As Gemma Ralton of Imperial’s Faculty of Engineering reports, CPD’s ongoing collaboration with the Data Science Institute continues to go from strength to strength, with over 80 students attending two different winter schools in January and February, to learn more about data science and artificial intelligence.
Both Winter Schools recruited the top student talent from universities in the UK and China; with 49 students attending the Data Science Online Winter School, during which they were introduced to the concept of data science by hearing from industry experts on common data science applications and worked in teams towards a technical project.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…..
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.
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.
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.