Contact the STEP team

For details of how to attend the next workshop, or any other queries, please email Kasia Kmieckowiak.


The Strategic Training in External Partnerships (STEP) programme aims to provide the delegates with the tools necessary to access public and commercial sources of funding and diversity their portfolio. It is also a great opportunity to meet their fellow early career academics and build new collaborations across the FoNS Departments. The programme is open to all, but is particularly aimed at new academic starters in the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Content and Format

The programme runs annually and consists of a day of training covering the following topics:

  • Introduction to Departmental finances
  • Government and charity funders: overview of the funding landscape and grant proposal writing case study
  • Industrial Partnerships and Commercialisation: identifying partners and enhancing engagement with industry
  • Development and Advancement: building relationships with donors, friends of the College and alumni
  • Introduction to consulting
  • Communications: improving your web presence

Each module will give an overview of the topic and highlight what support is available at all Faculty levels, so the delegates can successfully embark upon their career at Imperial College.

2019 STEP Programme

The next workshop will take place on Monday 4th November in the Billiard Room, 58 Princes Gate.

Morning sessions
09.30 – 09.45                Tea/Coffee  
09.45 – 09.55 Introduction - Tom Welton (Dean)  
09.55 – 10.25 Departmental Funding - Erica Rosivatz (Departmental Operations Manager Chemistry) & Luke White Departmental Operations Manager, Physics  
10.25 – 11.55 Government and Large Foundation Funders  - Sophie Armstrong  (Strategic Research Manager, FoNS) and Oscar Ces (Head of Department, Chemistry)  
11.55- 12.40 Lunch  
Morning sessions
Afternoon sessions
12.40 – 14.10 Industry Partnerships and Commercialisation - Rebecca Wilson (Director of IPC, FoNS) and Fiona Jamieson (IPC Executive, FoNS)  
14.10 – 14.25 Coffee break  
14.25 – 14.55 Development and Advancement – Natalie Sauter (Development Manager, FoNS) and Marcus Rees-Roberts (Head of Development, FoNS)  
14.55 – 15.25 Imperial Consultants (ICON) - Poh-Choo, Pang  (Consultant Engagement Manager, Enterprise)  
15.25 – 15.55 Online Presence - Lucy Stagg (Digital Media and Communications Manager, FoNS)  
15.55 – 16.00 Wrap up and close - Tom Welton (Dean)  
16.00 – 18.00 Drinks and canapé reception  
Afternoon sessions

How to book

If you are interested in attending this workshop, please speak to your Head of Department and email Kasia Kmieckowiak.

Past workshops

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