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Back on campus for Metabolomics short course students! 

CPD began working with the Division of Systems Medicine and the Imperial Phenome Centre in Autumn 2019, with a view to deliver a number of short training courses on metabolic profiling studies. 

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, our first course Hands-on Data Analysis for Metabolic Profiling, which was due to take place on campus in April 2020, had to be delivered live online in June 2020.  This popular course was a great success and continued to be delivered online remotely twice annually until November 2021. 

Despite the advantages of online delivery, it was so exciting to be back at our Hammersmith campus after 2.5 years for our most recent course on 11-15 July.

Training Organisations in Climate Change Risk Management

COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference hosted recently in Glasgow, saw a delegation from Imperial College London join this major global summit to put their expertise and research to use in support of ambitious climate action.

No matter what sort of organisation you work in, you will be impacted in some way by both the physical effects of our changing climate and the wealth of regulations and targets we are increasingly required to meet.

In 2020, during the build-up to COP26, the Centre for Continuing Professional Development teamed up with The Institute of Risk Management (IRM) and The Grantham Institute to successfully deliver our first go-to practical online training course on Climate Change Risk Management

Continuing medical education online

At the Centre for Continuing Professional Development we continue to successfully adapt and deliver short courses online. Medical courses have been particularly well received and at times have become more interactive as a result of the new delivery format which has enabled a wider audience to benefit from Imperial’s invaluable expertise. Last month, after a year’s hiatus the Introduction to Mathematical Models of the Epidemiology & Control of Infectious Diseases course was delivered with the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology. The course, which has been taking place at St Mary’s Medical School since 1990 was delivered entirely online for the first time.

Successful start for our new Imperial Data Science Intensive course

As Dr Anna Cupani of Imperial’s Data Science Institute reports, we recently welcomed our first cohort of participants for this new online course. For 10 weeks they will dive deep into data science.

With a lot of teaching activities moving online, this is the best time for our new intensive course on data science to kick off.

Young graduates, willing to learn more about this emerging field, as well as more experienced professionals with a desire to improve or redirect their career, are part of the first cohort of our Imperial Data Science Intensive course, co-organised with the Data Science Institute at Imperial and run in collaboration with the experienced bootcamp company Le Wagon, expert in on line training in all things computer science.

Exciting collaboration with Imperial’s Data Science Institute to deliver new intensive course

The Data Science Institute in partnership with coding bootcamp Le Wagon has launched a 10-week course for learners to pick up skills in data science.

Last week saw the launch of the first Imperial Data Science Intensive Course – co-created by the Data Science Institute and coding bootcamp Le Wagon, with the support of the Centre for Continuing Professional Development and Imperial Projects.

This new course is aimed at either recent graduates or professionals with an interest in data science who are looking to expand their career opportunities learning the skills to explore, clean and interpret data, and to support decision making in their current job or in the one they are moving towards.

Medical Ethics course 16-20 September 2019

By Professor Raanan Gillon

In 1983, as a hybrid of NHS GP and philosopher, I started the Imperial College one week CPD course in medical ethics to introduce doctors to several different approaches to ethics (currently deontology, consequentialism, virtue ethics, ‘the four principles approach’). The course considers a variety of problems in medical ethics including end of life issues, double effect, acts and omissions, killing vs allowing to die, paternalism versus respect for autonomy, truth-telling in medical practice, a session on ‘practical aspects of medical ethics’, fair distribution of resources, the relation of ethics and law, human rights and medical ethics.

2019 – an exciting year ahead!

If in 2019 you are thinking about attending a Professional Development course to update your skills, refresh your knowledge or change your career path, then Imperial CPD is the place for you!

As ever we have a full and diverse portfolio of high quality short courses, within the disciplines of Science, Technology, Medicine and Business led by academics at the very top of their fields. Here are some of the highlights…..

Researcher Development Course

Previously called Starting out in Research, this popular course designed specifically for healthcare staff involved in research projects will now be directed by Dr Caroline Alexander, the Lead Clinical Academic for Therapies at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Adjunct Reader.

Medical Ethics Intensive One Week Course in London, 10-14 September 2018

By Professor Raanan Gillon

In 1983 I started a one week CPD course in medical ethics to  introduce doctors to several different  approaches to ethics (currently deontology, consequentialism, virtue ethics, ‘the four principles approach’). The course considers a variety of problems in medical ethics including end of life issues, double effect, acts and omissions, killing vs allowing to die, paternalism versus respect for autonomy, truth-telling in medical practice, a session on ‘practical aspects of medical ethics’,  fair distribution of resources, the relation of ethics and law,  human rights and medical ethics. A half-day session is aimed at helping participants to understand opposing perspectives by means of an exercise in developing arguments explicitly opposing participants’ own viewpoints concerning cases that they have found troubling.

Serious infection and critical care in children – A learning approach centred on clinical practice

Dr Aubrey Cunnington, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at Imperial College, explains how the Serious Infection and Critical Care in Children short course has developed its practical approach to learning which has proved effective and popular with students. Aubrey directs the course alongside Dr Sanjay Patel who is currently Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology at Southampton Children’s Hospital.

‘This short course is one of the most popular in the theme of Paediatrics and Child Health. The course has a real emphasis on application to clinical practice, built on an understanding of the most important underlying principles.

Introduction to Mathematical Models of the Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases 4th-15th September 2017

35 delegates from across the world attended this annual 2-week short course run by the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology. Bringing together policy makers, clinicians, economists, veterinarians, mathematicians, and biologists, the course provides a thorough, but accessible and demystifying introduction to the essential elements of mathematical modelling with an emphasis on the use of mathematical models for policy making. With infectious diseases frequently dominating news headlines, public health professionals, policy makers and infectious disease researchers increasingly need to understand the transmission patterns of infectious diseases. This allows them to interpret and critically evaluate both epidemiological data and the findings of mathematical modelling studies.