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**IMPORTANT: If you have signed up to the King's Research Consultancy since July 2016, we may not have your details saved on our system and might have to ask you to re-enrol. This is a result of the IT outage that affected the university at the beginning of November. If you registered to the programme prior to July 2016, you should not need to register again.

To check that your details are saved to our records, please email careers-consultancy@kcl.ac.uk. ** 

The King's Research Consultancy is a new programme offering PhDs (post-upgrade) the opportunity to consult on a specific research project within a department at King's College London, or with an external organisation. 

"One of the best experiences in terms of jobs. It was immense. The project was really relevant to my PhD and I really enjoyed being able to communicate knowledge developed through my PhD to a project that was real and notable within industry."

"It was a really good working environment, with understanding and inspiring people who allowed the hours worked to be flexible so I could fit the project around other commitments."

"The project allowed me to build networks by meeting people at different events, and I got to understand how consultancy works in industry. I have been offered more work in a few months as a result."

Benefits of becoming a King's Research Consultant
  • Gain advanced levels of work-based experiential learning and build on research, analytical and project management skills.
  • Have access to pre-consultancy training and support from King’s Careers & Employability, if required. Please see below for further details.
  • Be given the opportunity to apply your PhD subject knowledge to a commercial project, impacting significantly and tangibly on organisational or departmental outcomes.
Pre-consultancy Training

If you are interested in the programme but unsure as to whether you have the skills for consultancy work, you can book onto one of our pre-consultancy training workshops.

The next workshop will be held on Tuesday 9 May, 10:00 - 15:30. Strand Campus. Please sign up on King's CareerConnect to book a place. 

Agenda - 9 May 2017

10 – 10:45

Preparing your Application

Donald Lush, Careers Consultant

10:45 – 11:30

Working for yourself

Donald Lush, Careers Consultant

11:30 – 11:45

King’s Research Consultancy - Programme Overview

Katie Black/Jon Sanders, Careers & Employability

11:45 – 12:15

Working as a Consultant - What to Expect

TBC

12:15 – 12:45

My King's Research Consultancy Project

Aine Rubikaite, Final Year PhD Candidate, Developmental Neurobiology, IoPPN

12:45 – 13:30

Lunch Break

13:30 - 15:30

Project Management, Dealing with Client Issues and Presenting your Conclusions

Dr Ross English - Researcher Development Unit

Testimonials

"[The workshop provided] very useful information on how to approach a consulting project."

"[I] learnt a great deal about project management and doing consultancy work."

"It wasn't time consuming ... it was engaging ... it informed about a very interesting Graduate School opportunity."

To be added to the mailing list to be notifed of upcoming workshops, please email careers-consultancy@kcl.ac.uk or call 020 7848 1376. 

Further Details and Eligibility

**IMPORTANT: If you have signed up to the King's Research Consultancy since July 2016, we may not have your details saved on our system and might have to ask you to re-enrol. This is a result of the IT outage that affected the university at the beginning of November. If you registered to the programme prior to July 2016, you should not need to register again.

To check that your details are saved to our records, please email careers-consultancy@kcl.ac.uk. ** 

  • Once registered, you will be contacted when a project that matches your interests, skills and experience arises (unless you have applied directly).
  • All consultancy projects are paid at a minimum of £125 per day and can fit flexibly around doctoral research study.
  • Participants must have achieved post upgrade status from King’s College London.
  • Current students must acquire permission from their tutor to take part in the programme (documentation will be provided after registration).
Current projects open for application

There are no Research Consultancy opportunities open currently. You are encouraged to search King's Talent Bank for openings at King's. 

To be added to our mailing list and be kept up to date with new opportunities, please register as a King's Research Consultant by requesting an Expression of Interest from careers-consultancy@kcl.ac.uk

Publications documenting work by King's Research Consultants

Photini Vrikki, a third year PhD candidate in the Department of Cultural, Media and Creative Studies, worked with the Policy Institute at King's on a data-driven analysis of mainstream media coverage and the political actors and influencers on twitter during the UK 2015 election campaign.

'Election unspun' is the fascinating report that Photini contributed to, published jointly with the Media Standards Trust. 

Top Tips from previous King's Research Consultants
  • "Remember that you are the expert and need to figure out what the client needs. Also, you need to be confident and assertive in your decision, and not be afraid to get it wrong."
  • "Go with an open mind and ask a lot of questions. It takes time to feel comfortable within a different environment."
  • "Learning how to work as a team is crucial. PhDs can be used to working as individuals so it's important to think carefully about group dynamics. Get involved in the whole project, take initiative and don't be afraid to ask to do more if you are confident you can manage it."
  • "Clarify exactly what the client wants from the outset, but be prepared for last minute changes to the project outline which need to be acted on immediately."

 

**IMPORTANT: If you have signed up to the King's Research Consultancy since July 2016, we may not have your details saved on our system and might have to ask you to re-enrol. This is a result of the IT outage that affected the university at the beginning of November. If you registered to the programme prior to July 2016, you should not need to register again.

To check that your details are saved to our records, please email careers-consultancy@kcl.ac.uk. ** 

If you are interested in registering as a King's Research Consultant, or would like more details about the programme, please contact us either by email or by calling 020 7848 1376.

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