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 or call 020 7838 1376.

For more information about the Research Consultancy, please visit:


Spring Data Science Fellowship Opportunity

Program: The Data Incubator is a Cornell-funded data science training organization. It runs an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries.

Locations: There will be both an in-person (in NYC, DC, SF) and online section of the fellowship. There is a common application for both the online and in-person sections.

Dates: All sections will be from 21-03-2016 to 13-05-2016

Application Link:

Data Science in 30 minutes: Join our free webcast on building a data science project in 30 minutes. Signup soon as space is limited:

Who Should Apply: Anyone within one year of graduating from a master’s or PhD program or who has already obtained a master’s or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session.

Learn More: You can learn about our fellows at The New York Times or Palantir. To read about our latest fellow alumni, check out blog. To learn more about The Data Incubator, check us out on Venture Beat, The Next Web, or Harvard Business Review.

NEW!!! Interviews webinar – next week

Preparing for Interview

Trainer: Kate Murray

If you have understood the basic principles behind what employers are looking for, you’re half-way to being well-prepared for an interview. Join this webinar to develop this understanding and listen to some ‘poor’ and ‘better’ sample answers.

Date: Weds 28th Oct 1-2pm


Feedback from last week’s CV’s webinar: ‘Thank you for today’s webinar – I thought it was really helpful!’

Improving CVs for jobs inside and outside academia

Please sign up for this webinar (real-time, online seminar), next week.

This webinar will help you understand the basic outline of a CV, whether for academia or elsewhere. Join us to discover more and find further resources to help you with these tricky application documents

Date: Wed 21 Oct 1-2pm

Place: Your desk!


Please forward this link to any King’s PhD or post-doc you know who might need help.

Lion’s Den Workshops 2014/15

Almost exactly one year ago, six PhD students teamed up with the common goal of creating an innovative business idea. Being all very different people, we had a lot of fun throwing our ideas together over multiple caffeinated beverages, until our idea really came together. And now, looking back, it’s great to see how what seemed like a fun side-project to our studies has become a real fledgling start-up. Our idea was a self-monitoring health app called CogniTracker, with the potential to aid in the early diagnosis of dementia in the general population. It will be able to track performance, physiology and well-being of users by measuring visual movements, speech changes, hand movements and cognition using smartphone technology.


Winning the Lion’s Den Challenge in February was a huge turning point for us as it meant we could really start to launch our idea forward, with the support of KCL. We had loads of ideas for the project that we needed to test out and people we wanted to work with, and now as winners of the competition we had the financial backing and confidence in our idea to really get started.

In the last 6 months we have been putting a lot of the basic business skills learned from the Lion’s Den workshops into practice, along with the continued support of the Lion’s Den team. We have been learning how to set up a business, protect our IP, and carrying out market research. Winning also gave us the opportunity to do the fun part of the business; designing the games we wanted for our app! Over the summer our programmer, Richard, has been making a prototype of the app and it’s been awesome to see him turn doodles of our ideas into fun games that can be played on a smartphone. Having a mentor provided through the Lion’s Den Challenge has also been invaluable to us, with incredible insight and fine-tuning to enhance our ideas throughout this venture.

Looking back to this time last year, we really couldn’t have guessed the knowledge we would gain, the skills we would acquire and the friendships we would make through the Lion’s Den programme. It’s been a great experience for us and we would definitely recommend that you give it a try this year! Good Luck!

See the schedule of workshops between now and February here.

Written by Christos Michaelides & Christina Wayman