Central listing of research seminars

Staff are invited to advertise research seminars in a new events listing, hosted by the Graduate School. The resource has been introduced in response to students’ comments that it is difficult to find information about the full range of seminars on offer at Imperial, and covers research seminars open to all students and staff from across the College.

The listing can be found on the Graduate Schools website.

Advice for staff on listing their seminar using the College’s central events system can be found in the Website Owners’ guide.

Postgraduate Graduation Ceremonies – reduced catering services – Wednesday 9 May

Receptions for graduates and their guests will take place across the South Kensington Campus on Wednesday 9 May as part of the Postgraduate Graduation Ceremonies. These events will lead to some changes to College catering services:

  • Senior Common Room Cafe and Restaurant: open to graduands and their guests only until 11.45, but staff can buy breakfast to take away. Closed from 16.00.
  • Royal School of Mines/Bessemer Cafe: closed
  • Queen’s Tower Rooms: closed
  • Sir Alexander Fleming Cafe: closed from 11.30

Newsletters from Imperial Consultants

Imperial Consultants has recently launched a termly newsletter aimed at staff working or interested in consultancy activities at the College. The Imperial Consultants team provides a professional support service for Imperial’s academic and research staff who act as consultants on behalf of the College. Consultancy activities include the provision of technical advice, expert witnesses and testing, measurement and analysis for industry, commerce and governments worldwide.

The newsletter contains news, events and details of consultancy opportunities, and is only available to Imperial staff. To register to receive the newsletter, please enter your Imperial login details at: http://www.imperial-consultants.co.uk/newsletter

Read the first issue of the newsletter (Imperial login required)

Survey on staff and student commuting

Staff and students are invited to complete a short survey to offer information about their daily travel to and from Imperial. The data gathered will inform how more sustainable options for travel might be achieved at the College and will assist with preparations to report on green house gas emissions associated with staff and student commuting, which is expected to be a requirement by the Higher Education Funding Council for England in the future.

The survey should take 5-10 minutes to complete and participants will be entered into a draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher. To complete the survey, visit: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ImperialTravelSurvey

The results of the survey will be published on the Sustainability website.

Survey on proposed staff accommodation

As part of proposed plans for the new Imperial campus on Wood Lane, the College is exploring opportunities to offer private residential accommodation, which may include apartments for staff. A survey has been launched to seek input to the proposals from staff, specifically their accommodation requirements and what pricing would be attractive. The survey is anonymous and results will be collated by an independent market research company.

To complete the survey, visit: https://www.ox-p.com/imperial

Update on proposed redevelopment of space on Level 0 Sherfield Building

The feasibility study examining the proposed redevelopment of Level 0 of the Sherfield Building was completed in mid-February. The Portfolio Review Board (PRB) reviewed the findings at a meeting on 24 February, alongside feedback received from staff and students across Imperial and a paper submitted by the Holland Club. At this meeting, the PRB agreed:

  • to change the space to offer a broader range of social and catering amenities for members of the Imperial community;
  • to fund the next stage of design work once the requirements for the space have been agreed by the Management Board.

Following that meeting, the Rector asked the Deputy Rector:

  • to form a task group to guide plans for the use of the space (as detailed below) which will make recommendations to the Management Board by the end of April;
  • to initiate a tendering process, inviting bids from groups within the College to run any catering and/or pub facilities included in the space, following agreement by the Management Board over the use of the space.

The Deputy Rector is in the process of appointing a task group to guide plans for the use of Level 0 of the Sherfield Building. The task group will review the feedback received from staff and students across the College during the feasibility study and make recommendations to the Management Board on the following points:

  • what catering, pub, social and other facilities should be included in the redeveloped space on Level 0 of the Sherfield Building;
  • who should have access to use these facilities;
  • the opening hours of any catering, pub and social facilities.

Membership of the task group will be as follows:

  • the Senior Dean (an elected member of academic staff) – Chair;
  • a member of the Holland Club Committee (a member of non-academic staff);
  • the President of the Imperial College Union.

 

Short courses – new quality assurance process

All courses offered under the name Imperial College London, which are not part of an award-bearing programme, require review under a light touch quality assurance process managed by the College’s new Continuing Professional Development Quality Committee. The process applies to courses including:

  • Short courses offered externally
  • MSc modules run for continuing professional development (CPD)
  • Bespoke/customised courses for companies
  • Stand-alone online courses

Approved courses will be able to offer participants the official Imperial College London Certificate of Attendance and any information online will be publicised via the School of Professional Development website.

Staff intending to run a short course are asked to complete a proposal form available at the following website: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/cpd/qualityassurance

Support for staff considering retirement plans

Following removal of the Default Retirement Age on 1 October 2011, the College will no longer set a date when members of staff retire.  Members of staff will be able to choose when they enter retirement on a full or part-time basis. Where a member of staff is considering retirement they should discuss their intentions with their line manager in good time.

Support is available for staff intending to enter retirement in the next 12 months through the workshop organised by the Learning and Development Centre, ‘Preparing for Retirement’. The workshop is run annually and will take place on 6 July in 2012.

For further details and to book a place, visit: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/staffdevelopment/ldc/workshops/prof_dev/retirement

Proposed changes to SAUL pension scheme – employer consultation

Members of the Superannuation Arrangements of the University of London (SAUL) and staff eligible to join this pension scheme are invited to offer their views on proposed changes to the scheme. The changes aim to ensure that SAUL continues to offer high quality, affordable and sustainable benefits. During the period 10 January to 9 March the College, along with all other SAUL employers, is seeking input to the consultation. There are minimal changes proposed for current members. For new members changes include earning a pension on a Career Average Revalued Earnings (CARE) basis and the introduction of the normal pension age of 65. Member contribution rates will remain at 6% for current and new members; employer contribution rates remain at 13%.

For full details and to offer your views, visit: http://www.saul.org.uk/changes.html