Category: Wellbeing

Disability Champions

Support for staff with disabilities is available from the College’s newly-appointed Disability Champions.

Staff with disabilities who would welcome advice on how to ensure the College’s working environment provides for their needs are advised to contact the Equalities Unit in the first instance.

The Equalities Unit will organise a confidential referral to one of the Disability Champions. Monitoring interest will allow the Equalities Unit to build on the scheme as required.

Harassment Support Contacts

Confidential support is available for staff affected by bullying or harassment in the workplace from Imperial’s Harassment Support Contact Scheme, which has recently been relaunched. The Scheme, which was first established in 2003, is composed of a network of staff who have volunteered to take on the role of Harassment Support Contact.  The Contacts have undertaken comprehensive training and will work with staff to:

–      Explore the options available to them through formal and informal College procedures, specifically in respect of harassment and bullying;

–      Consider ideas and strategies to effect good working relationships, especially where there is the potential that a relationship will break down;

–      Provide additional support as required, such as mentoring or coaching

Harassment Support Contacts can be approached directly using the details here

Alternatively, staff should contact the Equalities Unit who can organise a confidential referral

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.

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

Mixed touch rugby tournament – Saturday 11 June

Sport Imperial are holding a mixed, 7-a-side touch rugby tournament at 11.00 on Saturday 11 June in Hyde Park and offering the winning team tickets for a Harlequins home game. Whether beginners or experienced players, staff are welcome to enter as a team (minimum 7 to maximum 10 players) or to come along as individual players to be allocated into teams. Touch rugby is a minimal-contact game that is simple to learn and plenty of fun. Register by Tuesday 31 May to secure your place.
Find out more and register here

Coaching available to help staff with work-related challenges

Help with work-related challenges and support to refine skills and explore options for action is available to staff from trained Imperial coaches. 28 coaches, who are members of staff in a range of academic and professional services roles across the College, are willing to assist other staff to address work issues and support career development. All coaches have participated in the College’s Coach Development Programme and receive regular support and training. They take on coaching assignments in addition to their main responsibilities and, unlike mentors, do not need to have expertise in the work or discipline area of their ‘coachee’ to offer support.

Coaches are able to offer up to four confidential meetings over a period of three to six months and have worked on issues including:

  • Developing strategies for managing time and external pressure more effectively
  • Enhancing the quality of delegation and staff motivation
  • Improving interpersonal/communication skills
  • Enhancing decision-making and influencing skills
  • Managing a change project

To find out more about how coaching could play a part in your development visit this site, or email Judy Barnett, Talent Development Manager if you are interested in working with an Imperial coach.

Local number for employee assistance programme, Confidential Care

Confidential Care (CiC) is the College’s employee assistance programme which offers staff and members of their families assistance 24 hours a day and provides information and advice on a wide range of work and life issues.

Please note that CiC can be reached using a local number which reduces the cost for anyone calling from a mobile phone: +44 (0)20 7938 0881. Alternatively, staff can call +44 (0)800 085 4764 which is free from a landline.

Find out more about CiC services here [userID: Imperial, password: College]

New Classes at Ethos from 3 May

Ethos is introducing several new classes for the summer period. These include outdoor pilates and yoga in Prince’s Gardens, a high energy interval training class called Body Attack; the Beach Body Quickfix which targets legs, buttocks and tummy; Summer Sculpt which combines body conditioning with step moves; Aqua Aerobics for getting fit whilst using the water’s resistance to tone and shape; ViPR Training Zone which uses the ViPR training tool to work the whole body, as well as express and extended versions of Zumba, the calorie-burning dance class. There will also be some free classes throughout May to choose from.

Click here for more information and to download the new timetable