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New Acting Dean of The Faculty of Medicine

Professor Jonathan Weber, Vice-Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Medicine, has accepted appointment as Acting Dean of the Faculty of Medicine from 1 October 2017, when Professor Gavin Screaton takes up his new position as Head of the Division of Medical Sciences at the University of Oxford.

An international search will be launching soon to appoint a new Dean to succeed Professor Screaton.

Professor Weber has been Jefferiss Professor of Communicable Diseases and GU Medicine at Imperial since 1991. He has held the role of Vice-Dean for Research since 2013, having previously been Deputy Principal (Research) from 2011. Professor Weber was appointed Director of Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre in 2014.


College Consuls and Staff Representative on Council

Professor Peter Lindstedt, Professor of Thermofluids in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been elected to succeed Professor Myra McClure as Senior Consul for the period 1 September 2017 to 31 August 2018.

Professor Jonathan Mestel, Professor of Applied Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics, has been elected to succeed Professor John Seddon as one of the Consuls for the Faculty of Natural Sciences and the Education Office from 1 September 2017 to 31 August 2020.
Professor Susan Eisenbach, Professor of Computing, has been elected as the Staff Representative on Council for the period 1 September 2017 to 31 August 2019. Professor Eisenbach replaces Professor Neil Alford.

The full list of Consuls for 2017-18 is below:
Senior Consul Professor Peter Lindstedt
Faculty of Engineering and the Business School Professor Yun Xu
Faculty of Engineering and the Business School Professor Marek Sergot
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

Assistant Provost (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion)

Professor Stephen Curry, Professor of Structural Biology, Department of Life Sciences, is to take up the new half-time post of Assistant Provost (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) on 1 October 2017, for an initial period of two years.

Reporting to the Provost, Professor Curry will help lead the College’s commitment to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion for staff and students across all protected characteristics. In this new role, Professor Curry will be responsible for engaging with senior leadership and colleagues across College to help facilitate appropriate and necessary cultural change, and will continue the gender equality work that has been spearheaded until now by Professor Dorothy Griffiths.

Professor Curry first joined Imperial as an undergraduate and was also awarded his PhD by the College. After undertaking several research posts in Europe and the USA, he became a Lecturer in Biophysics at Imperial in 1995. Subsequently, he was promoted to Reader and then Professor of Structural Biology. Professor Curry is currently Chair of the Equal Opportunities Committee in the Department of Life Sciences, and he held the role of Director of Undergraduate Studies in the department from 2011-2015.

Professor Curry’s research interests range from protein-drug interactions to the replication mechanisms of RNA viruses, including major pathogens such as foot and mouth disease virus and human norovirus. More recently, his research has focused on the culture of academia, and he has published papers on the use of citation metrics and the history of scholarly publication. He is active in public engagement work and writes regularly on science and science policy for the Guardian.

Changes to Campus Services provision

The College is making some changes to how and where some services are provided on campus. The changes are being made to enable reinvestment elsewhere as part of our continuing commitment to an excellent student and staff experience.

The Campus Services team aims to provide the best possible service and experience for our staff and student community, through everything from catering outlets and hospitality services, to sports facilities, student accommodation, the Student Hub, and Early Years provision.

These services operate at a loss – they are subsidised by millions of pounds a year to try and keep prices cheaper than the high street. College therefore regularly looks for ways to offset those costs, where services are under-used or not cost-effective. Only changes which clearly enable reinvestment to the wider benefit of the community, against a minimal impact on staff and students, are considered.

The new changes being introduced mainly consist of shorter opening hours for some outlets, and reducing some cooked meal options. Some of the changes have already taken place, while others will be coming in over July and August.

Find out more about the changes

Local pay award

Following the College’s final pay offer dated 2 June 2017, the Joint Trades Unions (JTUs) have confirmed their formal acceptance of the College’s local pay offer. A tapered rise will be applied of 3% to spine point 1, 2.5% to spine point 2 and an increase of 2% to all pay up to £67,110 p.a. and 0.5% on the balance of earnings above £67,110 p.a. This increase is effective from 1 August 2017 and applies to all spine points and fixed salaries subject to the local pay award.

Details of the local pay bargaining negotiations are available to view. The revised salary scales are also available.

Assistant Provost (Learning & Teaching)

Professor Alan Spivey has been appointed as Assistant Provost (Learning and Teaching), with effect from 1 August 2017, for an initial period of two years. This is in addition to his role as Professor of Synthetic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry.

Reporting to the Vice-Provost (Education), Professor Spivey will help to lead the delivery of the College’s new Learning and Teaching Strategy, engaging with senior leaders across the College. The main focus of the post will be the review of curriculum and assessment and the transformation of pedagogy across all taught programmes. He will be a champion for the Learning and Teaching Strategy, providing strategic leadership and helping teams within the Education Office work together to support Faculties and Departments in the delivery of Learning and Teaching.

Professor Spivey joined the Department of Chemistry as a Reader in 2003 from the University of Sheffield. He was promoted to Professor in 2008. He has held a number of leadership roles in the department and the Faculty, most recently Vice-Dean (Education) for the Faculty of Natural Sciences from 2015 – 2017. His research interests are in the area of synthetic and biological chemistry. In particular, his group is developing new synthetic concepts and methods and applying these to address medicinal and biological problems relevant to the molecular understanding of cancers, asthma and crop pesticide resistance.

Head of the Department of Aeronautics

Professor Paul Robinson has accepted appointment as Head of the Department of Aeronautics in the Faculty of Engineering from 1 October 2017, for a period of five years. He succeeds Professor Ferri Aliabadi, who has been Head of Department since 2009.

Professor Robinson joined Imperial in 1988 as a Lecturer, becoming Professor of Mechanics of Composites in 2013. He has held many leadership roles within the department, including Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of the Composites Centre, Director of Green Aviation, and most recently Deputy Head of the Department.

Professor Robinson’s research has been primarily focused on the susceptibility of polymer matrix composites to delamination. This activity has included the development and investigation of tests for characterising delamination resistance and the development of methods for predicting delamination growth in composite components due to static loading and fatigue. More recently he has been developing composites that exhibit a ductile failure process and other composites which possess controllable stiffness and shape memory.

John Neilson
College Secretary & Registrar

Vice-Deans, Faculty of Engineering


Professor Omar Matar has accepted appointment as Vice-Dean (Education) for the Faculty of Engineering from 1 August 2017, for a period of 5 years.

Professor Matar joined Imperial as a Lecturer in 1998, becoming Professor of Fluid Mechanics in 2007. He has undertaken many roles in the Department of Chemical Engineering, including Undergraduate Admissions Tutor and Director of Undergraduate Studies. He is currently the departmental Director of Research – a role which he will continue to hold in conjunction with his new role of Vice-Dean (Education).

Professor Matar’s main area of research interest has been in interfacial fluid mechanics, transport phenomena and multiphase flows. He currently holds a Royal Academy of Engineering/PETRONAS Research Chair in Multiphase Fluid Dynamics.


Professor Mary Ryan FREng has accepted appointment as Vice-Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Engineering from 1 August 2017, for a period of 5 years.

Professor Ryan joined Imperial as a Lecturer in 1998, becoming Professor of Materials Science and Nanotechnology in 2012. She has undertaken a range of roles in the Department of Materials, including Associate Head of Department for Research, Athena SWAN Coordinator, and Director of Postgraduate Studies. Currently Professor Ryan is the Faculty Ambassador for Academic Women and she will continue in this post in conjunction with her new role of Vice-Dean (Research).

Her research interests are in the area of applied electrochemistry, nanomaterials deposition and toxicity, and materials degradation; with a focus on developing in-situ approaches to the study of interfacial behaviour in nanoscale systems. She is the Director of the Imperial-Shell University Technology Centre in Advanced Interfacial Materials Science, a member of the EPSRC Strategic Advisory Network and a Trustee of the National Heritage Science Forum (as Imperial’s representative). She was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2015.

John Neilson
College Secretary & Registrar

Vice-Dean (Education), Faculty of Natural Sciences

Professor Emma McCoy has accepted appointment as the Vice-Dean (Education) for the Faculty of Natural Sciences with effect from 1 August 2017. Professor McCoy succeeds Professor Alan Spivey, who has served in this role since 2013.

Professor McCoy completed her PhD in Statistics at Imperial in 1994, after which she joined the College as a Research Associate. She was appointed Professor of Statistics in 2014 and was the first female Professor in the Mathematics Department at Imperial. Professor McCoy served as Interim Head of Department between July 2010 and September 2011, and has served as Deputy Head of Department since October 2011.

Professor McCoy is a Fellow of the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications and a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. She is also a member of the Royal Statistical Society’s Academic Affairs Advisory Group and the Royal Society’s Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education, as well as serving as the Mathematics subject expert for the Department of Education’s discussions on reform of the National Curriculum.

Professor McCoy’s research interests include Time Series, Wavelets and Causal Interference, with a particular interest in Transport Studies.

John Neilson
College Secretary & Registrar