Last Monday saw the arrival of our first cohort of MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance students and we’d like to wish all of the students a very warm welcome to the College. This is an extremely exciting time as it sees the first year of a unique partnership between the Business School and the Grantham Institute; the College’s world-leading centre for research on climate change. These 44 students will be the pioneers of the programme, leading the way for future cohorts so with such an exciting task ahead, let’s see what they got up to in their first week!
The week kicked off with breakfast at the Grantham Institute, followed by welcome talks from Programme Director Mirabelle Muuls, the Grantham Institute’s Co-Director Martin Siegert and the Business School’s Acting Dean, Nelson Phillips. After a busy morning of introductions, it was time for the students to get to know one another and with such beautiful weather, they headed outside for an ice breaker session. During the session, each student was given two minutes to share some interesting facts about themselves and they certainly did this; we found that that one of our students has met President Barack Obama and another has represented Scotland in rugby- impressive!
On Tuesday, the class met the Business School’s Careers & Professional Development Service and Student Experience Manager Cat Batley, to hear about the services that are available and the activities and initiatives that the students can get involved in during their time here. This was followed by a talk from Harriet Flower, the Programme Manager for Althea; an initiative which works to develop the entrepreneurial skills and knowledge of Imperial’s female students. Harriet was joined by Florence Gschwend, a Grantham institute PhD student who took part in the Althea Programme in 2015/16 and won a £10,000 prize.
After a stroll through Hyde Park later in the day, the students attended their first lecture: The Problem and the Need for Action which was given by Jo Haigh, the Grantham Institute’s Co-Director. After an abundance of insightful comments and questions from the class, it was time for the students to explore the array of societies that the College has to offer at the Imperial College Fresher’s Fair
Wednesday began with another engaging talk, this time from Alyssa Gilbert, Head of Policy and Translation at the Grantham Institute, who provided an overview of Governance Structures related to Climate Change. This was followed by a trip out of the college to the Tate Modern, where two of our Business School PhD students took the class on a tour of the building to see how the Tate is working to reduce its carbon footprint.
On Thursday, the students were given a talk on Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet by two of the Grantham Institutes PHD students. This was followed by an afternoon lecture on The Challenge of Communicating Climate Change by Professor Sir Brian Hoskins, Chair of the Grantham Institute. After a day of stimulating talks, the students headed over to the Business School Atrium for a drinks reception, where they were given the opportunity to meet members of the programme’s Advisory board.
Friday morning was film time! The class came together to watch the French documentary film ‘Demain’ which sees 6 people travel the globe to explore creative solutions to climate change. The screening was followed by an interactive discussion of the film with Programme Director Mirabelle Muuls. In the afternoon, the class should have been swinging from the treetops at Go Ape in Battersea Park but sadly, the weather took a turn for the worse and this had to be postponed. Although disappointing, it leaves another great opportunity for the students to come together outside of the classroom later on in the year.
If the first week is anything to go by, the class have an extremely busy and exciting year ahead and we’d like to wish them all the very best of luck.