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. Attend to find out more, ask those questions and be inspired to think differently about your professional future. More details available at www.kcldo1thing.com. Case studies of other PhD and research staff alumni available at www.blogs.kcl.ac.uk/kclgradschool.
2 Nov 2016 | 17.30 | FWB 1.16, Waterloo Campus
Sunish Patel Title: Senior Analytical Scientist at GSK PhD: Pharmaceutics and Drug Design from UCL Sunish’s PhD was a combination of drug discovery and drug delivery. During his PhD he developed new hydrophobic peptides and investigated their oral and SC delivery using polymeric nano particles.
Ruth Mokgogong Title: Health Outcomes Research Manager – Pfizer PhD: Neuropharmacology at University of Cambridge Ruth is part of the Health & Value Outcomes team at Pfizer, where she now focuses more upon public health than she did during her academic studies. Her work includes conducting research and analyses on clinical trials and observational studies. In addition she is also involved in health economics research.
A guest article written by Penny Newell & Ella Parry-Davies, Research Students, Department of English
“Liberate yourself from peer fear!” It’s a piece of advice that sticks, offered to us by Jules Evans, New Generation Thinkers winner, blogger, and speaker at Research with Reach – a conference that took place on the 16th May at King’s as part of a student-led training programme in the arts and humanities.
The more you reflect on Jules’s words, the more they begin to radically shift how you picture your life in academia. The motto isn’t just about confidence and courage within your field, although it does mean both of those things. It’s about breaking out of the bottleneck of academia: embracing the PhD as a chance to explore ideas, not garrison them; to share your project with collaborators, across and beyond your field; to build lateral connections that go further than the narrow (and slippery) ladder of PhD to Professor.
Looking outside of the academe can feel risky for reputation and credibility – but the networks, dialogues and diversity we can develop through an engaged research practice make us more resilient in the face of harsh competition and shifting funding structures.