Category: Miscellaneous

Volunteer as a Trainer for Petit Miracle Hub

We are a small charity and social enterprise offering training workshops to local people who are starting their own business as a route out of unemployment. The Start Your Own Enterprise programme starts with an eight week course to help them create a business plan, the next stage is to do test trading from our hub space in Shepherds Bush. This is then complimented with a series of workshops on related topics.

This brief outlines requirements for trainers who would like to run one of the workshops. By offering this training you are helping a small charity and local disadvantaged people.

How do the sessions work?
We will arrange the training and invite participants. We will host it in our space at the West 12 Shopping Centre in Shepherds Bush.

How long will the sessions be?
We suggest 2-3 hours long, either a morning session starting at 11am or an afternoon starting at 2pm.

What format?
We are flexible on formats but would like the sessions to be as interactive as possible. We can supply a projector if you would like to use slides. Wireless internet access is also available.

What types of workshops?

Topics in the past have covered the following topics: social media, digital marketing, confidence building, presentation skills, press releases, face to face selling, finance and budgeting and pricing. For more, please visit our website or e-mail

Demographics of the group

The entrepreneurs are local people who are based in Hammersmith and Fulham, they have had basic training but are all learning the skills to run their own businesses. They are new to running their own business and some may not have a product ready as yet. Some members of the group come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Most members are very new to using computers and technology. Some have been long term unemployed (6 months +). The businesses that they are starting range from soap, to African inspired clothing, to gardening and hairdressing.We will also be advertising the training out to other local residents who are likely to have similar skill levels.

Trainer Requirements:

●  Be able to offer time to run the training in Shepherds Bush
● To agree and supply a training session title, training overview of what will be covered in the session, bullet list of what attendees can expect to learn, any special requirements (attendees need to bring a laptop, previous experience or knowledge in a subject area) and if you will be supplying hand-outs.
● To send a photo and bio to be added to the Eventbrite page for promotion of the workshop
In exchange we can offer:

● To cover travel expenses up to a maximum of £75
● Recommendation on LinkedIn
● Mentions of you as a trainer to promote the workshops
● Email newsletter (1k people) / Twitter (5k followers) / Facebook (1.3k) / Instagram (2k)

If you would like to volunteer for this opportunity, please 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.”

Calling all young scientists conducting research in Nutrition, Food and Health

The Imperial Network of Excellence in Nutrition and Food (NFN) is looking for Scientists in the early stages of their career to create a Young Scientist Network. This Network will be suitable for PhD students, Postdoc fellows and those in the early years of their research career. This Network will encourage and foster cross-college collaborations, and as well, an opportunity to showcase the work that PhD students and young scientists are carrying out at Imperial College. This Network would be led by the young scientists in order to fulfil your needs and expectations.

Further info:

For more details, please contact Yvonne McMeel, Nutrition and Food Network Coordinator

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


Journal of Visualised Experiments (JoVE) now available from the Library

The Library has subscribed to the Journal of Visualised Experiments (JoVE). JoVE is a peer reviewed, PubMed-indexed journal devoted to the publication of biological, medical, chemical and physical research in a video format. JoVE films and edits videos of researchers performing new experimental techniques, allowing students and scientists to learn them much more quickly.

Find out more about JoVE at

The best way to access JoVE is through Library Search on the Library website

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).