Warning about thieves posing as plain clothes police officers in South Kensington area

Over the past few weeks there have several reports of two people posing as plain clothes police officers in the local area.

They will approach members of the public and state they are plain clothes officers and need to search them. Without the victim realising, they will hand back purses and wallets emptied of cash and credit cards.

Staff and students should be aware that police officers are not allowed to take any personal belongings, and if anybody is stopped by people posing as police officers they are to do the following:

  • Ask to see their warrant card. When on duty either in uniform or plain clothes police officers must at all time carry their warrant card
  • Ask what station they are attached to and then call “101” from any phone to confirm the identity of the officer
  • Once the identity has been confirmed, then and only then allow the officer to carry out a search.
  • Any person who has been unfortunate enough to have been challenged by these two posing as officers are to contact the police immediately.

See a sample of the police warrant card officers are required to carry at all times here

If staff have any queries regarding this issue, please contact Darren Barrow, Senior Security Officer

Graduate School

The Graduate School of Life Sciences and Medicine (GSLSM) and the Graduate School of Engineering and Physical Sciences (GSEPS) will merge with effect from 1 October 2011. Professor Richard Kitney, having served his five year term as Director of GSEPS, will relinquish his position from that date. Professor Andrew George, currently Director of GSLSM, will become Director of the single Graduate School and retain his role as Director of the School of Professional Development.

Rodney Eastwood

College Secretary

Pro Rector (International Affairs)

Dr Simon Buckle, Director of Climate Policy in the Grantham Institute for Climate Change, has also accepted appointment as Pro Rector (International Affairs) with effect from 1 October 2011. He will succeed Professor Mary Ritter who retires on 30 September 2011.

Dr Buckle will be responsible for the College’s strategic international interests and will work closely with the Pro Rectors for Education and Academic Affairs, Research and Enterprise to identify and advance new opportunities. He will report to the Rector and be a member of the Management Board. The position is part-time and he will retain his responsibilities within the Grantham Institute.

Dr Buckle joined Imperial in 2007 to support the establishment of the Grantham Institute. Prior to his current role at the College, Dr Buckle held a series of positions in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, also spending time working in the Bank of England and the Ministry of Defence. Most recently, he was Deputy Head of Mission in the British Embassy in Kabul and then Global Issues Counsellor in Paris where, amongst other responsibilities, he was in charge of the UK’s Science and Innovation Network in Europe. He was awarded the CMG in 2007.

Dr Buckle has a DPhil in Theoretical Physics (Sussex), a BSc in Physics and Philosophy (Bristol) and an MSc in Financial Economics (University of London). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. From 1985-1986 he was a postgraduate researcher at the College, investigating quantum optics in the Department of Physics.

Rodney Eastwood
College Secretary

Head of Department – National Heart and Lung Institute

Professor Kim Fox, Professor of Clinical Cardiology, has accepted appointment as Head of Department for the National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI) in the Faculty of Medicine, from 1 September 2011. He will succeed Professor Michael Schneider who has led NHLI since 1 January 2009. Professor Schneider has relinquished his role as Head of Department to devote his full efforts to developing the College’s basic and translational cardiovascular research, including strategic recruitment and the relocation of activities to the new L Block at the Hammersmith Campus.

Professor Fox was appointed Registrar at Hammersmith Hospital in 1976 where he completed his early clinical and research training as both Research Fellow and Senior Registrar. He was awarded his MD in 1980 and appointed to the staff of the National Heart Hospital in 1982. He has been a Consultant at the Royal Brompton Hospital since 1990 and appointed Professor of Clinical Cardiology at Imperial College in 2002. Previously he was Editor-in-Chief of the European Heart Journal from 1995-2002 and President of the European Society of Cardiology from 2006-2008. His research has focused on the understanding, investigation and treatment of angina and he chaired the European Angina Guidelines Task Force.

Rodney Eastwood

College Secretary

Assistant Wardens vacancies – Clayponds Village, Silwood Park and Orient House

The College invites applications to the positions of Assistant Warden of Clayponds Village, Assistant Warden at Silwood Park Campus and Assistant Warden of Orient House, all available from August 2011. These positions are open to all staff and the Silwood Park post is also open to postgraduate research students.

Wardens and Assistant Wardens are responsible for the smooth running of the hall of residence and will receive rent-free accommodation there in return for pastoral and administrative duties. The Assistant Warden should be a good organiser with a desire to help students to have a balanced approach to their studies and to develop broader life skills.

Clayponds Village is a collection of houses and flats which are home to 325 postgraduate students in South Ealing, approximately 10 km from the South Kensington Campus. The closing date for applications to the position of Assistant Warden there is 24 June. For further information, please contact the Warden, Dr Paul Green

Silwood Park is home to 110 postgraduate students living in single and couple accommodation. The closing date for applications to the position of Assistant Warden there is 27 June. For further information please contact the Campus Administrator, Mrs Diana Anderson

Orient House is a purpose built hall of residence which is owned and managed by UNITE. 125 rooms are arranged in cluster flats along with 25 in self contained studio flats – all rooms are ensuite. The hall is located within the Chelsea Harbour development in Fulham, two minutes walk from Imperial Wharf train station. The closing date for applications to the position of Assistant Warden there is 1st July. Please note, this post will only be for one year. For further information, please contact the Warden, Dr Daniel Balint or the Asst Warden, Dr Finn Giuliani

For a copy of the terms of reference and an application form for any of the posts, please e-mail Mrs Mickie Turner-Goble

Rector’s 2011 Awards for Excellence in Pastoral Care and Supporting the Student Experience

 

RECTOR’S AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN PASTORAL CARE

 

Awards for Excellence in Pastoral Care are presented annually to recognise the importance the College places upon providing a supportive learning environment for its students as part of its academic mission. Of the award winners up to two may be selected to receive a Rector’s Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Excellence in Pastoral Care.

Rector’s Awards for Excellence in Pastoral Care are conferred on the following staff for 2011:

  • Dr Martyn Boutelle – Bioengineering
  • Dr Vanessa Garcia Larsen – NHLI/ Warden Linstead Hall
  • Dr David Hartley – Life Sciences
  • Professor Anthony Kucernak – Chemistry/ Warden Selkirk Hall
  • Dr Paul Wilde – Chemistry

The Rector’s Medal for Excellence in Pastoral Care is awarded to:

  • Dr Martyn Boutelle – Bioengineering

 

RECTOR’S AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN SUPPORTING THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE

 

Nominations to the Rector’s Awards for Excellence in Supporting the Student Experience were sought for the first time in 2011. The Awards recognise the importance placed by the College on the contribution of support staff in underpinning the College’s learning environment for students. Of the award winners up to two may be selected to receive the Rector’s Medal for Excellence in Supporting the Student Experience.

Rector’s Awards for Excellence in Supporting the Student Experience are conferred on the following staff for 2011:

  • Miss Amy Allinson – Computing
  • Miss Julia Cork – Surgery and Cancer
  • Dr Lorraine Craig – Earth Science and Engineering
  • Mrs Joanne Harlow – Student Hub, Commercial Services
  • Mr Chris Harris – Medicine
  • Miss Anna Hikel – Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Dr Martin Holloway – Bioengineering
  • Dr Philip Power – Imperial College Union
  • Dr Emma Watson – NHLI
  • Ms Jo Williams – Faculty of Medicine

Rector’s Medals for Supporting the Student Experience are awarded to the following staff for 2011:

  • Dr Lorraine Craig – Earth Science and Engineering
  • Dr Emma Watson – NHLI

Academic Health Science Centre

Professor Lord Darzi has accepted appointment as interim Chair of a new Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC) Steering Board with immediate effect. His appointment is announced jointly by the Rector, Lord Tugendhat (Chairman of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust) and Ruth Carnall (Chief Executive of the London Strategic Health Authority).

The AHSC is the partnership between Imperial College London and the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, established in 2007. The AHSC serves to integrate the activities of the College and the Trust across teaching, research and healthcare provision. Strong cross-links exist between the two organisations: the Trust is represented on the College’s Council and Management Board, and the College is represented on the Trust’s Board.

The new Steering Board for the AHSC has been formed following the appointment of new leaders in the Faculty of Medicine and the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust over recent months. The Principal of the Faculty of Medicine and the Chief Executive of the Trust are the accounting officers with budgetary responsibility for their respective areas of the AHSC and will be members of the Steering Board. Both the College and the Trust remain fully committed to nurturing and enhancing closer integration between themselves in order to deliver the objectives of the AHSC.

The Steering Board has been commissioned to undertake a review evaluating the success of the AHSC since its foundation and to advise on its future direction. The Steering Board will submit its report to the Council of Imperial College London, the Board of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and the Strategic Health Authority in the autumn.

Lord Darzi will also consult with other academic centres and healthcare providers about developing and growing teaching, research and healthcare links for the benefit of a broader network of healthcare providers in North West London.

Lord Darzi will retain his position as Chairman of the Institute for Global Health Innovation at Imperial.
Membership of the AHSC Steering Board will include:

Chair: Professor Lord Darzi

Members:
– Chief Executive, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
– Medical Director, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
– Member of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust Board
– Deputy Rector, Imperial College London
– Principal of the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London
– Senior Clinical Academic, Imperial College London

Rodney Eastwood
College Secretary

Changes to roads on South Kensington Campus

From Monday 13 June, work will take place at the junction of Exhibition Road with Prince Consort Road, as the next phase in the Exhibition Road project. The small section of Prince Consort Road which is between Exhibition Road and Kensington Gore (the side road behind Royal Albert Hall) will be closed for approximately five weeks. Please note traffic will be diverted via Kensington Road and Queen’s Gate.

Further details about the Exhibition Road project are available here

Imperial trialling next phase of internet – 8 June

The Imperial website will be involved in a worldwide test on 8 June to trial the next phase of the Internet – ‘World IPv6 Day’. This twenty-four hour test window is being organised by the Internet Society to assist with preparations for the impending exhaustion of the world’s available Internet Protocol (IP) addresses – the network addresses used by computers and other devices for communication over the internet.

The solution to the depleted pool of IP addresses is the IPv6 network protocol which will gradually replace the existing version of IP and support a virtually unlimited number of devices on the Internet. The transition to IPv6 is underway and on 8 June Google, Facebook, Yahoo and many universities and other organisations will offer their content over to IPv6, creating conditions that expose internet users to IPv6 on a larger scale than ever before to reveal problems that may occur.

The main Imperial website will be taking part in the trial.

Find out more about how you might be affected on the day and use a very simple test in advance to see if you are likely to encounter problems here.

Rector’s 2011 Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Research Supervision

RECTOR’S AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING

Awards for Excellence in Teaching are presented annually to members of academic staff judged to have been most outstanding in the quality, organisation and presentation of their teaching. Of the award winners up to four may be selected to receive a Rector’s Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Excellence. One of the Medals may carry the title of Medal for Outstanding Innovation in Teaching.

Awards for Excellence in Teaching are conferred on the following staff for 2011:

  • Professor Alan Armstrong – Chemistry
  • Mr Greg Artus – Humanities
  • Professor Donald Craig – Chemistry
  • Dr Robert Davies – Chemistry
  • Dr Gary Hampson – Earth Science and Engineering
  • Dr Stuart Haslam – Life Sciences
  • Dr Patricia Hunt – Chemistry
  • Mr Zen Makuch – CEP
  • Dr Dan Moore – Mathematics
  • Dr Kevin Murphy – Medicine
  • Dr Richard Murphy – Life Sciences
  • Dr Alessandra Russo – Computing
  • Dr Jane Saffell – Life Sciences
  • Dr Sandra Shefelbine – Bioengineering
  • Dr Colin Turnbull – Life Sciences
  • Professor Andrew Walden – Mathematics
  • Professor Helen Ward – Public Health

Rector’s Medals for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Excellence are awarded to the following staff:

  • Mr Zen Makuch – CEP
  • Dr Sandra Shefelbine – Bioengineering

The Rector’s Medal for Outstanding Innovation in Teaching is awarded to:

  • Dr Jane Saffell – Life Sciences

RECTOR’S AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH SUPERVISION

The Rector’s Awards for Excellence in Research Supervision recognise staff who have made exceptional contributions in providing a supportive learning environment for postgraduate research students. Of the award winners up to two may be selected to receive the Rector’s Medal for Excellence in Research Supervision.

Rector’s Awards for Excellence in Research Supervision and Rector’s Medals for Excellence in Research Supervision are conferred on the following staff for 2011:

  • Professor Anthony Bull – Bioengineering
  • Professor Andrew Bush – NHLI

Rodney Eastwood
College Secretary