The Department is committed to ensuring all staff and students are trained to the highest standards and enabled to work safely. Staff and students must comply with the College's policies & procedures and are responsible for their own safety and the safety of others working alongside them. They must adopt safe working practices and make proper use of safety facilities and guidance provided. 

The six Imperial Essentials Compliance courses shown in the table below must be undertaken by all staff to ensure College compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements. You will be expected to complete the Imperial Essentials training within the first six months of joining the College. However, it is highly advisable to complete all Imperial Essentials courses within your first week of employment to equip managers and staff at all levels with relevant and up-to-date College training and information about compliance.

Further information about essential and mandatory training can be located on the Imperial Essentials Webpage. All Imperial Essentials training will need to be refreshed every two years.

Mandatory training is monitored by the Department throughout the probation period and as part of the ARC process. 

Mandatory & Essential Training

Course Purpose Access
1. Month One Safety Training

Online course designed to help you learn about the College's hazards and how they’re managed.

2. Fire safety Online course taking you through the general principles of Fire safety, using a combination of presentation slides, videos and activities Enroll
3. Data protection Online course for GDPR compliance and managing personal data. Enroll
4. Information security Online course on the importance of protecting information for everyone. Enroll
5. Safeguarding Online course providing an overview of the statutory frameworks and signpost how members of the College can identify and escalate concerns. Enroll
6. Equality and Diversity Online course for Equality, Diversity and inclusion training. Enroll

In addition to the Day 1 safety induction provided for all staff and students working in the department, all lab-based researchers will receive a local laboratory induction with the appropriate lab manager. During the laboratory induction, you will be provided with a copy of the local rules and given access to the MDR Department H&S SharePoint site which contains a lot of relevant safety information and links to useful resources. In addition, project specific training will be identified by the lab manager, and you will receive an induction checklist outlining the additional courses you must complete. Please ensure a signed copy of the checklist is returned to your lab manager in a timely manner. Laboratory managers will review access to the labs based on the completion of the appropriate training courses in the agreed time frames.  

Further Imperial Training (recommended for all staff)

Timeframe Course title Purpose Course type Access
1 Month Imperial Insights Welcome for all new staff welcomed to Imperial by senior staff and have the opportunity to meet new staff from across the College. Mandatory for all staff Enroll
1-6 Months Unconscious Bias Workshop providing a non-judgmental approach aimed at understanding how unconscious bias operates in the workplace.            Essential for all staff Enroll
1-6 Months Active Bystander Training aimed to empower staff and students across the College community to challenge poor behaviours and bring about cultural change. Essential for all staff Enroll
1-6 Months Harassment – confronting inappropriate behaviour Training on what constitutes harassment, bullying and victimisation. Identifying acceptable and unacceptable behaviours at work. Essential for all staff Enroll
1-6 Months Values and Behaviours Online module designed to encourage self-reflection about Imperial values and behaviours. Essential for all staff Enroll 
1-6 Months Introduction to Supervision Mandatory training for all staff who supervise PhD students. Mandatory for supervisors Enroll
6-18 Months Professional Review & Development All staff should participate with the PRDP process in line with local timescales. Mandatory for all staff and Line Managers Enroll
6-18 Months Recruitment and Selection What you need to know before you participate in recruiting and selecting staff. It is designed for non-HR people for whom recruitment is a minor, albeit critical, aspect of their role. Essential for all staff involved in staff recruitment and selection Enroll