Research Consultancy Projects for PhD students

As part of the King’s Research Consultancy, King’s Together is seeking a post-upgrade PhD student at King’s College London to work on a sub-project as part of an exciting new project to research patient flow in a hospital environment.

The projects will commence in February 2017 and will run for around 3 months, for one day per week. The consultants will be paid £125 per day.

The closing deadline for applications is 11:59pm on Sunday 19 February 2017.

For full details, visit: http://recruit.thecareersgroup.co.uk/KingsCollege/Vacancies/VacancyDetails.asp?VacancyID=5542

Contact careers-consultancy@kcl.ac.uk or call 020 7848 1376 if you have any questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 New Research Consultancy projects for PhD students

As part of the King’s Research Consultancy, King’s Together is seeking two post-upgrade current PhD students at King’s College London to work on two sub-projects as part of an exciting new project to research patient flow in a hospital environment.

The projects will commence in mid-February 2017 and will run for around 3 months, for one day per week. The consultants will be paid £125 per day.

The closing deadline for applications is 11:59pm on Thursday 2 February 2017.

For full details, visit: http://recruit.thecareersgroup.co.uk/KingsCollege/Vacancies/VacancyDetails.asp?VacancyID=5542

Contact careers-consultancy@kcl.ac.uk or call 020 7848 1376 if you have any questions.

 

Pre-consultancy training

Skills Room, Level 1 Macadam Building, Strand Campus
Monday 14th November 2016
10am – 3:30pm

As part of the King’s Research Consultancy, the next pre-consultancy training session will be held on Monday 14th November, at the Strand campus. This is a brilliant opportunity to gain an insight into consultancy work, find out how to prepare and succeed on a consultancy project and develop skills that can be relevant for both consultancy work and your PhD. The workshop will be run jointly by Donald Lush, Careers Consultant and Ross English, Researcher Development Unit.

 10:00 – 10:15  King’s Research Consultancy – Programme Overview
 10:15 – 11:00  Preparing your Application
 11:00 – 11:30  Working as a Consultant – What to Expect
 11:30 – 12:00  My King’s Research Consultancy Project
 12:00 – 13:00  Lunch Break
 13:00 – 13:30  Working for yourself
 13:30 – 15:30  Preparing your Application

This workshop is open to all PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers at King’s College London. To book a place on this training course, please email careers-consultancy@kcl.ac.uk or call 020 7838 1376.

For more information about the Research Consultancy, please visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/campuslife/services/careers/Researchers/Research-Consultancy.aspx

 

Paid Research Consultancy Project, Informatics & Careers

The Department of Informatics, together with King’s Careers, are trying to improve their understanding of how undergraduate (UG) students engage with the careers and employability provisions offered to them, how they learn about them, when and how they engage or disengage and, as a consequence, how they can improve and focus their offerings.

With this project, the aim is to undertake qualitative research, based on focus groups and semi-structured interviews with a range of students to (1) identify different personas of students studying at King’s and engaging (or not) with the variety of employability offerings, and (2) their “journey” through the system of offerings and touch-points with employability.

They are seeking to recruit a current PhD student with a strong background in qualitative research to support the project by planning, undertaking, and analysing focus groups and interviews with King’s Informatics UG students of all year groups.

Person Specification

  • You must be a current, post upgrade PhD student at King’s College London·
  • Background/experience using qualitative research methods
  • Experience with semi-structured interviews and other qualitative research methods
  • Desirable: background/experience in educational research

Further details and how to apply

The project will commence in late September 2016 and is expected to continue, at varying levels of intensity, at least until the end of the spring teaching term in March.

The project will run for about 1 day a week (6 hours a day), with flexible hours negotiable. The consultant will be paid £125 per day.

For more information and to apply please click here. Please email careers-consultancy@kcl.ac.uk  or call 020 7848 1376 if you have any questions.

The closing deadline for applications is 23:59pm on Wednesday 31st August 2016. Best of luck.

 

Seven things you could do if you’re interested in a career in policy

Policy is one of those areas that PhDs and research staff often mention to me that they’re interested in moving into.  They have found out that it combines a good level of research knowledge and experience, with the possible opportunity to effect change for a certain group.

But gaining experience in this area, prior to getting a job in it, is important.  Here are some ideas you could look into, while you’ve got the luxury of being within a huge organisation such as King’s.

1) Join King’s Think Tank Society, attend its events or contribute to its publications.  This will get you meeting other like-minded people and an outlet for your thoughts.

2) Become a staff or student rep.  Getting used to committees, governance, advocacy and how these tools work is really important for understanding how policies are created and applied across organisations. Outside of King’s, think about becoming a charity trustee or even a school governor.

3) Follow the work of the KCL Policy Institute which acts as King’s policy consultancy.  You’d find out more about how these consultancy organisations work and how their outputs differ from academic research.

4) Attend some events* where people who work in policy talk about their jobs.  Not only will this increase your knowledge of the range of roles involved but it gives you an opportunity to meet other researchers interested in the sector and to practise talking to an employer. The sorts of organisations that come include the UN and EU. *KCL log-in required; look for ‘Public Policy series’ in the events listing.

5) Attend Policy Idol 2016!  It’s too late to take part but take note of it for next year!

6) Take a look at this case study on the Grad School blog and follow the Industry Insider, Peace Politics and Policy blog from the Careers Group.

7) Consider signing up for the KCL Research Consultancy where you may find that projects in measurement, evaluation and building sector awareness help you demonstrate that you’ve got the skills it takes to become a policy wonk.