Month: November 2011

Survey on Professional Web Pages (PWPs)

A review is underway of Professional Web Pages (PWPs), which are used on the College website to offer contact details and information about the activities of staff such as publications and awards. To guide a redesign of PWPs, staff are invited to participate in a survey to help identify the content and features which are particularly important for current and future users of these online profiles. The survey should take about five minutes to complete, and all those who complete the survey will be entered into a draw to win a £100 Amazon voucher.

Visit to the Francis Crick institute

My colleagues and I took a trip to the site of the Francis Crick institute (18 November). Currently it is a very large hole in the ground next to King’s cross station. But, with a bit of imagination – and a trip round the visitor’s centre – you can picture what will be the world-leading biomedical research institute when it opens in 2015. We learnt more about the ambitious project and the innovative community projects associated with the development.

The Institute will be a unique partnership with a unique vision. The College and its partners – the MRC, Cancer Research UK, Wellcome Trust, UCL and King’s College London, will combine knowledge, expertise and resources to further our understanding  of the causes of disease and accelerate discoveries into the clinic. The Institute is an exciting opportunity for the UK; not only providing scientific breakthroughs but also boosting the UK economy.

If you want to take a trip to the site, you can arrange this at http://www2.imperial.ac.uk/blog/announcements/2011/10/28/visits-to-the-francis-crick-institute/

Dr Sarah Perkins
Research Strategy Manager

Photos from the visit


Professor Jenny Higham wins Mentor of the Year award at Women of the Future Awards 2011

Professor Jenny Higham (Deputy Principal and Director of Education) was awarded the ‘Mentor of the Year’ award at the Women of the Future Awards, held at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square on Wednesday 16 November.

Held in association with Shell, the glittering awards ceremony and dinner were attended by HRH The Princess Royal, HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan, Cherie Blair and wife of the Deputy Prime Minister, Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, amongst other well known faces.

REF Mock Exercise: Symplectic Elements

Symplectic Elements – what is it?:

This is the publications and activities database used by Imperial College London which will also be used for generating publication reports for the mock REF exercise.

Accessing:

You can find it at https://www.imperial.ac.uk/symplecticelements/ – you can login with your usual College login information.

This system automatically searches the PubMed and Web Of Science online publications directories based on your unique search settings. The automated searches take place at around 1:00am each morning and you will be automatically emailed once any publications have been found for you.

Your responsibility:

You MUST review any pending publications: decline those that are not yours and approve the ones that are. If you do not do this, the publications WILL NOT be returned in the reports being generated for the REF preparation process.

Finding and amending your Search Settings:

Once logged in, click My ElementsPublications Search Settings.

You MUST include the exact name variants under which you publish. If you have a common name, you might want to include some address or keyword information. Any changes made to the search settings must be saved for them to take effect during the next automated search (around 1:00am the following day).

Adding Publications via their ID

You can explicitly add the online ID for a publication if it is not returned in automated searches. This can be added through the search settings and choosing which online publication directory the ID relates to. Make sure you click the + icon to add the ID to the list to be searched.

** Important issues to note when changing search settings: **

If you add keywords where there were previously none, the search will become much more restrictive and this may prevent some of your papers being found. If you want to use additional logic terms to control the keyword search (AND, NOT etc), switch to ‘advanced view’ within Search Settings – Keywords. Alternatively, removing keywords and addresses will make your searches a lot more broad resulting in you receiving a large number of publications which may not be yours.

Online user guides:

Full information about using the system, amending search settings, importing, exporting and troubleshooting can be found online at http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/symplectic/userguide (login required).

Enquiries:

Lyndsey Pallant, new Faculty REF Coordinator

The first of a series of blog entries for the ‘Faculty of Medicine blog’ focusing on staff around the Faculty:

You are the new REF Coordinator for the Faculty. What does this role involve?

As the faculty’s REF coordinator I support the faculty’s preparations for the upcoming REF submission. Amongst other things, I lead on data collection, analysis and scenario modelling. I will support the faculty’s REF committee and ultimately manage the processes required to make a successful submission that reflects the strengths and capabilities of the faculty.

What are you enjoying about working at Imperial?

Imperial is a great place to work and the South Kensington campus is surrounded by some of the best museums in the country, so there is no shortage of things to do during lunch or after work. I’ve so far been to visit a few of the other campuses and been warmly welcomed by the staff at each location. I had the opportunity to take part in a very successful REF event for the Department of Medicine over at the Hammersmith campus and got to meet some of the academics I will be working with over the next two years. I’m sure I will undoubtedly get to know most members of the faculty over the next few months, as well as my way around London!

What is your background?

The hustle and bustle of London is a stark difference to North Wales where I lived for the last 10 years. I previously worked for Bangor University until my husband and I relocated to Kent. I’m looking forward to getting to know the area and settling into my position here at Imperial.

Key facts:

Santa run 2011

Alexandra Williams, Dr Shamini Gnani, Dr Adrian Raby and Stephen Platt (all from Department of Primary Care and Public Health) are looking for fellow faculty staff to join their team for the Santa Run on 3 December.

Three of the members recently competed in the Run to the Beat half marathon challenge to raise money for charity; the Teenage Cancer Trust and the NSPCC. So far over £1500 has been raised for the two charities.

Javier Gallego – Portraits

Javier Gallego, School of Public Health, has an exhibition in the Blyth Gallery at the South Kensington Campus.

Javier is a graduate in Film and Photographic Arts and studied Professional Photography Practice at The London College of Printing. His film and video work has been screened at film festivals in Europe, Canada, the USA and across the UK.

His photography has been shown at The National Portrait Gallery as part of the annual Photographic Portrait Award and in publications including The Evening Standard and Time Out.

In his current exhibition Javier uses digital manipulation to explore the aesthetics of the body and identity in portrait photography.

Show Dates

  • Exhibition runs from: 9 – 18 November 2011
  • Open: Mon – Sun 9 am – 9 pm
  • Admission: Free

More information on Javier’s work