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




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




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

Learning and Development Centre Stress Awareness Days

Dates: 30 June 2011 (South Kensington) & 04th July (Hammersmith Campus)

Times: 09.30 – 16.30

Find out more here

“The recent Staff Survey indicated that during the last twelve months a significant number of staff have experienced pressure they consider to be unreasonable. We recognise that many people are working at capacity and doing more with less is becoming increasingly difficult. Whilst long term resolutions are being considered, the Stress Awareness Day, organised by the Learning and Development Centre, provides an early opportunity for individuals to explore ways of dealing with pressurised situations and minimising the personal impact.”

Sir Keith O’Nions Rector

The Learning and Development Centre is running two Stress Awareness Days on Thursday 30 June (South Kensington) and Monday 04 July (Hammersmith) for Imperial College Staff (and Imperial NHS trust). The activities on offer are 30 to 45 minutes long, and hopefully this will enable most of us to take a break from the office, and make the most of this day. More information can be found at the web link above.

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

– 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

OPAL needs your vote

OPAL (Open Air Laboratories), a nationwide project led by Imperial, is through to the semi-finals of The National Lottery Awards 2011. The initiative encourages people from all backgrounds to get in touch with nature and generate valuable scientific data concerning the state of the environment. Since 2007 the project has received over £13 million of funding from the Big Lottery Fund; the National Lottery Awards are an annual search for the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded project.

Details of OPAL are available here

Cast your vote here (no registration required) or call 0844 836 9694 before 20 June.

Club Imperial BBQ and Quiz Night – Thursday 16 June

Sign up for an Olympic themed quiz night in the Queen’s Tower Rooms at 17.30 on Thursday 16 June. Hosted by Sport Imperial, the evening will consist of a BBQ meal and a number of interactive activities, with tickets at £10 each. Top prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place teams in true Olympic style. The event is open to all College staff and teams of eight, each representing a competing nation, are encouraged to take part.

To register please email Stephen Luckhurst by Monday 13 June with a country team name of your choice.

Cycle for Imperial with the TFL London Cycle Challenge 2011

Join the Imperial team competing in the TFL London Cycle Challenge and help the College to clock up the most miles cycled in a month. Teams with the most points will win cycling-themed prizes. Participants can start logging miles from 09.00 on Saturday 18 June through to Friday 15 July. The Challenge is free to enter and anyone can get involved, including friends and family members.

Find the Imperial College London team on the website and join in

Director of Student Recruitment – applications sought from senior academics

The College is seeking to appoint a senior academic to the post of Director of Student Recruitment. Reporting to the Pro Rector (Education and Academic Affairs), the postholder is responsible for academic oversight of the strategic direction of all aspects of undergraduate and postgraduate recruitment. The post is initially 0.5FTE, the remaining 0.5FTE to be spent in the Home Department

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.