News and events
Events and information of interest is listed below:
Physics helpdesk - MSc, CDT and PhD students
This online event is running the on Wednesday 7th June and then every 1st Wednesday of the month on Teams from 1pm to 2pm. If you have any questions about anything ranging from academic issues to career advice. The Helpdesk is run by Jessica Popplewell from the career office, RAs and post-docs from Physics, and Arnaud Czaja the PG tutor for Physics. Our aim is to help and provide advice about admin issues, career as well as signpost the many resources available across College in terms of well being. We can also make appointments for one-to-one meetings with the relevant persons. If you have any further queries about the Helpdesk, please contact Arnaud Czaja email@example.com, and Jess Popplewell firstname.lastname@example.org. To join in, simply use code d9el477 on Teams to access "Physics PG Helpdesk". https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3a8ccc06641c4a4b378a98d5f1ab057e50%40thread.tacv2/1604069447940?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%222b897507-ee8c-4575-830b-4f8267c3d307%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%2267d09fc5-5643-4c98-89c7-a4c6b26aeada%22%7d
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.
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.
You can also contact them by emailing email@example.com or calling 0151 236 8000.
Lasers for quantum-enabled position, navigation, and timing technologies PhD position - deadline 31st May 2023
In this PhD project we will design, develop, and apply novel hybrid laser systems with ultra-low phase and frequency noise, as required for cold-atom-based inertial sensing. This will include, but is not limited to, optical system design; laser cavity engineering, including electronic control; characterisation of laser dynamics including intensity, frequency, and phase noise; development of novel active and passive stabilisation techniques; laser spectroscopy; and cold atom experiment design. Apply at https://www.strath.ac.uk/studywithus/postgraduateresearchphdopportunities/science/physics/lasersforquantum-enabledpositionnavigationandtimingtechnologies/
Call for volunteers: Space poetry at the Great Exhibition Road Festival - 18th/19th June 2023
These Great Exhibition Road Festival events aim to engage the public with areas of space research conducted at Imperial College London and represented in the Science Museum's collection, using poetry as a creative way to encourage engagement with science and inspire the public to write their own poetry on space.
With more than 40,000 attendees anticipated at this year's festival, this will be a really great opportunity to engage the public with space research, especially on the subject of JUICE, which I'm sure many attendees would be hoping to learn more about!
Uni-verses: Write your own space poetry (June 17-18, 12:00-18:00) - Pairs of scientists and poets guide attendees through sci-comm and poetry activities, adjusted for attendee age, centred on particular focus topics.
The exact focus topics will depend on the final line-up of scientists (anyone interested can suggest a topic!), but the current selection is shaping up to be quasars/black holes, Titan/Saturn, astronauts (centred on Helen Sharman and the Apollo mission), and Jupiter/JUICE.
The Science Museum is providing relevant images from its library to make double-sided postcards - attendees will write their poetic works on these postcards, which will be hung on lines to create a beautiful display over the course of the weekend, and possibly be read at the Sunday performance.
Uni-verses stage performance (June 18, 16:00-16:55) - Poets and space scientists take to the stage to discuss the inspirational nature of space and perform their favourite cosmic poems - including some written by the public over the festival weekend.
Anyone interested in volunteering for these activities at the Great Exhibition Road Festival can reach out to Jack Cooper for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 on the StudentShapers website. The specific project stream for PhD students, including a proposal submission portal and assessment criteria are are available. Any questions about the StudentShapers scheme can be directed to email@example.com.
STFC Summer school: Space Technology: Applications in Science and Industry - 11 - 15 September 2023
The STFC Summer school will take place at Durham University. The detailed information and registration can be seen in the webpages. Please register for it at https://spacetechscienceindustry.wordpress.com where you will have more information.
Call for mentors for the College’s Activate Student Mentoring Programme - Deadline 9th June 2023
Imperial is looking for alumni, staff and PhD students who are willing to become mentors as part of the College’s Activate Mentoring Programme. Activate supports the College’s PhD students of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic heritage as well as UG and Masters recipients of the President’s Scholarships for students of Black heritage. Activate, now in its second year, aims to improve experiences, increase retention, develop a peer community, and support the career development of students. Applications from any staff, alumni and PhD students who can offer experience and guidance to support the aims of the programme are welcome. PhD students who mentor as part of Activate will be remunerated for their time.
To find out more about the Activate Mentoring programme and apply to be a mentor, please see our webpage. The deadline for applications to become a mentor is 5pm Friday 9 June 2023.
If you have any queries about Activate, or if you are responsible for organising a similar mentoring programme elsewhere in College and would be interested in collaborating with us on activities and events, please get in touch with Syeda Razzak, Student Mentoring Programme Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
English courses for PhD students
Join our lively classes to upgrade your English and widen your social and professional network.
More information on the Centre for Academic English website.
English language support - for MSc students and PhD candidates
In addition to the English language entry requirement for YOUR degree, all PhD students have to meet the Imperial College London Doctoral Academic Communication Requirement.
Those who are not exempt must take the Centre's diagnostic assessment (DACR A1), which then means we can give feedback on their starting level of academic STEMM communication and recommend appropriate support throughout their PhD.
While the centre doe not currently assess postgraduate taught students e.g. MSc students, if they join one of the evening writing courses, they will get feedback on their level of STEMM writing.
You can read about the programme for doctoral students here and also sign up for our newsletter.
International student support upcoming events
There are many events for ALL Imperial Students, regardless of nationality including trips to the theatre, help with applications for visas to other countries, options for work after your studies. For information on how to book, please check the international student experience pages.
International Student Support Immigration Workshop Series - Advisers in the International Student Support Team are running a series of webinars up on a range of immigration topics. Sessions are open to all students of the College whether you are in the UK or studying remotely. To register for a session please visit the workshops page.
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 the Friends of Imperial College website. 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.
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. It's free of charge and open to all. Don’t believe us? Watch our video here. Find out more on the Enterprise Lab website.
The WE Innovate Final 2023 is back! - Thursday 22nd June 2023 - 18:00 – 21:00 - City and Guild Lecture Theatre – LT200
Join us in-person to see the five WE Innovate programme finalists pitch their ventures to an expert panel of judges for a chance to win a share of the £30,000 prize fund!
Following a six-month, three-phase programme full of masterclasses, business coaching, expert sessions, peer mentoring, and more, it is time to find out who will be this year’s WE Innovate Final Prize Winner.
The final is open to students, alumni, staff, and external guests! If possible, we would be very grateful if you could share this with your network via either email or social media. For more information or to register, please visit the Enterprise Lab website here. Register today!
Climate Entrepreneurs Student Club
At the Climate Entrepreneurs Club, we believe that climate change is the biggest threat that our world faces, and we seek to address it with real impact. Radical action through innovation and entrepreneurship is needed. The Climate Entrepreneurs Club aims to be multi-disciplinary across Imperial College London, to foster ideas that in the broader sense move us to net-zero carbon. We connect like-minded students from the bottom-up, across departments, that care about the topic of climate change and want to address it with their hightech or business skills.
By signing up to our club mailing list you will get access to: (1) our newsletter on environmental and entrepreneurship news and opportunities (2) a network of other current/aspiring climate entrepreneurs (3) the events run by the club throughout the year. Due to COVID this year is going to look a little different but previous events include panel discussions, pitch nights and ideation sessions. If you want to join as a participant in the activities, please fill out this form. For more information please contact email@example.com
Coffee Club - weekly - As a community of climate entrepreneurs, we are all aware of the importance of your network in order to drive concrete impact, and in the socially-distanced world we find ourselves in, we decided to make things a bit easier. We would like to organise and curate 1-1 weekly meetings among our members. That is, a 30 min "coffee" meeting with someone new within the club, each week. We believe this would be a wonderful way to get to know each other, and keep this community connected. If you like the initiative, all you have to do is sign up with the link below, write a short bio, and give us an idea of your availabilities. We will then introduce you to your weekly match! SIGN UP HERE.
Study Efficiency Sessions by the Dissability Advisory Service (DAS)
If any student requires study efficiency sessions please contact Emma Morrison firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment.
52nd BUSSTEPP Summer School - 29th August - 9th September 2023
For further information, please contact email@example.com
The Physics Department has a dedicated Departmental Careers Advisor, Professor Lesley Cohen. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also contact Jess Popplewell, Careers Consultant from Central College email@example.com. 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.
Warwick PhD Projects
We have some exciting fully funded PhD projects available in the Physics department at The University of Warwick. For a full list of funded projects available, please see the following link: Research projects (warwick.ac.uk). You will receive a tax free stipend at UKRI rates, for 2023-24 this is expected to be £18,200. An RTSG allowance is also available for consumables and travel. For further information, please see our admissions pages Postgraduate - Department of Physics (warwick.ac.uk) and also How to Apply (warwick.ac.uk). If you have any questions or require any help with the application process, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
PhD in Photonics/Optics - Apply by the 15th June 2023
Design and fabrication of 3D nano-structured surfaces for reduced environmental impact optics/photonics devices.
The candidate should have a strong theoretical and practical background in photonics or related fields and will be expected to contribute his/her own innovative ideas to develop new concepts and devices for ultra-fast nano-fabrications. The work will be performed in a team with optics department researchers (Profs, Engineers, PhD students …) and with external partners, both academic and industrial.
Start date : September 2023
Duration : 36 months
Applications close : 15th June 2023
Please send candidatures to Prof. Kevin Heggarty
kevin.heggarty@ i mt-atlantique . fr
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, email@example.com or visit the Outreach website.
Return to research grant for PhD students in optoelectronics/vision science
Rank Prize have launched a Return to Research grant for PhD students in optoelectronics and vision science whose research work has been disrupted by COVID-19. We are inviting PhD students to apply for one-off grant of up to £1,500 as they return to their research. More details here: bit.ly/3CDmZbT. More gejeral information can be found at Homepage - Rank Prize.
COVID-19 has had a huge impact on the PhD research community. Many students have been unable to return to campus, access facilities or research materials, attend conferences, pursue professional development opportunities, network with peers or visit other facilities. This fund will support students as they return to their research.
Apply for funds to: 1) purchase research equipment/materials; 2) attend a conference (travel or registration); 3) childcare costs where related to research or attending a professional event; 4) travel to another research facility; professional development or research-related training; 5) home office equipment.
Imperial Award 2022-2023
Please check the Student Guidance document, and other materials and should you wish to apply, visit Award website to find out the most up-to-date information.
CoachBright: An Introduction & Our Spring Opportunities
We are a social mobility charity that is working to make education fairer for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. We work with local schools across London to provide pupils with 1:2 or 1:3 academic coaching through a programme designed to improve grades, confidence, independence and resilience. We are about to launch our Spring programmes across London and are in need of around 300 volunteers, to coach either Maths, English or Science. We provide all our volunteer coaches with training DBS checks, SSAT leadership accreditations, and it can count towards students placement hours if necessary. Students can sign up to volunteer with us directly via this link: https://bit.ly/londonapplications2023
Exercises that all PG Research student should focus on
- Any student that started in October 2022 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 2022, 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 2021, 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 2021 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 2020 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 2019 and still hasn’t completed exercises and the Exam Entry forms online should do so by return as your 48M deadline is coming up. The registration will be ending at the end of September unless your supervisor requested an extension.
- 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 on the PhD schedule of study page.