Educational Development Unit

The Educational Development Unit works collaboratively across the College to generally support and enhance learning, teaching, and educational development. Staff in the Unit have expertise and research interests across a broad spectrum of higher education practice, theory and policy.

Academic English for STEMM communication


The Centre for Academic English provides an extensive range of courses and workshops to develop the academic STEMM communication competence of all Imperial College London academics, researchers and students, both native and non-native speakers. For Imperial staff and researchers (including doctoral students), we provide training for external academic communication, including writing research papers for publication, presenting at conferences, writing grant applications and writing for the REF. Our provision for first-year undergraduates up to final-year doctoral students responds to their academic communication needs at each stage of their studies, including writing a lab report, presenting a poster, writing a literature review, writing a thesis – and many more.

Imperial College London Doctoral Academic Communication Requirement

After fulfilling the English language entry requirement for admission, all doctoral students must fulfil the Imperial College London Doctoral Academic Communication Requirement (DACR). This is done through taking DACR Assessment 1. Depending on the result of this initial assessment, students may also need to have a progress check (DACR Assessment 2) as part of the Early Stage Assessment (ESA) carried out by their department.

How to fulfil the Requirement

Students must take the first available assessment(DACR Assessment 1) after fully registering onto their doctoral programme within 3 months of the registration date. This is because the Requirement aims to identify as soon as possible those who need to improve their writing competence and to ensure they can access support in the first 9 months of their doctoral programme. 

For further information, please see the DACR webpage

Evening Class Programme

The 2-term Evening Class programme run by the Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (located on Level 3 of the Sherfield Building) is open to all staff at Imperial. You will be able to attend a range of Evening Classes in various languages at various levels, as well as classes in Creative Writing, Pleasures of Music, Music Technology and Film Appreciation.
Groups are no bigger than 20 and attract students from Imperial, other nearby colleges, and members of the general public.

For further information, including course descriptions, fee and enrolment details, please visit the Humanities website or contact the Humanities Administrator ( - extension 48756).

Nurse Training Updates

Any nurse employed by the College with an honorary contract within an NHS hospital should be able to access relevant training within that hospital.