Category: College Announcements

New Director of the Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication

Dr Roberto Trotta, Senior Lecturer in Astrophysics, has accepted appointment as the new Director of the Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication. Dr Trotta will take up the role from 1 October 2015 and will report to the Vice Provost (Education).

Dr Trotta is a Senior Lecturer in Astrophysics at Imperial College London, where he studies dark matter, dark energy and the Big Bang, and an STFC Public Engagement Fellow. He was born and grew up in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland. After obtaining an MSc(Hons) in Physics from ETH  Zurich and a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Geneva, he moved to Oxford where he was the Lockyer Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society at Oxford University, and a Junior Fellow of St Anne’s, before being appointed at Imperial College in 2008.

He is a passionate science communicator and the recipient of numerous awards for his research, outreach and art and science collaborations, including the Lord Kelvin Award of the British Association for the Advancement of Science and the Michelson Prize of Case Western Reserve University. His award-winning first book for the public, “The Edge of the Sky: All you need to know about the All-There-Is”, endeavours to explain the Universe using only the most common 1,000 words in English. Roberto was named as one of the 100 Global Thinkers 2014 by Foreign Policy magazine (Nov 2014), for “junking astronomy jargon”.

John Neilson

College Secretary & Registrar

Election of Consuls and staff member on the Council

Election of Consuls

Professor Myra McClure, Professor of Retrovirology in the Department of Medicine, has been elected to succeed Professor Richard Thompson as the Senior Consul from 1 September 2015 to 31 August 2016.

Professor Terry Tetley, Professor of Lung Cell Biology in the National Heart and Lung Institute, has been elected to succeed Professor McClure as non-clinical Consul for the Faculty of Medicine from 1 September 2015 to 31 August 2018.

Professor Marek Sergot, Professor of Computational Logic in the Department of Computing, has been elected to succeed Professor Richard Jardine as one of the Consuls for the Faculty of Engineering and the Business School from 1 September 2015 to 31 August 2018.

The full list of Consuls for 2015-2016 is below:

Senior Consul Professor Myra McClure
Faculty of Engineering and Business School Professor Peter Lindstedt
Faculty of Engineering and Business School Professor Marek Sergot
Faculty of Medicine (non-clinical) Professor Terry Tetley
Faculty of Medicine (clinical) Professor Desmond Johnston
Faculty of Natural Sciences Professor Andrew Parry
Faculty of Natural Sciences Professor John Seddon

 

Elected staff member on the Council

Professor Neil Alford, Vice Dean for Research in the Faculty of Engineering and Acting Vice-Provost (Research) from 1 September 2015, has been elected to succeed Professor Nigel Gooderham as the Elected Staff Member on Council from 1 September 2015 to 31 August 2017.

 

John Neilson

College Secretary & Registrar

Imperial College Local Pay Award 2015-16

On 1 August 2015 the College’s local pay scales will be uprated to provide a flat rate increase of £450 to salary spine points from 1 to 38. More than 5,000 of the College’s staff will receive an increase ranging between 1.0% and 2.5% as a result of this flat rate addition to the salary spine.

The salary points from 39 and above, and all fixed salaries that are contractually subject to a cost of living award, will be increased by 1%.

Also with effect from 1 August 2015, the College will implement a revised rate for contract workers and regular casual workers (not Students’ Union casuals) who are deployed primarily on Imperial College activities, duties and responsibilities. The College will set a standard minimum full time salary of not less than £18,000, including London Allowance, pro-rated for part-time staff. This equates to an hourly rate of £9.23 per hour, increased from the current rate of £8.04 per hour. This rate will be reviewed annually, as part of the College’s local pay bargaining process, against internal and external benchmarks and relativities

This award is implemented on 1 August as the College’s best and final offer. The offer has been accepted by UNISON and UNITE and UCU are considering their position.

View details of the Local Pay Bargaining negotiations.

Director of Bioservices

Professor Marina Botto, Professor of Rheumatology in the Department of Medicine, has accepted appointment as the Director of Bioservices from 20 July 2015.

In her role of Director of Bioservices, Professor Botto will report to the Provost and will have overall responsibility for animal care and for the College’s animal research strategy, as well as continued implementation of the College’s Action Plan for Animal Research. This includes delivery of the highest standards of animal welfare in research and continued commitment to the replacement, reduction and refinement of the use of animals in research (the 3Rs). Professor Botto will chair the Central Biological Services Management and Strategy Committee and be a member of the Governance Board for Animal Research.

Professor Botto will hold the role of Director of Bioservices alongside her role as Director of the Centre for Complement and Inflammation Research in the Department of Medicine. Professor Botto joined the Royal Postgraduate Medical School (now Imperial College London) in 1995 as a Lecturer. She was promoted to Professor in 2003.

 

John Neilson

College Secretary & Registrar

Acting Vice-Provost (Research)

Professor Neil Alford, Vice Dean for Research, Faculty of Engineering, has accepted appointment as Acting Vice-Provost (Research) from 1 September 2015, until a permanent successor to Professor Donal Bradley has taken up appointment.

In this role Professor Alford will be responsible for developing and providing leadership to the delivery of the College’s research strategy, and for enhancing the quality, impact, management and delivery of research in the College.

Professor Alford joined the College in 2007, and since then he has occupied a number of leadership positions. Professor Alford was, until July 2015, Head of the Department of Materials, and he remains Vice Dean for Research in the Faculty of Engineering. His research focuses on Functional Materials, and in 2013 he was awarded the MBE for services to Engineering.

John Neilson

College Secretary & Registrar

Operational Excellence Programme Director

Mr Marc Gray joined the College as Operational Excellence Programme Director on 29 June 2015.

Reporting to the Provost, Marc will direct and oversee the development and implementation of a growing number of Operational Excellence (OE) projects and programmes. Current projects already in progress include the Student Information Management Programme (SIMP), eRecruitment, Library Services Projects, the Space Programme, and the Building Maintenance Project.

Marc joins the College from BAE Systems, where he spent 15 years in a variety of roles leading complex change and improvement programmes across engineering, operations and support services businesses, both within the UK and internationally.

John Neilson
College Secretary & Registrar

Extensions to Senior Appointments

Head of the Department of Computing

Professor Susan Eisenbach has accepted an extension to her appointment as Head of the Department of Computing until 31 August 2016.

Professor Eisenbach joined the College as a Lecturer in 1983. Her current research interests are about program correctness.

She was first appointed Head of the Department of Computing in 2010.

 

Head of the Department of Medicine

Professor Martin Wilkins has accepted an extension to his appointment as Head of the Department of Medicine until 31 July 2020.

Professor Wilkins joined the College as a Senior Lecturer in 1990. His primary research interest is the pathological basis of pulmonary hypertension and its treatment, and he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2015.

He was first appointed Head of the Department of Medicine in 2013.

 

Director of the Institute for Security Science and Technology

Professor Chris Hankin has accepted an extension to his appointment as Director of the Institute for Security Science and Technology until 31 July 2017.

Professor Hankin joined the College as a Lecturer in 1984. He is a theoretical computer scientist and he has focused on the security of computer programs and systems over the last 15 years.

He was first appointed Director of the Institute for Security Science and Technology in 2010.

 

Provost’s Envoy for Gender Equality

Professor Dorothy Griffiths has accepted an extension to her appointment as Provost’s Envoy for Gender Equality until 31 December 2016.

Professor Griffiths joined the College as a Research Assistant in 1969, and went on to become Dean of Imperial College Business School, before stepping down in 2013 and becoming the chair of the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.

She was first appointed Provost’s Envoy for Gender Equality in 2014.

 

John Neilson

College Secretary & Registrar

Programme Director, White City Campus

Mr Graham Stark joined the College as Programme Director, White City Campus, on Monday 11 May.

 

In the role of Programme Director, Mr Stark will have responsibility for specifying and delivering a viable development model for the White City campus. Reporting to the CFO, Mr Muir Sanderson, and acting as the main interface with Syndicate, the Programme Director will engage with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders to build and deliver the College’s vision for the White City campus.

 

Mr Stark joins the College from MAF Properties in Dubai, where he was Development Director leading on mixed-use communities in Oman and Beirut. Prior to his role with MAF Properties Mr Stark held director level positions with Saadiyat Island Project TDIC and The Miller Group.


John Neilson

College Secretary & Registrar

President’s 2015 Awards and Medals for Excellence in Education

PRESIDENT’S 2015 AWARDS AND MEDALS FOR EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION

The President’s Awards for Excellence are annual awards to recognise staff members who have made outstanding contributions in Education or Research.

The President’s Awards for Excellence in Education celebrate staff who have made outstanding contributions in teaching, pastoral care, 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. Of the fifteen award winners up to four may be selected to receive a President’s Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Excellence.

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

Professor Alan Armstrong – Department of Chemistry
Dr Bob Boyle – Department of Medicine
Angela Dalrymple – Business School
Dr Joshua Edel – Department of Chemistry
Dr Anita Hall – Department of Life Sciences
Dr Zen Makuch – Centre for Environmental Policy
Dr Christos Markides – Department of Chemical Engineering
Dr Paul Seldon – Graduate School
Dr David Thomas – Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Professor Cesare Terracciano – NHLI

President’s Medals for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Excellence are awarded to the following staff:

Giskin Day – Centre for Co-Curricular Studies
Professor Jonathan Mestel – Department of Mathematics
Dr Jane Saffell – Department of Medicine
Dr Amir Sam – Department of Medicine

PRESIDENT’S AWARDS AND MEDALS FOR EXCELLENCE IN PASTORAL CARE

Awards for Excellence in Pastoral Care are presented annually to recognise the importance which the College places upon providing a supportive learning environment for its students as part of its academic mission. Of the five award winners up to two may be selected to receive a President’s Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Excellence in Pastoral Care.

President’s Awards for Excellence in Pastoral Care are conferred on the following staff for 2014:

Dr Andreas Kogelbauer – Department of Chemical Engineering
Dr Andrew McKinley – Department of Chemistry
Rebecca Naessens – Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

President’s Medals for Excellence in Pastoral Care are awarded to:

Dr Laura Barter – Department of Chemistry
Dr Sharon Taylor – Department of Medicine

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 research supervision, encouragement and support of postgraduate research students. Up to five award winners may be selected, of which two may be selected to receive the President’s Medal for Excellence in Research Supervision.

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

Professor Leroy Gardner – Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr Patricia Hunt – Department of Chemistry

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

Professor Beate Kampmann – Department of Medicine

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. Of the five award winners up to two may be selected to receive the President’s Medal for Excellence in Supporting the Student Experience.

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

Dr Oscar Ces – Department of Chemistry
Professor Peter Cheung – Faculty of Engineering
Inkeri Hibbins – Department of Mathematics

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

Laura Bulmer – International Relations Office
Laura McConnell – Graduate School

John Neilson
College Secretary & Registrar

President’s 2015 Awards and Medals for Excellence in Research

The President’s Awards for Excellence are annual awards to recognise staff members who have made outstanding contributions in Education or Research.

The President’s Awards for Excellence in Research are annual awards to recognise staff members who have made outstanding contributions in early career research, research support, as part of a research team, and in research innovation and external engagement.

PRESIDENT’S AWARDS AND MEDALS FOR OUTSTANDING RESEARCH TEAM

The Award for Outstanding Research Team celebrates the achievements of research teams at Imperial, recognising outstanding research that delivers impact, a team’s international standing and their beneficial contribution to Imperial.

President’s Awards for Outstanding Research Team are conferred on the following teams:

Compact Muon Solenoid group, led by Professor Tejinder Virdee – Department of Physics
Membrane Biophysics Platform team, led by Professor John Seddon – Department of Chemistry
Centre for Blast Injury Studies, led by Professor Anthony Bull – Department of Bioengineering

President’s Medals for Outstanding Research Team are awarded to the following teams:

Professor Eric Alton’s research group – NHLI
ICFEP group, led by Professor David Potts – Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

PRESIDENT’S AWARDS AND MEDALS FOR OUTSTANDING EARLY CAREER RESEARCHER

The Award for Outstanding Early Career Researcher aims to celebrate the academic excellence and development of Imperial’s early stage researchers.

President’s Awards for Outstanding Early Career Researcher are conferred on the following staff:

Dr Mohamed Shamji – NHLI
Dr Agi Brandt-Talbot – Department of Chemical Engineering

President’s Medals for Outstanding Early Career Researcher are awarded to:
Dr Soraia Pimenta – Department of Mechanical Engineering

PRESIDENT’S AWARDS AND MEDALS FOR RESEARCH SUPPORT EXCELLENCE

The Award for Research Support Excellence aims to recognise the contribution of Research Support staff at Imperial, including the beneficial effects their support has given to Imperial research and the innovative approaches/good practice they bring to a project.

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

Dr Katharina Kreissig – Department of Earth Science and Engineering
Catherine Simpson and Jane Srivastava (joint award) – Department of Life Sciences

President’s Medals for Research Support Excellence are awarded to:

Dr Andrew White – Department of Chemistry
Dr Sarah Butcher – Department of Life Sciences
Anusha Sri-Pathmanathan – Department of Chemical Engineering

PRESIDENT’S AWARDS AND MEDALS FOR EXCELLENCE IN EXTERNAL ENGAGEMENT AND PARTNERSHIPS

The Award for Excellence in External Engagement and Partnerships celebrates the achievements of academics at Imperial, recognising the development of lasting external collaborations, and the impact of their research inside and outside Imperial.

President’s Awards for Excellence in External Engagement and Partnerships are conferred on the following staff:

Dr Laura Barter – Department of Chemistry

President’s Medals for Excellence in External Engagement and Partnerships are awarded to the following staff:

Professor Richard Jardine – Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

PRESIDENT’S AWARDS AND MEDALS FOR EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

The Award for Excellence in Innovation and Entrepreneurship celebrates the achievements of academics at Imperial, recognising unique activities breaking new frontiers, the effective and appropriate exploitation of research, and realised or prospective economic or social impact.

President’s Awards for Excellence in Innovation and Entrepreneurship are conferred on the following staff:

Railway and Transport Strategy Centre, led by Richard Anderson – Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

President’s Medals for Excellence in Innovation and Entrepreneurship are awarded to the following staff:

Professor Peter Barnes – NHLI
Professor Constantinos Pantelides – Department of Chemical Engineering

John Neilson
College Secretary & Registrar