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Life and Health Sciences Week

Explore a week of career forums, networking opportunities and experiential hands-on sessions designed to help you learn more about the diverse array of opportunities in the Life and Health Sciences.

If you haven't attended events organised by UCL Careers before, we strongly recommend you read through our Themed Weeks page for information on what to expect, how to prepare and how to book.

Watch event recordings on our Themed Week archive. These include complete panel discussions and in-depth interviews with experts.

Events can be extremely popular, so book early to avoid disappointment!


Making the most of Life and Health Sciences week – How to talk to industry professionals

Monday 4th March 2019 1-2pm

Talking with industry staff at forums and networking evenings is a great way of learning more about opportunities of interest and giving yourself the best chance of impressing in future applications.  In reality, it can be difficult to know how to approach, talk and generally benefit from a conversation with the whole experience often feeling a little daunting.  In this session, you'll:

    • Understand why opportunities to connect with industry staff are so important
    • Gain an awareness of how to conduct networking conversations - from creating a strong first impression, asking the right questions to the etiquette behind exiting a conversation and making the most of what you've learnt.

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    Biology and Business - using your scientific knowledge in a business context

    Monday 4th March 2019 6-8pm

    Want to use your science degree but worried your options are limited to the lab or academic research?

    Come to this event and hear directly from professionals who have applied their science knowledge in a commercial setting. Through discussing their career paths you may discover ways to get into these various industries and ideas on how to progress your career.

    There will be a panel discussion followed by an opportunity to network informally. Panellists will include representatives with backgrounds including life science consulting, intellectual property and patent law, start-ups and entrepreneurship, business development and marketing & communications.  Companies represented will include GSK, IQVIA, Medisieve, Kinapse, iWantGreatCare, and Allen & Overy LLP.

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    Careers in Medical Writing - experiential workshop by the European Medical Writing Association

    Tuesday 5th March 2019 2-4pm

    Students interested in a career in medical writing can enrol on this 2-hour workshop. It will begin with a short presentation on the different types of medical writing, the skills and qualifications you need to be a good medical writer, possible career paths and ways to get into the industry. It will be followed by a session on ways to improve your writing skills and an opportunity for students to test their writing in a practical exercise.  And finally, an interactive session to discuss the answers provided and a general Q & A session.

    If you can bring a fully charged laptop to the workshop please that would be helpful but not a mandatory requirement.

    The session will be delivered by Alison Rapley, who has been providing occasional freelance medical writing training to clients worldwide since 2014.  Prior to this she worked as a medical writer, manager and director in the Contract Research Industry for over 20 years and has prepared and reviewed numerous regulatory documents. She has worked with large pharmaceutical companies, small biotechnology firms, and generic companies in Europe, India, and the United States. She has presented workshops for EMWA since 2001. She was President of EMWA from 2016-17 and is currently a member of their Education and Professional Development Committee.

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    Working for Public and Patient Health Outcomes

    Tuesday 5th March 2019 6pm-8pm

    Are you interested in health-related roles that involve direct interaction with individuals or patients groups? We’ve organised a panel session that will introduce you to a number of roles relating to public and patient health outcomes. Panellists will provide insight into their roles and experiences in which they provide individuals or groups with health information and advice. The event will allow you to hear from those on the working in the sector, learn about the various roles, the challenges they face and ways of pursuing a career in the field.

    The session will involve panellist from the NHS Clinical Scientist Training Programme’s Embryology and Gastrointestinal Physiology streams, Genetic Counselling, Mental Health Advice, Dietetics and Speech and Language Therapy. 

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    Careers in Data Science and Lab Research

    Wednesday 6th March 2019 6-8pm

    Ever wondered what a career in research looks like? Want to see if it’s the right path for you? Come to this panel and get insights from those involved in diverse research settings – from lab research to data science, and from academia to charities and commercial companies, including GSK, KPMG, The Nuffield Trust, UCL, and ADC Therapeutics.

    It can sometimes feel daunting talking to new people.  If you’d like to learn more about how to talk to staff working in this sector, register for the Monday 4th March preparatory session (1-2pm): Making the most of Life and Health Sciences week – How to talk to industry professionals.

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    Careers in Science Communication and Science Policy

    Thursday 7th March 2019 6-8pm

    Want to combine your skills in communication with a passion for improving health? What about using your interest in policy to influence the health agenda? Hear from speakers doing just that, with experiences spanning a variety of roles and organisations, including Costello Medical Consulting, Genomics England, IMC, The Health Sciences Academy, and Galliard Healthcare Communications. This panel event will include a Q&A session where you’ll get the chance to ask your own questions.

    It can sometimes feel daunting talking to new people.  If you’d like to learn more about how to talk to staff working in this sector, register for the Monday 4th March preparatory session (1-2pm): Making the most of Life and Health Sciences week – How to talk to industry professionals.

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    Strategy Consulting in Healthcare and the Life Sciences - Experiential workshop by IQVIA Consulting Services

    Wednesday 13th March 2019 2pm-5pm

    If you’re interested in solving problems in healthcare and life sciences and want exposure to commercial strategy work, we hope you’ll join this workshop by IQVIA Consulting Services.

    As well as an opportunity to work on a consulting case study, we’ll explore what a career in consulting entails, what life is like at IQVIA, examples of our work, and advice on preparing for applications.  This event is suitable for students of all levels, including those interested in applying for summer internships or full-time graduate roles.

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    Careers in Population Health

    Wednesday 6th March 2019 - 1pm-1:30pm

    This event is a chance to hear about a range of different roles and organisations, all working on improving public health. Each panel member will speak briefly about their work, their career path and their organisation, followed by discussion of some of the challenges and rewards of working in the sector. Bring your questions! We’ll be joined by speakers from BluePrint Research Group, Costello Medical, Parexel and UCL’s Institute of Health Informatics.

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