Assistant Provost (Space)

Mrs Chris Banks has accepted appointment as Assistant Provost (Space) with effect from 1 September 2016, initially for two years, while continuing to hold her current post as Director of Library Services.

Reporting to the Provost for this new role, Mrs Banks will be the Programme Sponsor for the Operational Excellence Space Programme and will chair the Programme Board. She will work closely with colleagues within faculties and support services to optimise the College’s use, and allocation of, core College space on all campuses, including the White City Campus.

Mrs Banks joined the College in September 2013 as Director of Library Services.

John Neilson
College Secretary & Registrar

President’s 2016 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 Medals for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Excellence are awarded to the following staff:

Professor Martin Blunt, Earth Science & Engineering
Dr Sonia Kumar, School of Public Health


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

Dr Marios Christou, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr Thomas Clarke, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Professor Donald Craig, Chemistry
Dr Alastair Donaldson, Computing
Dr Anandha Gopalan, Computing
Dr Joanne Harris, Faculty of Medicine Centre
Dr Rosalind Herbert, School of Public Health
Dr Elizabeth Muir, School of Public Health
Dr Jonathan Pritchard, Physics
Dr Philip Ramsden, Mathematics
Dr Roberto Trotta, Physics
Professor Ramon Vilar Compte, Chemistry


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 Medals for Excellence in Pastoral Care are awarded to the following staff:

Dr Benita Cox, Business School
Ms Sue Feller, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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

Dr Vanessa Garcia Larsen, National Heart & Lung Institute
Dr Cleo Kontoravdi, Chemical Engineering
Dr Luc Vandeperre, Materials


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 Medal for Excellence in Research Supervision is awarded to:
Dr Stefanos Zafeiriou, Computing

President’s Awards for Excellence in Research Supervision are conferred on the following staff:
Dr Tim Constandinou, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Professor James Durrant, Chemistry
Professor Robin Grimes, Materials
Professor Holger Krapp, Bioengineering

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

Mrs Louise Green, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Ms Susi Underwood, Chemical Engineering

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

Dr Clemens Brechtelsbauer, Chemical Engineering
Mr Jon Jaundrill, Faculty of Medicine Centre
Dr Martyn Kingsbury, School of Professional Development

John Neilson
College Secretary & Registrar

Vice-Dean (Institutional Affairs), Faculty of Medicine

Professor Clare Lloyd has accepted appointment as Vice-Dean (Institutional Affairs) for the Faculty of Medicine, with effect from 1 June 2016.

Reporting to the Dean, Professor Lloyd will have responsibility for determining academic operational priorities and will lead on the development of Faculty policy and procedures for academic operational activities. She will provide high level Faculty leadership for training, coaching and mentoring activities for doctoral students, and for junior academic staff. Professor Lloyd will also take on over-arching responsibility for the development of fellowship opportunities within the Faculty.

Professor Lloyd joined Imperial in 1999, taking up the role of Chair in Respiratory Immunology in 2006, and was the NHLI’s first Institute Lead for Women from 2008-2014. Her research focuses on the development and regulation of immune responses in the lung, particularly the inception of allergic immunity in early life.

John Neilson
College Secretary & Registrar

Campus Services and Commercial Operations

Some changes have been made to enable Campus Services and the Office of Financial Strategy (OFS) to achieve their respective missions:

Campus Services, led by Jane Neary (Director of Campus Services), provides services for students, staff and the wider Imperial community.

The Office of Financial Strategy, led by John Anderson (Director of Financial Strategy), generates diversified revenues to be reinvested in the College’s academic mission.

In order to consolidate and strengthen the activities which contribute to these missions, all commercial activities have been transitioned out of Campus Services and into the Office of Financial Strategy, and the Early Years Education Centre (EYEC) has moved from HR to join Campus Services.

Campus Services now has the following portfolio of activities:
• Catering & College Events (led by Jemma Morris)
• Residential Services & the Student Hub (led by Paul Noke)
• Sport Imperial (led by Grant Danskine)
• Early Years Education Centre, EYEC (led by Tracy Halsey)

The commercial activities which were formerly part of Campus Services have joined the Office of Financial Strategy as a new department. Commercial Operations is led by Charles Gallagher (Head of Commercial Operations) and is made up of the following portfolio of activities:
• Summer Vacation Lettings
• Gradpad
• Commercial Conferencing & Events
• Commercial Sport

Both Campus Services and the Office of Financial Strategy will be working closely together and with the Provost’s Board over the coming months to develop their strategies going forward.

John Neilson
College Secretary & Registrar

Vice-Provost (Education)

Professor Simone Buitendijk has accepted appointment as Vice-Provost (Education) from 1 August 2016.

In this role Professor Buitendijk will be responsible for leading Imperial’s vision for education and student experience, including the implementation and continuing development of the Education and Student Strategy and student-focused components of the College Strategy 2015-20. Professor Buitendijk will also have an association with the School of Public Health as Professor of Maternal and Child Health.

Professor Buitendijk has held the role of Vice-Rector Magnificus at Leiden University since 2011, with responsibility for education and student affairs. Alongside this role she is Professor of Women’s and Family Health at the Leiden University Medical Center.

Professor Buitendijk studied Medicine at Utrecht University, going on to receive a Master’s degree in Public Health at Yale University’s School of Medicine and a PhD degree at Leiden University. She was appointed Senior Researcher in the Netherlands Institute for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) in 1990, serving as Associate Head of its Division of Child Health before becoming Head of the Division in 2006.

Professor Buitendijk is a member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) Steering Group on Gender in Academia and of the LERU Steering Group of Vice-Rectors for Learning and Teaching.

John Neilson
College Secretary & Registrar

Update on consultation on USS reform – 25 November 2014

USS 2014 Actuarial Valuation

As part of the process for the 2014 actuarial valuation of the assets and liabilities of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), the trustee is currently consulting on the proposed assumptions and data which it intends to use to determine the value of the scheme’s liabilities, and a draft of the updated Statement of Funding Principles.  Access the consultation document

 

Consultation process

The consultation requested feedback from Universities UK (UUK) and through it from individual participating employers by the end of November 2014.

On 21 November UUK issued a note on UUK’s assumptions proposed in the USS consultation and asked for responses by 28 November.

 

Imperial’s response

The College has chosen to share its response with staff. Its submission to UUK also includes a report published by a working group of Imperial academic staff, containing expertise in Mathematical Finance, Statistics, Actuarial Science and experience in decision making for large external pension funds, drawn together from the College’s Departments of Mathematics and Physics.

Imperial College London’s response to UUK on USS’s consultation on the proposed assumptions for the scheme’s technical provisions and recovery plan

Report on USS Pension Valuation by Imperial Working Party

Suspension of UCU Industrial Action

Suspension of UCU Industrial Action

Dear Colleagues,

I am very pleased to write to inform you that UCU today confirmed a suspension of all industrial action in relation to their USS dispute. The suspension is to take immediate effect and will run to at least 15 January 2015.

The suspension has been agreed between UCU and UUK to allow a period of intense negotiation. We are pleased at this development and hope that a solution can be agreed.

Under the terms of UCU’s agreement with UUK, the 66 affected universities have been asked to confirm that they will not be applying their policies on the withholding of pay for breach of contract in respect of any individuals who actually participated between 6 and 19 November. This is on the condition that those individuals make up all work missed in a reasonable period of time. We have provided this confirmation.

It is the view of the President’s and Provost’s Boards that any reforms should strive to offer an affordable and sustainable pension scheme which has flexibility and remains attractive to both current and future members. We understand the importance of this issue to all of you and we will continue to represent our views to decision makers in this process. We will keep you informed as further information emerges.

With kind regards,

Louise Lindsay

Director of Human Resources

New Imperial envelope design

The design of ‘bespoke’ Imperial branded envelopes available from Office Depot will be changing slightly as stocks are refreshed. This is because Royal Mail is changing the way they frank our mail. On the new envelopes, the Imperial logo will appear in the bottom left-hand corner of the envelope on all sizes, except on DL window envelopes, on which it will appear to the right of the window. Please use up any old stock envelopes as the new franking style does not take effect until January 2013.

Please email the Graphic Identity team, if you have any queries.

Transfer of activities from Department of Humanities

The Department of Humanities will be disbanded on 1 August 2012, with its activities transferring to other parts of the College. From that date:

  • The School for Professional Development will expand and consist of three main centres:

–    Education Development and Support – incorporating the Education Development Unit and the English Language Support Programme.

–    Co-curricular Studies – incorporating the Languages Unit and the Science Communication Unit.

–    Continuing Professional Development.

  • The Translation Group will transfer to Library Services, supported by the School of Professional Development which will be responsible for the quality assurance of the Group’s postgraduate courses.

The Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine has been the responsibility of Professor Donal Bradley, Pro Rector (Research), since it transferred from the Department of Humanities in February 2012.