General Careers Advice talks that took place on Thursday 25 January 2018

Speakers: Jan Orlebar – Careers Officer, Mary Fudge – Education Liaison Lead 

Organisation: University of Greenwich

Time: 12:15 - 13:00


> Synopsis:

Deciding what to study at postgraduate level can be a daunting prospect, as well a huge financial investment. This workshop will give you time out to consider important factors which will enable you to decide whether this is the right choice for you. By the end of the workshop you will be able to:

• Think about the realities of postgraduate study
• Find out what courses are available
• Learn about the range of study options
• Consider how it might benefit your career
• Get ready for the challenge ahead
• Hear about the experiences of current postgraduate students


> Speakers:

Jan Orlebar is a CDI registered Careers Adviser with a wealth of knowledge and experience providing information, advice, and guidance to students in a variety of educational institutions in London and the South East. With a passion for supporting students realise their full potential, she enjoys motivating and inspiring students to ‘dare to dream’, but in a strategic and methodical way to ensure success.

Mary Fudge is a careers professional with over 20 years’ experience helping people identify their career values, navigate obstacles and achieve career milestones. Mary's role at the University of Greenwich is as Education Liaison Lead working with applicants to the university. Mary works with pupils from schools and colleges to enable them to overcome barriers to higher education, be inspired about their future and make informed decisions about their university application, future study pathways and career choices. Mary is a CDI Registered Careers Development Practitioner and a CIPD Associate member. Mary is currently in her second year of studying for a MSc Career Coaching.


Speaker: Masters Student Panel hosted by ThinkPostgrad

Organisation: Think Postgrad

Time: 13:15 - 14:00


> Synopsis:

So, what is it like to do a Masters course? And how do you get there?

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

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


Speaker: Mark Bennett, Content Editor, FindAUniversity

Organisation: &

Time: 14:15 - 15:00


 > 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: Ms Lindsay Stewart, Postgraduate & EU Recruitment Manager

Organisation: Goldsmiths, University of London

Time: 15:15 - 16:00


> Synopsis:

This talk will explain the application process for Postgraduate Taught programmes, including what to think about before choosing a Masters course. 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 will have different requirements.


Speaker: Karen Auld, Senior Recruitment Officer

Organisation: Brunel University London

Time: 16:15 - 17:00

> Synopsis:

How much does postgraduate study cost? How will you pay for it? What support is available for postgraduate students? Come along to our session and discover the vast array of funding options available for postgraduate study, how to make sense of these, and how to apply for them.  

Exhibitor talks that took place on Thursday 25 January 2018

Speaker: Ian Noonan, King’s Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Mental Health, Head of the Department of Mental Health in the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care

Organisation: King's College London

Time: 12:00 - 12:30


> Synopsis: 

Postgraduate entry to the nursing profession offers exciting career opportunities and development from a wide range of disciplines. Come and hear more about what “Jonathan” is looking for and how you might use your knowledge, skills and experience to contribute as a future practitioner, partner and leader of healthcare.

Postgraduates in child, adult and mental health nursing can change the world by educating to inspire and improve; researching to inform and innovate; and serving society to shape and transform.

If you are thinking about how you can use your degree to make the world a better place, then postgraduate level nursing with registration could well be for you.


> Speaker: 

Ian Noonan is a lecturer and the Head of the Department of Mental Health Nursing. He trained as a mental health nurse at King’s College London. Ian has been awarded the King’s Teaching Fellowship and was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Awards Most Innovative Teacher of the Year. He was involved in setting up the Culture and Care Programme and Nursing and the Arts Module within the Faculty. His current research includes; the Self-harm Cessation and Recovery Study (SCARS) and Qualitative Understanding of Experiencing Suicidal Thoughts (QUEST). 

Speaker: Ray HILDITCH, Emeritus Professor of Economics and Management, Richmond American International University in London.

Organisation: Richmond The American International University in London

Time: 12:00 - 12:30


> Synopsis:  

This presentation focuses on the nature and purpose of the MBA degree and how it differs from other Masters programs in Business. The discussion will emphasise how an MBA brings together an understanding of all the functional areas of business and an appreciation of the business environment. The talk will also highlight the importance of strategic and governance issues, which integrate the material on all good MBA programs.

This talk will be of interest to people with qualifications and experience in a wide range of academic and professional disciplines who see themselves moving up the managerial ladder in business and social enterprise. It will also appeal to people with entrepreneurial flair and ambition. 

> Speaker Bio:   

Speaker: Dr Cagatay Turkay, Senior Lecturer in Applied Data Science

Organisation: City, University of London

Time: 12:45 - 13:15


> Synopsis:

The talk will introduce you to the range of master’s degrees offered at the Department of Computer Science at City, University of London. The talk will provide a brief overview of the exciting research undertaken in the department and how this contributes to our postgraduate degrees. You will learn about the specialist focus of each programme and understand what skills you will develop through your studies. This presentation will also cover career and research opportunities available to you, and explain how the department will support your development as an expert in your chosen area.


> Speaker:

Cagatay Turkay is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Data Science at giCentre at the Computer Science Department of City, University of London. He received his PhD degree in Visualisation from University of Bergen, Norway in 2014 and served as a visiting research fellow at the Visual Computing group at Harvard University in 2013. His research focuses on designing visualisations, interactions and computational methods to enable an effective combination of human and machine capabilities to facilitate data-intensive problem solving.

Speaker: Dr Carwyn Rhys Hooper, Senior Lecturer in Medical Ethics and Law

Organisation: St George's, University of London

Time: 12:45 - 13.15


> Synopsis: 

Global Health is a relatively new discipline. There is no commonly agreed definition of the subject, but those who work in the field are primarily interested in addressing problems that transcend national boundaries. Many global health challenges also require global solutions. For example, the challenges posed by climate change, health inequalities, and communicable diseases can only be solved through collective action. In this presentation we will explore the meaning of global health and explain why it is so essential for the global community to tackle key global health challenges with considerable urgency.  

> Speaker:

Dr Hooper is the Course Director of a number of postgraduate global health courses at St George's, University of London. He has a background in medicine, philosophy, law, and education.

Speaker: Lorna Morris, International Liaison Officer

Organisation: University of Warwick

Time: 13:30 - 14:00


> 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: Remi Moss, M.Ed., Manager of Admissions and Career Development section at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST)

Organisation: Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology

Time: 13:30 - 14:00



> Synopsis:

This session introduces tips to strengthen your applications for graduate programs abroad. An Admissions representative from Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology will share tips on creating the application portfolio. The following areas will be discussed: Strengthening your academic/personal statement, items to check before and after submitting the application, and the best way to follow up with admissions representatives.

> Speaker:

Remi Moss, M.Ed. is the Manager of Admissions and Career Development section at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) located in Japan. Prior to joining OIST, she was the Associate Director of Academic Affairs and Student Services at Columbia University and the Manager of Academic Affairs at New York University’s Center for Data Science. She has been working in the field of higher education over 10 years and continues to be passionate about helping students realize their academic and professional goals. She earned her bachelor’s degree in History from University of California, Berkeley and master’s degree in Counseling in Student Affairs from University of California, Los Angeles.


Speaker: Rob Clay, Marketing Manager, Bath Spa University

Organisation: Bath Spa University

Time: 14:15 - 14:45


> Synopsis:

Find out more about becoming a teacher and the full range of teacher education programmes available. Discover what's involved, the qualifications you need, how to apply and the financial support available.​


> Speaker: 

Rob Clay


Speaker: Dr Sarah Cardey, Director of the Graduate Institute for International Development and Applied Economics

Organisation: University of Reading

Time: 14:15 - 14:45


> Synopsis:

People around the world are looking for safety, security and resilience. Two areas that are particularly important are food, health and wellbeing: we need enough food to stay healthy and maintain positive wellbeing. One of the things that undermines food security and health, however, are social inequalities. This talk will look at examples of the relationship between social inequality, food and health, and why this needs to be addressed by development.


> Speaker:

Dr Sarah Cardey




Speakers: Maria Tsianti, Senior Manager of Careers Services, ESCP Europe Business School

Organisation: ESCP Europe Business School

Time: 15:00 - 15:30


> Synopsis: 

The presentation will provide a brief overview of ESCP Europe's Programmes followed by valuable insights on CV and Cover Letter writing. What should your CV look like to impress? What do you want people to notice first? What transferable skills do you have that is relevant? Building up your CV. Is a good Cover Letter enough for any application?

What makes ESCP Europe Student Careers Services unique is our diverse and bespoke approach to our students' needs. We provide advice and support tailored to each student's requirements based on their professional aspirations and the industry or sector they are interested in. It is not only the fact that we welcome hundreds of students every year from all around the world, it is also the multicultural spirit of Faculty and Staff that enhance students' experience.

If you would like a taste of how ESCP Europe Careers Office empowers our students and builds up their skills, please join us!

> Speaker: 

Maria Tsianti is currently heading the Careers Services at ESCP Europe Business School. After completing her BA in Marketing and Business Studies at Middlesex University, she was awarded an MPhil in Political Marketing and Youth Voting Behaviour by Manchester Metropolitan University Business School where she taught undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

She has a strong human resources, marketing and communications background with over 10 years of international experience in the private & public sector with well-built record in strategic and operational HRM. Her field of expertise incorporates recruitment and selection, performance appraisal, training and development, employee relations, networking, policy and procedures.

She has worked for many years as a freelance Consultant for politicians and Members of the Parliament and served from various posts in public sector organisations like the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Athens Urban Transport Organisation (corresponding TFL), City Councils, etc.

She has published articles on synergies between HRM and Marketing, political segmentation, ethnic and gender minorities participation in elections and politics.


Speaker: Dr Malcolm Hudson, Associate Professor in Environmental Science

Organisation: University of Southampton

Time: 15:00 - 15:30


> Synopsis: 

Managing human impacts upon the environment is one of the biggest challenges mankind faces this century.  Senior scientists and economists talk about us facing a perfect storm where population, climate change and constrained resources will see mankind struggling to cope with environmental change and the societal challenges that will come with it.  This provides major challenges but also important opportunities for future generations of scientists and environmental professionals.

Our Masters courses will provide you with the tools for some of these jobs. You can study a range of environmental science, theoretical science and applied elements in our interdisciplinary degrees- each of them tailored to give you the knowledge and skills for career in an environmental field. We offer a broad group of environmental management Masters degrees, including ‘Environmental Monitoring and Assessment’, ‘Environmental Pollution Control’, ‘Biodiversity and Conservation’, ‘Water Resources Management’, ‘Integrated Environmental Studies’; and related engineering courses in ‘Energy and Sustainability’ and ‘Engineering in the Coastal Environment’.

Our degrees are typically taken by students with a first degree in an area related to science, geography or engineering, and the applied elements of our courses get our students ready for the workplace when they graduate.  This can incorporate environmental management, environmental impact assessment, pollution control and applied ecology alongside a range of specialist options and a research project which will usually have some degree of wider application or external partnership. All modules and projects are focused upon solutions to environmental problems and the development of professional skills and experience.  Your lecturers are leaders in their field with an international reputation, all committed to the provision of an excellent learning experience.

We have a great record (going back over 20 years) for turning out Masters graduates who go on to successful careers with major environmental or engineering consultancies (e.g. Arup, Ramboll, Mott McDonald, WYG), in specialist consultancies who work on key areas like ecology, transport or landscape, or working in the business sector helping big companies manage their resources better and reduce their impact on the environment. Some of our recent graduates also work in government & policy, international development, or for agencies and NGOs whose missions are about environmental protection or conservation of wildlife. A number have also used our Masters as a step onto a research career- for example in managing protected areas, carbon management, ecological engineering, sustainable transport, climate change and waste management.

Our talk today will tell you more about what we have to offer, and you can learn about the successes of some of our recent graduates..


> Speaker:

Dr Malcolm Hudson teaches and runs the Masters Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) module, and is an internationally renowned expert in areas such as ecosystem services, pollution monitoring (including marine microplastics), coastal management and conservation of biodiversity.


Speaker: Sarah Shillito, International Officer (EU, UK International, Malaysia & Singapore)

Organisation: University of Aberdeen

Time: 15:45 - 16:15


> Synopsis:

Scotland has the highest level of International student satisfaction in the UK and over 600 years of Higher Education history. Our qualifications are recognised worldwide and with more world class universities per head of population than anywhere else in the world, why not Study in Scotland.

Speaker: Dr Kristen Brill, Lecturer in American History

Organisation: Keele University

Time: 15:45 - 16:15

> Synopsis:

This talk will introduce students to the range of postgraduate degrees available within Keele’s School of Humanities. Renowned for our interdisciplinarity and intimate teaching environment, we offer MA degrees in Global Media and Culture, Global Media and Management, MA Contemporary Literature and Film, English Literature, Music and Creative Music Technology, History, and Creative Writing. We also offer a Masters in Research (M.Res.), which is specifically designed as preparation for PhD work. Kristen will explain both the structure of the different degrees and discuss the specific skills you will gain, as well as the support provided, to prepare for your future career. 

Kristen will use examples from her own Masters module, Violence and Power in Civil War America, and talk about her dissertation supervision work within American Studies, which is an interdisciplinary programme. Her MA module, one of over 40 available, explores the ways in which mid-nineteenth-century America became reliant upon the use of force. Namely, the module analyzes violence as a mechanism of social control and political power in early America: How did state and non-state actors use violence to secure their social and political agendas? How did individuals express agency and resistance within institutions of power? How were the politics of race, gender and sex manipulated to justify the use of violence? At its core, this module strives to answer a fundamental and hotly debated question in early American history: How ‘exceptional’ was nineteenth-century America’s culture of violence? This taster lecture will explore the memory of the Confederacy in contemporary America with a focus on the Confederate statue debate.




Speaker: Dr Phil Etherington, Postgraduate Student Recruitment Officer

Organisation: University of Reading

Time: 16:30 - 17:00


> Synopsis:  

Interested in master’s 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: Naomi Eustace, Marketing Coordinator Europe

Organisation: University of Groningen

Time: 16:30 - 17:00


> Synopsis:

The Netherlands is an increasingly popular destination for higher education with all Research Universities ranked in the Top 200 globally. Over 80,000 international students have chosen to study at a Dutch University, where more than 1,500 courses are taught entirely in English at all levels.This presentation will give you more information about the benefits and features of studying in the Netherlands including the different education styles, programmes and finances.


> Speaker:

Naomi Eustace is originally from London and has lived in the Netherlands since 2004. She has worked as a communications professional in the Dutch University sector for the last 10 years, with a strong focus on advising and recruiting students onto various programmes.