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.