Events/Information which you might be interested in:     

Physics Helpdesk - MSc, CDT and PhD students

Every 1st Wednesday of the month from 12:30 - 13:30 in Level 3 Foyer area

Come along and get all your questions answered about anything from academic issues to career advice by Arnaud Czaja, PG Tutor, Jess Popplewell, Careers Advisor and Postdoc students.  It's open to all MSc, CDT and PhDs.  There will be refreshments available.

Physics Helpdesk - Undergraduate, MSc, CDT and PhD students

Every Monday and Thursday during term time from 12:00 - 13:00 in Level 3 Foyer

Come along and get all your questions answered by friendly physics students.  It's open to all students, undergraduates, MSc, CDT, PhDs.

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

We would like to invite you to the Postgraduate Women in Physics Conference that the University of Nottingham is hosting on Friday 6th March 2020. This event aims to bring together female-identifying Physics PhD students from around the country to discuss what a career in Physics can be like after the PhD, with speakers in both academic and industrial roles. The event is free to attend and we are aiming to have a fully accessible venue.

There will also be a poster competition where you will have the chance to network and showcase your research. We hope the day will be a great way for students and recent graduates to come together, network, and find out about what is possible after completing a PhD in physics. For more information, please see our poster (attached), look at our
website (
pgwipnotts.github.io) and follow us on Twitter (@pgwipnotts).If you would like to register you can sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/postgraduate-women-in-physics-conference-tickets-83133557709?fbclid=IwAR3MZgx92lxiSxNTZ3MUus8TD0qJv8djtnWQsAj9UuhZ-wAo67y20pqaGSA

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.uk or 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

FoNS students' experience videos

Naveeta Bhatia from the College’s Student Recruitment team is on the look-out for both UG and PG students (especially female, BAME) from FoNS departments to share their Imperial experience for our social media channels.

From a student recruitment perspective, it would be good for prospective students to see current students talking about their course, student life at Imperial, living in London.  I’ve done a few videos and hoping to continue building a bank of case studies. These are some examples:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFizTJVrxzw&t=12s and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yW8ryrIe-yA&t=116s.

If you have any queries or would like to take part, do contact Claudia Cannon c.cannon@imperial.ac.uk.

International Student Support upcoming events

There are many events for ALL Imperial Students, regardless of nationality.  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/.  

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

Imperial College Data Science Society’s AI Hack, Imperial’s largest Data Hackathon - 29th February 2020 - 1st March 2020

AI Hack aims to bring the most forward-thinking and creative student interested in data science to solve some of the world's most pressing challenges. Come meet like-minded students, mentors and employees from some of the pioneering companies in the data science space on the 29th of February to 1st of March at Imperial College London's South Kensington campus to take part in a 24h frenzy of hacking, data science, and networking.  Visit www.aihack.org.

In a team of 4, you will solve 1 out of 4 challenges, including a challenge provided by a FORTUNE 500 company. You are also welcomed to apply as an individual. For more information and weekly updates on sponsors and challenges, visit our Facebook page at: http://gg.gg/aihack2020

Communicating Science Successfully - Centre for Academic English - Spring 2020

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/ 

4th Agri-science Chemical Biology Postgraduate Symposium - Wednesday 22nd April 2020

The conference is free to attend for all academic delegates but places are limited so please register early via this link to avoid disappointment. If you are interested in presenting your relevant PhD or post-doctoral research at the conference, please submit an abstract by 21st February 2020 via the registration form.   It take place at the Molecular Sciences Research Hub, White City Campus, Imperial College London.

Staff and Student focus groupsStaff and Student focus groups

Imperial is a member of the Race Equality Charter (REC) and as part of the self-assessment process we conducted surveys in November 2018, and would now like to follow up on the results of that survey to further explore the findings and develop our key priorities and actions. We have commissioned an external consultant, to undertake focus groups and interviews for us, to ensure confidentiality and impartiality. 

We want to hear from staff and students, regardless of ethnicity or background, to both explore further the issues you see and experience within the College and to develop actions and solutions.  To find out more, please visit the website: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/equality/accreditations/rec/focus-groups/

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  

Machine Learning & Deep Learning Course - 27/01/2020

The Department of Physics has organised a course in Machine Learning & Deep Learning (running 27 Jan -10 Feb) aimed at postgraduates and postdocs with interests in data science. The organisers are hoping to spread the word to these audiences, and have highlighted the course as being of interest to your specific departments.  

All the info is in this event: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/naturalsciences/highenergyphysics/eventssummary/event_4-11-2019-17-22-28   Any questions can be directed to Nicholas Wardle (n.wardle09@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

Also, 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.    

Four Year PhD Programme: The Physical Biology of Stem Cells' at the University of Cambridge, Stem Cell Institute

This MRC-funded studentship is targeted towards UK candidates with a Physics, Mathematics or Computational Sciences background.  Full details at https://www.stemcells.cam.ac.uk/Join_Us/Students/MRC_Phys_Biol_Studentship. Please note that MRC eligibility rules apply (studentships are fully funded for UK candidates only).             

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jo Jack, Graduate Administrator, Cambridge Stem Cell Institute: sci-phd@stemcells.cam.ac.uk.

London Development Symposium 2020 - Tue 25th- Fri 28th February 2020

For the first time ever, the international development societies of LSE, KCL and SOAS to host the London Development Symposium – the largest student-led international development conference in Europe. Our inaugural theme is ‘Development in the 21st century?’, dedicated to questioning current development paradigms and discussing ways to ‘do development’ outside of mainstream discourse. We hope to host between 600-800 guests over the course of four days.  

The symposium will include panels with world-class intellectuals practitioners, intimate workshops, and coffee morning discussions. Our panel themes will be Nutrition & Health, Social Equality, Finance, and Climate Change.

Prices for LSE, KCL & SOAS students and staff will be £1 per ticket. The price for non-members of our three universities will be £3 per ticket. Students, academics, professionals, organisations, and just about anyone interested in international development is invited to attend. This will be a great opportunity for students to engage in international development outside of the classroom, as well as network with a large number of development organisations and employers attending.  

We will be hosting representatives from Action Against Hunger, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the United Nations Capital Development Fund, The World Food Program, the International Institute of Environment and Development, Survival International, the Overseas Development Institute, and many more.  

Find our event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/LondonDevelopmentSymposium2020/events/ 

Get your tickets:DAY 1 - the importance of health and nutrition for sustainable development: https://www.lsesu.com/ents/event/9954/; DAY2- social equality: empowering marginalized groups :https://www.lsesu.com/ents/event/9955/; DAY 3 - financial and business approaches to development: beyond foreign aid :https://www.lsesu.com/ents/event/9956/; DAY 4 - the disproportionate effects of climate change in the Global South :https://www.lsesu.com/ents/event/9957/

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/

GTA opportunity in the Graduate School

The Graduate School is looking for GTAs please send expressions of interest to Dr Richard Bale; r.bale@imperial.ac.uk

To apply for this position, you must fulfil the following criteria:  Knowledge of indicative course content: Regression Modelling. Identify the correlation coefficient as a single measure of linear association. Use regression models to estimate the effects of interest; Recognise and understand that different models produce different results; Model validity by checking model assumptions; Model fitness by comparing the results produced by the model with your data. 

In addition, you must fulfil the following criteria: Completion of relevant GTA training (at least Introduction to Learning and Teaching and Introduction to Assessment and Feedback for Learning) – either the new programme or the previous versions of these courses; At least one term’s experience as a GTA (or other comparable teaching experience); Able to deliver the course at least once this academic year; Desirable: Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

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/

EPSRC Centre for Mathematics of Precision Healthcare Joint PhD studentship opportunity (Analysis and Prediction of Carbapenem-Resistance in Healthcare-Associated Infections)

An exciting opportunity to develop next-generation machine learning methods for controlling antibiotic resistance, the most pressing challenge in global health. The project is part of a thriving collaboration between the EPSRC Centre for Mathematics of Precision Healthcare (CMPH, Dept. Mathematics) and the Health Protection Research Unit in Healthcare-associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance (HPRU, Dept. Medicine) at Imperial College London. 

Applicants should send a full CV (including the names and email addresses of at least two academic referees), and personal statement (detailing why they are interested in the research project) to Dr Andrea Weisse (andrea.weisse@imperial.ac.uk). Suitable candidates will be then asked to complete an electronic application form at Imperial College London in order for their qualifications and eligibility to be assessed by College Registry. 

Thsis Submission Costs for PGR final thesis

With effect from 1 August 2019, we are pleased to inform you that 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 2019, 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 2019, 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 2018 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 2017 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 2016 and still hasn’t completed exercises and the Exam Entry forms should do so by return as your 48M deadline is coming up. The supervisor can email Loli the EEF. 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/