Making connections

Connect, share, learn and give

Imperial College has a fantastically diverse community. Universities are unique workplaces, and present an amazing opportunity to connect with people from different cultures and backgrounds. Participating in a range of activities could be a perfect antidote to the daily routine as well as making friends along the way. Here is a selection of our socially oriented groups.

MeetUp Imperial

MeetUpWelcome to MeetUp Imperial – a new staff social networking group, a place where people with similar interests can meet.

MeetUp Imperial was launched 3 months ago, since then over 250 people have joined the group.

The events advertised and information posted so far include: tickets to see Beyonce & Jay Z, Pearl Jam, Strictly Ballroom, theatre and opera tickets, info about lunchtime running club, chess and badminton clubs, useful information on how and where you can get discounts with Imperial College card.

Anyone who has spare tickets or is looking for someone to go to the theatre with, a concert etc. is welcome to join the group and post messages. In the near future we’re planning to organise (and advertise through MeetUp) more interesting social events (wine and food tastings maybe?).

The idea behind MeetUp Imperial is to integrate people, make them feel more like a part of community, which is one of the strategic aims of the College. It is also benefi­cial to College employees’ wellbeing and mental health. There are over 8000 people working at Imperial College London, many sharing the same hobbies. You might already know them, but you don’t know they have the same interests as you! MeetUp Imperial is similar to Meetup, but instead of meeting complete strangers we would be meeting with other Imperial staff members, we would meet up with people we almost know (know their faces, or know about them). It’s easy to use, it’s convenient (if you want to, you can meet up for a quick coffee before going together to the event for example). It’s also a great way to make new friends and to share your hobbies.

networks

What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

What makes a good life?

Lessons from the longest study on happiness indicates the value of social connections.

TED talk

Robert Waldinger, Psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and Zen priest 

Robert Waldinger is the Director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, one of the most comprehensive longitudinal studies in history.