British Council

Subject and Careers Seminars


Not sure if the subject or course you are planning to study at University is right for you? Want to know what options you have? Curious about the career opportunities your chosen field has to offer? Join the British Council, our panel of experts from UK universities and representatives from different industries for a session on study and career opportunities in the emerging subjects shown below. 


Date Time Subject Venue
Saturday, 26 August 2pm – 5pm Allied and Health Sciences Renaissance Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Saturday, 9 September 2pm – 5pm Entrepreneurship Renaissance Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Saturday, 14 October 2pm – 5pm Science, Technology & Innovation Petrosains, Suria KLCC
Saturday, 28 October 2pm – 5pm Creative Media and Arts PJ Live Arts, Jaya One

Allied and Health Sciences

The allied and health sciences profession refers to a number of professions in healthcare which is distinct from the usual doctors, specialists, dentists and nurses. It is more or more commonly known as sains kesihatan bersekutu in Malaysia. It is reported that there are close to 50 careers in the allied healthcare profession.

In this session, you will be able to find out more about study and career options in physiotherapy, biosciences and radiotherapy from two UK university academics and a representative from the Malaysian allied health industry.

Speakers Topic

Dr Peter Klappa, University of Kent


Technology in Biosciences

The field of Biosciences is currently undergoing revolutionary changes, which will have dramatic impact on our lives. Biosciences will make use of strong interdisciplinary connections to combat diseases, to push the boundaries of knowledge and, eventually, to create new life forms. Furthermore, recent discoveries and their applications will extend human life span and wellbeing. However, these achievements will require a new way of ethical and philosophical thinking of which Bioscience students need to be aware of.

In this talk we will discuss examples of recent discoveries in Biosciences and how they will affect our lives in future. For example, how modern Biosciences will provide a cure for asthma and prostate cancer, using personalized genetic information. We will also discuss the implications of research into aging and extending human life span. Furthermore, we will explore the ethical impact of genetic manipulation of human embryos. 

Prof Anand Pandyan, Keele University 

Physiotherapy in the UK

As the world's population gets older and medical care gets better in keeping people with certain disease conditions alive, the number of people with a disability is going to increase. These disabilities can interfere with a person's ability to carry out activities essential to daily living and also earn a living. Physiotherapists play an important role in helping people with disabilities recover to a level that will help lead independent lives, and along with occupational therapist, help them return to work. At the other end of the spectrum,high performing athletes and sports people routinely need the support of physiotherapist to help them perform at the highest levels in their performing career. In this talk, we will address three broad questions: 

  • Why would a UK qualification help you serve a global health community
  • How do we train aspiring students into world leading physiotherapists
  • What criteria will you need to gain entry to read for a degree in Physiotherapy
Stephanie Loo, alumna of Sheffield Hallam University, MSc Radiotherapy and Oncology 

Stephanie Loo is an experienced practitioner in the field of radiotherapy. She graduated with a distinction in MSc Radiotherapy and Oncology from Sheffield Hallam University, UK. Her professional areas of interest include improvements on radiotherapy treatment accuracy, patient immobilization and setup, the journey of patient care, radiobiology and its clinical applications.

Her current role as Senior Radiation Therapist at Sunway Medical Centre has led onto the establishment of the Cancer, Radiosurgery and Nuclear Medicine Department. Prior to pioneering the Radiotherapy Department in Sunway Medical Centre, she has spent over five years working at Pantai Hospital Ayer Keroh, Melaka and has undertaken a series of clinical placements in hospitals in Malaysia and Hong Kong. Stephanie has also been an invited speaker to both national and international conferences. Most recently, she spoke at the Asia-Australasia Conference for Radiation Technologists in Hong Kong on the topic of ‘Direct monitoring of intraprostatic motion via Intrafraction Motion Management for Prostate hypofractionated VMAT irradiation: First Clinical Results in Malaysia’.


Are entrepreneurs born or made? What are the skills and qualities one need to become a successful entrepreneur? Could a university education prepare you to become an entrepreneur? Universities these days are better equipped in preparing aspiring entrepreneurs by giving them a taste of what it is like to be part of a business. In addition to that students are also exposed to the nuances of business sustainability and ethics, all of which are essential in the running of a successful venture.  Come and join us in a short discussion on entrepreneurship courses in the UK and the skills you will pick up when you choose to complete an entrepreneurship qualification.

Speakers Topic
Dr Ron Bradfield, University of Strathclyde

Innovative approaches in learning Entrepreneurship

Over the past decade there has been a substantial growth in both research and education in entrepreneurship across the world, as it become increasingly evident that entrepreneurship is the engine driving the economies and societies of most countries. People generally assume that entrepreneurship is all about learning how start a small business. This however is but one aspect of entrepreneurship, equally important is the fact that organisations are increasing looking to recruit individuals who possess both the mindset and the skills ‘to think and act entrepreneurially’. The education required for those who want to start their own business or to work for innovative entrepreneurial ventures, requires a combination of practical tools and activities to foster an entrepreneurial mindset, along with a set of practices firmly grounded in theory. The objective of this session is to show how we, as one of the largest university-based centres of entrepreneurship in the UK, provide career-focused taught programmes that address the global demand for talented entrepreneurs.

Dr Dorrie Y Chao, University of Southampton

Digital and Sustainable Entrepreneurship: Opportunities/Challenges for Malaysia

Learn about the most recent developments as to how entrepreneurship and innovation can transform the world for the better: making it more inclusive and less polluted! We teach about entrepreneurship tackling poverty, improving sustainability while also promoting diversity and inclusivity in society. We also have a Digital Economy Lab that engages directly with entrepreneurial businesses looking for models to maximise the economic, social, and environmental benefits of sharing practices enabled by new digital technologies.

Ashwin Jeyapalasingam, alumnus of London School of Economics, MSc Management (IMEX Route)

Ashwin graduated with a Degree in Information Systems Engineering from Imperial College and a Masters in Management from the London School of Economics (LSE), United Kingdom. He is also an Exchange Program Alumnus of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Ashwin is the co-founder and COO of CatchThatBus.com. Launched in 2013, CatchThatBus specialises in bus-related travel in ASEAN. CatchThatBus has a mission of improving the experience of using buses in ASEAN – essentially, making bus, better. CatchThatBus provides consumers with the ability to browse options and to purchase tickets from a range of trusted operators to over 500 destinations in Malaysia & Singapore via its website www.catchthatbus.com or the CatchThatBus Android, iOS & Windows apps. To-date, CatchThatBus has sold over a million tickets via its platform.

Prior to starting up CatchThatBus, Ashwin was an Associate Director in the Consulting division at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), specializing in Operations and Finance performance improvement in a range of industries including telco, automotive and healthcare services


Science, Technology and Innovation

The Malaysian media has been constantly bombarding us with the term the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution'. What does this mean and what are the issues and challenges we should consider when we move into a world faced with innovative technologies such as artifical intelligence, internet of things and robotics, to name a few? How would these technologies affect the career pathways of the new generation and how can they prepare themselves so as not to become 'irrelevant' in the workforce?

Join us and our panel of speaker in this session to explore your career and study options in this area

Speakers Topic
Dr Fabio Nemetz, University of Bath

Computer Science and Innovation: a brief history of how we ended up here

From Babbage to Jobs, from Ada to Machine Learning, what we understand about Computer Science today is the result of incremental advancements. In this talk, we will show how the present and near future of Computer Science was shaped by a sequence of innovations, and why it is essential that we keep pushing the current boundaries of what is possible with technology. 

Dhana Raj Markandu, alumnus of UCL and the University of Edinburgh, MSc Sustainable Energy Systems  

Dhana has been in the power generation industry since 1999. He started his career with Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) and, during his 13-year tenure with the organisation, has worked with coal, natural gas and hydroelectric power plants in various capacities including construction, operations and maintenance, project management and technical support. His main focus areas at TNB were power plant control systems, instrumentation, cybersecurity, system integration and data analytics.

In 2012, Dhana further diversified his personal energy mix by joining the Malaysia Nuclear Power Corporation (MNPC). At MNPC, he leads a talented multi-disciplinary team and works with national stakeholders, consultants and international experts to carry out early-stage studies exploring the feasibility of using nuclear technology for domestic electricity generation in the future.

Dhana graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic & Electrical Engineering from University College London in 1999.  He also obtained a Master’s degree in Sustainable Energy Systems from the University of Edinburgh in 2011, funded by the British Chevening Scholarship.


Creative Media and Arts

There is a large, untapped potential in the creative media and arts industry in Malaysia and the expansion of this industry comes with the need for talent with niche skills. There is also a huge gap in the market where content creation is concerned, especially for our local producers to garner well-deserved recognition internationally. The production of creative content, be it computer games, virtual reality simulations, film or even fashion requires a combination of creativity and ability to use technology.

Join us in this session and explore how a UK qualification can equip you with the necessary skills and, of course, creativity to prepare you for your career in the creative media and arts industry 

Speakers Topic
Professor Andrew Kulman, Birmingham City University

Communicating with a smile: How visual ideas transcend language barriers

This is a direct and powerful presentation which will show clever visual communication solutions to problems, using wit and humour (A universal language) to generate ideas and problem solve. We will have examples of student work / sketchbooks in a portfolio, as well as a PowerPoint presentation. 

Tim Metcalfe, University of Southampton

Clever Clever Graphics

This lecture will cover ten of the most stimulating graphic communicators, their work, concepts and playful creative design solutions

Vennice Aw, alumna of Birmingham City University, BA (Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing Design for Industry,  

Vennice completed her BA (Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing Design for Industry at Birmingham City University in 2015. Upon graduation, she worked as a lecturer in Raffles College and is now working as a designer in DeGeM.

She is someone who loves natural and unique designs, especially when they are transformed into elegant and beautiful art pieces. Her designs are influenced by both vintage and modern styles. She loves to design collections with hand drawing or in 3D software and making jewellery with bench work skills.

Vennice loves travelling and at the same time, keeps herself updated on the latest jewellery trends and designs internationally.