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Changes to the senior management of the College

A number of changes to the senior management of the College will come into effect over the coming months, as part of the transition to the new President and Provost model of governance for the College.

The President & Rector will focus primarily on the College’s external affairs, including development. Professor James Stirling, who is taking up the role of Provost role from 1 August, will be responsible for the delivery of the College’s core mission: education, research and translation.

The Provost will report directly to the President & Rector. Together they will have responsibility for the strategic direction of the College.

Changes from 1 March 2013

On 1 March there will be several changes of title to senior posts, but responsibilities will not alter:

• The Principals of the Faculties and of the Business School will become Deans of the Faculties and of the Business School

• The elected Deans of the Faculties will become College Consuls

• The Dean of Students will become the Director of Student Affairs

Development is one of the key functions of the President & Rector in the new model. Similarly, the President’s focus on external affairs will mean that the role of communications and public affairs will be key to the success of the President’s Office. For this reason, the Director of Communications and Development, Mr Tom Miller, will become the Director of Communications and Public Affairs, and continue to report to the President & Rector, and Dr John Mc Loughlin, appointed Director of Development on 1 January 2013, will report directly to the President & Rector from 1 March 2013.

Changes from 1 April 2013

The Deputy Principal of the Business School, Professor David Gann CBE, has agreed to take up a new appointment as Vice-President (Development and Innovation), reporting to the President & Rector. He will build on his role as a member of the College’s Development Board to advise on development strategy and capacity, as well as the commercial opportunities of Imperial West. He will retain his professorship in the Business School.

Changes from 1 August 2013

Further changes will take effect on 1 August to coincide with the Provost’s arrival.

• Professor Stephen Richardson FREng will move from his current position as Deputy Rector to become the Associate Provost (Institutional Affairs), with principal responsibility to advise on strategic Human Resource issues, including the College’s strategy for academic appointments, promotion, remuneration, retention and staff development. He will continue to lead on the preparation of the College’s submission to REF2014.

• The Pro-Rector (Research) will become the Vice-Provost (Research)

• The Pro-Rector (Education) will become the Vice-Provost (Education)

• The Pro-Rector (Enterprise) will become the Director of Enterprise, reporting to the Provost. The role will also move from part time to full time. As a result, Edward Astle has decided to step down with effect from 31 July. The College is indebted to him for the contribution which he has made over the last four years to improving our links with a broad range of international businesses.

• The Pro-Rector (International) will become the Director of International Affairs in the Office of the President

Reporting lines

From 1 August, the President & Rector’s direct reports will include:

• Provost
• Chief Financial Officer
• College Secretary and Registrar
• Vice-President (Development and Innovation)
• Director of International Affairs
• Director of Communications and Public Affairs
• Director of Development

The Provost’s direct reports will include:

• Associate Provost (Institutional Affairs)
• Dean of Engineering
• Dean of Medicine
• Dean of Natural Sciences
• Dean of the Imperial College Business School
• Vice-Provost (Research)
• Vice-Provost (Education)
• Director of HR
• Director of Enterprise

Further information on the new arrangements and committee structures will follow.

Survey on staff commuting

Staff are invited to complete a short survey on their daily travel to and from Imperial. The data gathered will help the College ascertain how successful current travel initiatives are and help formulate sustainable initiatives for the future.  In particular, this year’s survey includes a section on a proposed new bike scheme, with feedback sought on potential take-up. The information will also inform the College’s report to HEFCE on its travel-associated carbon emissions when this becomes part of the Estates Management Statistics survey from August 2013.

The survey should take 5-10 minutes to complete and participants will be entered into a draw to win a £100 Amazon voucher. Results of the survey will be published on the Sustainability website.

Final Education and Student Strategy Consultation Open Meeting – Thursday 14 February

Professor Debra Humphris Pro Rector (Education) is inviting staff and students to attend the second of two open meetings to contribute ideas towards the development of the College’s Education and Student Strategy.

No registration is required. The meeting takes place in the Pippard Lecture Theatre, Level 5, Sherfield Building, South Kensington Campus on Thursday 14 February from 17:00 – 18:00.

Further information on the development of the Education and Student Strategy, and an opportunity to contribute online, can be found on the Education Office website. Questions should be directed to Jenny Cooke.

Change of name from Commercial Services to Campus Services

The Commercial Services Division has been renamed as Campus Services with effect from this week. The new name reflects the main focus of the Division’s work in providing facilities and services for students, staff and visitors. Staff across the College are asked to ensure that any references to Campus Services – on the website, in documents or elsewhere – use its new name.

All staff and students are invited to meet the Campus Services senior team and representatives from each of its departments (Accommodation, Catering, Conferencing, Sport Imperial and the Student Hub) between 12:00 and 14:00 on Thursday 14 February in the SCR and JCR on the South Kensington Campus to hear more about their services and give feedback.

Director of Student Recruitment and Outreach

Mr Jonathan Tinnacher, currently Head of Student Recruitment at the University of Leicester, has accepted appointment as Director of Student Recruitment and Outreach with effect from 8 April 2013. He will have responsibility for the central teams working on UK and international student recruitment, outreach to schools and colleges, and recruitment marketing and communications, which are being brought together. He will report to the College Secretary & Registrar.

Mr Tinnacher is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and has worked previously at the University of Loughborough and the University of Stirling.

Scam phone calls

The Telecoms Department are warning staff that the College is currently receiving a number of scam phone calls. These are from individuals claiming to be from the directory “Who’s Who” and have an originating ID of 001-866-978-6670. Staff are advised not to give out credit card details. Because the calls are originating outside of the UK they cannot be blocked by the Telephone Preference Service announced in Staff Briefing #77. Telecoms are working with their suppliers to block the calls by other means.

Joint working with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

A new agreement has recently been signed with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust to formalise the governance arrangements between the College and the Trust, in furtherance of the objectives of the Academic Health Science Centre. It also establishes the College’s relationship with the Trust over the handling of intellectual property between the two organisations, and the Trust’s use of the Imperial College trademark.

Further information about the agreement is available from the College Secretary John Neilson, and from Lynne Cox in the Research Office in relation to intellectual property.

Postgraduate Graduation Ceremonies on Wednesday 1 May

Over 2,500 graduands and their guests are expected at the 2013 Postgraduate Graduation Ceremonies, which will take place in the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 1 May.

  • The morning ceremony commences at 11:00 for graduands from the Imperial College Business School and the former Department of Humanities.
  • The afternoon ceremony commences at 14:15 for graduands of the Faculty of Engineering.
  • The evening ceremony commences at 17:30 for graduands of the Faculties of Medicine and Natural Sciences.

Receptions will be held at venues across the South Kensington Campus following the ceremonies.

Academic staff are asked to register to attend by 15 April by completing the form available at the Graduation website.

Education and Student Strategy Consultation: Open Meetings

Professor Debra Humphris, Pro Rector (Education), invites staff and students to attend one of two open meetings to contribute ideas towards the development of the College’s Education and Student Strategy. Professor Humphris will provide more information on the strategy development process and attendees will be encouraged to ask questions and provide their ideas and opinions.

No registration is required, and the meetings will take place in the Pippard Lecture Theatre, Level 5, Sherfield Building, South Kensington Campus on:

  • Wednesday 6 February from 13:00 – 14:00
  • Thursday 14 February from 17:00 – 18:00

Further information on the development of the Education and Student Strategy, and an opportunity to contribute online, can be found on the Strategy website.

Questions should be directed to Jenny Cooke.