Training on eating disorders and London’s best teachers: News from the College

Here’s a batch of fresh news and announcements from across Imperial.

Eating disorders overlooked

Training medics to recognise the warning signs of eating disorders is being overlooked, leading to massive failures in the NHS.

These are the findings of the cross-party Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee , which claims “a lack of understanding of eating disorders among doctors…is resulting in too many avoidable deaths”.

Imperial’s Dr Dasha Nicholls, who heads the Royal College of Psychiatry’s Faculty for Eating Disorders , gave evidence to the parliamentary panel in May.

Highlighting gaps in mental health services available to adults - with pressures on adult services around six times that of child services - Dr Nicholls explained that significant investment is needed to bring services up to scratch, adding that the RCPsych is “lobbying hard” for curriculum review in the UK’s medical schools.

She told the committee: “There are a lot of missed opportunities for bringing eating disorders into the [medical] training.”

Low-carbon pathways for EU

researchers have begun a new project to develop technologically, socially and politically feasible pathways to a low-carbon economy in a range of major economies including the EU.

National Technical University in Athens leads the three-year project, funded by 8 million from EU Horizon 2020, with Imperial playing a major role in global integrated assessment modelling, as well as national energy system modelling of the world’s major economies. Imperial College London participants include Dr Ajay Gambhir, Dr Joeri Rogelj and Dr Alexandre Koberle from the Grantham Institute, with Dr Adam Hawkes and Dr Sara Giarola from the Sustainable Gas Institute.

Teacher of the Year

Imperial College London is supporting London’s best teachers, by sponsoring the STEM Teacher of the Year category at this year’s London Teacher of the Year Awards.

The winner was Preetmal Poonith from Barnhill Community High, Hillingdon. Preetmal shares his passion for maths with pupils and his ability to motivate children and build up their self-belief is reflected in outstanding results.

At the award ceremony, hosted at the headquarters of the Royal Aeronautical Society, 35 awards were presented to the city’s most talented teachers. As well as sponsoring the category, Imperial was also one of the judging organisations of the awards.

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Joanna Wilson
Communications and Public Affairs