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President’s 2016 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 Medals for Outstanding Research Team are awarded to the following teams:

UNIHEAT, led by Professor Sandro Macchietto – Department of Chemical Engineering

The Stevens Group, led by Professor Molly Stevens – Department of Materials

 

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

Control and Power Research Group, led by Professor Bikash Pal – Department of Electrical and Electronic 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 David Jennings – Department of Physics

Dr David MacIntyre – Department of Surgery and Cancer

 

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 Medals for Research Support Excellence are awarded to:

Paul Brown – Department of Physics

Shaun Power and John Booth (joint award) – Faculty of Engineering

 

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

Dr Iain Macdonald – Department of Chemical Engineering

Dr Chrystalla Orphanides – Department of Medicine

 

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

Professor Jianguo Lin – Department of Mechanical Engineering

 

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

Professor Mary Ryan – Department of Materials

 

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

Professor Chris Toumazou – Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

 

 

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

Associate Dean of Faculty and Research – Business School

Professor Carol Propper has accepted appointment as Associate Dean of Faculty and Research in the Business School from 1 July 2016, initially for 1 year.

Professor Propper joined Imperial College Business School as Professor of Economics in 2007 and was Head of the Healthcare Management group from 2007-2010. More recently she has held an ESRC Professorial Fellowship in the School since 2012.

Professor Propper’s research interests are the impact of incentives on the quality and productivity of healthcare, the impact of environmental factors on health and the effect of market incentives on the production of public services. She was awarded a CBE for her services to social science in 2010 and was elected as a fellow of the British Academy in 2014.

John Neilson
College Secretary & Registrar

Vice-Dean (Research), Faculty of Engineering

Professor Nigel Brandon has accepted appointment as Vice-Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Engineering from 1 May 2016 until 31 July 2018.

Professor Brandon will continue to hold his current roles within the Faculty of Engineering as Director of the Sustainable Gas Institute, BG Chair in Sustainable Gas, and Professor of Sustainable Development in Energy in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering.

Professor Brandon joined the College in 1998 as Senior Lecturer in Electrochemical Engineering, and since then he has occupied a number of leadership positions including serving as Director of the Energy Futures Lab. His research is focused on electrochemical devices for energy applications, with a particular focus on fuel cells, electrolysers, and batteries. In 2011 he was awarded the OBE for services to UK-China science.

John Neilson
College Secretary & Registrar

Vice-President (Communications and Public Affairs)

Mr Luke Blair, currently an equity partner and board director at London Communications Agency (LCA), has accepted appointment as the College’s first Vice-President (Communications and Public Affairs). He will take up his position in September.

In the interim period until Mr Blair starts his appointment at the College, Mrs Caroline Davis, Head of Communications, will serve as Acting Director of Communications and Public Affairs, reporting to the President.

As Vice-President, Mr Blair will lead the Communications and Public Affairs Division, directing activities to promote Imperial’s work in the UK and internationally, to communicate with the College community, and to develop Imperial’s brand and its digital media strategy. He will advise the College leadership team as a member of the President’s Executive Group, President’s Board and Provost’s Board, and will report to the President.

A former political correspondent Mr Blair spent 10 years in journalism. He then held public relations roles at London First, the Design Council and the public relations consultancy Fishburn Hedges before joining LCA in 2003.

In Mr Blair’s 12 years at LCA he has covered communications leadership roles across the private and public sectors, including local government, the NHS and Transport for London. He has also been a member of the Cabinet Office communications review team and is a regular judge of PR industry awards.

Mr Blair holds a BA in English from Reading University and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

John Neilson
College Secretary & Registrar

Head of the Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Dr Markus Perkmann has taken up appointment as Head of the Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Imperial College Business School, with effect from 1 February 2016.

Dr Perkmann joined the Business School in 2008 as a Senior Research Fellow, going on to become Head of the Business Model Innovation theme within the then Innovation Studies Centre. He was appointed Associate Professor of Technology and Innovation Management in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group in July 2013.

John Neilson
College Secretary & Registrar

Associate Provost (Academic Planning)

Professor Neil Alford, Chair in Materials and Vice Dean for Research in the Faculty of Engineering, has accepted appointment as Associate Provost (Academic Planning), a new part-time role, with effect from 4 April 2016.

Initially a two-year appointment, reporting to the Provost, Professor Alford will work on defining and developing new multi-disciplinary research facilities and research hubs, particularly at the White City Campus. He will work in conjunction with the many varied areas of College which are involved in these activities and particularly closely with Professor Maggie Dallman, Associate Provost (Academic Partnerships), and Professor Nick Jennings, Vice-Provost (Research). The Associate Provost (Academic Planning) will be a member of the Provost’s Board.

Professor Alford joined the College in 2007, and since then he has occupied a number of leadership positions. Professor Alford has served as Head of the Department of Materials, Acting Vice Provost (Research) 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

Academic Registrar

Mr David Ashton has accepted appointment as Academic Registrar from 1 June 2016.

Mr Ashton has been Director of Student Services and then Director of Student Administration at University College London since 2003. In the decade prior to that he held a number of Registry appointments at the LSE, including Head of Student Services. He has a degree in history from the University of Bristol.

The College is grateful to James Balloch, who has been serving as Acting Academic Registrar since 1 January 2016, and will continue until David Ashton takes up appointment.

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