The KESS Alumni Network

The KESS Alumni network was launched in 2014 as a means of retaining the valuable links and relationships established by KESS participants during the lifetime of their individual KESS and KESS 2 projects.

Project participants network at a KESS Alumni event in Cardiff.

The network is not only for students who have been a part of the programme but also for the academics and company partners involved. It allows those who have been part of KESS 2 the opportunity to network, which has the potential to stimulate further collaborative working.

The KESS Alumni network maintains a group on the social media site LinkedIn and currently has over 100 members who have joined the page. This KESS Alumni function will be expanded during the life of KESS 2 with mentoring and matching services being offered to the members.

Click here to visit the KESS Alumni group page on LinkedIn (opens in a new tab)

 


Dr Diane JonesDr Diane Jones of Bangor University, a KESS PhD Alumna who worked with Cae’r Gors Heritage Centre on her PhD project has moved on from the University and is now working within the local authority:

“I am currently working as a Strategic Manager for the Gwynedd and Anglesey Post- 16 Education Consortium and also hold a part time post as a Language Tutor at The School of Welsh at Bangor University. I was returning to work after being at home with my children for a few years. The structure of the KESS scholarship was ideal for me as it blended work experience with learning and research”.

 

 


Dr James EvansDr James Evans of Cardiff University, a KESS PhD Alumnus has continued to work with his company partner, Cultech Ltd since completing his PhD:

“KESS allowed me to complete a PhD, take extra courses to further my employability and also made a connection with a local employer who have subsequently given me an opportunity to work with them. With the current employability difficulties faced by graduates, this chance was invaluable”.

 

 

 


Dr Christian DunnDr Christian Dunn of Bangor University, a KESS PhD Alumnus who worked with Energy & Environment Business Services Ltd. has been employed by the University as a lecturer and is now supervising his own KESS students. Christian said of the project:

“You get the best of both worlds: academia and industry. Bangor University offers plenty of support and training for its KESS scholars so you probably come away with more transferable skills and are therefore more employable than through other PhD routes”.