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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.

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


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


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

Staff Survey Presentations

The Rector will be presenting the feedback from the 2011 Staff Survey at the South Kensington, St Mary’s and Hammersmith Campuses during the summer term. For a preview of a selection of the results, see the recent Reporter article.

To register your attendance please email us, clearly stating which session you wish to attend;

  • South Kensington Campus – Pippard Lecture theatre 15.00 – 16.00, Tuesday 24 May (passed)
  • St Mary’s Campus – Cockburn lecture hall 15.00 – 16.00, Monday 20 June
  • Hammersmith Campus – Lecture Theatre 1, Wolfson Centre 10.30 – 11.30, Tuesday 28 June

If you are unable to attend but have comments about the Staff Survey results that you would like to feed in, please email Louise Lindsay

Vote for e.quinox project team to win J.P. Morgan grant

The e.quinox project, organised by Imperial students, is one of the finalists in the J.P. Morgan Give-it-Away campaign. The campaign asks members of the public to vote for a charity or non-profit organisation to win a cash donation from J.P. Morgan.

The e.quinox project aims to bring electricity to rural communities in developing countries through a system where renewable energy is used to charge portable batteries in a central kiosk in a village. Local people hire out batteries to power devices for everyday use.

The deadline for voting is 27 May

Watch a youtube video which introduces e.quinox

Vote for the Imperial e.quinox team