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Masterclasses – Personal Statement and Research Proposals

Writing Personal Statements and Preparing Research proposals can be daunting. Prepare yourself and learn directly from UK universities.

 

1. Top tips for effective personal statements for UG/PG applicants

Date: Monday, 1 February 2021

Time: 14.30 – 15.30 WIB

Presenter: Mrs Mikaela Green, International Recruitment Officer, University of Derby

Presentation content:

  • What is a personal statement
  • Length and content
  • How to adapt your personal statement to the courses you apply for
  • Top tips on how to stand out from the crowd and perfect your personal statement
  • Advice from students

Presenter profile:

I have worked for the University of Derby since 2010; in my current role where I help international students with the whole journey from application to the day they join us, and previously where I looked after international students during their studies at Derby and up until graduation. I originally moved to England from my home country Sweden in 2007 when I began my studies on the BA (Hons) Event Management programme; I have studied at an international school and gone through the UCAS application process.

Why study at University of Derby 

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2. Preparing effective research proposals to jumpstart your research career

Date: Monday, 1 February 2021

Time: 17.30 – 18.30 WIB

Presenter: Dr Patryk Kot, Reader in Sensor Technologies, Liverpool John Moores University

Presentation content:

  • Why do you want to undertake a PhD study?
  • Review the eligibility criteria for the PhD scholarship application
  • Identify the research problem/challenge
  • Highlight the contribution to the knowledge/novelty of the proposed research
  • Include any potential impact of research outcomes
  • Set the aim and objectives for proposed project
  • Provide detailed methodology/ approach on how the study will be conducted
  • Create Gantt chart to demonstrate the timeframe for research activities, dissemination etc.

Presenter Profile:

Dr Patryk Kot graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BSc (Hons) in Computer Technology, MSc (Eng) in Microelectronic Systems Design and a PhD entitled “The feasibility of using EM waves in determining the moisture content and factors effecting measurements in building fabrics”, completed in 2017. From 2016, he worked as a Research Assistant within the Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Research Institute working on Healthcare sensor technologies, underwater sensing and energy from waste. In 2017, he became a Senior Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University within the Civil Engineering department. In 2019, he became a Reader in Sensor technologies whilst leading multiple externally funded research projects in structural health monitoring, material characterisation and healthcare. His area of expertise involves development and testing of novel NDT sensors for structural health monitoring and determination of foreign substances/contaminations on various materials using microwave spectroscopy.

Why study at Liverpool John Moores University

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Masterclasses in Business and related subjects

Develop your knowledge, skills and gain real-world experience through exploring the latest thinking in innovation, business, management and entrepreneurship from Masterclasses offered by UK universities. The Masterclasses will allow you to tailor your learning goals and experience the great value of studying in the UK.

1. Launching A Successful Start Up Business

Date: Wednesday, 3 February 2021

Time: 15.00 – 16.00 WIB

Presenter: Paul Wreaves, Course Leader for MSc Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship, Nottingham Trent University

Presenter profile:

Paul is the Course Leader for MSc Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship. In addition, Paul has been involved with the Personalisation project launched in 2015, which is designed to increase engagement, inclusion and progression within NTU and industry. Paul also teaches leadership, supply chain management, and mentors students from undergraduates through to MBA.

Why study Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at Nottingham Trent University

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2. The changing face of Actuarial Science

Date: Wednesday, 3 February 2021

Time: 17.00 – 18.00 WIB

Presenter: Dr Russell Gerrard, Former principal examiner for the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, The Business School (formerly Cass) City, University of London

Presentation content:

  • What do actuaries do?
  • Where do actuaries work?
  • What should you study if you want to become an actuary?
  • How do actuaries think? Lengthy example based on devising an optimal strategy for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?  This demonstrates that, in order to find the solution, you have to have skills in statistics and economics, but what singles this out as a problem for actuarial thinking is that you can only work out the right answer by taking the long view and thinking ahead to the end of the problem. The solution will be carried out by means of a spreadsheet in a simple case.
  • What is the future of the actuarial profession? Actuaries are embracing the latest developments in machine learning and data analytics, whilst retaining their key quantitative skills.

Presenter profile

Russell Gerrard earned his PhD from the University of Cambridge and worked at the University of Sussex, Moscow State University and the University of Zürich before joining what is now City, University of London.  A former principal examiner for the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, he regularly teaches courses to actuarial students at undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD level in the Faculty of Actuarial Science and Insurance at the Business School.

Why study Actuarial Science at The Business School (formerly Cass) – City, University of London 

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3. Digital Marketing and Innovation during a Pandemic: The ‘Tre Amis’ Case

Date: Friday, 5 February 2021

Time: 15.00 – 16.00 WIB

Presenter: Dr Luca Cacciolatti, Reader in Marketing, Westminster Business School, University of Westminster

Presentation content:

Running a business during a world pandemic is not for the faint hearted. Uncertainty for the economy and fears of being hit in your personal health create extra pressure for companies. Targeting the right consumers in the digital world becomes paramount for companies to survive on the market. Digital marketing and social media marketing during a world pandemic become the only available tools to try to survive, yet a lot of firms are resistant to the adoption of new technology or new marketing practices that involve new technologies. This lecture will present the main challenges that companies fare in the adoption of technology, best practices of social media marketing, and will show the case study of Tre Amis (www.treamis.co.uk), an innovative chocolate start-up that decided to launch in the midst of the chaos caused by the Covid-19 crisis.

Presenter profile:

Luca is a Reader in Marketing at Westminster Business School, University of Westminster, London. Luca is the Director of the highly innovative, experiential, collaborative learning-based MSc Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Enterprise Development at Westminster Business School. His research interests are in the areas of marketing, entrepreneurship and innovation and the leading conduct of his research focuses on sociological institutionalism. Luca is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society (UK), Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK), Member of the Marketing Science Institute (USA) and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK). Luca has extensive experience working with students’ start-ups and students-led social enterprises, as well as food and drink SMEs, and he is on the judging panel for Shell’s oil company LiveWIRE start-ups funds. Luca covers the role of European Expert as evaluator and rapporteur for the European Commission on Horizon2020 calls related to sustainable and healthy food manufacturing value chains. Luca is also an entrepreneur and successfully runs a company that specialises in business consulting and training. Luca is on the editorial board of Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Journal of Business Research and International Journal of Innovation Studies. He also holds visiting professor positions at the School of Public Affairs, University of Science at Technology of China (Hefei, Anhui), the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University (Beijing) and at the Institute for International Maritime Studies (Athens, Greece).

Why study Marketing at University of Westminster 

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Masterclasses in Technology and related subjects

The UK has a long history as the world leader in applying discoveries, pioneering new ideas and technology. The UK is also one of the five countries leading on industry-university collaboration and introduce real-life application. Join Masterclasses in Technology subjects to expand your understanding and learn new skills in technology and science from UK’s world-class universities.

1. Artificial Intelligence – breakthrough applications. Case study: Analysis of Chest CT Scans for the Prediction of COVID-19

Date: Tuesday, 2 February 2021

Time: 15:00 – 16:00 WIB

Presenter: Dr Alex (Aram) Ter-Sarkisov, Lecturer in Artificial Intelligence, City, University of London

Presentation content:

  • MSc in AI at City, University of London is one of the most advanced Artificial Intelligence programs in the UK that includes courses in the Foundations of AI, Computational Cognition, Deep Reinforcement Learning, Explainable AI, Deep Learning for Computer Vision (CV) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Mathematics of AI.
  • The program is run by the CitAI Research Center experts (https://cit-ai.net/) that have an extensive experience across a wide range of subjects, including Artificial General Intelligence, Reinforcement Learning, Brain-Inspired AI, AI Ethics, CV, NLP, mathematical foundations of AI and applications of AI to real-life problems in variety of fields (e.g. healthcare, robotics, etc).
  • MSc in AI requires a sound knowledge of Python and involves coding of deep neural networks and other AI models on GPUs at CitAI’s state-of-the-art AI lab.
  • An example of an application of these models during the COVID-19 pandemic is the prediction of this condition from chest CT scans and the detection of various types of lesions using deep neural networks.

Presenter profile:

Dr Ter-Sarkisov is a lecturer at City, University of London where he teaches courses on Artificial Intelligence. He received his PhD in computer science from Massey University Palmerston North, NZ and holds an MSc in Statistics from the University of Auckland Auckland, NZ. He worked as a postdoc at TU Dublin Dublin, Ireland, On Deep Learning for Cattle Tracking, Université du Maine Le Mans, France, on Neural Network Language Models and at University of Waterloo Waterloo, ON, Canada working on Hand gesture recognition.

Why study Artificial Intelligence at City, University of London 

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2. Concept Art for Games Design

Date: Tuesday, 2 February 2021

Time: 17.00 – 18.00 WIB

Presenter: Kaliegh Branham, BA (Hons) Games Art and Design lecturer, Norwich University of the Arts

Presentation content:

What is concept art and how is it used in games development? How do concept artists come up with original ideas? BA (Hons) Games Art and Design lecturer at Norwich University of the Arts, Kaliegh Branham, will answer these questions, and show you how you can create original games designs using free software Webchemy. Follow along live to create your own character designs in this interactive workshop.

Presenter profile:

Kaliegh is Lecturer for BA (Hons) Games Art and Design at Norwich University of the Arts. Kaliegh specialises in digital painting and concept art. Kaliegh is committed to helping students realise their ideas and give them the tools to communicate their concepts. Having completed her own degree at NUA, Kaliegh has since worked as a lead animator on several independent projects, and as an artist for Swallowtail Games, before returning to NUA to teach. Kaliegh’s passion lies in digital art and expression of thought through visual design. She enjoys the freedom designing via digital mediums offers – both in literal and abstract idea formation.

Why study BA (Hons) Games Art and Design at Norwich University of the Arts 

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3. Introduction to Social Engineering/Phishing attacks

Date: Thursday, 4 February 2021

Time: 17.00 – 18.00 WIB

Presenter: Dr Michał Król, Lecturer in Cyber Security, City, University of London

Presentation content:

  • This practical masterclass will cover techniques used by attackers to perform various phishing attacks. You will learn how attackers: gather information about potential targets, send emails from spoofed (fake) addresses and set up legitimate-looking websites for credential stealing.
  • The masterclass will also cover multiple defence mechanism allowing to verify legitimacy of visited websites, spot and block malicious phishing emails and limit the exposure of your private data online

Presenter profile:

Dr Michał Król is a lecturer at City, University of London where he teaches Information Security Fundamentals and Cryptography. He did his PhD in computer networks at the University Grenoble Alpes in France and spent several years as a research associate at University College London, University of California, Los Angeles and UCLouvain in Belgium. Michał does research on blockchains, distributed systems and privacy- preserving communication and is a big fan of hackathons and volleyball.

Why study Cyber Security at City, University of London

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Masterclasses in Engineering and related subjects

Explore exciting opportunities to study Engineering in the UK – home to innovation where you will experience the latest ideas and technologies with excellent connections to industry and research.

 

1. What Aeronautical Engineering can learn from Nature

Date: Thursday, 4 February 2021

Time 15.00 – 16.00 WIB

Presenter: Professor Christoph Bruecker, BAE SYSTEMS Sir Richard Olver Chair on Aeronautical Engineering, City, University of London

Presentation content:

  • History and background of Aeronautics, from Leonardo da Vinci to Lilienthal and the Wright Brothers
  • The Airfoil and its function as a lifting device / secrets form bird flight
  • Propellors and Propulsion, key features for future zero-emission concepts
  • Engineering the future: low weight, low drag and low noise Aircrafts
  • Towards new concepts and realization in the Aerospace sector
  • Surfing with the flow: The prospects of Aeronautical Engineers

Presenter profile:

Professor Christoph Bruecker is the BAE SYSTEMS Sir Richard Olver Chair on Aeronautical Engineering at City, University of London. Since 2017 he holds a Co-Chair endorsed by the Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Nature-Inspired Sensing and Flow Control for Sustainable Transport. Supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering and BAE SYSTEMS, Professor Bruecker's research aims to develop an aerodynamic ‘skin’ that can be evaluated for use on future aircraft. The award reflects the interdisciplinary work of his team including Biofluid Mechanics, Bio-Engineering, Micro-Fluidics, Aeroacoustics, natural flows, environmental flows and more.

Why study Aeronautical Engineering at City, University of London 

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2. Engineering Difference Makers: past present and future

Date: Friday, 5 February 2021

Time: 17.00 – 18.00 WIB

Presenter: Professor Danielle George, Associate Vice President for Teaching and Learning and Professor of Radio Frequency Engineering, The University of Manchester

Presentation content:

As children we all probably drove our parents and teachers mad by asking ‘why’ and ‘how’. These are the fundamental questions to any scientist or engineer including the difference makers that changed our world forever. Professor Danielle George will show us that we are all born scientists and talk about why it is the duty of every scientist and engineer to inspire the next generation.

Presenter profile:

Danielle George is a Professor Radio Frequency Engineering and Associate Vice President at the University of Manchester. She is currently President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2016 Queen’s honours list for services to engineering through public engagement. In 2016 she received the Royal Academy of Engineering Rooke Medal for services to engineering and in 2017 received the Harold Hartley Medal for outstanding contribution to the field of Measurement and Control. Danielle research is dedicated to solving one the 14-world engineering grand challenges of the 21st century; engineering the tools for scientific discovery. Her research is delivering class-leading ultra-low noise receivers for Space and Aerospace applications. She is involved in the $1B astronomical instrument, the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), is the UK lead for amplifiers for the $1B Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) telescope and has worked with NASA and ESA on the development of instrumentation for researchers exploring the Big Bang. Her passion for raising public awareness of the positive impact engineering and science has on all aspects of our everyday lives, as well as highlighting to young people the immense depth and breadth of opportunities a career in science and engineering can offer, has led to Danielle’s numerous current high-profile Ambassadorial roles.  She presented the 2014 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures and has delivered a number of TED and TEDx talks. Her hometown of Newcastle recognised her as a ‘Great North Contemporary Great’ in the 2015 Great North Culture Exhibition.

Why study Science and Engineering at The University of Manchester 

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