This is my first month as Acting Dean of the Faculty, following Gavin Screaton’sdeparture to become Head of the Division of Medical Sciences at Oxford at the end of September. After 14 very successful years at Imperial, we wish Gavin every success as he takes on his new challenge.
My first few weeks in this role have been busy (inevitably) and fascinating in equal measure; I have been briefed on all the very wide responsibilities which sit with the Dean. It has helped that three of the four Deans of Faculty at Imperial are also in their first month, and we have been learning from each other. Within the Faculty we also welcome two new members of staff to the senior management team this month:
Dr Chris Watkins has joined us as Faculty Operating Officer from the MRC, where he was Director of Innovation, as well as having recently completed a part-time secondment as Head of Knowledge Exchange for the Francis Crick Institute.
Dr Des Walsh has taken up post as Director of Research Strategy for the Faculty, bringing to this role a wealth of experience from his last roles as Head of Infections and Immunity and, most recently, Head of Population & Systems Medicine at the MRC.
I look forward to working with both Chris and Des and all the senior leads here to support the Faculty’s work over the coming year. (more…)
The College’s ‘Original Academic Staff Time’ (TOAST) survey for 2017/18 is now underway. All Lecturers, Senior Lecturers, Readers and Professors will be sent an e-mail at some point during this year prior to their survey week with guidance and a link to the online survey. Your participation in this anonymous survey is essential for the College to fulfil its responsibilities to demonstrate a transparent approach to costing.
Imperial College London would like to recruit a PG Student Representative for the Imperial College Research Ethics Committee (ICREC). Imperial College Research Ethics Committee was set up in order to meet requirements from external research funders for ethical review of proposals, which are not within the remit of NHS Research Ethics Committees.
A key aim of the Committee is to enable Imperial College to maintain the highest ethical standards in all research relating to human subjects. ICREC normally convenes 6 times during each academic year, on a bi-monthly basis. The meetings normally take place on the second Tuesday of each month at our South Kensington Campus.
If you are interested in joining the Committee, please send a short letter outlining relevant experience and suitability. (more…)
CATO is part of the Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC), a partnership between Imperial College Healthcare Trust, Imperial College London, The Royal Marsden Foundation Trust and Royal Brompton & Harefield Foundation Trust. The CATO mission is to encourage and support doctors, nurses, midwives, AHP’s, pharmacists, and healthcare scientists – into clinical academic careers. This drive within Imperial corresponds with national initiatives led by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), Health Education England (HEE) and others to increase and develop research engagement and allow clinicians opportunities to bring their expertise and questioning minds to the research table and contribute to enhanced patient care and outcomes. Many of the activities and resources offered by CATO are only available to people working within the Imperial College AHSC. (more…)
The College provides Panopto to support recording of course lectures. While not obligatory, there are many good reasons to use this technology and the College encourages staff to make use of its capabilities.
Panopto is a flexible and easy-to-use platform that allows Imperial College staff to record audio, video, PowerPoint presentations and capture secondary sources e.g. visualiser. It can be used to record lectures, module introductions, assessment feedback and a range of other multimedia content.
Office 365 offers a variety of apps and functions that could help us to work more collaboratively and effectively. In order to help people get the most out of Office 365, ICT has created a training schedule that is open to all staff. The training will cover the basics, as well as looking at more recent apps such as Teams etc. (more…)
The Faculty of Medicine has released two new SharePoint sites designed to provide all Faculty of Medicine staff with access to a central key contacts list and process repository. You will need to use Office 365 login (email@example.com) to access these sites.
Over the summer months, three lecture theatres in the Lab Block at the Charing Cross campus underwent extensive refurbishment. The changes are in line with the College’s Learning and Teaching Strategy, and the spaces have been redesigned to facilitate different, more effective teaching methods, and better accommodating small group teaching.
While the 10th floor space remains in a tiered, theatre structure, it has been fully redecorated and includes new seating and brighter lighting.
Science Museum Lates are adults-only, after-hours nights that take place in the museum on the last Wednesday of every month. The September Lates explored the theme of biology in its many different forms. Researchers from the CRUK Imperial Centre teamed up with others from UCL, King’s and the Francis Crick Institute to show how biology can be used to beat cancer sooner.
The researchers displayed cell samples through smartphone microscopes, with guests taking #cellfies on their phones! Visitors then got the chance to make cell badges while learning from our scientists about how the different components of a cell are essential to our health.(more…)