Welcome to  Woodward Buildings

Rising up to 18 storeys, we take pride in being one of the largest and newest Imperial’s Hall of residence. Each year, we become home to over 800 students (!) as they embark on their university life.

Our Hall consists of 3 multistorey residential blocks: B, C & D, all located in the close vicinity of the North Acton Tube station. We are closer to a tube station than any other Hall, so getting to and from central London has never been easier!

We have a dedicated team of Wardens, Subwardens and Hall Seniors who are here to support you. In addition, we benefit from a 24/7 Concierge with on-site Security, as well as a Housekeeping team. 

With a great and vibrant community comes a great set of modern facilities such as a rooftop terrace, great London views, games room, study areas and music rooms. Join us for the most enjoyable and rewarding student experience! 


Arrivals

Make sure you are prepared for your arrival by following these 4 easy steps:

1. Read the Hall rules

You will be required to sign that you agree to the Hall Rules before receiving your key 

2. Join the Facebook group

And follow us on Instagram and Twitter! Then you can stay up-to-date with news and get in touch with other Woodwardians. 

4. eservice, ehalls

 Make sure you have registered and uploaded your picture on Student eService. Next, register on eHalls BEFORE your arrival.

3. Get your event tickets

Once tickets are available for our Fresher’s Fortnight events, we will provide the link here for you to buy your tickets!

Moving-in Day

Find all the information you might need to prepare for your move into Halls

Moving into Halls

Please follow the College link below for more information about moving into halls, including:guidance on arrival windows, what to bring with you, and the requirements for those arriving from green, amber and red-list countries.


Directions and Parking on Moving-in Day

Guidance and information regarding directions and parking on moving-in day will be provided to you in advance of your arrival date.

On Duty today

The duty warden replies to the emergencies and welfare number and can be reached between 19:00 – 8:00 on weekdays and all day during the weekend/holidays. Outside these hours, you will be assisted by Woodward Concierge. 

Emergency and welfare

Please call: +44(0) 7739 299 516. Calls between 11 pm and 8 am for emergencies or noise complaints only please.

For non-urgent matters, email us on woodward.wardens@ imperial.ac.uk

Woodward concierge

For on-site security and facilities, please call +44(0)20 7594 9971. For lockouts, come speak to the Reception desk directly. 

warden Office hours

The warden office hours are held between 7-8 pm every day during term-time. These office hours provide you with an opportunity to speak with the duty sub-warden about any issues or uncertainties you may have. You can also come to the warden office hours to borrow games, mattresses and other equipment.

Defects? 

Report them on eHalls (scroll down to the “Defect Report” tab on your left-hand menu). Please speak to the Reception team for urgent matters. 

Events

Here you can find all of the upcoming Fresher’s Fortnight Events!
You can also find the full Fresher’s Fortnight schedule, including events run by the Union, as well as a link to where you can buy tickets for our hall events further down this page.

Highlights from events in previous years!

Fresher’s Fortnight Schedule

Fresher’s Fortnight is the first two weeks of the academic year, beginning on Saturday the 2nd of October and continuing all the way up until the 17th of October, where the Student Union and all of the Halls of Residence hold a variety of exciting events for incoming students!

We have compiled all of the events available to you during Fresher’s Fortnight as Imperial College students and Woodward residents in the calendar below; the larger events are events being run specifically for Woodward residents, while the events in small white boxes are those being run by the Union, where students from across the whole of the first year cohort can attend!

Event Tickets

This year, all of our events, with the exception of the Freshers’ Party, will be completely free for you to attend and will not require sign-up!

You can find tickets for the Freshers’ Party in the Woodward Halls section of the Union Shop, which you can get to directly from here by clicking on the link below!

You will need to sign in to verify you are a student and a resident at Woodward before you can access the tickets, and each student will be limited to buying one ticket for themselves (£15) and one ticket for an external guest (£25).

We look forward to seeing lots of you there!

Our Wardening Team

Our Wardening team consists of 2 Wardens, 1 Assistant Warden and 11 Subwardens. 

Abigail Ackerman

Warden

Abi is one of the Wardens at Woodward, living with her partner Luke. She is a Research Associate in the Department of Materials, working on corrosion of metals. This mainly involves building corrosive atmosphere environments, breaking bits of metal and trying not to accidentally burn down or blow up the RSM. She has previously lived in Germany and Cyprus, and came to Imperial 6 years ago at the start of her PhD. You can usually find her either on or near a stage enjoying or performing musical theatre, baking, or spray painting furniture in an effort to upcycle because she saw a YouTube tutorial and it looked super easy. Abi can’t wait to meet everyone!

Victor Pedrosa

Warden

Hi, I am Victor, one of the Wardens of Woodward Buildings. I live in block C with my lovely wife Maria. I am just finishing my PhD and starting as a Research Associate at the Department of Bioengineering. I work with computational neuroscience, trying to understand how our brain works. I am particularly interested in the brain’s unique ability to learn and form new memories. I am from Brazil, where I got my degree in chemistry and my masters in physics. In my free time, I like to run in the park, cook and sculpt! I look forward to meeting all of you!

Matthew Bidwell

Assistant Warden

Matt is the Assistant Warden of Woodward Buildings, living with his partner Iuliana in B block. He is a Research Assistant at Imperial, currently finishing off his PhD before starting a Research Fellowship in the Department of Chemistry. His work involves designing and synthesising new materials for organic solar cells and solar fuels, helping to develop new renewable energy technologies to fight against climate change. He is from both Pennsylvania, USA and Surrey in the UK so has a uniquely Mid-Atlantic accent (often mistaken for many other nationalities!). He has previously worked in Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Southampton and is looking for future jobs in more places starting with S. He joined Imperial College is an undergraduate student 10 years ago so can answers most questions you have about the College! In his free time he loves hiking, playing baseball, D&D and exploring great new restaurants in London. He is looking forward to meeting all the new students!

Maria Valkova

B block subwarden

Maria is an Imperial Aeronautics graduate, currently in the final year of PhD in multifunctional composite materials. Having grown up in London, she looks forward to welcoming you to this beautiful city and has a ton of suggestions for gorgeous places to go for a stroll. Her interests include books, music, travel, photography, good TV, comedy and politics. Maria is always here to lend an ear – for the good, the bad and the in-between! 🙂

Paul Jurj

B block subwarden

With a genuine affability coupled with a pinch of humour Paul is a friendly exponent of its kind He started his journey in a rustic village in western Romania where he spent his early years, but he ended up in different places during each stage of his education, from village to city, bigger city and finally London, so he understands how daunting massive changes are for Freshers. Paul is much into sports, books, politics and travelling, but if the Fresher doesn’t share his interests, he will find an excuse to talk about hid PhD in Particle Physics or his (so far) 6 years of experience at Imperial!

Naima Adan

B block subwarden

Hello, I’m Naima! I am from Somali, but lived in the fine cities of Nairobi, Oslo and Birmingham. I’m based in the bioengineering department with a background in biomedical sciences. My research primarily focuses on studying the non-canonical regulation of hypoxia inducible factor-1a. My main passion in life is to hunt for independent coffee shops. Besides coffee, I also enjoy photography, roller-skating (badly), travelling and watching stand-up comedy shows. I am an avid lover of exploring new cuisines. Can’t wait to meet you all, and welcome you to Woodward 🙂

Nayana Iyer

C block subwarden

Hi, I’m Nayana. I grew up in Botswana, and I’ve been at Imperial for 4 years. I’m a second year PhD student in the Department of Surgery and Cancer trying to study how DNA structure influences the immune system’s response to ovarian cancer. Outside of my PhD, I enjoy dancing, going to stand-up comedy shows, and finding long walks to go on. I also usually have a knitting project on the go and am slightly obsessed with houseplants. I’m really excited to meet you all, and am happy to have a chat about anything or give you some advice about living in London/university life if ever you need 🙂

Anastasiya Malyshava

C block subwarden

Anastasiya studies Bioengineering and she is going into her second year of PhD at Imperial having graduated from the University of Edinburgh. Anastasiya is driven by direct social impact and aims to apply her research in synthetic biology in ways that will give a tangible output. Apart from the studies, she has many hobbies: dancing Salsa and Bachata, playing violin in her free time, drawing and occasionally attending photography workshops. She simply admires aesthetics and beauty in everything, so feel free to join her on socially distant strolls around London exhibitions – she is hoping to share her experience and passions with you!

Alexa Segal

C block subwarden

Alexa is from Philadelphia, US and this is her fifth year on the Woodward wardening team! She is doing her PhD in Health Economics at Imperial. Her research focuses on childhood obesity strategy and fiscal policy evaluations. Her academic background is in Epidemiology and Public Health. Alexa is extremely outgoing and excited to learn about the healthcare, culture, favourite foods and recipes that everyone has to share. So come and talk to Alexa about anything! Her main interests include travelling, wine, cooking and baking, gin and tonics and anything non-related to US politics 🙂


Neelima Kc

C block subwarden 

Neelima is a 2nd year PhD student in Department of Bioengineering studying mechanobiology of Pancreatic cancer metastasis. Neelima moved to London in Feb, 2020 from Boston, Massachusetts. In her free time Neelima enjoys going to the gym, running, hiking, traveling (when possible), trying out different food and drinks, binge watching shows on Netflix, playing board games, and the list goes on. Neelima is really excited to meet you all, and have lots of fun in 2021-22. 🙂

Jack Lyons

Jack Lyons

D block subwarden 

Jack is originally from just about London (Watford), and he did his undergraduate and masters at the university of Manchester. Jack then decided to return to London for his PhD and he is now entering his third year at Imperial in the Department of Materials. Apart from the studies, Jack is an avid cook and loves to explore different types of cuisine and discover new small restaurants for inspiration. He is also an avid card player and also enjoys games in a wide variety as well from League of Legends to Dungeons and Dragons. Jack has also spent a large amount of time doing amateur dramatics and also has modelled for a number of different projects! Jack is a very outgoing person who loves nothing more than sitting down for a cup of tea and a round of cards so feel free to come find him anytime as he is always happy to learn some new games!

Navraj Lalli

Navraj Lalli

D block subwarden

Nav is about to start the first year of his PhD in computational with a bit of experimental Fluid Mechanics after having just finished studying Mechanical Engineering at Imperial for 4 years. He is initially from Newcastle and so, unsurprisingly, loves football. His other hobbies include include the gym, cycling, running, hiking and anything else outdoors really. Nav would like to say a massive congratulations for getting into Imperial, he looks forward to welcoming you to Woodward and helping you to smoothly transition into university life. If you ever want to chat or need any advice, he will be more than happy to help! 🙂

William Skinner

D block subwarden

Will is originally from Somerset in the South-West of England, but moved to London four years ago to do his MEng in Materials Science and Engineering at Imperial. During these four years, Will has been both a fresher and a hall senior at Woodward! This year, he will be beginning the first year of a PhD with the Department of Materials. Will is a big fan of trying new foods, discovering different kinds of music and is always very happy to chat about anything! Will’s hobbies include running, cycling, swimming, roller skating and kayaking – you’ll normally find him going out for a run or cycle most mornings of the week, and he is always very happy to have company! If you have any questions about being a student at Imperial, living at Woodward or running/cycling in London, or if you would just like to have a chat over a cup of tea (or hot chocolate), Will is happy to oblige!

Liam Parkin

D block subwarden

Liam is originally from Derby in the midlands, and he did his undergraduate at the University of Manchester (MChem chemistry). Liam then moved to London to do a PhD in the department of chemistry investigating the oxidation of methane to liquid products. When not in the lab, Liam enjoys going to the pub, and to counteract the calories gained at the pub he also enjoys cycling and hiking, particularly in the peak district. He is always up for a natter, and is looking forward to meeting all the new students in October.

Meet the Hall Seniors

Seniors are very friendly undergraduate students who have already experienced the Freshers’ year and have plenty of tips to share with those just settling in their uni life.
They are the chosen ones who will carry out various roles to fuel the Hall’s social scene, from organising sports days to helping to set up parties, tower challenges and more chilled movie nights. 
Below you can find the hall senior team of 2021-2022!