like to see?
  • What do students feel about library training sessions?

Students will be given £20 for their time in the focus group.

If you are interested in taking part, please get in touch by Friday 4 March 2016 via studyskills@kcl.ac.uk or go to www.kcl.ac.uk/studyskills for more details

Sign up here

PGR Student views on workspace at the Strand

Are you happy with your existing workspace and facilities?
Would you like the chance to input on the development of space at the Strand Campus?

A focus group to explore research students’ requirements will offer you the opportunity to voice your opinion on current arrangements.

Tuesday 24th November 2015
16:15 – 17:45
S3.41, 3rd floor, Strand Building  

The aim of this exploratory session is to understand your needs, to hear your feedback on the degree to which existing space and facilities meet those requirements, and to gather your views on how these could be improved in the future.

If you would like to take part please contact Jasmine Crocker at jasmine.crocker@kcl.ac.uk and/or telephone 020 7848 2664. Jasmine will be happy to answer any questions that you might have.