Meaningful, paid teaching experience at this year’s K+ Spotlight Summer School

An exciting, developmental and paid opportunity is being offered to King’s doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to join in the collaboration between The Brilliant Club and the K+ programme, which is King’s College London’s flagship widening participation initiative.

The Brilliant Club is recruiting King’s College London doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to deliver the academic strand of the K+ Spotlight Summer School, an annual highlight in the K+ Programme. You will receive training from qualified teachers, and then design and deliver a series of five tutorials based on your own research to small groups of sixth form pupils over the course of a week.

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Those who are conducting research within the following areas are of particular interest: Healthcare, Dentistry, Maths, Computer Science, Politics, History, English Language and Literature.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with Charlie at charlotte.talbotrice@thebrilliantclub.org.

 

BME Student Researcher – Internship Opportunity

The Equalities Unit are looking to recruit a number of students who self-identify as coming from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds to help with the research phase of a project that aims to narrow the attainment gap for BME students at King’s.

The College is committed to narrowing the attainment gap for BME students, a trend that is observed within Higher Education nationally.  In order to address this, it intends to develop a programme of activities to improve the range of support on offer and make the curriculum and teaching more inclusive.

To assist with the research phase of this project, they are looking to recruit a number of BME student researchers from a range of courses/subjects studying at any level. The opportunity is also open to students who have recently completed their degree in 2014.

The Researchers will help run focus groups with undergraduate BME students at King’s.  The aim of the groups will be to collect information about the experiences and challenges faced by these students and suggested solutions for addressing the attainment gap.  Hence the importance of the Researchers being from BME backgrounds, to ensure they can build maximum trust and rapport with the research participants whilst discussing potentially sensitive issues.

The total duration of the placement will be 2 months, from early October to end November. However given that this is a research project, the volume of hours worked during this period will vary throughout. The estimated total hours worked during this period will be 36 hours.

The researchers will be paid £8.80/hour.

Applicants will be asked to complete a brief application form to demonstrate their suitability for the role against the person specification. For a full application pack, please contact Debbie Epstein, Email: debbie.epstein@kcl.ac.uk or Tel: 020 7848 3767.

The closing date for applications is Friday 19 September.

Careers Spotlight: using your research skills in a different area

Over 90 current KCL researchers have come and listened to our speakers describe their jobs post-PhD in our Career Spotlight series so far.  Come and listen to our next two, talking about their careers using their research skills!

  • Who: Emma Broom, Sociable Data (data for healthcare and pharma industries) and Jane Colechin, CESI (research into social and economic inclusion)
  • When: Weds 19th Feb, 5-6pm
  • Where: FWB 1.70
  • No need to sign up.

Next week’s event, Feb 25th, is about Life Science Consulting.

Want to use your research skills? Read on to find out about one PhD who does just that

Tom Huskinson, Associate Director of Social Research at Ipsos MORI, spoke at the recent SSPP panel.

Why did you want to work in social research?

Tom’s PhD in social psychology at Cardiff led him to a deep interest in his subject, but also the knowledge that he wasn’t interested in staying on in academia.  He enjoyed and want to improve his skills in statistics, literature reviews and sampling.  Applying to both Ipsos and MORI (separate organisations at the time), he was more interested in MORI because of its pedigree in policy and policy research.  He had thought about applying to work in smaller organisations, but figured that there would be more variety in a larger one.

How does your PhD help you?

His PhD has helped more as he has gone through his career.  Initially, the project management skills he learned helped in his work, and some of the research subject areas he worked on in his PhD were useful.  More latterly, as he moved into the Research Methods unit, knowledge around bias in structure and order of questions has come useful.  When bidding for contracts, it is important to show an academic grounding and to be able to incorporate current academic thinking into project design.  His role now includes responding to internal queries and sharing expertise, while occasionally conducting primary research and speaking at conferences.

What do you like in your role?

Tom cites the variety of his role – doing pitches, speaking at conferences, doing robust, expensive research – as the main thing he appreciates.  The atmosphere and working methods of an organisation are important to him and he likes the ‘think tank’ style of his current place. 

What is not so good are the bureaucracy that come with working in a large organisation – the time sheets, audits and jargon!  In common with researchers in other organisations, it is frustrating if your research is not actually used meaningfully; and deadlines and long hours can be difficult to navigate.

Where might you move on to?

Tom might find a research role in a different organisation – the Civil Service, Coco-Cola!, or into think tanks or policy areas.  Equally, he could move into academia.

The market in social research is slightly growing, particularly in measurement and evaluation as organisations look to be able to demonstrate value for money.