Useful Links

Tea and Postgrads

Find out about our intergroup tea and chat scheme.

Mentoring for Post docs

Mentoring and coaching schemes are available in the Department and College.

Research fellowships

Information and guidance for fellowship applications.

The Departmental RA Committee was formed in January 2009 as one of the outcomes of the Departmental survey that was conducted of all staff. Some of the key roles that the Committee have identified as important are:

  1. To provide a mechanism for discussion of all aspects of the working lives of Physics RAs, to enhance their professional experience and career development
  2. To act as an informed body to disseminate information to the RA community about Departmental and College business and initiatives
  3. To help define the needs of Physics RAs for training so that HR Staff Development can offer Physics RAs more tailored and targeted training

Tell us! Find your Group Representative below and let them know what you think needs to be addressed, we will then look into it and, if necessary, raise it at HoGs on your behalf.

In addition, the Chair represents the Committee at Departmental meetings such as the Teaching Committee and the Juno Committee (which supports best practice for all staff) and also regularly meets with the Head of Department.  We also send a representative to the college postdoc and fellows development centre Postdoc and Fellows Development Centre where we discuss college wide provision for postdocs.

You can contact us by sending an e-mail to the RA Committee or by approaching your group rep directly to discuss anything you feel important.

RA committee events

Reminder that RAs are encouraged to attend and particpate in staff meetings

  • Upcoming events (Is there a way to set up/share a calendar)
    • 16th March 1-2pm – RA networking session: Activities of the department Juno Committee    
    • TBC – Q+A with Michele Doherty, Carl Patterson, Jerry Chittenden and Lesley Cohen
    • TBC – Applying for research fellowships
  • Past events
    • RA networking sessions: Applying for STAR fellowship (What is STAR
    • Outreach and public engagement Q+A
    • Teaching Q+A
    • Head of Department Q+A
    • Preparing fellowship applications
    • Public engagement workshop
    • RA reps and committee

Wellbeing resources

Career resources for RAs

Reminder that all RAs have 10 development days (per year) set aside for their personal and professional development.

Teaching

Many RAs choose to be involved in teaching. There is usually a call for volunteers sent out by email in the summer.

  • RA teaching hours are recorded. If you know that you are going to be involved with extra teaching (eg. MSci projects) that you currently feel is 'off the radar', talk to your RA rep or email the RA committee as you will be able to start to record any contribution you make.
    • Specific note on MSci projects. If you are going to be heavily involved in an MSci project and currently, you feel that this contribution is unrecognised, it is still possible for you to arrange some credit for this for next year. Please talk to the academic supervising the project who can negotiate with Bob Forsyth to give you a fair proportion of the teaching credit for that student pair. There will be space on the RA teaching form that will be sent around soon for you to register that you will be heavily involved in a project. Please do let us know (via your group rep, or by e-mailing: ph postdoc if you do encounter any problems.
    • RAs involved in supervising PhD students are encouraged to discuss with their PI about being assistant supervisors
    • RAs can apply for fellowship of the Higher Education Academy via the STAR framework

Further information

What we have achieved

What we have achieved

On the 24th February 2009 we submitted a document to the Head of Groups with a number of suggestions from the RAs. This was received very well and we have had some very positive feedback about it. Specific achievements so far are:

  1. Creation of RA webpage - DONE! 
  2. RA representation on teaching committee - DONE! RA Committee Chair or Secretary to attend.
  3. Make explicit the contractual obligation to teach - DONE! A sentence is now going to be included in all job adverts and details can be discussed during the interview
  4. Organisation of a welcome cheese & wine reception for Physics' Postdocs - 27 October 2011 and 23 October 2012.

What we are still working on

  1. The room booking system is also being investigated but, incredibly, this is more difficult than it sounds!!

Other issues

  1. Promotions and bonus awareness is an issue being discussed and hopefully part of this will move onto the “achieved list” very soon… Please let us know if you want to raise anything else.

Room Booking

Currently to book a room for teaching tutorials or interviewing UG students as part of lab demonstrating, you can e-mail Derryck Stewart with your booking request. Update - although an online booking system is not yet available, it is possible for you to get read-only access to the room booking system "Celcat". If you think this will be useful for you please fill in the New user request form and then e-mail the completed form to Derryck Stewart.

Teaching Hours Record

RA teaching hours are recorded. If you know that you are going to be involved with extra teaching (eg. MSci projects) that you currently feel is 'off the radar', talk to your RA rep or e-mail the committee as you will be able to start to record any contribution you make.

Specific note on MSci projects

If you are going to be heavily involved in an MSci project and currently, you feel that this contribution is unrecognised, it is still possible for you to arrange some credit for this for next year. Please talk to the academic supervising the project who can negotiate with Bob Forsyth to give you a fair proportion of the teaching credit for that student pair. There will be space on the RA teaching form that will be sent around soon for you to register that you will be heavily involved in a project. Please do let us know (via your group rep, or by e-mailing: ph-postdoc@imperial.ac.uk) if you do encounter any problems.

RA Representatives

In addition, the Chair represents the Committee at Departmental meetings such as the Teaching Committee and the Juno committee (which supports best practice for all staff) and also at some Heads of Groups meeting.

You can contact us by sending an e-mail to the committee (ph-postdoc@imperial.ac.uk) or by approaching your group rep directly to discuss anything you feel important.