By Paul Ratcliffe
Deputy Director of Education Management, Faculty of Medicine
Whilst Imperial and LKCMedicine have both invested in state-of-the-art video conferencing facilities to keep in regular contact, it is always fantastic to see our Singapore colleagues in person. The last couple of months have been busy with exciting visits and the coming months are no exception.
In late October, we welcomed LKCMedicine Dean Professor James Best to Imperial on his first official visit since taking on the role. He was accompanied by Executive Vice-Dean for Administration Professor Lionel Lee who is by now a familiar face at Imperial.
They had a jam-packed schedule before them, starting off with a site visit to Imperial West, the College’s major new 25-acre campus in West London. Professor David Gann, Imperial’s Vice-President for Development and Innovation briefed them on this exciting new development, which includes a £150m research and translation hub.
Education and the LKCMedicine curriculum also formed a large part of the agenda with Professors Best and Lee meeting the curriculum development team in the London Office of LKCMedicine to hear about the design and development of the curriculum. Also on the itinerary were numerous meetings with researchers within the Faculty of Medicine to explore the potential for collaborations.
Their visit coincided with a very special week for Imperial, during which we held the College’s Commemoration Day on the Wednesday and hosted Singapore President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam on Friday, which brought much excitement.
From left: LKCMedicine Dean Prof Best with LKCMedicine Executive Vice-Dean for Administration Prof Lee and NTU Chief of Staff and Vice-President for Research Prof Lam Khin Yong; and Prof Best and Prof Lee meeting the London Office team and LKCMedicine Vice-Dean for Education Assoc Prof Naomi Low-Beer
Professors Best and Lee, who were joined by NTU Chief of Staff and Vice-President for Research Professor Lam Khin Yong, watched the Faculty of Medicine ceremony during which Professor Jenny Higham, the Faculty of Medicine’s Vice Dean for Education & Institutional Affairs and LKCMedicine’s Senior Vice-Dean, received the Imperial College Medal for her outstanding contributions to the setting up LKCMedicine.
A couple of weeks later the curriculum team, including Curriculum Development Lead Dr James Stratford-Martin, Deputy Curriculum Lead Dr Anna Romito, Collaboration Officer Catherine Robinson and I travelled to Singapore for the Phase 2 Away Day. The Away Day and the various meetings with Year 3 Subject Leads successfully facilitated much discussion on the development of the curriculum. This ensures that despite being some 6,700 miles apart, good relationships can be developed and maintained to facilitate the further curriculum development to deliver on time.
The suitcases will get a brief respite over the holiday period before they are packed again to attend the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony in Singapore on 8 January 2015, which we are all looking forward to. This will be another opportunity to meet colleagues at LKCMedicine whilst celebrating the world-class infrastructure that is being invested in.
To continue building on the success of the November Away Day, Imperial will host LKCMedicine’s Year 3 Subject Leads in London in March 2015. Subject Leads will be matched to their respective counterparts here in London. As well as spending time in clinical education settings, there will be ample opportunity for sharing experiences and best practices in clinical teaching that will inform the delivery of Year 3 teaching at LKCMedicine and also the clinical years here at Imperial. The Singapore Subject Leads will reciprocate and host their Imperial counterparts at LKCMedicine and their hospital in Singapore later in 2015.
As we approach the end of the calendar year with fond memories of an exciting and busy 2014 for the collaboration, there is already plenty to look forward to in 2015.
On behalf of the London Office of LKCMedicine and my Imperial colleagues, season’s greetings!