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.
Welcome 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.
New parents and parents to be are invited to attend an informal networking coffee morning to meet other College staff in the same situation for mutual support and advice. These take part monthly in South Kensington, St Marys and Hammersmith with HR colleagues present to answer questions.
The Imperial College Women’s Club is a networking club open to all women staff, current and retired, and partners of staff. Our aim is to provide activities that promote friendship, opportunities for contact between all women connected with College, and to contribute where possible to the improvement of facilities within College. We have a Book Discussion Group, Day Events Group, excursions and organise the termly Women of Imperial Lunches at 170 Queen’s Gate.
Imperial College Union runs one of the largest student activities programmes in the UK with over 350 Clubs, Societies & Projects available to our members. Staff are also able to join by becoming an Associate Member of the Union. With over 55% of Imperial students a member of one or more clubs you will find range of activities varied and vibrant. Hundreds of staff members get involved also and it is a great way to learn new skills, develop existing interests and meet new people.
The Chaplaincy Multi-faith Centre offers you a quiet space in a frantic world. The Chaplains run sessions for Buddhist, Christian and non-religious Mindfulness Meditation. The Chaplains offer one to one confidential conversations for staff to help your practice of meditation or prayer, or to help you reflect on life and work. We know that the deepest things in life are not always easy to talk about, and may be linked to things like culture, family, personal identity, work, politics, emotions or dreams.
What makes a good life?
Lessons from the longest study on happiness indicates the value of social connections.
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.