Month: January 2024

Societal Engagement Reading Group

Are you interested in public engagement or outreach? You’re invited to join the Societal Engagement Reading Group as we discuss papers and articles exploring current thinking around public engagement, schools outreach and other related areas. Meeting regularly throughout the year (every 6 weeks), this reading group is open to all members of Imperial staff and doctoral students to have a friendly discussions about the chosen reading for the meeting and our work. Our next meeting is on Wednesday 07/02/2024.

Engagement or outreach practitioners and those who are keen to embed public engagement/outreach within their work may find this group particularly useful, as it’s an opportunity to reflect on the evidence base for engagement and draw from research to inform our practice.

  • We meet online via Teams, with occasional meetings in-person with invited speakers.
  • Readings are shared at least a month before each meeting but if you don’t have time to read it all, you are still welcome to join us and take part in the conversation.
  • Group members are encouraged to suggest readings and are welcome to volunteer to facilitate discussions (if they would like to).

If you would like to join the group and be included in calendar invites and Teams links for upcoming meetings, please complete this short form.

If you have any questions or would like to know more, please contact us and check out our webpage for more details

1st Year PhD students required for research project

How does a non-Imperial postgraduate education prepare students to embark on a PhD?

You are invited to take part in a research project if you are:

  • a 1st year PhD student in the Faculty of Medicine (any department)
  • a Masters’ degree graduate from an institution other than Imperial not part of a DTP or CDT
  • a first-timer at Imperial i.e., have not studied or worked here prior to starting your PhD

What’s this research project about?

This project aims to understand the experience of 1st year PhD students who are also first-timers at Imperial. It is part of an MEd (University Teaching and Learning project) which may lead to the development or enhancement of support for future students.

What’s involved?

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you will be invited to a 1-hour interview to share your experiences and perspectives. Information shared will be anonymised before analysis, and participation will be confidential.

Participants will be entered into a draw for a £25 voucher (Amazon or similar).

Next steps

To take part in this project, or to get more Information before deciding, please email Elaina Maginn (

The Petri Dish: Making Science Social

Welcome to The Petri Dish, we are a community made for scientists, by scientists, to promote more interdisciplinary social conversations for early career researchers.

We aim to bring together scientists from all disciplines across industry, academia and start-ups by providing events, and a space to reach out to people with varying expertise. We hope to not only use this community to talk about our own work and passions, but to use the network to foster relationships and collaborations across disciplines.

Help us tailor TPD to you by filling out our form:

If you want to be involved as a team member please reach out to: