General Careers Advice talks, ground floor in the Woburn Suite

Speaker: PhD Student Panel hosted by ThinkPostgrad

Organisation: Think Postgrad

Time: 12:15 - 13:00

Location: Woburn Suite, ground floor, Senate House

 

> Synopsis:

So, what is it really like to do a PhD? And how do you get there?

A panel of PhD students from a range of subject areas and institutions will talk about their experience of applying for a PhD and looking for funding, and share what day to day as a PhD student looks like.

A Q&A session also provides the opportunity to get top tips for success.

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PhD Student Panel hosted by ThinkPostgrad

Speaker: Mark Bennett, Content Editor, FindAUniversity

Organisation: FindAMasters.com & FindAPhD.com

Time: 13:15 - 14:00

Location: Woburn Suite, ground floor, Senate House

 

 > Synopsis: 

Postgraduate study is changing, with student loans for Masters degrees introduced across the UK and doctoral loans planned for 2018. This session will walk through current and upcoming postgraduate funding options and provide an opportunity for Q&A.

> Speaker:

Mark Bennett manages the postgraduate advice and funding materials across the popular FindAMasters & FindAPhD websites. His previous experience includes research and teaching at various universities. Postgraduate loans would be his Mastermind Subject. That or obscure eighteenth-century travelogues.

Speaker: Dr Phil Etherington, Postgraduate Student Recruitment Officer

Organisation: University of Reading

Time: 14:15 - 15:00

Location: Woburn Suite, ground floor, Senate House

 

> Synopsis:

Interested in Masters study but not sure where to start? Want to know how to find the right course for you? This talk will give you an introduction to the different types of Master’s qualifications available and cover some of the key factors you should consider when choosing an institution and course.

 

> Speaker: Dr Phil Etherington

 

 

 

Speaker: Chaired by John Wilson, Student Recruitment Officer and with postgraduate students from Southampton Solent University 

Organisation: Southampton Solent University

Time: 15:15 - 16:00

Location: Woburn Suite, ground floor, Senate House

 

> Synopsis:

A chance to hear from postgraduate students on how they funded their course, why they chose it and their overall experience of Masters level study.  If you are interested in finding out how to rise to the challenge of postgraduate study, this is the panel discussion for you.

Speaker: Dr Emily Rozier, Postgraduate Recruitment Officer, University of Birmingham 

Organisation: University of Birmingham

Time: 16:15 - 17:00

Location: Woburn Suite, ground floor, Senate House

        

> Synopsis:

This talk will offer guidance on how to write a compelling personal statement when applying for a taught or research postgraduate course, and give a detailed overview of the typical format for a research proposal. The session will be useful for anyone considering postgraduate study but of particular interest to those applying for a research degree. The first part of the session will focus on what admissions tutors are looking for in a strong personal statement, and offer a step-by-step guide to what to include and how to make a strong case for your admission to your chosen course. The second part of the session will move on to offer some general guidelines for writing a research proposal, offering a checklist of what to include and tips on how to get started.        

 > Speaker:

Emily Rozier holds an MRes in Medieval Studies and a PhD in English Literature. She manages the University of Birmingham’s UK postgraduate recruitment activities.

Exhibitor talks, ground floor in rooms G4, G5 & G7

Speaker: Matthew Mullard, Head of Marketing

Organisation: Anglia Ruskin University, London

Time: 12:00 - 12:30

Location: Room G4, ground floor, Senate House

 

> Synopsis:  

When you choose to study a postgraduate course at ARU London you'll be taught by inspiring tutors and lecturers, many of whom are active researchers and industry contributors. Because of this, you can be confident that what you learn is up-to-date and relevant to the challenges and requirements of your chosen career. This talk will give you the perfect insight to Postgraduate life at ARU London.

 

Speaker: Angela O’Neill

Organisation: College of Europe

Time: 12:00 - 12:30

Location: Room G5, ground floor, Senate House

 

> Synopsis:

The talk will aim to raise awareness of the usefulness of post graduate European studies and the careers these studies can open up especially in the light of Brexit.
International and intercultural awareness can aid fruitful cross border cooperation. Whether British or from another European country, you will find opportunities for fully or partially funded studies (including accommodation and food) which could propel your career to greater heights. There are also opportunities of fruitful fully or partially funded scholarships for those from Europe's neighbouring countries.

There are many challenges on an international level where your expertise could be useful.


> Speaker:

Angela O'NEILL
Director of Communications, Director of Publications, Communications Office (Bruges Campus)
Director of Languages, Language Service (Bruges Campus)
Visiting professor, Language Service (Natolin (Warsaw) Campus)
Visiting professor, European General Studies

Angela O'Neill is a native of the Lake District, England. After graduating from Leeds and London, she spent 2 years lecturing in various universities in Paris, and then 6 years teaching languages and specialising in the area of effective communication skills in London. Whilst in London she also became involved in Language testing in a communicative way, and was invited to participate in numerous Language testing projects . (She remains University of Cambridge Chief examiner for EFL in Belgium ).
In 1989 Angela made the move to Belgium, taking up a teaching post at the University of Brussels (ULB).There she specialised in teaching English for academic and professional purposes in various faculties.

In 2001 she accepted the post of Language coordinator at the College of Europe in Bruges, and later moved on to take up the position of Director of Communications and Languages. She continues to be actively involved in teaching communication and negotiation skills over the two College of Europe campuses, as well as overseeing and being involved in the daily work of the College communications office.

Occasionally she is called on to train VIPs; Government Officials; students in other universities; and young academics, in specific communication techniques, and has acted as advisor to top level universities on Language matters.

In 2005 she was awarded the honour of 'Chevalier dans les Palmes Académiques' by the French government, for her services to the French language.
Founding board member University Network of the European Capitals of Culture ( UNeECC); member of the Local Committee for the College of Europe ( Bruges); member of the steering committee for KULAK (KUL campus Kortrijk).

Speakers: Dr Kleio Akrivou and Professor Peter Miskell 

Organisation: Henley Business School

Time: 12:00 - 12:30

Location: Room G7, ground floor, Senate House

 

> Synopsis: 

This talk will introduce students to the notion of management and institutional responsibility and its importance for business and for society.  It will introduce the content, curriculum, applied work and international study features of Henley Business School’s master’s in Management and its profile and position in international rankings.

> Speakers: 

Kleio Akrivou (PhD) is Associate Professor in Business Ethics and Organisational Behaviour (Human Moral Development) at the University of Reading (Henley Business School), UK. She is also a Visiting Associate Professor in the University of Navarre’s Institute of Enterprise and Humanism and Culture and Society in Spain. Kleio’s PhD specialised in human and systemic ethical growth (Case Western Reserve University, in the USA). Kleio has also completed cross-disciplinary bachelors and master’s degrees from European universities with a focus on Management, Economics, and International Relations and development.

Kleio’s current interdisciplinary research focuses on human and systemic integrity and novel normative understandings of human agency. In  2016 Dr. Akrivou and Prof. A. Sison co-edited the book Challenges of Capitalism for Virtue Ethics and the Common Good (E. Elgar). Kleio has published her first monograph Differentiation and Integration in Adult Development with Springer, in 2009. Kleio’s research outputs include articles in the Journal of Business Ethics, Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics, Frontiers of Neuroscience, The Leadership Quarterly and the Academy of Management Learning and Education, among others.




Professor Peter Miskell 

Prior to joining the University of Reading and Henley Business School, Peter worked at Unilever, where he was involved in a major research project exploring the firm's corporate history since the 1960s. Since joining Reading in 2001, Peter has taught and researched various aspects of international business, with a particular focus on the evolution of multinational firms in the twentieth century. He has combined research and teaching with a range of academic leadership roles. From 2008-2012 he acted as Director of Teaching and Learning for Henley Business School, with responsibility for quality assurance and enhancement for all qualification programmes.  From 2013-15 he led a University-wide strategic project to support postgraduate taught programmes.

He is currently Faculty Head of Pre-experience Postgraduate Programmes, and a Co-Director of the Centre for International Business History. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Management and Organizational History journal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaker: Katherine Reece Thomas, LLM Programme Director, Associate Professor, The City Law School

Organisation: City, University of London

Time: 12:45 - 13:15

Location: Room G4, ground floor, Senate House

 

> Synopsis:

Explore the various ways to qualify as a lawyer in the UK. Whether you have studied for an LLB or a non-law undergraduate degree, find out what you can do to progress into a career in law. You will hear the difference between GE LLB (Senior status law degree) and GDL;  the two types of lawyer in England and the different routes to qualifying as a barrister (BPTC) or a solicitor (LPC). You will also learn how undertaking an LLM can lead to a career in law without qualifying.   

 

> Speaker:

After completing her LLM and qualifying as a solicitor, Katherine Reece Thomas worked in private practice in the City of London and in Paris, and taught in the University of Cambridge. She has also practised in New York and is a member of the New York State Bar.

At City, University of London she teaches public international law, contract and company law. Her research interests include public international law and company law and she is co-author of The Law and Practice of Shareholders' Agreements with Christopher Ryan.

She is the Programme Director of the Master of Laws (LLM) and an expert on the law of state immunity. She also publishes on the relationship between international law and domestic law. Katherine is also Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame. 

Speaker: Dr Helen Collins, Vice-Dean for Postgraduate Taught Education, Faculty of Life Science and Medicine

Organisation: King's College London

Time: 12:45 - 13:15

Location: Room G5, ground floor, Senate House

 

 

> Synopsis: 

Get an overview of the postgraduate course offered by the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, King’s College London, one of the largest and most successful centres for research and education in the UK.

 

Speaker: Dr Stephen Soanes, Regional Officer, UK/EU

Organisation: University of Warwick

Time: 12:45 - 13:15

Location: Room G7, ground floor, Senate House

 

> Synopsis:

Where do you start looking for funding? Often scholarships are advertised in multiple places, and it is not always clear where to look or who to speak with for advice. This talk introduced some guiding principles on postgraduate bursaries and awards as seen from the inside at one university (Warwick), with the aim of helping you find funding wherever you decide you want to study. Advertised and individual studentships will be covered, along with an overview of full- and part-funding options, when to start looking, deadlines, and some of the major funding competitions that are available to both UK/EU and international students.

> Speaker:

I studied for a BA in History at Warwick, and a love for my chosen subject has since led me to take a Postgraduate Diploma, Master’s and PhD. I successfully applied for funding for two of these three postgraduate courses. Today I work in the Recruitment Team at Warwick, and provides guidance to students who are considering their study options in the UK, Europe and occasionally further afield.

 

Speaker: John Threlfall, Senior Academic

Organisation: Anglia Ruskin University, London

Time: 13:30 - 14.00

Location: Room G4, ground floor, Senate House

> Synopsis:

The MBA is designed for professionals who are seeking to improve their management and leadership skills and broaden their theoretical knowledge of business and management. Over the duration of the 12/24 months, course students will acquire a deeper knowledge of all the key business functions. Participants will gain a greater appreciation of the significance of the interrelationship of functional areas to the overall success of a business, in both international and local markets. The course offers its applicants the opportunity to study at a postgraduate level while maintaining and enhancing their contribution to their employer. The programme will develop an understanding of successful business strategy and effective executive leadership management.

Recognising that today business is conducted across international boundaries and that globalisation is a phenomenon that impacts all organisations.  The focus of the course is on the specific challenges facing organisations that have global operations, or that transact business internationally. The course will also support the development a range of transferable executive skills including leadership, problem-solving, creativity and innovation, finance, operations management, strategic decision making, team management, designing corporate cultures and many others. 

 

Speaker: Dr Alistair J Murdoch, Associate Professor of Crop and Weed Science at the University of Reading

Organisation: University of Reading

Time: 13:30 - 14:00

Location: Room G5, ground floor, Senate House

        

> Synopsis:

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals agreed by 193 member states of the United Nations in September 2015, set 169 targets many of which can only be met if agriculture is intensified sustainably. If you are concerned about international development and alleviation of poverty, and how to achieve food and nutritional security for people and feed security for their livestock, this talk is a must. It is argued that it is essential to consider the whole farm system and explore constraints and opportunities. The talk will highlight seven essential conditions for sustainable intensification. You will be surprised at what comes first and how low down on the list new technologies appear. They are vital, but no one will adopt them unless other conditions are satisfied.

It is also argued that sustainability demands an understanding of the resources farmers have already. History shows us the consequences of inappropriate exploitation of resources such as the soil on which most of our crops and livestock depend.

 

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Alistair studied Agricultural Botany at Glasgow University and completed a PhD in Agriculture at Reading. As Programme Director of the MSc in Agriculture and Development in the Graduate Institute of International Development and Agricultural Economics (GIIDAE) at the University of Reading, he is well-equipped to talk on this subject. GIIDAE is part of the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading.

His research has included projects linked to potential impacts of climate change on lowland rice in Asia, maize-dairy farming systems in Kenya, control of the weed, Striga, in the Gambia and Ghana, weed control in sugar cane plantations of Guyana, as well as in various projects closer to home in Europe and the UK.

He is particularly interested in weed biology and control and is currently involved in a project where the aim is to avoid all direct herbicide applications to field vegetable crops but to target metered droplets of herbicide to the unwanted plants.

 

 

 

Speaker: Dr David Warren, Materials and Manufacturing Academy Project Manager

Organisation: Materials and Manufacturing Academy

Time: 13:30 - 14:00

Location: Room G7, ground floor, Senate House


> Synopsis:

Engineering Doctorates (EngD’s) offer a perfect combination of post-graduate research and professional training, preparing individuals with the skillset required to excel in their careers. This talk highlights the opportunities and benefits studying an EngD offers including working with global industrial leaders and utilising some of the most advanced equipment academia has to offer.

 

> Speaker:

Dr David Warren is the project manager of the doctoral training project, the Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A). Having completed his own Materials Engineering doctorate in 2009, David worked for the steel industry for number of years prior to moving back to work in academia.   The combination of academic and industrial experience has helped David to successfully deliver the project helping to train over 80 individuals working on challenging industry projects. 

 

 

 

Speaker: Varan Houghton, UK Postgraduate Recruitment Officer

Organisation: University of Southampton

Time: 14:15 - 14:45

Location: Room G4, ground floor, Senate House

        

> Synopsis: 

The talk will be relaxed and is designed to provide an introduction to the city and University of Southampton for anyone who is considering postgraduate study.  I will discuss the opportunities and the range of courses on offer, applying and funding, student welfare, accommodation and social life, and provide an insight into why prospective students should consider the University of Southampton.

Speaker: Jamie Wright, Admissions Director, Early Career Programmes

Organisation: London Business School

Time: 14:15 - 14:45

Location: Room G5, ground floor, Senate House


> Synopsis:

As a recent or soon to be graduate you may already have career goals in mind. Or perhaps you’re still considering what route, role and environment will best suit you in the business world. Either way, global recruiters will recognise those candidates who can hit the ground running with the skills and mind-set primed for leadership and the fast-moving business world. Join this session to learn about how the Masters in Management, Global MiM or Masters in Financial analysis can help prepare you for you an ambitious and fulfilling future in business.

 

> Speaker:

Jamie Wright is the Admissions Director for Early Career Programmes (Masters in Management, Global MiM, Masters in Financial Analysis) at London Business School. In this role she oversees management of the Recruitment and Admissions Team, focusing on admissions pipeline and strategy, and serves as Admissions Committee lead. Jamie received a degree in communications and political science from San Diego State University, after which time she spent two years at Weber Shandwick Worldwide’s consumer hub in Chicago, developing expertise in media relations, client and event management

Speaker: Louise Meredith, Student Finance Advice Officer

Organisation: University of Portsmouth

Time: 14:15 - 14:45

Location: Room G7, ground floor, Senate House

 

> Synopsis:

This talk will look at ways to fund taught postgraduate study, including the various loan schemes available.

 

Speaker: Dr Leone Leonida, Senior Lecturer 

Organisation: King's College London

Time: 15:00 - 15:30

Location: Room G4, ground floor, Senate House

 

> Synopsis:

King’s Business School is the new hub in London for engaging with business, finance and government; where game-changing research informs a contemporary approach to business education, creating socially responsible leaders of the future.

This talk will take you through the benefits of postgraduate study at King’s Business School, the advantages of our MSc programmes and the exciting new courses we are offering in 2018.

We will also cover some of the new facilities available to students at Bush House, employability and careers opportunities, and insights on our cutting-edge research and expert academic staff.

> Speaker: 

Dr Leone Leonida is a Senior Lecturer in Economics and Finance and is the course director for MSc Banking & Finance at King’s Business School. He has a number of research interests, including the predictive ability of early warning systems in forecasting systemic financial crises. His work has been published in The Journal of Banking and Finance, The Journal of Applied Econometrics and The Global Strategy Journal, amongst others.

 

 

Speaker: Megan Grindlay, International Marketing Manager

Organisation: Lund University, Sweden

Time: 15:00 - 15:30

Location: Room G5, ground floor, Senate House

 

> Synopsis:

From the Nobel Prize to Ikea and The Bridge, Sweden has long intrigued UK and international audiences with its innovative designs, unique lifestyle and impressive English proficiency. In this presentation you will find out how you can combine the Scandinavian lifestyle with a top world 100 university education at Lund University. Learn more about Sweden, what makes it stand out as a study destination and why a global classroom is key to your international career. Discover your options for post-graduate studies at Lund University and find out how you can apply for studies in Sweden.

 

> Speaker: 

Originally from New Zealand, Megan has lived and worked in Sweden for eight year. As International Marketing Manager at Lund University, Megan supports international students in choosing graduate programmes and advises them through the admission and pre-arrival processes.

 

Speaker: Ms Lindsay Stewart, Postgraduate & EU Recruitment Manager

Organisation: Goldmsiths, University of London

Time: 15:00 - 15:30

Location: Room G7, ground floor, Senate House

 

> Synopsis:  

This talk will explain the application process Postgraduate Taught programmes, including what to think about before choosing a Masters course. Then we will discuss personal statements, recommendations and other elements of the application process. If you are making an MA or MSc application you can consider what documents and information you will need to complete your application. Note: This talk will not cover specific programmes such as postgraduate Medicine, Social Work or PGCE Teaching and is meant to be indicative rather than prescriptive, as each university may have different requirements.

 

Speaker: Jenna Kirby, Student Recruitment Officer

Organisation: The University of Law

Time: 15:45 - 16:15

Location: Room G4, ground floor, Senate House

 

> Synopsis:  

This session will provide an introduction to the current legal market and the range of opportunities out there. It will cover discussion around the different types of roles that exist in law and will draw comparisons between them to assist you in identifying what career path you might like to consider. The session will provide an insight into what the role of a trainee looks like in practice and how to start developing an application strategy for future law applications.

 

Speaker: Wei Min Ho, Senior Manager

Organisation: Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering, National University of Singpaore

Time: 15:45 - 16:15

Location: Room G5, ground floor, Senate House

        

> Synopsis:

The talk aims to introduce audience to the different cross- and multi-disciplinary PhD programmes offered by Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering (National University of Singapore), spanning and bridging various branches in science, engineering, computing and bio-medicine. It will also highlight the generous PhD scholarship scheme associated with the programmes. The talk is especially suitable for those with passion, talent and aptitude for high-calibre research, and who are driven to challenge themselves continuously and aspire to higher levels of research excellence amongst the world's best.

 

Speaker: Matthew Mullard, Head of Marketing

Organisation: Anglia Ruskin University, London

Time: 15:45 - 16:15

Location: Room G7, ground floor, Senate House

> Synopsis: 

Why study an Postgraduate Degree?

  • Successful completion will enhance your career prospects.
  • You will gain knowledge of a wide range of organisational sectors.
  • Students on the MBA Healthcare have the opportunity of part-time paid work in the relevant industry from the start of their course.
  • The programmes are designed to shape you into a more effective manager, better equipped to lead an organisation in the constantly changing business environment of the 21st century.
  • Programme content includes the latest thinking and research on management at strategic level.

The cultural diversity of the students on the course and the international dimension within the course content adds an invaluable element to the study experience at ARU London. This gives students taking up management posts greater confidence in conducting international negotiations. 

Speaker: Ms Lindsay Stewart, Postgraduate & EU Recruitment Manager

Organisation: Goldmsiths, University of London

Time: 16:30 - 17:00

Location: Room G4, ground floor, Senate House

 

> Synopsis:  

Learn about the variety of programmes on offer at Goldsmiths, University of London.

 

Speaker: Clara Pirie, Student Recruitment Officer

Organisation: University of Edinburgh

Time: 16:30 - 17:00

Location: Room G5, ground floor, Senate House

 

> Synopsis:

Information and advice on what you need to consider before applying, how to apply via our online application system, the offer-making process, and what makes a strong personal statement.

 

Speaker: Dr Stephen Soanes, Regional Officer, UK/EU

Organisation: University of Warwick

Time: 16:30 - 17:00

Location: Room G7, ground floor, Senate House

        

> Synopsis:

Are you balancing potentially competing considerations as you decide where to study? This talk introduces the different reasons that led 5 very different students to choose Warwick for their postgraduate studies (e.gs, the course, location and transport links, availability of scholarships, research excellence and institutional reputation, employability). The presentation is relevant both to those specifically considering Warwick, and those who want to reflect on the different sets of priorities that may inform their final decision (wherever that leads!) The final part of the presentation looks more practically at how mature consideration on your rationales for further study can in turn improve your chances of securing admission – and potentially even funding.


> Speaker:

I studied for a BA in History at Warwick, and a love for my chosen subject has since led me to take a Postgraduate Diploma, Master’s and PhD. I successfully applied for funding for two of these three postgraduate courses. Today I work in the Recruitment Team at Warwick, and provides guidance to students who are considering their study options in the UK, Europe and occasionally further afield.