Journalism, Broadcasting and PR - March 4th 2009

Over 80 recent graduates attended the first in a series of UCL Professional Networking events at ITV studios in Waterloo, which focused on Public Relations, Broadcasting and Journalism.

Promote Yourself (PR and Marketing) - 28 November 2012

November’s PR and Marketing event - Promote Yourself: How to build your PR and Marketing connections - brought recent alumni and current students together with alumni panellists who represented a range of related professions – including media relations, government communications, creative agencies and advertising.

The art of networking is key to all alumni Professional Networking Events and all panellists were keen to emphasise that regardless of your experience or background, meeting new people and forging professional relationships is first and foremost to a successful career in this field. Attendees also heard tips on applying for vacancies (do your research) and the importance of hard work, regardless of the job.

Visit the UCL events blog to read the full event report by Emily Everett (English Language and Literature 2008). 


Pete Digger (UCL English 1994), Managing Director - Political Communications at Good Relations

Panel Members

  • Jonathan Bannister (UCL Geography 1990), Founder and Managing Director - Make Happy
  • Felicity Green (UCL Geography 2011), Global Account Executive - Ogilvy & Mather
  • Nik Pollinger (UCL Digital Anthropology 2011), Managing Director - Wide PR

Environmental Careers - 6th June 2012

Attendees at June's Environmental Careers event had the opportunity to meet with alumni panelists working in range of environment related professions - including catastrophe modelling for insurance and corporate responsibility at online fashion house ASOS.com. The debate about future dynamics of employment in the environmental and sustainable sectors was initiated during the Q&A session, but this and many other interesting questions were accompanied by an overall optimism about the opportunities available to graduates who are willing to work hard.

Visit the UCL events blog to read the full event report by Emily Everett (English Language and Literature 2008). 


Dr Sarah Bell, Co-Director of UCL's Environment Institute and Senior Lecturer in Environmental Engineering.

Panel Members

  • Caroline Pitt (UCL Economics & Geography 1997, 1998) - Energy Consultant at Utilyx
  • Christian Smith (UCL French & German 2002, MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development) - CSR Manager at ASOS.com
  • Keith Leung (UCL Environmental Geography 1998, Remote Sensing 1999) - Partner at JLT RE Analytics (Catastrophe Modelling Team)

Digital Media - 21st March 2012

What is the secret for a successful career in the world of digital media? What degree should you take? How do you stay on top in this fast-moving environment? These questions and many more were addressed by the discussion panel of UCL alumni as they spoke and during the following Q & A sessions.

Ian Bartlett (UCL's Head of Publications and Marketing) reports on the event. 


Prof Claire Warwick, Head of UCL's Department of Information Studies; Director of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities; and Vice-Dean for Research for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Panel Members

  • Paul Wright (UCL Geography 1987) - Chief Digital Officer at OMD
  • Sarah Drinkwater (UCL English 2003) - Community Manager for Google Places
  • Peter Cowley (UCL Electrical Engineering 1989) - Founder & CEO of Spirit Digital Media
  • Poppy Dinsey (UCL SSEES 2008) - Blogger and Digital Entrepreneur

How to Get a Book Published - 5th October 2011

"The short answer? Write a good one. That was best-seller Ken Follett’s first piece of advice, and it was quickly seconded by the rest of the experts on UCL’s all-star publishing panel. But they also seemed to agree that it isn’t always quite that simple—so they shared insider advice on how to bridge that colossal gap between aspirant writer and published author." 

You can read the full event report by Emily Everett (English Language and Literature 2008) and see photos on the UCL events blog


Prof. John Mullan, UCL - English Language and Literature, Head of Department

Panel Members

  • Ken Follett (UCL Philosophy 1970) - Author, Read More
  • Luigi Bonomi (UCL English 1985) - Luigi Bonomi Associates,  Read More
  • Joanna Briscoe (UCL English 1985) - Author,  Read More

PR, Journalism & Broadcasting - 23 November 2011

The PR, Journalism & Broadcasting event tackled a tough question: how to break into the incredibly competitive fields of PR, broadcasting, and journalism. Arguably some of the most sought-after jobs in today’s already cut throat job market, careers in media are growing in popularity every day, although the path to securing these jobs is anything but straightforward.

Emily Everett (UCL English Language and Literature 2008) reports on the event.


Prof Jonathan Wolff, UCL - Department of Philosophy and regular media commentator

Panel Members

  • Sue Heady (UCL Spanish 1996) - Heady Communications
  • Alec Wilkinson (UCL Italian 1992) - Broadcaster and Sports Journalist
  • Harry Bradbeer (UCL History 1989) - Award Winning Film & TV Director
  • Catherine de Lange (UCL Human Sciences 2004) - Freelance Science Journalist

Not for Profit - 9 June 2011

The 'Not for Profit' event was very well attended and drew a wide range of alumni who were interested in finding out more about working in the voluntary sector.

Chaired by UCL's Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Lori Manders, panel members comprised of:

  • Alison Baum (UCL Neuroscience 1994) - CEO of child health charity Best Beginnings.
  • Tom Dixon (UCL Geology 2002) - Sports Events Manager at Scope.
  • Polly Markandya (UCL History 1994) - Head of Communications at Médecins Sans Frontières.
  • Tessa Murdoch (UCL History of Art 1976) - Deputy Keeper of Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass at the V & A.

Entrepreneurship - 23 March 2011

The entrepreneurship event sought to bring together experienced alumni with recent graduates, in order that they could learn about what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur.
Chaired by Executive Director of UCL Advances, Timothy Barnes (UCL History 1997), panel members comprised of:

  • Nadim Zahawi (UCl Engineering 1985) - MP for Stratford on Avon & founder of YouGov.com.
  • Lily Jones (UCL Philosophy 2003) - Founder of Lily Vanilli Cakes.
  • Andrew Jacobs (UCL Economics 1991) - Co-Founder of the Giraffe restaurant chain.
  • Reece Howe (UCL Astrophysics 2003) - Founder of Kirkwood Care.

Politics & Government - 27 October 2010

Over 100 graduates attended the fourth in our series of professional networking events. Panel members comprised of:

  • Tim Crockford - National Chairman of the Tory Reform Group
  • Nahid Majid OBE - Director of Programme Development and Strategy at The Mayors Fund for London
  • Alison McGovern MP - Labour Member of Parliament for Wirral South since 2010
  • Michael White - Assistant Editor of the Guardian, Political Editor from 1990 to 2006
  • Jacob Love Soper - Senior Policy Analyst, Economic and Domestic Secretariat, Cabinet Office

Behavioural Economics and Financial Markets - 4 March 2010

Over 80 alumni attended this panel event illustrating how UCL's experimental work has contributed to a better understanding of economic and financial decision making.  The panel discussion was followed by a lively and thought-provoking discussion amongst panellists and alumni.


  • Antonio Guarino, a Reader in Economics at UCL and a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Learning and Social Evolution (ELSE)
  • Cyrus Ardalan (BSc Economics 1972) Vice Chairman of Barclays Capital 
  • Russell Chambers (LLB Laws 1983), a Senior Advisor of Credit Suisse in London.

Architecture, Construction, Planning & Project Management - 11 November 2009

95 recent graduates attended this highly successful networking event held in the new UCL Engineering building.  Chaired by the Dean of the Bartlett School of Architecture, Professor Alan Penn, panel members comprised:

  • Mary Duggan - UCL Bartlett 1997 - Partner, Duggan Morris Architects
  • Simon Rawlinson - UCL Geography 1985 - Partner and Head of Research Davis Langdon LLP
  • Narinder Sagoo - UCl Bartlett 1998 - Partner, Foster + Partners
  • Akintunde Banjoke OBE - UCL Bartlett 2003 - Found and Chief Executive, LEAP
  • Delwar Hossain - UCL Bartlett 1992 - Founder and MD, ADREM
  • Agnieszka Glowacka - UCL Bartlett 2001 - Co Founder Glowacka Rennie Architects

"It was very informative...covered a lot of ground" Ivan Lazic (UCL German 2008); "I got some really good tips from the panel and met lots of people in the networking drinks afterwards" Kate White (UCL English 2006)

Journalism, Broadcasting and PR - 4 March 2009

WINNER: Bronze Award in CASE 2010 Circle of Excellence Awards. 

Over 80 recent graduates attended the first in a series of UCL Professional Networking events at ITV studios in Waterloo, which focused on Public Relations, Broadcasting and Journalism. Watch our short film on the event.


  • Vivienne Parry (UCL Zoology, 1978), writer and broadcaster - PANEL CHAIR
  • David Dugan (UCL Chemistry, 1974), Chairman, Windfall Films
  • Annabel Dunstan (UCL Anthropology, 1990), Managing Director, 3 Monkeys Communications
  • Lindsay Nicholson (UCL Astronomy/Physics, 1978), Editorial Director, National Magazine Company
  • Jeremy Warner (UCL History, 1977), Business and City Editor, The Independent

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