February 2020 | Issue 46
Jenny Higham Collaboration Grant Award Evening

Imperial students represented their teams in presenting the projects to Professor Jenny Higham during a celebratory evening

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The Professor Jenny Higham Collaboration Grant is offered to students from Imperial and LKCMedicine to initiate and undertake innovative cross-border projects together. The Grant was established in 2017 when Professor Jenny Higham, who was LKCMedicine Senior Vice-Dean from 2013 to 2015, generously donated the cash prize of S$25,000 from the Nanyang Technological University Gold Award – the University's most prestigious award for teaching excellence – to both Schools, which was matched by Imperial and LKCMedicine. To date, a total of 13 collaborative projects has been funded through the Grant. 

On Tuesday, 21 January, an Award Evening was held for Imperial recipients of the Grant at Imperial's South Kensington campus. LKCMedicine students also had the opportunity to present their projects during the LKCMedicine Scholarly Projects Evening at the Novena Campus on 15 January.

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The Award Evening was attended by Prof Higham, who is now Principal at St George's, University of London. She gave the opening address for the evening and thanked the students for their participation and enthusiasm in the Grant. Imperial's Vice-Dean (International Activities) Professor Desmond Johnston and Vice-Dean (Education) Mr Martin Lupton also attended the event. 

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Five groups of Imperial students presented their projects from 2018 and 2019 on behalf of their team. The projects covered a fascinating range of topics, from community involvement projects and a study on sleep beliefs, to research on disordered eating in female students and improving children’s understanding of asthma through graphic design. The students described the outcomes of their projects, which included plans for continuing these projects in the future, improvements to knowledge of medicine in other countries, design of guidance for students and presentation at Transform MedEd 2020.

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The students described their own personal developments and talked about the confidence that they had gained from working on their projects and expressed their heartfelt appreciation to Prof Higham for establishing the Grant. The presentations were followed by a pizza reception and the opportunity for Imperial staff and students to further discuss their work. 

Imperial students who are interested in applying for the 2020 Grant also attended the event to find out more. The application for the grant requires three stages: Stage 1 (Initial Expression of Interest), Stage 2 (Initial Proposal) and Stage 3 (Final Proposal to Panel). An amount of up to S$5,000 may be awarded per project to successful recipients. In Stage 1, students complete an online form to show an expression of interest. 

More information about the Grant can be found on the Imperial website.