Diverse@Imperial week is a week-long celebration of Imperial’s diverse community and the talent within it, taking place from 29 Jan – 2 Feb 2018.
During the week, there will be an exhibition in the South Kensington main entrance, showcasing stories from Imperial staff and students, and these stories will be shared online throughout the week as well.
The College Social Media team are doing an open call for staff and students to volunteer to be interviewed so we can write and share these stories. Interested staff/students should email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
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…)
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…)
Imperial College Speakers Toastmasters Club is a student-run club to help Imperial students improve their public speaking and communication skills in a friendly and supportive environment. At every meeting, students have the opportunity to give speeches on a variety of topics, practice impromptu speaking, offer constructive and detailed feedback to each other, and socialize with a diverse group of people from across the Imperial College community. Each meeting provides a valuable opportunity for students to hone the public speaking skills that are essential to effective lab meetings, conferences, class presentations, and other professional events.
Our club serves undergraduate and postgraduate students from all backgrounds. We recognise that students, especially those in the STEM subjects, are eager to find a welcoming venue to practice their speaking skills. We would also like to increase our diversity and reach out to students who would benefit from this club. Our club essentially provides the same service as professional public speaking coaching, but at a membership fee that is a fraction of the typical price of coaching. (more…)
Imperial’s Societal Engagement Seed Fund 2017/2018
Applications are now open for the Societal Engagement Seed Fund, which will support staff and students to engage the wider public with Imperial’s research and education. Seed fund proposals could include a discrete project or a pilot activity to be further developed. Up to £10,000 will be awarded in December 2017. It is expected that five proposals in the region of £2,000 will be funded, but there is flexibility to accommodate larger or smaller proposals for exceptional projects. The deadline for applications is midnight on Wednesday 8 November 2017. Find out more here.
Staff are invited to attend an Advice Clinic on Wednesday 11 October at 11.00am for guidance and support on writing proposals. To register attendance, please click here. Further information on the session will be circulated closer to the date to registered participants.
This was the question posed to the participants of the 2017 Outreach Summer School, in the form of a gripping real-life crime scene investigation, organised and run by Dr Argita Zalli and Dr Luisa Garcia-Haro, Teaching Fellows on the BSc Medical Biosciences (BMB) programme.
A classic case of ‘whodunnit’, the exciting scenario started with Dr Garcia-Haro explaining to students the importance of statistics which quickly took a dark turn when the session was interrupted by police officers who notified everyone that a famous model had been murdered! The scene was further set by Dr Zalli, who read out a newspaper article about the murder, while a video was used to summarise the key details of the gruesome crime. Participants were split into 5 groups and introduced to the handcuffed suspects, whom they interrogated using a real interrogation sheet, and went on to gather evidence from the crime scene. Each group was also allocated a suspect they had to defend in a mock court trial – the finale of their investigation. (more…)
Since 2003, Imperial College School of Medicine, together with Imperial College School of Medicine Student’s Union, have held an annual awards programme recognising the valued contributions of clinical teachers and support staff in delivering its undergraduate medicine course.
Teaching was recognized with the following awards:
Dr Gareth Tudor-Williams, Reader and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases, has received a Distinguished Teacher Award in the Imperial College Teaching Excellence Awards for 2017. Dr Tudor-Williams is co-director for the Year 5 MBBS Paediatrics course and has a large educational role for both Imperial College School of Medicine undergraduates, the new medical school in Singapore (a joint venture between Imperial College and Nanyang Technical University) and an international role in postgraduate education particularly relating to HIV infection in children. His research interests include blood-borne virus infections in children especially HIV, HBV and HCV.
Miss Gita Lobo came third place in the oral presentations at the Royal Society of Medicine Venous Forum, Wimpole Street, 11-12 July 2017. The research was on evaluating the efficiency of the calf muscle pump using simultaneous duplex ultrasound over the popliteal vein and air-plethysmography (APG) around the calf.
During her prize-winning presentation, Gita confirmed previous work that the tip-toe ankle joint manoeuvre is suboptimal as a pump. She went on to demonstrate that body weight transfer or a walking step movement was much better at pumping. Significant correlations were observed in calf volume reduction (APG) versus blood volume ejection out of the calf (duplex). Bimodal velocity profiles were evaluated with ultrasound indicating the complexity of pumping and the involvement of different muscle groups. (more…)
In today’s ever-shifting political climate, securing funding has never been so competitive for UK-based researchers. However, as Research Strategy Manager (Department of Medicine) Dr Chrystalla Orphanides explains, taking advantage of research support services could be just what’s needed to tip the odds in your favour.
Here are her 8 essential tips for making sure your next grant application is a successful one:
1) Be organised
Be as organised as possible. If you’re going to submit an application that you’re serious about, you should be thinking at least 3-6 months in advance of the deadline about how you’re going to shape it. That means notifying all of the people that you need to notify, including your Research Support team: they can help with the parts of the application that tend to get left until the last minute. This includes things like data management plans, public engagement activities, and pathways to impact.
It’s a question of being well organised enough to access the support on offer both within your Department and across the College.
On Wednesday 20 June, members of all departments across Hammersmith Hospital campus gathered for the “IC Biomedical Symposium” – an annual showcase of postdoctoral research which comprises work from departments of Medicine, Surgery and Cancer, NHLI and LMS.
After last year’s successful “Postdoc Knowledge Forum”, this rebranded second edition, ensured all members of the departments felt welcome to come and support the work of their postdocs, promoting multidisciplinary collaborations. In fact, a very positive turnout resulted from this rebranding with a 145-people registering, a quarter of which signed up on the day. Other than postdocs, Faculty members, PhD students and Master’s students also joined for the day, as well as members of other campuses, fulfilling the aim of a symposium that reaches a wider audience, brings the whole campus together, and facilitates collaboration across the different departments and divisions.
Professor Irene Miguel-Aliaga, group head at the MRC LMS, has been elected a member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO). “This is a highlight of my career and I’m really pleased,” she said. In further EMBO-related success, Alessandro Mineo a postdoc in Miguel-Aliaga’s lab, has been awarded an EMBO Long Term Fellowship – to find out more about changes in the gut during pregnancy.
A hat trick of success for cancer researcher
It has been one success after another for PhD student Holly Newton of the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences (MRC LMS) recently. First, Newton won a travel grant to attend a conference in Japan. Once there she won the poster competition. On returning home she presented her poster at the LMS retreat, and again scooped the institute’s “Rosa Beddington” poster prize. (more…)
The first week of July (3- 7) will be marked with another edition of Advanced Leadership course run by WHO Collaborating Centre for Public Health Education and Training. The course will take place at WHO CC, London, with external visits as part of the programme. It will be attended by Chinese delegates.
Advanced Leadership course is one of the flagship courses run by WHO Collaborating Centre for Public Health Education and Training. It is aimed at Policy makers, health managers, heads of clinical and administrative departments, health professionals with an interest in management, and other interested stakeholders. It is an interactive training whereby participants are inspired but also challenged and allowed space for self-reflection and development.
WHO Collaborating Centre runs bespoke courses all year round. Please visit our pages:
We offer training sessions that are tailor-made for participants and their professional needs as well as the current public health climate.