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Employer Engagement Team

The Employer Engagement Team helps employers fill graduate, internship and placement vacancies and raise their profile with UCL students. We manage a programme of events including fairs, presentations and skills development sessions, and offer a range of channels to advertise career opportunities. We are always happy to discuss individual employers' needs face to face or by phone.

Please visit the Recruiters' Homepage for more information on services and contact details.

Phil Howe: Employer Engagement & Business Development Manager


Phil heads up the team who provide our range of services and events for employers, including recruitment events, placements and vacancy services, skills development programmes, and employer-led careers programmes in academic departments. He also sits on the Careers Management Team. Much of his time is spent meeting and advising employers who wish to recruit our students and graduates, and developing relationships with those who already do. Phil has worked for UCL Careers Service since 2000 in a variety of roles, including Acting Head of Careers. An English graduate from Royal Holloway, University of London, Phil has also worked in the insurance industry and managed a touring theatre company.

Shak Chowdhury: Employer & Alumni Engagement Manager (UCL School of Management)

Shak Chowdhury

Employed through UCL Careers, Shak’s role as Employer & Alumni Engagement Manager for UCL School of Management focuses on developing stronger partnerships between the School and high profile employers across a wide range of sectors and activities. She and her team work closely with employers to deliver effective on-campus strategy based on their objectives and targets, which strengthens awareness of their brand and opportunities amongst students studying in the School. Her work involves maximising student opportunity to engage with employers in a broad range of activities, including employer case studies, curriculum-based teaching, one-to-one coaching and mentoring, etc. with the aim of improving students’ soft/technical skills and commercial acumen, and enabling them to demonstrate such skills much more effectively to potential employers, ultimately improving their employability.  In addition, Shak sources industry participants for UCL School of Management’s international activities at home and overseas, and is responsible for the development and delivery of alumni engagement strategy for the School, so that it enjoys stronger relationships with its alumni and utilises them more effectively as a source for potential business and employment opportunities.

After graduating with a degree in English Literature, she worked in graduate recruitment for a variety of organisations, where her responsibilities included developing national campus marketing and attraction strategy, designing and implementing best practice in-house recruitment and selection processes, rolling out effective graduate inductions and development programmes, and managing summer internship programmes for business areas including consulting, investment banking, corporate finance, marketing and software engineering.

Rochelle Symons: Placements & Vacancies Manager


Rochelle has been with UCL Careers Service since October 2010. Until April 2013 she was the Employer Services and Events Officer responsible for organising employer-led skills development activity for PhD students. As part of Rochelle’s role she has developed and maintained relationships with employers wishing to recruit UCL students and graduates. In May 2013 Rochelle became the Placements and Vacancies Manager and she is now responsible for the team who facilitate placements and internships for various academic programmes at UCL, as well as the team who manage UCL’s shortlisting service, UCL Talent Bank. Departments include the Arts & Science BASc degree programme, the LIDO/ BBSRC PhD Programme, the BSc Management Science degree programme and the Engineering Faculty. Prior to working at UCL Rochelle managed a bioscience internship and training programme at the Royal Veterinary College and worked in the Faculty of Lifelong Learning at Birkbeck College. Before that, and after graduating with a Masters in Arts Policy & Management, Rochelle worked within various think tanks, and education & arts charities running events programmes and project activities.

Joanna Cooper: Employer & Alumni Engagement Administrator (UCL School of Management)


Joanna works directly with the UCL School of Management. She is responsible for administrative functions to ensure the smooth running of Employer Engagement events and Alumni Activities. Her role entails assisting the organisation of bespoke events and activities for employers, alumni and current students to increase opportunities for students to network and build connections with employers.

After graduating from UCL in 2015, with a degree in History, Joanna joined the Employer Engagement team in January 2016.

Laura Firmin: Internship & Vacancies Officer for UCL Talent Bank

Laura Firmin

Laura’s role as Internships and Vacancies Officer for UCL Talent Bank puts her in regular contact with employers and recruiters from a variety of sectors. Her role involves advertising vacancies relevant to UCL students, graduates and postgraduate researchers. She then sends a shortlist of the best applications directly to the recruiter for the vacancy – which mean applicants can skip the speculative application approach and sometimes also the lengthy online form!

Laura has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a specialism in Gender Studies, and holds a certificate in Coaching and Mentoring. She started working at UCL Careers in 2014 as an intern and has since then experienced a variety of job roles within the service – from booking and co-ordinating employer events on campus, to extensive internet research for internship opportunities.

She has previously interned for The Careers Group Central Services, CAPP & Co, and WorkCare Coventry and Warwickshire.

Kathryn Goodfellow: Internships & Vacancies Officer (Engineering)

Kathryn Goodfellow

Kathryn works primarily with SME’s sourcing and promoting Internship and Vacancy opportunities for UCL Engineering.  She also manages our Engineering shortlisting service, UCL Talent Bank Engineering, for both Engineering students and graduates and employers interested in hiring them.  Kathryn joined the employer engagement team at UCL Careers service in January 2015.  Prior to working at UCL Kathryn worked as a Placement co-ordinator/ Senior Technician at the University of Bedfordshire.

Olivia Hynes: Employer Engagement & Events Officer (Engineering)

Olivia Hynes headshot

Olivia is part of the Employer Engagement team and works with the Faculty of Engineering. Her current role entails creating a bespoke programme of events that will meet both employer and student needs from soft skills workshops to graduate presentations and networking events. After graduating from the University of Manchester with a degree in English, Olivia worked in their Careers Service in both Employer Engagement and the Internships and Placements team before joining UCL in 2015.

Mala Mohindru: Employer Engagement & Events Officer (Engineering)

Mala Mohindru: Employer Engagement Officer, Engineering

Mala has been a part of the Employer Engagement and Events team since 2014 and works with the Faculty of Engineering. She is responsible for managing employer relations and a bespoke engagement programme that targets both undergraduate and postgraduate students. These events range from Faculty wide to curriculum based departmental activities. Mala graduated with a degree in Business Management and comes from a background in employer engagement and SME recruitment based within the Civil Service.

Pat Molloy: Events Officer

Pat Molloy

Pat is part of the Employer Engagement Team at UCL, administrating and managing the Employer Careers Fairs and presentation programme. Away from work, Pat enjoys football and socialising.

Shadae Samuels: Placements & Vacancies Officer

Shadae Samuels

Shadae is the team’s Placements & Vacancies Officer, having joined in October 2014. She is working with Rochelle on sourcing and administering the placements for students on the LIDo programme / BBSRC-funded PhDs. Prior to this, Shadae worked in the Communications and Vacancies Team at The Careers Group, University of London central services.

Vivienne Watson: Employer Engagement Officer (Researchers)


Vivienne oversees the employer led events programme for researchers at UCL. She organises sector specific Forums/Fairs for researchers interested in finding out about working in a particular industry and also runs the employer led careers skills workshop programme for researchers. These workshops are designed to help researchers develop their employability skills in areas such as teamwork, leadership, presentation skills and networking. Prior to working at UCL Vivienne worked in the Imperial College London Careers service. She studied History and History of Art at UCL and Mandarin at SOAS.

Tina Whittle: Employer & Alumni Engagement Officer (UCL School of Management)

Tina Whittle: Employer Engagement Officer, School of Management

Tina is specifically aligned to the UCL School of Management and is responsible for  Employer Engagement and Alumni Activities. She works closely with a broad range of employers from all sectors and organises a programme of activities to maximise opportunities for students to network and build connections with employers. She also advises graduate employers on recruitment and works with them to development engagement strategies on campus.

Prior to working at UCL Tina has worked within the corporate sector specialising in graduate and experience hire recruitment in London and Sydney.

Rhiannon Williams: Internships & Vacancies Officer (UCL School of Management)

Rhiannon Williams: Internships & Vacancies Officer

Rhiannon joined UCL Careers in March 2015 as an Internships & Vacancies Officer, with specific responsibility for assisting Management Science undergraduates in sourcing summer internship opportunities.  After graduating from the University of Plymouth with a Psychology degree, Rhiannon worked in events, management consultancy and hospitality, including a 6 week placement in France, and most recently as a Placement Officer at the University of West London before joining UCL. Outside of work, Rhiannon enjoys baking, running and going to the theatre.

Natalie Flintoff: Internships & Vacancies Officer (BASc Arts & Sciences)

Natalie Flintoff

Natalie joined UCL Careers in March 2016 as an Internships and Vacancies Office, working closely with the BASc Arts & Sciences 2nd Year and Year Abroad undergraduates she assists them in sourcing summer internship opportunities. Prior to working at UCL Natalie worked as a Charity Recruitment Consultant at two successful recruitment agencies placing candidates in a range of third sector roles. She also has events experience from the charity sector and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. She has a joint honours degree in History and American Studies BA (Hons) from York St John University.

Jie Liu: Events & Marketing Administrator

Jie works within the Employer Engagement Team as an Events & Marketing Administrator. She administrates careers fairs and employer presentations; responds to employer enquiries and maintains employer contacts; she also promotes careers events to students and administrates online marketing.

Before joining UCL Jie worked in international student recruitment for nearly ten years, she had helped hundreds of international students study in the UK, main work included organising to attend international education fairs, advising on subjects and making university & visa applications for international students.

Jie holds a Master’s degree in Business Psychology from the University of Westminster, and was a Games Maker for the London 2012 Olympics. 

Eliza Burton: Internships and Vacancies Administrator

Eliza joined UCL Careers in April 2016 as the Placements, Internships and Vacancies Administrator. Within this role she is the first port of call for employer enquiries as well as being involved in actively sourcing and marketing summer internship opportunities to 2nd year BASc Arts and Sciences students. Prior to this appointment Eliza both studied and worked at UCL with a background Psychology research and holds a PhD from the faculty of Brain Sciences.

Ally Hawley: Employer & Alumni Engagement Officer (UCL School of Management)

Ally joined UCL Careers as Employer Engagement and Events Officer (Skills) in early April 2016 and was responsible for organising the employer led activities of the UCL Global Citizenship Programme.  Ally has since joined the School of Management Team as Employer and Alumni Engagement Officer. In this role Ally works closely with employers from all sectors organising a programme of events to maximise opportunities for School of Management students enabling them to network and build connections with employers. She engages with employers to ensure delivery of effective on-campus strategy based on each employer’s objectives and targets, which strengthens awareness of their brand and provides opportunities for students studying in the School of Management.  In addition, Ally sources industry participants for UCL School of Management’s international activities at home and overseas, and contributes to the development and delivery of alumni engagement strategy for the School. Before joining UCL Ally worked for five years in international student recruitment for UK colleges and universities, with responsibility for recruitment of students from various global regions including South Asia, China and South East Asia. Ally recently moved back to the UK having spent the last two years living and working in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.