LISS DTP Monthly Newsletters

October 2022


Black History Month

Events: Vincent Briscoe, NMES Women in Science seminar

NEW Internship opportunities

Academic publishing with Bloomsbury: a free online workshop series for PhD students

Job Opportunities – Part-time job opportunity at King’s Policy Institute

LISS DTP – Updates


  1. Black History Month

October is a time for focused reflection. Each of the respective institutions within the LISS DTP has a rich variety of events, ranging from history walks to lectures and workshops. We highly recommend attending some of them!

Black History Month 2022 | Feature from King’s College London (

Black History Month | Administration and support services | Imperial College London


  1. Events

Vincent Briscoe Lecture 2022 with Mircea Geoană – 3rd November

Mircea Geoană, NATO Deputy Secretary General, explores how the nature of competition between the world’s great powers is evolving in response to disruptive technologies. In an era of artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and synthetic biology, how and where do the great powers compete with one another? What are they competing for?

He will consider the opportunities that disruptive technologies present to great powers in shaping the parameters of such competition, and the challenges international bodies such as NATO face in navigating these fast-shifting political landscapes.

The Vincent Briscoe Lecture will open with a Welcome Talk from Imperial College London President, Professor Hugh Brady, and will be followed with a drinks reception.

Register your attendance here

NMES Women in Science seminar: Gender, Engineering & Sustainable Development with Dawn Bonfield (King`s College London, Department of Engineering) on Thursday 13th October 2022 1-2:30pm.  

In this seminar Dawn will talk about her work on the nexus between gender, engineering and sustainable development, both at King’s, and as part of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations where she has recently authored a chapter of the UNESCO Engineering for Sustainable Development Report on diversity and inclusion in engineering. She will also discuss her work to ensure that engineering is gender inclusive and the need for gender mainstreaming in science and engineering.

The seminar will be delivered in person (Room FWB 1.11, Frankin-Wilkins Building, Waterloo campus) and is an event to bring students from the sciences and technology area across the university together.

Please sign-up for this event here:


3.  NEW Internship opportunities

Research Assistant Internship Scheme

Research Assistant Internships involve funding in the form of a stipend extension for up to 13 weeks full-time (or part-time equivalent) that allows a LISS DTP funded PhD student to work as a Research Assistant with an academic (other than their immediate supervisor) based at King’s, Queen Mary, or Imperial.

New Research Assistant Internships will be advertised here on the week commencing 14th November 2022. If selected, these internships will commence from December 2022. Any enquiries about these opportunities should be directed to, further information can be found here.

UKRI Policy Internships Scheme for 2022/23 now open 

The scheme provides the opportunity for doctoral students funded by the Research Councils of UKRI to undertake a three-month placement at one of a selected group of highly influential policy organisations. During their internship, the student undertakes training and experience on a policy topic agreed with their host partner that is relevant to both parties.  The intention of the scheme is to embed students in an environment where they can engage with the process of converting research outputs into policy.  These internships equip students with transferable skills and training relevant to the future career paths that the student may choose. 

Full details of how to apply, including links to the online application form and guidance documents are available through the UK Research & Innovation policy internships webpage. 

The deadline for applications is 4 November 2022 16.00 UK time. 

HM Government’s Open Innovation Team Placements

Generate analysis and insight for government by helping officials collaborate with outside experts and research. Over the past three years, we’ve hosted more than 75 PhD students, with many going on to policy jobs after completing their studies. This placement offers the chance to work with clients across government, experience a diverse range of policy areas and learn how you can transfer your PhD skills into new environments.

Applications are open from 26/09/2022 until 23:55 on 16/10/2022. To apply, please complete this application form. More information can be found here. If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact

We’ll add any new external internship opportunities to our website here.

4.  Publishing with Bloomsbury: a free online workshop series for PhD students

Bloomsbury Academic are running a series of online, editor-led workshops for early career researchers called ‘Publishing with Bloomsbury’, which aims to demystify the publishing process for researchers looking to publish their first academic book.

In each of these three (identical) sessions, editors will talk through the full process from submitting a book proposal through to post-publication, addressing common queries such as what makes a strong book proposal and how to revise a PhD thesis for publication. Attendees will have the chance to ask their own questions at the end, and helpful guides and links to further resources will be provided.

The workshops will run on Tuesday, 1st November and 6th December. More information and a link to register can be found on the event page:


5.  Job opportunity– Part-time job opportunity at King’s Policy Institute

The Policy Institute, King’s College London, are looking for a candidate who will lead on the quantitative analysis of survey data (about time spent by respondents on different tasks), and development of an Excel-based cost modelling toolkit. Opportunity to also be involved in qualitative analysis, although this is not the focus of the role. Any queries about the role should be directed to Dr Niall Sreenan at the Policy Institute ( Job description and person specification


  1. LISS DTP – Updates


We very much appreciate all those who were able to attend this year’s cohort of LISS DTP students at the recent induction at the Coin Street Development. We were happy to see how well you all got along during the day and enjoyed meeting you all immensely!

Training Resources

For those who are not yet aware, below is a link to our training resources pages. Here you will be able to view course outlines, required readings and other supporting materials as made available to us by course convenors. 

Training Resources – LISS DTP ( and the password to access these is: w1660172 (case sensitive)

Any questions regarding the LISS DTP Training Programme should be sent to for the attention of Dr Yi (Alice) Xiang.

Student Forum

Thank you to all those who attended the latest student forum on Wednesday, the minutes will be made available next week and will be circulated from the LISS DTP inbox. The next forum will take place on:

Wednesday 25th January 4 – 5pm 

All LISS students are encouraged to attend, and we will send all LISS students a calendar invitation closer to the time. You will be given the opportunity to send any questions and comments ahead of the forums. 


 This newsletter is available on the LISS DTP website at: LISS DTP Monthly Newsletter – LISS-DTP   

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