In pictures: Imperial gets into the Rio spirit for support staff summer party


Staff enjoy the summer party sat on deckchairs

Support staff from across Imperial enjoyed a Brazilian Carnival as a thank you for their contributions to the College.

On the hottest day of the year so far, more than 1,400 staff from across Imperial’s campuses gathered for music, refreshment and games around the Queen’s Lawn on the South Kensington Campus.  

Staff taking a selfie with a mobile phone at the party

The annual party, organised by the Support Staff Social Committee, is a chance for colleagues to come together as a community as well as a way for the College to thank staff for their hard work over the year.   This year’s committee chose a Brazilian theme to tie in with the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The entertainment included a steel band, a demonstration of the Brazilian martial art Capoeira and a performance of the Tropicalia Carnival show.

Demonstration of the Brazilian Martial Art Capoeira

Staff enjoy the dance performance

Steel band performs

Staff watching the entertainment

There were also plenty of activities, some run by staff volunteers, including ‘Library Limbo’, a surf simulator, table tennis, a coconut shy, lawn games and more.

Person on surf simulator

A jenga tower topples in front of the Queen's Tower

Staff playing table tennis

Coconut shy

Imperial’s Provost, Professor James Stirling, awarded Amazon voucher prizes to staff who had embraced the carnival theme. 

Ruth Newton, Library Services, with James Stirling, Provost

Ruth Newton, from Library Services, was one of the winners.

The Provost with Soraya Jardim-Suarez and Lucca De Silva from Reception Services

Other winners included Soraya Jardim-Suarez and Lucca De Silva from Reception Services.

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Photography: Layton Thompson


Henry Rothery

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