Events/Information which you might be interested in:     

Physics Helpdesk - MSc, CDT and PhD students

It is running every 1st Monday of the month on Teams from 1pm to 2pm.  If you have any questions about anything ranging from academic issues to career advice.  The Helpdesk is run by Jessica Popplewell from the career office, RAs and post-docs from Physics, and Arnaud Czaja the PG tutor for Physics. Our aim is to help and provide advice about admin issues, career as well as signpost the many resources available across College in terms of well being. We can also make appointments for one-to-one meetings with the relevant persons. If you have any further queries about the Helpdesk, please contact Arnaud Czaja a.czaja@imperial.ac.uk, and Jess Popplewell j.popplewell@imperial.ac.uk To join in, simply use code d9el477 on Teams to access "Physics PG Helpdesk".

Women in Physics

The department has a women in physics group which aims to empower and support all women through their career by creating a dynamic community. It is open to anyone identifying as female and consists of regular weekly lunches and events. If you are interested then please sign up here

STEM Women Events:

STEM Women run community events for students who are studying a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics degree and who identify as female.  https://www.stemwomen.co.uk/.  You can also contact them by emailing info@stemwomen.co.ukor calling 0151 236 8000.

StudentShapers

StudentShapers is run from the Education office, and supports staff-student partnership in Learning and Teaching. In particular one project stream has been developed with the support of the Graduate School to enable PhD students to work with staff to develop and enhance an area of our taught curricula, in an area of their disciplinary expertise. For PhD students aspiring towards an academic career path, this also provides an opportunity for them to become more deeply involved in educational development activities and to offer them a valuable professional development opportunity.  

PhD students would typically have some prior experience of teaching through GTA opportunities, and would undertake an educational development project in partnership with staff in place of any other GTA commitments. Proposals must be submitted by students, but must be followed up with a supporting statement from their supervisor. Bursaries are paid to support this activity and are commensurate with GTA rates.  A more detailed general overview of the scheme can be found at: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/students/studentshapers/scheme-overview---what-is-studentshapers/ 

The specific project stream for PhD students, including a proposal submission portal and assessment criteria are at: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/students/studentshapers/how-to-get-involved/studentshapers-translation-of-research-in-to-teaching-projects/. Any questions about the StudentShapers scheme can be directed to studentshapers@imperial.ac.uk

International Student Support upcoming events

There are many events for ALL Imperial Students, regardless of nationality including virtual trips to the theatre, help with applications for visas to other countries, options for work after your studies.  For information on how to book, please check https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/international-students/international-student-experience/ and https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/international-students/international-student-experience/day-trips/.  

International Student Support Immigration Workshop Series - Advisers in the International Student Support Team are running a series of webinars up until the end of term on a range of immigration topics. Sessions are open to all students of the College whether you are in the UK or studying remotely.  To register for a session please go to https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/international-students/international-student-experience/workshops/

Faculty of Natural Sciences: DigiFAB Datathon - 24th March 2021

DigiFab and the FoNS Data Science Champions  are inviting postgraduate taught and research students, postdocs and early career researchers interested in the area of data science to participate in a free datathon 

Faculty of Natural Sciences: DigiFAB Datathon

    • Are you interested in data science?
    • Do you want to learn more about digital molecular design?
    • Are you in the Faculty of Natural Sciences and: a 3rd or 4th year UG student; a PG student; a postdoc or an early career researcher?

Participants will be invited to join multidisciplinary teams and compete to find the best digital solution to tackle this global challenge. Existing knowledge in chemistry is not necessary, and the Datathon Challenge is a great opportunity to get to know others interested in this area of research by working together. Brilliant prizes will be awarded! Find out more about the DigiFAB datathon 2021

Friends of Imperial College

Friends contributes to the public understanding of science, technology and medicine through talks and visits exploring the latest discoveries and developments. Visit us at https://www.friendsofimperial.org.uk/. Our aim is to entertain and inform non-specialists and experts alike.  Everyone who is curious about science is very welcome to come and socialise with our speakers and guests.
Register to  receive updates and book public events or you may wish to  join as a Member.

Enterprise Lab

Great minds don’t think alike. Imperial Enterprise Lab. Want to launch the next Google, build the next Tesla, tackle a pressing social or environmental challenge, or simply meet new people and develop skills to get you ahead? The Enterprise Lab have got you covered.  From Launch Weekend to How To Talks, vibrant co-working space, competitions and mentoring we offer all the support you need, free of charge and open to all. Don’t believe us? Watch our video here. www.imperialenterpriselab.com

How To Talks

The Imperial Enterprise Lab’s How To Talks are back for the autumn term! Join Imperial’s community of innovators and entrepreneurs online to hear the best speakers from the start-up world and beyond cover topics ranging from How To Do Create an Inclusive Culture to How To Visualise Data.      

How To Talks are open to all students and will be held online on Zoom. See the full series and sign up via  https://www.imperialenterpriselab.com/elab-events/how-to-talks/.

Industry & Enterprise offerings from the Graduate School - March 2021

Are you interested in participating in enhanced professional development through interaction with industry?*

We are pleased to announce the launch of 3 new Imperial Grand Challenge Retreats throughout March.

These online retreats are themed according to the government’s Industrial Strategy challenges

Retreat participants will be involved in a range of practical activities aimed at networking and knowledge exchange, creating impact in industry from research, working on innovation and idea generation and receiving advice and developmental support through observations and feedback.

 Coronavirus Tutoring Initiative: Recruiting Physics Tutors

CTI founded by students at the University of Oxford at the start of lockdown to tackle the educational inequality that was magnified by school closures. It connects volunteer university student tutors with disadvantaged young people, providing tutoring in KS3, GCSE and A-Level in all subjects. Since the start of lockdown, we have delivered over 20,000 hours of tutoring, with over 3800 tutors helping nearly 2000 students. Many students at Imperial College have already signed up to volunteer with us, and we hope to reach even more. The recently released Education in England 2020 Annual Report has shown that even before lockdown, disadvantaged students were 18 months behind their peers by the time they took their GCSEs, and that the ethnicity gap has widened significantly over the last decade. The schools’ closure over lockdown will only have exacerbated this, and so the help is desperately needed now more than ever. For more information contact Priya Bryant  publicity@coronavirustutoring.co.uk

Climate Entrepreneurs Student Club

At the Climate Entrepreneurs Club, we believe that climate change is the biggest threat that our world faces, and we seek to address it with real impact. Radical action through innovation and entrepreneurship is needed. The Climate Entrepreneurs Club aims to be multi-disciplinary across Imperial College London, to foster ideas that in the broader sense move us to net-zero carbon. We connect like-minded students from the bottom-up, across departments, that care about the topic of climate change and want to address it with their hightech or business skills.  

By signing up to our club mailing list you will get access to: (1) our newsletter on environmental and entrepreneurship news and opportunities (2) a network of other current/aspiring climate entrepreneurs (3) the events run by the club throughout the year. Due to COVID this year is going to look a little different but previous events include panel discussions, pitch nights and ideation sessions.  If you want to join as a participant in the activities, please fill out this form. For more information please contact r.sedgwick19@imperial.ac.uk

Coffee Club - weekly - As a community of climate entrepreneurs, we are all aware of the importance of your network in order to drive concrete impact, and in the socially-distanced world we find ourselves in, we decided to make things a bit easier. We would like to organise and curate 1-1 weekly meetings among our members. That is, a 30 min "coffee" meeting with someone new within the club, each week. We believe this would be a wonderful way to get to know each other, and keep this community connected. If you like the initiative, all you have to do is sign up with the link below, write a short bio, and give us an idea of your availabilities. We will then introduce you to your weekly match! SIGN UP HERE. 

Blog We are sharing opinion pieces and exciting news over on our blog throughout the year. We are looking for new writers and contributors to our blog – if you would like to contribute to our blog, please get in touch! You can submit an idea through the link below, or you can contact our Blog Coordinator, Rupali Dabas (r.dabas20@imperial.ac.uk), who would be happy to discuss ideas or answer any questions. SUBMIT AN ARTICLE IDEA HERE

Innovation Internships

We have a new internship suitable for EPSRC-funded PhD students.  To view all internships available within the scheme please click here. If you have any questions then please email innovation.internships@imperial.ac.uk .

Communicating Science Successfully - Centre for Academic English

You may wish to attend these sessions if you are interested in making your written academic texts more reader-friendly; expand and refine your academic vocabulary, make presentations more engaging and effective and in general to enhance your academic literacy. 

To register, visit https://www.imperial.ac.uk/academic-english/communicating-science-successfully/ 

We have an extensive suite of academic STEMM communication courses and workshops for undergraduate, Master's and doctoral students. These improve both the competence of students and the quality of their output.

In addition, as part of our contribution to the College's Learning and Teaching Strategy, we've been embedding tailored provision in undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering, Biochemistry, Life Sciences, Materials, and Applied Computational Science and Engineering. 

Study Efficiency Sessions by the Dissability Advisory Service (DAS)

If any student requires study efficiency sessions please contact Emma Morrison e.morrison@imperial.ac.uk to book an appointment. 

The Climate Entrepreneurs Club

The new student club will be on entrepreneurship and climate change. This club is for ALL postgraduate students across the entire College and operated by a postgraduate team across College as well aiming to connect postgraduates who care about climate change and want to have a positive impact through entrepreneurship.  If you want to join as a participant in the activities, please drop your email here: https://forms.gle/wmGbe2uZhS6kusRJ7

If you would like to join the organizing committee, please send an email with your CV and a short statement to the following email addresses (please both of them): j.cremer16@imperial.ac.uk and jonathan.zheng12@imperial.ac.uk  

Career information

The Physics Department has a dedicated Departmental Careers Advisor, Professor Lesley Cohen.  She can be contacted at ph.careers@imperial.ac.uk

You can also contact Jess Popplewell, Careers Consultant from Central College j.popplewell@imperial.ac.uk.  She is a very important part of the department.  More information on Careers and what the department and College offers can be seen at http://www.imperial.ac.uk/physics/students/current-students/careers-information/ and www.imperial.ac.uk/careers/jobslive or www.imperial.ac.uk/careers.    

Outreach

Would you like to enhance your public engagement skills? Are you enthusiastic about working with young people? Can you help make science fun? Would you like to use your teaching experience for a Fellowship of the HEA application?  We are looking for motivated Early Career Researchers (MRes/ PhD students and Post Docs) who are eager to translate their research into a fun outreach activity for schools. Through you, school students will be exposed to science that is fresh, relevant and cutting edge.

For more information contact: Dr Rebecca Holloway, r.holloway@imperial.ac.uk or visit http://www.imperial.ac.uk/be-inspired/student-recruitment-and-outreach/

English courses for PhD students

Join our lively classes to upgrade your English and widen your social and professional network.  More information can be found at http://www.imperial.ac.uk/academic-english/academic-staff/

English Language Support - For MSc students and PhD candidates

In addition to the English language entry requirement for YOUR degree, all PhD students have to meet the Imperial College London Doctoral Academic Communication Requirement 

Those who are not exempt must take the Centre's diagnostic assessment (DACR A1), which then means we can give feedback on their starting level of academic STEMM communication and recommend appropriate support throughout their PhD. 

While the centre doe not currently assess postgraduate taught students e.g. MSc students, if they join one of the evening writing courses, they will get feedback on their level of STEMM writing. 

You can read about the programme for doctoral students here and also sign up for our newsletter.

Thesis Submission Costs for PGR final thesis

Postgraduate research students will no longer be required to pay thesis submission costs; all print and delivery costs associated with thesis submission will now be paid by the College. The thesis submission process (via eThesis) remains unchanged, and students are reminded that they should submit via the Imperial College London section of the eThesis website, to avoid any unnecessary charges. 

Exercises that all PG Research student should focus on:

  • Any student that started in October 2019 and still hasn’t completed their Research Proposal Confirmation (RP) and Early Stage Research Proposal (ESA), should do so by return and upload them to Blackboard.
  • All students that started in 2020, please make sure that you complete your Plagiarism Awareness course which is available to self enrol at http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/graduate-school/professional-skills/doctoral/online-courses/.  You’ll need to send Loli the email confirmation.
  • All students that started in 2020, please make sure that you complete your Risk Assessment Foundation Training (RAFT) course which is available to self enrol at https://www.imperial.ac.uk/safety/raft/frameset/frameset.htm. You’ll need to send Loli the email confirmation.
  • Any student that started in October 2019 and still hasn’t completed their 18M Late Stage Assessment Review (LSR), should do so by return and upload them to Blackboard..
  • Any student that started in October 2018 and still hasn’t completed their 18M Late Stage Assessment Review (LSR) and their Thesis Progress Review, should do so by return and upload them to Blackboard..  The Thesis Progress Review should be emailed to Loli with all the signatures and relevant Research Plan.
  • Any student that started in October 2017 and still hasn’t completed exercises and the Exam Entry forms online should do so by return as your 48M deadline is coming up.  The registration will be ending at the end of September unless your supervisor has requested an extension to me.
  • Please remember to re-register on Studente-service by return - it has to be done every year towards the beginning of September.  You should get an email prompting you to do so.  If you are in receipt of a bursary, it can't be paid unless you have registered online.

All the forms can be found online at https://www.imperial.ac.uk/physics/students/current-students/postgraduate-research/phd-schedule-guidance-and-forms/phd-schedule-of-study/