Month: January 2012

College Secretary and Registrar

Mr John Neilson has accepted appointment as College Secretary and Registrar with effect from 1 May 2012. As a member of the Management Board, and reporting to the Rector, he will have overall responsibility for the Registry and the Central Secretariat, and functions including health and safety, risk management, internal audit, and legal matters. He will also be Clerk to the Imperial College Court and Council.

Dr Rodney Eastwood, who has been College Secretary since 2007, will be retiring from the College in April, after almost 25 years service.

Mr Neilson will join the College from the Ministry of Defence, where he is Director, Financial Management. As part of this role he is a non-executive director of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and the Met Office.

Mr Neilson’s experience in government spans thirty years. After reading mathematics and engineering at Cambridge, he joined the Department of Energy where he worked on the privatisation of several industries, including gas and electricity. He went on to work in the Economic Secretariat of the Cabinet Office, before becoming Principal Private Secretary to John Wakeham when he was Energy Secretary.

In the 1990s he led Department of Trade and Industry teams advising on policy areas including telecommunications, aerospace and defence, before becoming an executive board member of the gas and electricity regulator Ofgem. From 2005 until 2011 he was Director, Research Base in the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and its predecessors.

Exhibition Road closure 1 February

On Wednesday 1 February at 16.30 the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, will officially open the new-look Exhibition Road. The road will continue to be open to pedestrians so staff and students may wish to watch proceedings.

To ensure the safety of the participants and spectators, Exhibition Road will be closed to traffic between Prince Consort Road and Cromwell Road and between Cromwell Road and Thurloe Place from 14.00 and 18.00. Residents parking will be suspended during this time, and there will be limited access for residents.

A map showing the road closure is available here

Funding opportunities from The Leverhulme Trust – presentation to staff 31 January

Staff are invited to a presentation by the Director of The Leverhulme Trust, Gordon Marshall, to hear about funding available for research projects, fellowships, studentships, bursaries and prizes. The Leverhulme Trust offers support across all academic disciplines. The presentation will take place on Tuesday 31 January at 15.00 in Lecture Theatre 3, Blackett Laboratory (Level 1) and is open to all staff.

For further details on The Leverhulme Trust, visit their website

Acting Head of the Department of Humanities

Professor Nigel Gooderham, Professor in Molecular Toxicology, has accepted appointment as Acting Head of the Department of Humanities with effect from 1 January 2012. He will lead the Department while a search is underway for a successor to Professor Andrew Warwick, former Head of Department, who has left the College after 19 years of service for an appointment at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Gooderham continues as Dean for the Faculty of Medicine (Non Clinical).


Two Assistant Warden Positions Available – Parsons House and Pembridge Gardens

The College invites applications for the posts of Assistant Warden of Parsons House, available from 13 February 2012 and Assistant Warden of Pembridge Gardens, available from 1 April 2012. These posts are open to all staff at the College. The closing date for applications is 17.00 on Friday, 3 February 2012.

Wardens and Assistant Wardens are responsible for the smooth running of the hall and will receive rent-free accommodation in the Hall in return for pastoral and administrative duties. The Assistant Warden should be a good organizer with a desire to help students develop their social life as well as having a balanced approach to their studies. They will normally be expected to work under the guidance of the Warden of the Hall.

Parsons House is a lively hall of residence with 40 students. The hall is located within the grounds of Charing Cross Hospital, Hammersmith. Parsons House is only 20 minutes by bicycle or tube to the South Kensington campus. The wardening team consists of the Warden (living in Pembridge Gardens), an Assistant Warden and a Sub Warden.

Pembridge Gardens is an a Hall of Residence near Notting Hill Gate, about 25 minutes walk from the South Kensington Campus. The hall is a mixed gender residence and houses around 100 undergraduate students. The wardening team consists of a Warden, an Assistant Warden and two Sub Wardens.

For a copy of the Terms of Reference and an Application Form for either post, please contact Dr Marko Krznaric by email.

Short courses – new quality assurance process

All courses offered under the name Imperial College London, which are not part of an award-bearing programme, require review under a light touch quality assurance process managed by the College’s new Continuing Professional Development Quality Committee. The process applies to courses including:

  • Short courses offered externally
  • MSc modules run for continuing professional development (CPD)
  • Bespoke/customised courses for companies
  • Stand-alone online courses

Approved courses will be able to offer participants the official Imperial College London Certificate of Attendance and any information online will be publicised via the School of Professional Development website.

Staff intending to run a short course are asked to complete a proposal form available at the following website:

Support for staff considering retirement plans

Following removal of the Default Retirement Age on 1 October 2011, the College will no longer set a date when members of staff retire.  Members of staff will be able to choose when they enter retirement on a full or part-time basis. Where a member of staff is considering retirement they should discuss their intentions with their line manager in good time.

Support is available for staff intending to enter retirement in the next 12 months through the workshop organised by the Learning and Development Centre, ‘Preparing for Retirement’. The workshop is run annually and will take place on 6 July in 2012.

For further details and to book a place, visit:

Nominations sought for Royal Society medals, awards and prize lectureships – deadline 6 February

The Royal Society invites nominations for 2012 medals, awards and prize lectureships. The awards recognise excellence in science and technology, with categories including:

  • Premier Awards
  • Biological Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary Sciences
  • Science communication
  • Promoting women in science
  • Philosophy, history and social function of science
  • Science in Africa
  • Science and mathematics education

Anyone is able to nominate a candidate for a Royal Society medal, award or prize lectureship. Completed nomination forms must be returned by 6 February 2012.

For full details, visit:

Proposed changes to SAUL pension scheme – employer consultation

Members of the Superannuation Arrangements of the University of London (SAUL) and staff eligible to join this pension scheme are invited to offer their views on proposed changes to the scheme. The changes aim to ensure that SAUL continues to offer high quality, affordable and sustainable benefits. During the period 10 January to 9 March the College, along with all other SAUL employers, is seeking input to the consultation. There are minimal changes proposed for current members. For new members changes include earning a pension on a Career Average Revalued Earnings (CARE) basis and the introduction of the normal pension age of 65. Member contribution rates will remain at 6% for current and new members; employer contribution rates remain at 13%.

For full details and to offer your views, visit: