Blog posts

Listen: Professor Wendy Barclay and the flu virus

In the midst of one of the worst flu seasons for several years, Wendy Barclay, Professor of Virology and Action Medical Research Chair in Virology, speaks to BBC Radio 4’s Jim al-Khalili about about how she uses genetics to understand how flu viruses mutate.

Listen now via BBC iPlayer Radio:

Watch: Professors Steve Gentleman and David Nutt feature in new BBC documentary

Last week, Professors Steve Gentleman and David Nutt shared insights into their research as part of a new BBC documentary: ‘Charlotte Church: Inside My Brain’. The programme explores the relationship between our brains and our mental health, and is available to watch via BBC iPlayer:


Researchfish returns open 5 February 2018

The Researchfish window for the Research Councils, NC3Rs, NIHR, BHF and CRUK will be opening on the Monday 5 February, with a deadline for submission of the Thursday 15 March. Researchfish is an external system through which PIs are asked to report annually on the outputs of their research. Failure to complete a return could result in sanctions.

If you are assisting in completing Researchfish returns, resources aimed to help with the Researchfish system can be found in this document.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with the Department’s Research Support Officer, Jaxom Champion (

Innovation Surgeries: weekly drop-in sessions

From Monday 29 January, the Imperial Innovations team will be holding regular drop-in sessions at the Hammersmith and South Kensington Campuses:

  • Hammersmith: every Thursday at 12:00 – 14:00, Wolfson Education Centre Café
  • South Kensington: every Wednesday at 11:30 – 13:30, SAF Café

Innovation surgeries are informal drop-in sessions with members of Imperial Innovations’ technology transfer team. You can use them to discuss ideas, find out information about the support on offer, or get answers to specific questions related to translational funding or intellectual property protection. They can be a good way to make first contact if you have an invention you wish to discuss, or simply a way to set up a more formal discussion in future.

Find out more on the Imperial Innovations website.

New training opportunities: Active Bystander, Bullying and Harassment

In response to outcomes from the 2017 Staff Survey, new training opportunities are available to staff in the Department of Medicine: Active Bystander and Bullying and Harassment.

Active Bystander

The training aims to empower staff and students across the College community to challenge poor behaviours, and bring about cultural change through the reinforcement of messages defining the boundaries of unacceptable behaviour.

Many individuals with problematic attitudes are likely to think that their behaviour is normal if no one confronts it, and this can often be reinforced by cultural messages. Some might not care that their behaviour causes harm to others, but some might not even realise.

Bullying and Harassment

Two half-day workshops are available:

For managers

This course aims to provide managers with an understanding of how to manage bullying and harassment in the workplace. It will provide an opportunity to discuss the relevant legislation and role and responsibilities, using case law and examples in practice.

For non-managers

This course has been designed to raise the awareness of general (non-managerial) staff about harassment, bullying and victimisation in the workplace. It will address the law and Imperial’s policy around such issues. It will also raise the delegate’s awareness about the sources of support and their choices if they ever experience such behaviour in the course of their work.

The courses will begin running later this month, and will take place at the Hammersmith and St Mary’s campuses. 

Full details and schedules can be found on SharePoint. To register, or to request training at an alternative site, please e-mail: