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Presentation Programme

We run a series of free talks to help you in your course search.

Below is the list of talks that took place on Tuesday 29 October 2019. Presentation slides for some of these talks are now available to download.

General Advice Talks - Woburn Room, G22 - Tuesday 29 October 2019

Speaker: Mark Bennett, Head of Content

Organisation: FindAUniversity

Time: 12:30 - 13:15

Synopsis: Postgraduate study is changing, with student loans for Masters degrees introduced across the UK and doctoral loans available in England and Wales. This session will walk through current and upcoming postgraduate funding options and provide an opportunity for Q&A. 

Bio of speaker: Mark Bennett manages the postgraduate advice and funding materials across the popular FindAMasters & FindAPhD websites. He recently completed a PhD and his previous experience includes research and teaching at various universities. Postgraduate loans would be his Mastermind Subject. That or obscure eighteenth-century travelogues.


Speaker: Katalin Marton
                DISC Accredited Coach and Certified NLP Practitioner
                Tranformation & Planning, CoSector - University of London

Organisation: CoSector - University of London

Time: 13:30 - 14:15

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Synopsis: Do you have a problem, behaviour or outcome you would like to explore? Perhaps an area of your career in which you are uncertain of what to do? Applying a model frequently used in Neuro-Linguistic Programming developed by Robert Dilts, the session will invite you to think about personal change and developing congruence in your career, describing precisely how you are when you are truly being yourself, being comfortably on track and consistent. You are invited to adopt an attitude of curiosity as you embark on a discovery of endless possibilities towards being and acting on purpose, let that be in your career and your life in general. 

Bio of speakerKatalin is a qualified NLP Practitioner and recognised professional member of the Association of NLP. She works one-to-one, in group settings and online and has a well-established NLP coaching and team development practice to build on. She covers a wide range of topics, including change and transformation, leadership, values and beliefs, confidence, communication, conflict resolution, effective teams, and career management to mention a few. She is also an accredited DISC profiling coach, bringing the psychometrics dimension of measurable observable behaviour to her portfolio. She is passionate about the human potential, embodying connection, practising with integrity. 

Her current experience at CoSector University of London allows her to balance between the commercial and not-for-profit sector, bringing the best out of both worlds. She also builds on 15+ years’ of experience in the further education, higher education and service sectors.

Click here to download a copy of the slides

Speaker: Paul Meades, Student Finance Adviser           

Organisation: University of Portsmouth

Time: 14:30 - 15:15

Synopsis: The aim of the presentation will be to consider all of the main sources of financial support that students can access for both full time & part time study,looking at eligibility criteria and application processes

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Exhibitor Talks - Montague Room, G26 - Tuesday 29 October 2019

Speaker: Yasmine Ali, Student Recruitment Manager, Masters in Analytics and Management 

Organisation: London Business School

Time: 12:30 - 13:00

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Synopsis: In this session, you will learn more about the different components of the Early Career (MiM, GMiM, MAM & MFA) application process and get tips about how to make yourself a strong applicant for London Business School. You will gain insight into our CV review process and come to understand the benefits of attending a coffee chat with a member of the recruitment team before submitting your application. This is also a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the school.  

Bio of speaker: Yasmine is a Student Recruitment Manager who specialises in recruiting talented candidates on to London Business School’s Master in Analytics and Management (MAM) programme. She has experience supporting prospective candidates at every stage of their career as they navigate the decision to study a postgraduate degree.

The link below will take you to one of the Early Career webinars. This specific webinar gives an overview on all of the Early Career programmes that London Business School offers.




Speaker: Kieran Ferguson, International Officer

Organisation: University of Aberdeen

Time: 13:15 - 13:45

Synopsis: A brief talk on the benefits and opportunities of studying a Postgraduate degree in Scotland

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Speaker: Richard Sanders, MSc - Marketing Officer

Organisation: University of Groningen

Time: 14:00 - 14:30

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Synopsis: Choosing a Master programme in today’s world is quite the challenge for a student. So many options! Should I study abroad and if so where should I go? Which University to join? Which programmes do they offer? There can be quite some pressure to make the right decision.

I think it is all about expectation management. As a University, we have the obligation to inform students correctly so they can make a clear decision. During this Exhibitor Talk I will discuss the Master options at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Groningen. At the University of Groningen, we have a broad variety of topics in the field of humanities with specializations to choose the programme that fits your future.

Bio of speaker: Richard Sanders is the Marketing Officer for the Faculty of Arts at the University of Groningen. As a marketing professional he has many years of working experience in the educational sector, first at an international business school focusing on professionals and currently at the University of Groningen at the Faculty of Arts.

Speaker: Paloma Shakouri, Postgraduate Education Executive

Organisation: Pearson Business School

Time: 14:45 - 15:15

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Synopsis: At Pearson Business School, we do things differently. As part of the only FTSE 100 company in the UK currently delivering postgraduate degrees, we put industry engagement at the core of everything that we do, and it’s what sets us apart. Studying for a masters degree can help take your career ambitions to the next level and give you a real edge in today's competitive job market. Join for an insight into our programmes, taught at the heart of Central London.

Bio of speaker: Paloma presented her research at the Academic Conference at Harvard University this summer and has returned as the Postgraduate Education Executive for Pearson Business School; encompassing all her previous experience, knowledge and research. 

Prior to this, Paloma's journey with Pearson Business School started in 2014 as a student, ambassador and since, External Relations team member.

Having become immediately on board with the vision and fully immersed herself in all aspects of Pearson Business School life, from academia to the extra-curricular; Paloma received the award for the 'Most Active Industry Engagement', including pitching to Pearson Plc., IBM, Unilever and Google and achieved a First Class Honours for her degree.    

Speaker: Rishi Zaveri, CEO and Co-founder, Lendwise Ltd 

Organisation: Lendwise Ltd

Time: 15:30 - 16:00

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Synopsis: Lendwise is an education finance platform based in London and regulated by the FCA. Lendwise is exclusively focused on providing loan funding for aspiring UK-domiciled individuals who have the ability to study for postgraduate degrees but not all of the funding.  We are levelling the playing field for expensive education with our competitive rates and student-friendly loan terms.  Lendwise is helping to close the funding gap that currently exists when it comes to the pursuit of Higher Education.  

Bio of speaker: Rishi has operated in the Financial Services sector for his entire career, with a background in investment banking. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics, earning a BSc (Hons) in Accounting & Finance as well as later an MSc in International Accounting & Finance.  In 2017, he co-founded Lendwise, which was founded with the aim of helping aspiring individuals in the UK with postgraduate financing on fair and student friendly terms.  

Exhibitor Talks - Room G21A - Tuesday 29 October 2019

Speaker: Dr Angela Sheerin, MRes Biomedical Sciences Course Leader

Organisation: University of Brighton

Time: 13:15 - 13:45 

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Synopsis: During this talk we will explore the exciting portfolio of MRes and MSc courses which are available in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences at the University of Brighton. This will include entry to the courses, examples of research projects, a summary of our research facilities and an insight into the destinations of our postgraduate students. 

Bio of speaker: After joining the University of Brighton as a Research Fellow in 2000, I fostered a deep interest in ageing and senescence. This has since influenced my research in the fields of impact of senescence on ageing disorders, cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and the impact of reoccurring UTIs in dementia pathophysiology.

I am currently involved in looking into a number of themes, including ageing as a risk factor for COPD and CAA and the effects that senescent cells may contribute to the disease as well as looking at what small molecules, such as curcumin and quercetin, can do to change a senescence profile.

My PhD is in molecular gerontology and I lecture in the areas of molecular biology, pathobiology, medical genetics, endocrinology and biochemistry. I am an enthusiastic lecturer who likes to use new and modern technologies to teach students, and believe hands-on practical experience is highly beneficial to training a bioscientist.

Speaker: Monica Bandeira, Research Student Coordinator

Organisation: University of York

Time: 14:00 - 14:30 

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Synopsis: York Biology research cover the whole spectrum of modern biological disciplines, from field ecology to protein structure. This talk will offer an overview of the research degree opportunities available in the Department including funded studentships and doctoral training partnerships.

Bio of speaker: Monica Bandeira is the Reseach Student Coordinator in the Department of Biology at the University of York. She manages the life cycle of research students, from admissions to graduation.