Imperial College London

DrJanetDe Wilde

Central FacultyGraduate School

Head of Postgraduate Professional Development



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Dr Janet De Wilde is Head of Postgraduate Professional Development at the Imperial College Graduate School. She is responsible for the professional development programme for all postgraduates (8000). She brings to the Graduate School 30 years of experience of working in Higher Education.   She initiated a retreat programme to support the development and wellbeing of doctoral researchers. She has introduced a webinar programme for all students both on and off-campus to increase accessibility and inclusivity.She has overseen the extensive redevelopment of the Global Fellows programme.

She is Co-Director of the MARS programme, which provides professional body accreditation of the Graduate School Courses so that students can use the course attendance as evidence towards achieving membership and chartered status. She hosts an Annual Roundtable debate on Postgraduate Professional Development bringing together university staff, student union representatives, industry, HEIs, professional bodies and sector agencies.

Educational Development

Janet is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2013. She has a MEd. Univerisity Learning and Teaching. She has led on two major Higher Education Academy projects over 3 years. For the first project she led a team of 16 to deliver Tackling Transitions in STEM disciplines, this research involved national survey and a series of innovative seminars bringing together students, secondary teachers, university lecturers, exam boards and professional bodies.  She has co-authored the overarching final report Tackling Transitions in STEM (report here). She also oversaw the project on the Mathematical Transitions, the report was launched in 2014 (press release and report are here).  

From 2011 to 2014, Janet was Assistant Director and Head of STEM at the Higher Education Academy (HEA). During her 3 years at the HEA she had a national role in developing the STEM student experience (both undergraduate and postgraduate). She visited and liaised with many of the 133 universities across the four nations and internationally. She was chair of the HEA Annual Conference for 2 years (Manchester, Warwick) and launched the HEA Annual STEM Teaching and Learning Conference, where she was chair for 3 years for those in London, Birmingham and Edinburgh. She has hosted an international event series on the STEM Graduate in Malaysia, Dubai and Oxford.

Janet has given 29 inter/national invited presentations on STEM education, including both undergraduate and postgraduate domains. She presented Challenges in European Doctoral Education, Daresbury 2011.  She has presented “Defining Best Practice in PGT” at Cranfield University at Achieving Excellence in PG Education, the resulting report (here) was presented to Lord Broers at the National Manufacturing Debate 2014. 

Researcher Development

During 2014-2015, Janet was Head of Researcher Development at Queen Mary University London with responsibility for research students, post docs and research development for academic staff. She was module leader for ‘Building Your Research Profile’ on their Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice.

From 2005 to 2007, Janet was based in the Educational Development Unit at Heriot-Watt University, creating, implementing and leading the inaugural researcher development programme for the university. The programme was for 500 PhD students and 200 Research Staff. She also taught on their Post Graduate Certificate for Academic Practice engaging academics in building their research capacity and profile. She also oversaw a number of Residential Programmes for PhD students

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Janet has published in her scientific discipline, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, to see her publications visit her google scholar profile and/ or her Research Gate Profile.

In 2006, Janet was a Special Adviser to the House of Commons: Science and Technology Select Committee during the inquiry into Scientific Advice Risk and Evidence Based Policy Making.

From 2007 to 2011, Janet was at the University of Edinburgh as Executive Manager for a major Scotland research pool for neuroimaging. This was an initiative across 6 universities. During this time she oversaw the appointment and development of PhD students and postdocs. She oversaw their development training programme.  She also worked extensively to build the capacity of the research pool, including grant writing, managing the subsequent awards and developing relationships with a range of bio-industry. She was awarded £316k to develop online learning for translational skills training. She managed and delivered the Annual Scientific Meeting and the Annual Residential Induction for students.

From 1988-2005, Janet was first a researcher and then an academic at Imperial College London. For over 17 years, she specialised in Magnetic Resonance Imaging and led a research team (MagNET) in the research, development and implementation of Magnetic Resonance imaging quality and safety techniques. She visited manufacturers around the world, including Japan, USA, Germany, Netherlands, and Italy. She was also on a number of international IEEE Standard committees representing the UK at meetings in Germany and Washington, USA. She published in peer review journals and produced 84 technical reports during this time.


From 1983 to 1988, Janet was a Professional Engineer for Marconi. She worked for five years as a signal processing specialist and trials engineer. She was based in London and in Weymouth during this time. She undertook several sea trials during this time, collecting data for transient conditions analysis.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Brazzelli M, Shuler K, Quayyum Z, et al., 2013, Clinical and imaging services for TIA and minor stroke: results of two surveys of practice across the UK, Bmj Open, Vol:3, ISSN:2044-6055

O'Connell G, De Wilde JP, Haley J, et al., The brain, the science and the media. Neuroimaging in Society: legal, corporate, social and security implications. EMBO Rep. 2011 Jul 1;12(7):630-6. doi: 10.1038/embor.2011.115., EMBO Reports, ISSN:1469-221X

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