LAHP Networking event & Student-led conference launch

LAHP Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences Networking event & Student-led conference launch

Would you like to be involved in running a student-led conference?

To mark the arrival of the London School of Economics as an associate member of the LAHP, LAHP will fund and sponsor a one-day student-led conference on a theme of your devising that relates somehow to the overlap, cross-fertilisation, and collaborative potential between the humanities and social sciences. The call for this will be launched in January 2017.

To prepare for this conference call, LAHP is running an evening of networking and ‘speed-dating’ from 5pm – 7pm on Wednesday 7th December, followed by an opportunity for socialising over drinks and snacks. LAHP is keen to encourage as many students as possible from different institutions and disciplinary backgrounds to meet, and (if you wish) to brainstorm ideas and collaborations ahead of the funding call.

Please RSVP via Eventbrite by 30th November.

Please note that there is a limited capacity for this event as it is open to all arts & humanities and social sciences PhD students across UCL, KCL, SAS, QMUL and LSE, and LAHP has requested that you cancel your booking if you are no longer able to attend.

The event will take place at:

LSE PhD Academy Lionel Robbins Building (4th floor) 10 Portugal Street London WC2A 2HD

For more information why not look at LAHP’s website and twitter!

Leaving the Ivory Tower

A guest blog by Pahini Pandya, King’s Innovation Forum, PhD candidate in the Randall Division

Building on the success of their first annual networking event in 2014, King’s College London Innovation Forum (KCLIF) staged a second instalment of ‘Leaving the Ivory Tower’ this year, drawing in researchers from across King’s.

‘Leaving the Ivory Tower’ is a networking event that aims to shed light on potential career opportunities outside academia for early career researchers. Built to encourage intimate and meaningful conversation, the evening involved expert speakers from a wide range of industries hosting short discussions with participants in small focus groups.

Ivory Tower June 15_2 (reduced size)This year’s function kicked off with a brilliant opening speech from Professor Vaughan Robinson, Director of the Graduate School at Kings’s, followed by round table discussions with speakers from seven different sectors including a number of King’s alumni.

Dr Caroline Benn (Principal Scientist, Pfizer Regenerative Medicine) and Dr Gayle Chapman (Monitoring Officer, Innovate UK) discussed aspects of transitioning into industry, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Useful insights into the world of scientific publishing and writing came from Dr Alessia Ericco (Associate editor, Nature Reviews) and Dr Eleanor Roberts (Director, Beeline Science Communications), while Dr Bryn James and Simon Quick enlightened the participants on careers in teaching.

Consultants Dr Shani Thilak (Navitas consulting), Dr Fahd Choudhry and Dr Sean Song (Deloitte) helped attendees understand careers in healthcare and life science consulting.Careers in patenting were enthusiastically advocated by Dr John Fisher (Senior Associate, Carpmaels Ransford LLP) and Dr Eleanor Macvier (Patent assistant, Mewburn Ellis LLP).

Ivory Tower June 15_1 (reduced size)Top take home messages included tailoring your C.V. to the specific industry, visiting the career’s consultants and networking.

A highlight of the evening was the dynamic networking session between the speakers and participants that followed the discussions. The event was well received by the audience and has grown since last year with generous support from the Graduate School and Careers & Employability teams.

For more information please visit King’s College London Innovation Forum webpage.