What are you thinking?

A major benefit of working at an institution like King’s is the opportunity to debate big ideas, challenge assumptions and ask difficult questions, in short, to think more broadly. Whilst research is all absorbing, especially if you’ve got any kind of deadline looming, I’d really encourage you to seize the chance to think big at the forthcoming Social Science Festival: Celebrating Interdisciplinarity.

On 23 & 24 November 2015, King’s Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Centre (KISS DTC) is hosting a two-day festival showcasing social science research taking place at King’s. It’s a great chance to consider how research can impact society. The programme includes:

  • Charles Clarke, Home Secretary (2004-6)
  • Mike Hulme, United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (1995-2001)
  • Margaret Hodge, Chair, Public Accounts Committee (2010-15)
  • David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science (2010-14)
  • Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, an expert on globalisation, who coined the term ‘Global city’

So come along and think big!

The Festival is open to all students and staff at King’s and beyond. All events are happening on the Strand campus, mainly in the Great Hall. See the Festival programme for full details of the panels and plenaries (PDF).

KISS DTC PhD students are involved throughout the Festival, presenting posters on their research, ‘in conversation’ with KCL academics and contributing to panel discussions.

Register your interest in attending: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/graduate-school/doctoral-training-centre/social-science-festival.aspx

Further information available on the Social Science Festival Poster

Arts & Humanities PhD Case Studies: Corporate World

This interview, and the others to follow over the next few weeks, are with the employers represented at the recent King’s College London Arts & Humanities PhD careers event. They have been written by PhD candidate Valeria Valotto, to whom we are very grateful!

From Ancient History to Energy and Resources Research Manager: The Corporate World

Dr Netti Farkas

Current position: Netti is Research Manager in Energy & Resources at Deloitte. She works in the Insight Team, the firm’s research unit.

Where did you start from?

I hold a PhD in Ancient History from King’s College London. My research topic was ‘Leadership among the Samnites and related Oscan-speaking peoples between the fifth and first centuries BC’. While a PhD student at King’s I had the chance to do some teaching. Upon submitting my PhD I knew academia was not the right place for me.

What was your first step outside academia? – Industry Research

My first move was to secure an internship in an industry research firm, New Carbon Finance.

How did you make it?

Thanks to my humanities background I was able to write about data comprehensively, and the PhD provided an excellent training in in-depth data analysis.

The second step – Auditing and ACA at Deloitte

This was my first non-academic job experience and while I really enjoyed it, I realised I wanted to deepen my financial skills. I applied as an audit trainee for Deloitte and was assigned to their St Albans office, where I stayed for two years.

How did you make it?

I think I managed to get through the selection process mainly thanks rather to my logic skills than to my (non-existent) maths.

I built good relationships with my line manager and the team leaders in St Albans, who understood my background (I was NOT their typical 21-year old audit trainee) and appreciated me enough to want to keep me in Deloitte.

The third turn – Research Manager at Deloitte

While I enjoyed studying for the professional qualification (ACA), I found the day-to-day job of auditing pension funds and local authorities (my office’s specialism) less inspiring and I also knew that I would look for a job in financial research after I qualified.

I had a conversation with one of the lead partners of the St Albans office about my concerns and she put me in touch with the head of the Insight team (my current boss). I had two interviews internally with members of the Insight team and moved from audit to my current role within a month.

How did you make it?

My skills complemented the team’s skills: there was no-one who could do balance sheet/cash flow analysis well (from my ACA background) and be able to write about it (from my humanities background).

Research Consultant Internship Position

The Association for the British Pharmaceutical Industry are seeking a Research Consultant to work within their Research, Medical and Innovation Department. Work to be carried out will include:

  • Analysing survey results
  • Considering evidence from other recent surveys in comparison with these findings
  • Identifying the major concerns
  • Reviewing current activity by Research Councils, Science Industry Partnership, other funders of education and training (such as Wellcome Trust) and other stakeholders to identify how well these concerns are currently being addressed
  • Considering additional activity which could be considered, for discussion with stakeholders
  • Organising stakeholder event
  • Drafting a report of the findings and recommendations

For more details and to apply, please click here. Closing deadline is 11th March.


Online ethical approval application system goes live

On 3rd March 2015 the university launched a fully integrated online ethics application system – Research Ethics Application Management System (REMAS). This replaces the current manual application system and submission of hard copy forms. All applications will be submitted online through the system with no need for submission via email or in hard copy.

The system will be available to all King’s staff and students in order to make an application through the low and high risk review systems. The link to the system will be provided on the Research Ethics Office Webpage. Upon clicking on the link, users can access the system using their King’s login details. A guidance podcast and guidance document will also be available on the webpage.

The starting point on the system will be the same for all users no matter what the risk level of your study. The low and high risk form will be generated through one set of filter questions, which will provide you with only the questions you require for your specific research study, streamlining the application for all users in comparison to the manual system. Student studies will still need to be authorised by supervisors but this authorisation will be requested via the system with no requirement for hard copy signatures. Once submitted, your application will then be directed to the relevant Research Ethics Subcommittee or single reviewer by the Research Ethics Office and the review process will proceed as it currently does.

The reviewing Committees, processes and timelines remain the same. The details of which can be found on our website.

When the system goes live there will be a phased switchover period during which both online and hard copy applications will be accepted. This will allow any applicant who has already prepared a hard copy application in advance of the launch of the online system, to submit this as normal. Once the online system goes live the manual application will no longer be available to access, so all new applications must be submitted using only the online system.

The link to the system is available here.

Any questions about the new system should be sent to the Research Ethics Office at rec@kcl.ac.uk