Category: College News & Updates

Global Fellows Programmes 2024 – Application deadline extended to 30 May

The application deadline has been extended for our Global Fellows Programmes:

  • Imperial-Tokyo Tech Global Fellows Programme: ‘Good Health and Wellbeing’
    09 – 13 September 2024 / Hosted by: Imperial College London
  • AIMS-Imperial Global Fellows Programme: ‘Synergizing Efforts for Healthy and Sustainable Cities’
    11 – 15 November 2024 / Hosted by: African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Ghana

PhD students from the institutions and any discipline will come together to collaborate and network in these 5-day professional development courses.

In the current scientific environment, international collaborations and networking are the basis for developing successful projects. The modern researcher requires both excellence in research and professional skills and competencies. This exciting programme is designed to facilitate participants to actively focus on the development of these professional skills and competencies.

Imperial Doctoral students can find out more and apply by Thursday 30 May 2024.

Judges wanted for PhD Summer Showcase

The Graduate School would like to invite all students and staff to join our official judging team for the PhD Summer Showcase which takes place on Wednesday 10 July 2024 at the South Kensington Campus.

The challenge for this year’s competition is for students to communicate their research via a three-minute presentation pitch. Presenters will be assessed on their ability to explain their research in a way that can be shared with the public. Our judges will also be assessing the visual impact & creativity of each presentation.

Judges will be allocated approximately four presenters to visit and assess their three-minute presentation pitches against the categories below:

There are two judging time slots to pick from: Judging Slot 1 (11.00-12.00) or  Judging Slot 2 (11:30-12.30).

This is a fantastic opportunity to hear more about the sorts of PhD research taking place across the College. Please contact Sarah Faux if you would like to volunteer or find out more – all students and staff are welcome! 

Your Opinion Matters in Shaping Sustainability Education at Imperial (deadline: 20 June 2024)

We’re looking for your feedback on our proposals for integrating sustainability into our education programmes . By providing your thoughts on our Education for Sustainability (E4S) Green Paper, you’ll help shape the White Paper which will outline specific policies to implement sustainability education at Imperial. Share your insights and help us make a positive difference.

How to Participate:

Deadline for Responses:

  • Thursday, 20 June 2024


Call for Mentors to join the Activate Mentoring Programme (deadline: 07 June 2024)

The Graduate School is looking for alumni, staff and PhD students to become mentors as part of the Activate Mentoring Programme.

Activate supports Minority Ethnic PhD students as well as recipients of the President’s Scholarships for students of Black heritage.  From 2024-25, Activate will also support disabled PhD students and recipients of the Master’s Scholarships for disabled students.

Now in its third year, Activate aims to support under-represented groups by improving the student experience, increasing retention, developing a peer community amongst activate mentors/mentees, supporting career development and creating a deeper sense of belonging.

As an Activate mentor, you will:

  • Receive comprehensive training to support you in your role
  • Be able to use evidence from your mentoring experience towards Associate/Fellowship of Advance HE
  • Expand your professional and cultural perspective and professional networks
  • Receive recognition for your involvement in a programme of strategic importance to Imperial
  • Be able to share your experiences with other mentors and mentees through group cohort activities
  • Join part of a community of mentors and mentees who will be part of the programme
  • PhD students who become mentors will be paid the GTA higher rate of pay for their time.

Applications from staff, alumni and PhD students who can offer experience, insight and guidance to support the aims of Activate are most welcome.

Find out more about becoming an Activate mentor and download the application form.

The deadline for applications to be submitted is 5pm Friday 7 June 2024.

If you have any queries about Activate, please contact Laura Lane (

Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) Screenings

The Dyslexia/SpLD team can support you in identifying any indicators of a specific learning difficulty (SpLD):

  • Dyslexia
  • Characteristics of dyspraxia/developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD)
  • Dyscalculia
  • Characteristics of AD(H)D as an SpLD

To book a screening, please see the website

There is very good availability for both online and in person SpLD screenings throughout May.

Imperial staff and students have full access to Overton

Following the College-wide trial for Overton, Imperial has now subscribed to the product.

All staff and students have full access to Overton. If you are within Imperial’s IP range, you will be able to browse Overton and see policy documents without logging in. However, we encourage to create a personal account to use all Overton’s functionalities. Get in touch with Yusuf Ozkan ( to request the registration link.

We will arrange a walkthrough session with the Overton team and let you know once the date is confirmed. In the meantime, you can check out the following resources:

1) A short video introducting Overton

2) Getting Started  section on Overton’s Knowledge Base to help get users oriented to the platform

3) You can also sign up to Overton’s newsletter  which contains new features and other useful information for users.

Overton is a policy document database and helps find the impact of academic research outputs within policy documents. It facilitates searches for policy documents, guidelines, think tank publications, and working papers. The product collects data from nearly 200 countries in various languages. Overton also tracks the impact of research outputs on policy by identifying references, people, and organisations. It reveals where research articles are cited or mentioned in policy documents.

You can contact Yusuf Ozkan, Research Outputs Analyst ( for your questions.

Changes to the Shuttle Bus service

From Monday 26 February, the Shuttle Bus will be implementing two changes to simplify your journey.

Removal of bookings

We will be undertaking a trial to remove the requirement to pre-book your journey. You’ll simply be able to hop on and hop off on a first-come-first-served basis at any of our stops.

The requirement to pre-book was first introduced in response to COVID-19 and later maintained to manage limited capacity. However, with the introduction of an expanded fleet now complete, we hope that the removal of the booking system simplifies your trip.

Nonetheless, please be aware that buses at peak times – normally the first and last buses of the day – are likely to be very busy. Buses are designed to serve teaching, learning and research purposes, and not as a commuting service.

Timetable changes

Although the frequency of service will remain as is, the way we display our timetable will be changing. In line with Transport for London, we will now display each journey as an ‘eastbound’ or ‘westbound’ service, and remove the current ‘red’, ‘yellow’, and ‘green’ labels.

The eastbound service will run from Hammersmith to South Kensington via White City, whilst the westbound service will run from South Kensington to Hammersmith via White City. We hope this will make it easier to know where you’re heading and when.

If you have feedback or questions, please email

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

Newly minted Network of Excellence in Women’s Health!

We’re delighted to share news that there is now a Network of Excellence in Women’s Health at Imperial College London – set up to promote inter-disciplinary research innovation in women’s health and gender-based health equity!

The network is the result of the successful application by a 30 person-strong steering committee representing all four College Faculties and has a membership of more than 160+ staff and students from across the College interested in women’s health and sex and gender equity. To date, we have convened a scene-setting event in June 2022, participated in a Community Health Roadshow in Brent on International Women’s Day 2023, taken part in the 2023 Great Exhibition Road Festival, and facilitated cross-disciplinary supervision of Master’s students in International Health Management, Epidemiology and Public Health. Our scope is broad – with eight wide-reaching, inter-disciplinary research themes for collaboration, including: gender-sensitive innovation and design, gender lens on data, sexual and reproductive health, healthy ageing, women’s health and the environment, gynaecological health, women’s wellbeing and society, and optimising disease prediction and prevention. There is something for everyone!

The network’s formal recognition by the College will enable expansion from its strong roots to advance equity in women’s health, and provide national and international leadership in trans-disciplinary women’s health research. Plans include hosting sandpit sessions around funding bids, networking and capacity-building webinars, continued contributions to public engagement activities in North-West London and beyond, hosting of student projects, a launch event in 2024, and developing a website presence dedicated to the Network of Excellence in Women’s Health. Much of these plans will be realised in the New Year so watch this space! In the meantime, if you are interested in finding out more or wish to engage, do get in touch at or Co-Lead, Carinna Hockham: You might choose to sign-up to the regular e-newsletter, or join the conversation over on MS Teams.

Don’t miss this outstanding opportunity to be a part of the Network of Excellence’s next chapter. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!