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.

Conference Funding for Research in Diabetes and/or Depression

Doctoral students at King’s College London who are conducting research with a focus on diabetes and/or depression are eligible to apply for financial support for their participation in conferences in Germany 2017.

Funding is offered as part of the transCampus initiative – a unique partnership between two of Europe’s leading academic institutions, King’s College London and Technische Universität Dresden.

How much funding will I get?

  • EUR 89 per day
  • EUR 125 once for travel costs

How to apply
Please fill out an application form and send in all required documents by the deadline of 22nd February 2017 via e-mail to Felix Klee, Department for Development and International Affairs.

Only complete applications will be considered.

For full details and to access the application: transCampus Initiative Conference Funding 2017.

Life beyond the PhD

Application deadline for fully-funded places at this year’s Cumberland Lodge conference has been extended!

The Graduate School is offering fully-funded places for two PhD student to attend this year’s ‘Life beyond the PhD’, Cumberland Lodge conference, where we will cover conference fees, accommodation costs (in shared rooms), and any reasonable travel expenses to and from London.

The application deadline has been extended to 17th June 2016

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Some interesting employment statistics from

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 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

Life Sciences Careers Conference

The Life Sciences Careers Conference showcases the breadth of careers available from studying the biosciences. The event consist of talks from top speakers covering a wide range of biology-related subjects, a CV workshop providing tips on how to secure an interview for your perfect job, and a chance to mingle with the experts in our exhibition and ask informal questions over lunch and afternoon refreshments. All attendees will also receive a free goody bag that will be filled with useful resources by the end of the day!

Registration and more information on the event can be found here: