Month: July 2024

Artificial Intelligence Futurists

AI Futurists

“Our curiosity in exploring AI is shaped by our individual experiences of Imperial as a community that is open to innovation and positive change. 

As Imperial’s newly appointed Artificial Intelligence (AI) Futurists, we hope to be at the forefront of how our community shapes its response to new technologies, particularly within the education field.  

Individually, we are a diverse group and bring our own experiences to these new planning, engagement, and ‘blue-sky-thinking’ positions which will sit within different parts of the university. We are all longstanding members of the community with day jobs across the three Faculties and the Business School, and we have been in our new roles for several weeks now. 

We consider AI to be emblematic of a deeper level of change within our professional and personal lives. When several of us first began our careers, the internet was a tool embedded across daily life in a way that few thought could be substantially ‘bettered’. Then came along social media and smart devices which provide us with significant access to information but can whittle away our time management skills and attention spans. Fast forward a decade, and we now find how we run our offices, our teaching activity, and our homes to be changed beyond recognition in positive and challenging ways. As AI Futurists, we want to support colleagues and students navigate another wave of change, and perhaps apply their approach toward other changes in education, employment, and wider society. Our curiosity in exploring AI very much feels shaped by our individual experiences of Imperial as a community that is open to innovation and positive change.  (more…)

Able@Imperial, Staff Network

Able Network. Able is open to all staff and PhD students with disabilities, and allies.

“Through our community we are changing the narrative of what it means to be disabled.”

Able is Imperial’s staff network which exists to provide community for disabled staff, PhD student and allies. They welcome all staff and PhD students who live with a disability and/or long-term condition, regardless of whether they identify as disabled or not.

Able is committed to raising the profile of disability awareness that focuses on the person’s ability and on addressing and removing the barriers that are disabling them – known as the social model of disability.

They act as a space for members to connect and support one another – through networking, events and an informal coffee session every Friday on Teams. (more…)

Giuseppe Masi, Security Officer, Community Safety and Support

Giuseppe Masi, Security Officer, Community Safety and Support

“Learning opens your mind, challenging your own thoughts and opinions and leading to better outcomes.”

I work at Imperial’s Hammersmith Campus as a Community Safety and Support Officer and I will be celebrating 25 years at Imperial on 2 August 2024. My role is very varied and I have a wide range of duties overseeing the safety and security of people of both our people and our buildings. I work both day and night shifts, and there is much more to my role than simply monitoring CCTV in the Control Room – no two days are the same. I patrol the Hammersmith Campus, addressing security issues as unauthorised people or unattended bags.  

In addition to security duties, I offer front line customer service to not only Imperial staff and students, but also to our visitors; this can be anything from helping with access issues, lost property, replacing lost ID cards or covering on reception. Health and safety is another key part of my role – not only do I look for building defects on the campus but I monitor a range of alarms for things like refuge points and changes in lab gases.   (more…)

Emma Bowman, Process Outcome Designer, Strategic Programmes and Change

Emma Bowman, Process Outcome Designer, Strategic Programmes and Change

“I feel really proud to work at Imperial, it is amazing to turn on the TV and see my colleagues on the news.”

I started working at Imperial in 2013 on a Faculty of Medicine graduate scheme. Since then I have undertaken a whole variety of roles across the university; I was the Cardiovascular Division Manager in the National Heart & Lung Institute, then the Institute Manager for the Data Science Institute, then the Director of Operations for the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment. I feel really proud to work at Imperial, it is amazing to turn on the TV and see my colleagues on the news. It is a privilege to work with such talented, motivated, and interesting people. 

Currently I am a Process Outcome Designer (POD) working on the Great Service Programme, implementing a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) IT system, to replace our very old system, ICIS. The project will have a really positive impact, as it will streamline processes, create efficiencies and reduce manual workarounds. Hopefully, it will make every-day processes like recruitment, purchasing and submitting expenses less cumbersome for everyone!  (more…)