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.

 

 

 

 

Graduate & Mature Student Society Careers and Networking Evening

Join other graduates from across King’s for an evening of informal networking. Enjoy free food and drinks while speakers will give advice on working life after graduating.

KCLSU’s Vice President for Representation and Communication, Anthony Shaw, and UCLU’s Postgraduate Students’ Officer, Ben Towse, will be talking about how the Students’ Union can help you to develop your skills and boost your CV in preparation for facing the world of work. Professor Vaughan Robinson, Director of the Graduate School, will also be talking about the opportunities open to graduate students.

So if you fancy meeting other graduate students and picking up some useful tips for the future, please join us at Waterfront Bar & Kitchen from 7pm on Tuesday 18th of February.

All graduate students are welcome to attend.

King’s equal top for PhD completion rates

Recently released data from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) shows that King’s College London is equal top in England (with Queen Mary, University of London) for its PhD completion rates with 86.8 per cent of its full time research degree starters qualifying with a research degree within seven years, against a national average in England of 72.9 per cent.

Professor Vaughan Robinson, Director of the Graduate School commented: ‘This result is a testimony to the quality of supervision available at King’s, the rigorous way in which we monitor the progress of our doctoral candidates and give them feedback, and the training we make available through the PhD journey. It also reflects our admissions and selection processes, which ensure that we accept excellent students well-matched to the research interests of their supervisory team and the research culture of the department within which they will be working. Our Research Degrees Examinations Board also plays a key role in ensuring appropriate and timely examination of theses.’