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Karthik Sundaram

Karthik is your Student Adviser for English, Greek and Latin, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and Philosophy.

Student Adviser Karthik Sundaram

What I do

Hi, I’m Karthik. I am the Student Adviser for English, Greek and Latin, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and Philosophy, and I am here for you as a key point of contact during your first undergraduate year. In my role as Student Adviser I am here to:

  • Meet with you and understand how you are finding UCL and being a student here
  • Support you with any matters relating to your wellbeing and student experience 
  • Help you to identify solutions to questions and challenges
  • Discuss any aspects of university life that you are not sure about - whether that’s policies, assessments or finding the right kind of support
  • Run workshops and activities throughout the year on different topics to let you know how you can stay well and make the most out of your time at UCL

How to contact me

To send me a message:

  1. Log in to askUCL and click on the 'ask a question' button
  2. Scroll to the 'Life at UCL' category
  3. Click on 'Contact My Student Adviser' and log an enquiry.

To schedule a time to meet with me: 

Karthik Sundaram booking calendar

About me

What was your experience of further or higher education like? 

I started my higher education experience like many as a student. I am an alum of University of Sheffield, a place where I developed by taking up many opportunities beyond my academics. I returned to university life at The University of Melbourne. This gave me a unique perspective of being an international student. Studying my masters in Development Studies opened up my world to new people and new understandings. I continued to make the most of university life by taking up volunteering and other extra curriculum activities. I hold my time at both universities fondly as it truly provided an environment to explore and develop. Something I want all students at UCL to have. 

Professionally I began my higher education experience with UCL’s Alumni team. I worked for 2 years as an Alumni & Supporter Care Officer. It meant I was able to interact with alumni and students both remotely but also in person during many events. This time really showed the profound impact the time at UCL has on our students. 

Who or what made the biggest impact on you when you were studying? And how did they support you? 

During my masters my lecturer in Indigenous Studies coached and encouraged me to look at my future in a new perspective. I was passionate about getting involved and working in support of indigenous communities and looked at traditional career paths to that. She signposted me to alternative routes and advised me on taking them. The most powerful part of this was the continued support and opportunity to openly talk about my goals and concerns. She continued to allow me the space to explore these chances and guide me to alternative options which developed a better understanding of my goals personally and professionally. 

What working achievements or initiatives are you most proud of?  

Being in the UCL alumni team gave me the platform to learn the deep relationship our students have with UCL and the departments many years after graduating. I was involved in the development and launch of Bentham Connect, a networking platform for both alumni and students. I am proud to see it continue to grow and help new generations of UCL students connect with those previously. Reviewing our platform showed students connecting with those in sectors they want to enter for advice or seek out local UCL connections throughout the world has been immensely rewarding. I’m proud to have built another layer to the positive impact UCL has to those within and outside its community. 

If you could tell your younger self one thing, what would it be?  

One thing! So many things learnt in my twenties. 

Don’t be scared to take a turn (sometimes backwards). Do not be too set on a path as it may not let you see other opportunities around. Take every chance to learn from others and if something is interesting pursue it, it will always develop you. 
Also being on time is the easiest way to make a good first impression. 

What would surprise people to know about you? 

I have flown a plane, driven a combine harvester, an 18-wheeler truck, speed boat and the biggest chaser bin in the world (ask me what that is if you want a long story).

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