The MBBS curriculum review coincides with a college-wide review of all taught programmes – MBBS, BSc, MSc, MRes. The college is dedicating resources to a learning and teaching strategy, with buy-out of academics’ time to plan their reviews, grants for new teaching initiatives, a promise to reward good teachers in promotion rounds, a seminar series on approaches to teaching, curriculum review workshops, and a heightened status for the Education Development Unit as a centre for research into teaching and learning. There are ambitious plans to encourage the diffusion of learning technologies throughout our programmes. For a research-based university, there is a surprising level of chatter about teaching, together with chances to influence (and be influenced by) the renewed emphasis on education. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, see the Learning and Teaching Strategy. (more…)
In 2016, the School of Medicine collaborated with the ICSM Students’ Union and charity Community Action Nepal, to produce ‘Imperial College Enables’, giving students the opportunity to experience healthcare systems entirely different to that of the UK.
The project grew in 2017, and from the work the students did on their visit to Nepal came a relationship with the charity Days for Girls, which supports young women around the world by distributing female hygiene kits and education materials about menstruation.
Many women in rural Nepal struggle to manage their periods, some using rags and many forced to stay indoors for the duration, and the level of education about menstruation is low.
During the students’ visit, word spread quickly between the rural communities, and many women walked many miles to a health post to collect a hygiene kit. The students soon ran out of the kits, which are colourful bags containing washable sanitary pads and underwear.
Each kit can last up to three years, and costs just £5.14 to produce. The kits are also sewn and put together in Nepal, offering the extra benefit of employment for local people.
In May 2018, students will return to the Nepalese health posts previously visited, as part of a new second-year MBBS module, Clinical Research and Innovation. The aim is to prepare these students with 1033 hygiene kits – the number of female students currently in the School of Medicine.
The FEO team spearheading the fundraising initiative alongside Head of MBBS Years 1 and 2, Professor Mary Morrell, are Jo Williams and Margaret Rodger, Programme Officers for MBBS Years 1 and 2; Hannah Pietruszewska, Education and Finance Officer; Labbie Farrell, Programme Assistant for MBBS Years 1 and 2; Emma Blyth, Instructional Designer; and Agata Sadza, Blended Learning Specialist. (more…)
As part of the restructuring of the FEO there has been a strengthening and simplifying of the leadership team, and there are now four senior managers reporting to me. An overview of their areas of responsibility is outlined below:
Lisa Carrier – Head of Technology Enhanced Education
Lisa is currently the E-learning Manager for the Department of Medicine and will be joining us at the beginning of May. Her team will support:
Development and support of technology and innovative teaching methods to enhance the delivery of education
Advising on and developing technical solutions to support the management of education
Liaison with SIDs to expand the use of technology to enhance postgraduate education
Audio Visual and Lab technical support
Timetabling and room booking
Rebekah Fletcher – Head of School of Medicine Secretariat
- Rebekah’s team will support:
- Quality and Governance (including forecasting and planning)
- Projects and Systems (including Sofia, our curriculum map, Fry, the assessment system and the Student Information Management System (SIMP) and the student database)
- Student finance (including bursaries, scholarships and welfare payments)
Chris Harris – Head of Programme Management
- Chris’s team will support:
- Curriculum and exams/assessment
- Transition to foundation training
- Student progression (including Fitness to Practice, discipline and mitigating circumstances)
- Student records (including production of transcripts and documentation for graduates)
- Electives (including funding)
- Clinical Education Finance and planning (SIFT and HEFCE)
Paul Ratcliffe – Deputy Director of Education Management
- Paul’s team will support:
- LKC School of Medicine
- Postgraduate, including the Health Sciences Academy
- Medical Education Research Unit (MERU)
- Major Educational innovations (including the new Medical Biosciences BSc)
We are in the final stages of consultation with FEO staff and the new support teams will be finalised and announced shortly. During the transition period, there will continue to be management and administrative support across all areas. Should you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me or the relevant senior manager.
Miss Susan English
Director of Education Management and Programme Director
Faculty Education Office (Medicine)