We will enrich the student experience
Providing a broad range of activities, services and support for our students beyond their studies helps them to develop wider talents and to be successful.
The services and experiences available to our students will be shaped by them through our partnership with Imperial College Union. We aim to provide a portfolio of inclusive activities and services to support and develop the breadth of talent in our student body and to celebrate the diversity of our students.
Actions in detail
- We will recognise students as key stakeholders and consult them on the decisions that directly affect them.
- We will prioritise the mental well-being of the student body, recognising this as both a moral imperative and a prerequisite of academic success.
- We will work with employers and our network of alumni to prepare our students for their careers after graduation.
- We will continue to enhance our portfolio of student support services.
- We will engage students at all points of their time at Imperial so that they feel part of a prestigious community and become engaged alumni.
Imperial College Union societies
Imperial College Union’s student activities programme provides students with hundreds of opportunities to learn new skills, make friends and broaden their horizons. The programme is an integral part of the student experience at the College.
With over 55 per cent of students joining one of Imperial’s 340 clubs and societies, thousands of students take part in activities from Kung Fu to knitting, and Drama Society to dodgeball. Engaging with activities allows students to build capabilities and support networks outside of academia that help them excel through their College journey and beyond. Involvement in activities is documented through Imperial Plus, a formal programme for recognising and celebrating the skills that students develop through their involvement in a wide range of volunteering roles inside and outside of the College community. Students reflect on the value of these skills and receive a certificate acknowledging the time they have invested. The recognition of the personal development that comes with participation in activities or leading clubs allows students to recognise and celebrate the links between this development and their employability and future successes.
Abi de Bruin, Imperial College Union Deputy President (Clubs & Societies) in 2014–15, notes the long term impact that the Union’s support for student activities can have. “Student activities at Imperial are yet another way that our students achieve above and beyond the ordinary, developing skills that prepare them for life after College.”
131 nationalities: Number of nationalities represented among our undergraduate and postgraduate students in 2014–15
Winners of a Dragons’ Den-style event, hosted by the Centre for Doctoral Training at Imperial’s Institute of Chemical Biology, where doctoral students pitched their business ideas to a panel of judges
Staff and students take part in a game of tag rugby on the Queen’s Lawn as part of the Energia Fitness Fun Day, run by the Active Lifestyles team
Jezebel, a 1916 Dennis ‘N’ Type fire engine, is one of Imperial’s oldest mascots
A team of Imperial students at the summit of Dauru in India’s Obra Valley. The team achieved the first ever recorded ascent of this 5,877m peak, as part of an expedition supported by Imperial’s Exploration Board
Imperial students cleaning up Deen City Farm’s pond as part of National Student Volunteering Week
Rowers from the Imperial College Boat Club, one of the most successful student rowing clubs in the country