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Director of ICT

Ms Sonja Browning-Page has accepted appointment as Director of ICT from 12 November 2018.

Reporting to the Chief Information Officer (CIO), Sonja will be responsible for customer service, project management and development and service operations within ICT, maintaining the services and ensuring ongoing support for all users, staff and students.

Sonja joins the College from the University of Surrey, where as Deputy IT Director she was responsible for the strategy and provision of all IT services.

Vice Deans, Faculty of Medicine

The Faculty of Medicine has made the following Vice-Dean appointments, with effect from 1 October 2018. 

VICE-DEAN (INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES)

Professor Desmond Johnston FMedSci has accepted appointment as Vice-Dean (International Activities) for the Faculty of Medicine. In this new role he will lead the Faculty of Medicine’s international partnership activities in research and education, especially for the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine. Professor Johnston holds a Chair of Clinical Endocrinology within the Department of Medicine and previously held the role of Vice-Dean (Education) within the Faculty. Prior to that he served the College as Clinical Consul.

VICE-DEAN (EDUCATION)

Following Professor Johnston’s new appointment, Mr Martin Lupton has accepted appointment as Vice-Dean (Education) for the Faculty of Medicine. In this role he will lead all of the Faculty of Medicine’s undergraduate and postgraduate education activity. Mr Lupton continues his role as Head of the Undergraduate School of Medicine. He is also Clinical Senior Lecturer within the Faculty.

VICE-DEAN (ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT)

Professor Neil Ferguson OBE FMedSci has accepted appointment as Vice-Dean (Academic Development) for the Faculty of Medicine. In this role he will lead on developing the Faculty of Medicine’s inter-Faculty partnership research activities. Professor Ferguson holds a Chair in Mathematical Biology and is Head of the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology within the School of Public Health.

The above Vice-Dean appointments are made for an initial period of five years in the first instance.

A full list of current Vice-Deans for the Faculty of Medicine is available at: www.imperial.ac.uk/medicine/about-us/faculty-leadership

College consuls

Professor Peter Lindstedt, Professor of Thermofluids in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been re-elected as Senior College Consul for a further period to 31 August 2019.

Professor Richard Jardine, Professor of Geomechanics in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been elected to succeed Professor Marek Sergot as one of the Consuls for the Faculty of Engineering and the Business School for the period 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2021.

Professor Terry Tetley, Professor of Lung Cell Biology at the National Heart and Lung Institute, has been reappointed as non-clinical Consul for the Faculty of Medicine for a further term to 31 December 2018.

The current list of Consuls is set out below:

Senior Consul: Professor Peter Lindstedt

Faculty of Engineering and the Business School: Professor Yun Xu

Faculty of Engineering and the Business School: Professor Richard Jardine

Faculty of Medicine (non-clinical): Professor Terry Tetley

Faculty of Medicine (clinical): Professor Peter Openshaw

Faculty of Natural Sciences and the Education Office: Professor Lesley Cohen

Faculty of Natural Sciences and the Education Office: Professor Jonathan Mestel

National Pay Award 2018/19

UCEA (the Universities and Colleges Employers’ Association) has advised that institutions can now implement the 2018/19 national pay settlement.

The College’s national pay scales have therefore been updated to incorporate a rise of 2% effective from 1 August 2018 for those staff remaining on national non-clinical rather than local pay scales.

Payment at the appropriate new rates will be made in September 2018 salaries, including arrears for August.

Head of the National Heart and Lung Institute

Professor Edwin Chilvers (FMedSci) has accepted appointment as Head of the National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI) and Chair of Medicine with effect from October 1 2018. Professor Chilvers’ term of office as Head of the NHLI will be for an initial period of five years.

Professor Chilvers is currently Head of the Respiratory Medicine Division at the University of Cambridge and Director of Graduate Education at its School of Clinical Medicine. He qualified in Medicine from the University of Nottingham, was a medical registrar at Hammersmith Hospital before winning an MRC Clinical Training Fellowship, followed by a lectureship and then a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh.

Professor Chilvers has a distinguished career in respiratory research. His main research interests are in inflammatory cell biology and, in particular, the intracellular signals that regulate the activation and survival of white blood cells, with translational relevance to a range of inflammatory lung diseases including COPD, asthma and acute lung injury. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2007, currently chairs the research committee of the British Lung Foundation and was the immediate past-President of the British Thoracic Society. He was awarded a ScD by the University of Cambridge in 2016.

Interim Head of Department of Surgery and Cancer

Professor Mark Thursz, Professor of Hepatology, has accepted appointment as Interim Head of the Department of Surgery & Cancer with effect from 1 August 2018, until a permanent successor to Professor Jeremy Nicholson has taken up appointment.

Professor Thursz joined the College in 1991 as a research fellow and was appointed Senior Lecturer in 1997. He was promoted to Professor in 2006. He was previously Deputy Head of the Department of Surgery and Cancer and will retain his roles as Clinical Director of Integrative Systems Medicine and Digestive Diseases and Director of the NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre at the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

Professor Thursz’ research is focused on viral hepatitis and alcohol related liver disease. His early work on genetic susceptibility and natural history of viral hepatitis identified a number of factors which determine clinical outcomes. He is also renowned for his translational research in alcoholic hepatitis and has recently acquired an MRC Stratified Medicine award to explore novel biomarkers for diagnosis, prognosis and risk of infection in this condition.

Director of the School of Public Health

Professor Deborah Ashby, currently Interim Head of the School of Public Health and Chair in Medical Statistics and Clinical Trials, has accepted appointment as Director of the School of Public Health with effect from 1 July 2018, for an initial period of 5 years.

Professor Ashby joined the College in 2008, and since then she has occupied a number of leadership positions, including Co-Director of the Imperial Clinical Trials Unit.

Her research focuses on clinical trials, risk-benefit decision making for medicines, and the utility of Bayesian approaches in these areas. Professor Ashby was awarded an OBE for services to medicine in 2009 and was appointed an NIHR Senior Investigator in 2010. She was elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2012 and is President-Elect of the Royal Statistical Society.

Director of Music and Director of the Blyth Centre

Mr Oliver Gooch has accepted appointment of Director of Music and Director of the Blyth Centre, with effect from 1 August 2018.

In this role he will be responsible for fostering musicianship and musical and visual art activity at the College, including conducting the College’s flagship Symphony Orchestra and supporting other student musical ensembles.

Mr Gooch is a former Associate Conductor at the Royal Opera House, Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé, and Philharmonia and a Music Director for Raymond Gubbay Ltd. He has conducted orchestras around the world, including the Queensland Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony, New York Sinfonietta, Orchestra I Pomeriggi Milano, and has recently made a debut recording with the RTÉ National Symphony. Mr Gooch has also been involved in student music at the University of Cambridge, conducting both university orchestras, and leading three international orchestra tours and four European choir tours.

President’s 2018 awards and medals for excellence in education

The President’s Awards for Excellence in Education celebrate staff who have made outstanding contributions in teaching, research supervision and supporting the student experience.

PRESIDENT’S AWARDS AND MEDALS FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING 

Awards for Excellence in Teaching are presented annually to members of academic staff judged to have been most outstanding in the quality, organisation and presentation of their teaching.

The President’s Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Excellence is awarded to the following staff:

Dr Mirabelle Muuls, Imperial Business School 

President’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching are conferred on the following staff: 

Mr Andrew Brand, Dyson School of Design Engineering

Ms Valentina Cattane, Graduate School

Dr Adria Junyent Ferre, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Dr Bradley Ladewig, Department of Chemical Engineering

PRESIDENT’S AWARDS AND MEDALS FOR EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH SUPERVISION 

The President’s Awards for Excellence in Research Supervision recognise staff who have made exceptional contributions in the supervision, encouragement and support of research students.

President’s Medal for Excellence in Research Supervision is awarded to:

Dr Krysia Broda, Department of Computing

Professor Yun Xu, Department of Chemical Engineering 

President’s Awards for Excellence in Research Supervision are conferred on the following staff:

Professor Dan Crisan, Department of Mathematics

Ms Karen Makuch, Centre for Environmental Policy

Professor Ahmer Wadee, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

PRESIDENT’S AWARDS AND MEDALS FOR EXCELLENCE IN SUPPORTING THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE 

The President’s Awards for Excellence in Supporting the Student Experience recognise the importance placed by the College on the contribution of all staff (academic, professional and technical) to underpinning the College’s learning environment for students.

President’s Medals for Supporting the Student Experience are awarded to the following staff:

Mrs Clare Drysdale, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Dr Wayne Mitchell, Department of Medicine 

President’s Awards for Excellence in Supporting the Student Experience are conferred on the following staff: 

Dr Louise Blakemore, National Heart & Lung Institute

Dr Simon Bland, Department of Physics

Dr Michael Emerson, National Heart & Lung Institute

Dr Matthew Greetham, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr Colin Hale, Department of Chemical Engineering

Mr Anderson Santos, Department of Mathematics

Dr Mark Ungless, Institute of Clinical Sciences

Dr Julie Varley, Department of Mechanical Engineering