June 2014 | ISSUE 12
London Calling

Paul Ratcliffe
Deputy Faculty Education Officer and Singapore Project Manager

It is hard to believe that I am writing the last London Calling article of the academic year already. Reflecting on the past year, one aspect of the School that I have most admired is how hard everyone works – both the students and the staff. It just goes to show what can be achieved in such a short space of time with lots of hard work. Since the collaboration moved into its operational phase not only is the School busy operating Year One, but at the same time it is working closely with Imperial to finish the curriculum for Year Two and plan Phases Two and Three.

Student feedback is something that Imperial takes very seriously and LKCMedicine is certainly no different. The Student Voice system, the Staff-Student Liaison Groups and informal discussions and feedback have all been integral to identifying areas for further improvement. It is important for the School to keep in touch with the students on these issues, letting them know that they have been listened to and informing them as to what actions have been taken. There are excellent communication and formal support networks in place to allow this to happen well and foster good relations between staff and students; and alongside these, there are also plenty of social events. We enjoyed looking at the pictures from the recent Peanut Butter and Jam night!

Back in London, we are keeping a close eye on all the deadlines to ensure that the Year Two curriculum is ready well before the second cohort begins in August. Having joined the London team on 2 June 2014, Dr Eleanor Sheppard, Collaboration Officer for Governance and Educational Quality, is responsible for working with colleagues at LKCMedicine to ensure the course is of the highest quality and complies with all the relevant regulatory requirements. I look forward to introducing her to our Singaporean colleagues soon.