UK-Japan research

Join the JSPS London network for Japanese researchers based in the UK – open japanese-cherry-treesto visiting Japanese scholars as well as tenured Japanese academics based at UK institutions.  It’s free to join with events and funding schemes exclusive to members.  Register at https://ssl.jsps.org/members/?page=regist

The Science and Innovation Network Japan (SIN Japan) have produced a booklet (2016) Sources of funding 4th edition which is a guide to funding sources available to facilitate collaboration between the UK and Japan – from funding for travel and networking, to research exchange, international fellowships and major research grants. It’s available in English and Japanese and can be downloaded at https://www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/uk-science-innovation-network-in-japan.

Useful resources:

Decisions, decisions… should I do a PhD?

qmarkThese resources on jobs.ac.uk may help you to decide:

  • PhD Video Blogs: Get a real insight into life as a PhD student
    Short films of PhD students at various stages of their PhD and locations around the world.  The vlogs, or video blogs, will cover everything from starting a PhD, moving abroad to do a PhD, finding funding opportunities to viva preparation and finding your first academic job.
  • Postgraduate Options – Is a PhD for me?
    A 60-minute live online video event with a group of expert panelists who shared their insights and top tips on doing a PhD, the routes to doing a doctorate, how to find PhD opportunities and how to compose a good application.
  • PhD career ebooks and toolkits
    hould I do a PhD?; Career planning for PhDs; 10 Career paths for PhDs

What kind of lawyer do you want to be?

Solicitor? Barrister?

legal_lawDo high-value commercial deals get you excited?
Helping to patent exciting new technologies?
Assisting families and people in need with their problems?

  • Find out about the different types of lawyer and what they do
  • Identify firm that practice in the areas of interest to you
  • Learn about those firms and chambers

Where can you do this?  Take a look at the Training Contract and Pupillage Handbook (TCPH) for basic information or come into the PDC and pick up a copy!

Next step

Before you start your applications for work experience, training contracts or pupillage do some more research, eg in the legal press and firms/chambers’ websites.

Need funding?

leverhulme_1116The Leverhulme Trust provides funding for research projects, fellowships, studentships, bursaries and prizes; it operates across all the academic disciplines, aiming being to support talented individuals as they realise their personal vision in research and professional training.

The Study Abroad Studentships scheme supports students who wish to undertake a period of advanced study or research at a centre of learning anywhere in the world except the UK and the USA,  and applications are currently being accepted for awards commencing from June 2017.  Find out more….

What’s really happening in banking?

Get some pointers from J.P. Morgan’s team of European banking analysts by reading this manonboxwithquestionarticle on the efinancialcareers (efc) website.  efc have pulled out J.P. Morgan’s sector revenue forecasts and then listed some questions based upon the bank-by-bank issues J.P. Morgan’s analysts highlight in their report.

The end product is 25 questions you could consider asking at banking interviews – but phrased with care and a little less bluntness!

UK Scholar and Postgraduate Awards for study and research in the US

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The US UK Fulbright Commission offers a variety of awards for individuals to pursue study, research, and teaching in any academic subject at any US higher education institution.

You can find detailed information on their website about the awards.  The Fulbright website is a great resource if you’re considering studying in the USA!

PhD or not?

postit_articlenewsresource_13032Check out Should I do a PhD?  – an e-book from Jobs.ac.uk that focuses on using career decision-making approaches rather than on the choice of research topic.

You can find other useful resources here, and you’re welcome to come in and talk it through with a careers consultant.