Category: Miscellaneous

MARS Introduction Event with Q&A (05 February 2020)

Imperial Membership and Accredited Recognition Scheme with the Royal Society of Biology (MARS RSB) Introduction Event with Q&A

5th February 2020 | SALC 8, Sherfield Building, SK  | 12:00 – 13:00
Senior MARS RSB Mentor: Dr Doryen Bubeck  & Scheme Co-Director Dr Paul Seldon

Open to biology based Doctoral researchers

Are you interested in becoming a Full Member and working towards Chartered status with the Royal Society of Biology?

The Imperial Membership and Accredited Recognition Scheme (MARS) has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB). This is an optional scheme for Doctoral researchers to receive accreditation for their training.

Applications from biological disciplines are invited, who are interested in becoming a Full Member of the RSB (MRSB) and progressing towards Chartered status (CBiol/CSci)).

Benefits; By joining the Royal Society of Biology and registering on the programme your training is recognised by the external professional body and potentially allows you to apply for Chartered status earlier in your career.

On the scheme; You can progress from Associate Member(AMRSB) to Full Member, and start your development towards Chartered Status – depending on your degree and your experience level. Applications for Chartership can only be made after suitable post-doctoral experience.


Help Imperial to communicate better (£50 Amazon voucher to be won!)

Help Imperial to communicate better

The Communications and Public Affairs Division need postgraduate students to give feedback on their communications materials for future student-facing campaigns.

If you want to shape how the College communicates with students, for example through social media or printed marketing materials, this is your chance to give your honest views. You will give feedback about communications materials through a new closed Facebook group – those who give feedback via the Facebook group will be entered into a prize draw to win an Amazon voucher worth £50.

To get involved, please email Martha Nahar (Internal Communications Officer) and Laura Regan (Senior Student Services Administrator).

EPSRC Focus Group – women scientists, engineers and mathematicians in university spinout companies

For the attention for women scientists, engineers and mathematicians – apologies for cross posting.

(female PhDs, postdocs and fellows)

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) would like to invite women scientists, engineers and mathematicians to take part in one of two focus groups at Imperial. The interactive focus groups will be part of a research project funded by the EPSRC under its ‘Inclusion Matter’ programme.

The overall aim of this project is to achieve a step change in institutional capabilities to increase the participation of women scientists, engineers and mathematicians in university spinout companies.

They are interested to hear your thoughts on your current research work and career trajectory as well as understanding your awareness of the enterprising possibilities available to you at your institution. The session will adopt the format of an interactive workshop where you can learn and reflect about the process of spinning out your research.

Session 1 – 13.00-14.30 – Room SALC 1 – Sign up via this Qualtrics Link
Session 2 – 15.00-16.30 – Room SALC 8 – Sign up via this Qualtrics Link

Please note the sessions are the same, just being held twice.

You will be asked to sign a consent form and with your expressed permission the focus-group will be audio-recorded and analysed by researchers from the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice at Oxford Brookes University. If you wish to withdraw from the study you are free to do so at any time and do not need to give any reasons for doing so.

FAO Professor Simone Buitendijk: Invitation to partner with Springer Nature

Could your researchers and students help shape the future of scientific publishing?

At Springer Nature we are always looking to understand researchers’ needs, so we can better serve the scientific community. Part of this process involves us working with the post graduate students and researchers who use our products, and who are who are interested in helping us to maximise the accessibility of scientific research.

In the past we have worked with researchers across the scientific community, who have been kind enough to share their thoughts and opinions with us to ensure our websites meet their needs.

We are currently looking to work with researchers and post graduate students who can help us improve our products and services, such as and SpringerLink.

What would students/researchers need to do?

Participation can range from informal one-to-one conversations and group discussions to online surveys and testing of our design software; they can find out more and/or sign up to participate here Depending on the type of research, we may offer an e-voucher for the researcher’s time, or make a charity donation on their behalf if they prefer.

How can you help?

I would very much appreciate your input as to how we might work together with the student community at  Imperial College to make them aware of this opportunity. I will call you in the next few days or so, to see if you can help, or if not, if you can let me know who would be the best person to contact.

Imperial Speakers Toastmasters Club

Our club helps 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 postgrad students from all backgrounds, as well as staff members and postdoctoral researchers.

We are working diligently to increase our club’s profile on campus. Therefore, we would sincerely appreciate it if you could share information about our club on any email lists, college news websites, or other online resources for the students you serve.

Our meeting schedule during this term is every Thursday at 6:15 pm to 8:15 pm at Sir Alexander Fleming Building room 119. The only exceptions are on January 11th and February 22nd when we are meeting at Huxley Building room 140.

Students can visit as many meetings as they wish as guests, but a membership fee applies if they would like to be an official member of the group. Membership rates can be found on the club’s Union page.

Links to our pages:

Imperial College Union website

Club website

Facebook page

Facebook group


Email contact for general enquiries:

Best wishes, Katia Hougaard

VP of Education and PR, Imperial Speakers Toastmasters Club

MRes Molecular Plant and Microbial Sciences 2016-17

GSU President role to be remunerated in future

The Graduate School are excited to announce that the individual elected into the role of Graduate Students’ Union (GSU) President will be remunerated for undergoing the role in future.

The opportunity to be able support an individual who, year on year, has worked closely with us in improving and shaping the postgraduate student experience is a positive step in the right direction. This individual is elected every year through the Imperial College Union elections system for carrying out the demanding responsibility of leading a committee of elected individuals who represent the entire postgraduate student community at Imperial College London. On top of this, the GSU President is expected to attend a host of Union, Graduate School and College committees, some of which are very senior.

However, the Graduate School, along with members of Imperial College Union have long expressed concern regarding the fairness of this role in being voluntary and unpaid, and have consequently deliberated over establishing greater support mechanisms for the individual in post. These conversations have developed through time and have more recently fruited thanks to the input of Ahmed Shamso (GSU President 2016/17), Luke McCrone (GSU President 2017/18) and Alex Chippy Compton (Imperial College Union President).

Hearing of the challenges faced by Ahmed in fulfilling the role alongside a full time PhD is really testament to the changes made. The time taken aside from study in completing the role has undoubtedly compromised Ahmed’s ability to remain on track with finishing his PhD; the introduction of a stipend for the role will not only act as a motivational incentive for the post-holder in future, but will more crucially compensate for the dent made to research funding and time. Introducing financial remuneration will naturally shift the status of the role from voluntary to part-time, giving Union Council members and postgraduate students greater opportunity to hold the GSU to account on its activities.

Ahmed explained: “Spending a large amount of my time on enriching the life of postgraduate students at Imperial has had a costly effect on the progression of my PhD research, despite me having done my best to manage my time and keep everything under control. Having committed so much of my time as GSU president over the past year, I will most likely stay beyond the 3-year funding window, which will add extra pressure on my financial health as an individual. The remuneration will now help to alleviate these challenges for future Presidents.”

As he embarks on the role in light of the new changes made, GSU President Luke McCrone said: “Having worked as a full time sabbatical officer last year at Imperial College Union, I can truly comprehend how demanding any student leadership position can be. Therefore, I am completely reassured by the support which has been established for this role as I believe it will not only ensure I strike a healthy balance alongside my PhD programme, but will also help to carve out a sustainable model for postgraduate representation at Imperial in future.”


Having launched their latest strategy, Imperial College Union have more recently been open to experimenting with changes to postgraduate representation with a view to better serve their postgraduate members.

Our Union president said “Imperial College Union is pleased that the Graduate School has demonstrated its partnership with and support of the Graduate Students’ Union. Student leadership within all levels of the College is crucial to a successful learning experience for our members. The funding of the Graduate Students’ Union President will allow the Union, College and students to work even more closely to enhance the postgraduate experience at Imperial.”

Students get Office 365 free of charge

Office 365




From 2014, ICT began to offer the Microsoft Office 365 software suite to all incoming and existing College students, free of charge, available throughout their period of study. This means that, once registered, students can use their College credentials (username and password) to access the latest Office 365 suite of collaborative tools and software, provided through the internet from any device, or to download for use on up to five PCs and Macs and up to a further five mobile devices. Latest software includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and much more.

Students can’t access 365 software until they have registered online (approx. three weeks before commencing studies).

ICT provides information about, and access to, Office 365 and other free and discounted software on offer as follows:

  • ICT resources for new students on ICT’s website, signposts 365 and other software offers
  • Information and access to free and discount offers, including Office 365, is available via from ICT’s Software Shop
  • Introductory information and installation support for Office 365 is available at ICT’s Microsoft Office 365 webpage
  • We promote offers via the ICT at Imperial Twitter Feed
  • 365 info is included in an e-mail notifying incoming students that their College email account has been set up before arrival on campus
  • Free and discounted software is referenced in College prospectuses


International Family Network at Imperial

Moving to an unfamiliar country and trying to balance study commitments with raising a family can be an isolating and difficult experience. If you’re an international student parent in this position, the good news is that you’re not alone!

We’ve created the International Family Network in order to bring international families together in a welcoming and informal environment. Our meet-ups allow you to socialise and share experiences/tips with others who may be going through many of the same situations as you. We meet up on a regular basis for coffee mornings and we recently held a picnic in the College’s Secret Garden for an afternoon of fun in the sun.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list and notified of any future events, please email Katie Leung with your CID number together with the number of dependants you have (and ages of any children).