Lots of new things here at Imperial in the last week! It can only be snippets...
Imperial College Health Trust has Data Protection Mis-Hap
Imperial College Health Trust has become the latest NHS Health Trust to sign a new data protection agreement. The news follows the theft of several laptops from St Mary's Hospital, including one which held unencrypted information about 6,000 patients.
A government organisation losing 6,000 people's personal details would have been big news this time last year. Unfortunately, the government has lost so much crap in the last year that this news article is relegated right down into a snippet, and not really covered by any national press at all.
As a part of the agreement, Imperial College Health Trust has to ensure that all devices containing personal data are appropriately secure, improve physical security and make sure that staff are aware of security and data protection policies within the trust.
Eastside and Southside Portacabins Removed
The porta cabins have been removed from the site of the new Prince's Gardens accommodation. This means that, for the first time since the building work finished, you can see out of the windows at Southside! It also shows that the end to the huge building project is finally in sight...
Union Website Gets a Make-Over
Imperial College Union launched a new website last week. The new website was praised by outgoing ICU President, Jenny Morgan, at this year's President's Dinner.
The website contains the same information held on the previous Union website, but makes navigation simpler and hopes to further improve the Imperial College Union brand.
A new laboratory has appeared on the ground-floor of the Skempton building. Described as "covered in vinyls", it seems that the new lab is the "Reach Out" lab; a part of Imperial's outreach programme.
The outreach programme is spear-headed by Professor Robert Winston, and plans to establish a dedicated schools laboratory and seminar facility based at the College to give pupils and teachers experience of hands-on science in areas such as DNA analysis and robotics.
Lord Winston says that "giving young people the chance to get involved in practical work in a scientific environment is the key to inspiring them to see science as exciting. That's important because we need a scientifically-literate population in order to have informed national debates about what we want to achieve and how. The other side of the coin is that scientists must listen to public concerns about science, so that we have a genuine two-way dialogue."