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 development programme for 7000 postgraduates. Her team of nine, includes four senior teaching fellows, two teaching fellows,  two learning designers and administrator. She brings to the Graduate School 30 years of experience of working in Higher Education.  Building on this experience she is leading her team to create and deliver an exciting programme for postgraduate professional development including the introduction of a webinar programme, retreat programme and further development of the International Global Fellows programme.

She is also leading on the 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.

Janet is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2013. 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).  

She 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. 

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

Janet has been extensively involved in all aspects of developing academic practice for many years. Previous to her post at Imperial, she 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.

Prior to this, 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.

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 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. It was at Heriot-Watt that she first Residential Programmes for PhD 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, Pages:e003359-e003359

O'Connell G, De Wilde J, Haley J, et al., 2011, The brain, the science and the media, EMBO Reports, Vol:12, ISSN:1469-221X, Pages:630-636

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