Month: April 2013

Investigation into animal research allegations

Imperial was made aware late last week of allegations regarding the use of animals in medical research, subsequently reported in this weekend’s Sunday Times. Upon learning of the allegations the College immediately took a number of steps, including launching an independent investigation. Read more about the College’s response and the investigation.

Staff who receive queries from stakeholders other than the media are advised to point to the College’s news story and statement.

Any media enquiries should be routed immediately to the College’s press office: J-P Jones, 020 7594 6704 / out of hours 07803 886248,

Any security concerns should be raised with the relevant campus contacts.


Dean of Imperial College Business School

Professor G. ‘Anand’ Anandalingam, currently the Dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, USA, has accepted appointment as Dean of Imperial College Business School, with effect from 1 August 2013. He succeeds Professor Dorothy Griffiths who was appointed in February 2012 following Professor David Begg’s retirement.

Professor Anandalingam graduated in Electrical Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 1975, and subsequently completed a PhD in operations research with economics at Harvard in 1981.  He worked at Brookhaven National Laboratory before he began his academic career at the University of Virginia in 1984 as an assistant professor. In 1987 he moved to the University of Pennsylvania and held a dual appointment as both professor of systems engineering and professor of management science at the Wharton School of Business. In 2001 Professor Anandalingam joined the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, becoming its Dean in 2008.

Professor Anandalingam was the founder of the Smith School’s Center for Electronic Markets and Enterprises, and was its director from 2001-2004. As an expert in electronic markets and telecommunications networks he has consulted for a range of mature and start-up companies, has published more than 75 research papers, and served as editor of a number of academic journals, volumes and books.

Survey on mental health in the HE sector

The Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) is the equality policy and advice body for universities in England, and has recently launched an anonymous HE sector survey to examine mental health in the workplace.

The survey is aimed at understanding how universities can:

  • develop an environment that encourages staff to inform the university about mental health difficulties to receive targeted support;
  • ensure that the courses, work environment, facilities, and services are accessible to students experiencing mental health difficulties.

Responses to the survey will be invaluable in helping the ECU develop materials to promote an inclusive university environment that is supportive of mental health.

Please let the ECU know your views by completing the survey here – the survey is open until 12 April.