UCL Careers



The IOE & SLASH team supports the career development of UCL students from the IOE, Arts & Humanities, Social & Historical Sciences, and Laws.

Meet the IOE & SLASH team

Robert Donovan, Deputy Head

Robert is Deputy Head with responsibility for UCL Careers provision to departments in SLASH and the IOE.

Prior to joining UCL, he worked in a range of project manager roles in a number of private and public sector organisations, including Unilever and several higher education institutions in London.

Stephen Gurman, Careers Consultant

Stephen is embedded with the Faculty of Laws and runs appointments and workshops for students registered to the LLB and LLM programmes. Stephen also has an interest in matters relating to international students and their job search in the UK.  

Hilary Moor, Careers Consultant

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Hilary is the UCL Careers Consultant for Political Science, SSEES, Institute of the Americas, Archaeology and Hebrew & Jewish Studies, providing individual careers appointments, events and workshops to students.  Her core UCL Careers activities include working as a part of the Careers Extra team. 

Prior to moving into Careers work in Higher Education, Hilary worked in publishing and recruitment in London and New York. 

Sonia Vasu, Work-Related Learning Officer (SLASH & IOE)

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Sonia is the Work-Related Learning Officer for the SLASH and IOE Faculties. In partnership with Gemma, she is tasked with delivering an experiential learning programme ranging from career masterclasses and employer panels to career taster sessions to help students gain insight into various industries.

Before joining UCL, Sonia worked for the NHS. Starting as an administrator alongside her studies before joining on a permanent basis as a senior administrator. Eventually, joining Human Resources as a Learning and Development Officer and obtaining a CIPD Foundation Level People Practice Certificate. Her previous work experience includes working as a student ambassador at the University of Leicester, as well as an employer engagement officer. Sonia holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Leicester.   

Julie P. Smith, Careers Consultant

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Julie is a UCL Careers Consultant, supporting across three faculties and six departments: Arts and Sciences, Greek and Latin, Information Studies, Philosophy, Archaeology, and the IOE's Social Research Institute. 

Prior to joining UCL, Julie worked as a careers adviser in both independent and mainstream education, supporting a wide range of secondary schools, sixth forms, and alternative provision organisations across Greater London to deliver careers education and guidance to young people. She is also a qualified teacher (secondary English), with sixteen years' experience of classroom teaching. 

Alyssa Hickson, Careers Consultant

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Alyssa is the Careers Consultant assigned to the departments of English; Geography; Economics; Hebrew and Jewish Studies; Psychology and Human Development; Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment; and Initial Teacher Education.

Having come to Higher Education via a career as a secondary school modern languages teacher, Alyssa now enjoys delivering 1:1 careers guidance, workshops and alumni events, both centrally and within her departments. A keen listener and helper, she enjoys working collaboratively with students to explore their options and personal values, in order to plan and enjoy whichever route they take after graduation.

Molly O'Doherty, Careers Consultant

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Molly is a Careers Consultant, supporting students and graduates on their career journeys through individual guidance, workshops and events.

From November 2023, she will be the careers contact for the departments of History; History of Art; the Slade School of Fine Art; Culture, Communication and Media (BA); European and International Social and Political Studies; Education, Practice and Society; and the School of European Languages, Culture and Society – Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry. 

Before joining UCL, Molly coordinated young people from different countries on volunteering programmes, supporting them with skills development and navigating their career pathways. She has experience of working in charities; Museums, Archives and Heritage; and is a trained English as a Foreign Language Teacher.