Professor Wisia Wedzicha, Clinical Chair in Respiratory Medicine in the National Heart and Lung Institute, has been elected to succeed Professor Liz Lightstone as one of the consuls for the Faculty of Medicine for the period 1 September 2023 to 31 August 2026.
Professor Stephen Curry, Professor of Structural Biology in the Department of Life Sciences, has been elected to succeed Professor Martin McCall as one of the consuls for the Faculty of Natural Sciences and cross-College organisations for the period 1 September 2023 to 31 August 2026. Professor Curry’s term as Associate Provost (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) ends in September 2023.
The full list of consuls, senior consul and proconsuls for 2023-24 will be announced in the coming weeks.
Following an open international search, Professor Peter Haynes has accepted appointment as Vice-Provost (Education and Student Experience) with effect from 1 February 2023, for a term of five years. Professor Haynes has held the role of Interim Vice-Provost (Education and Student Experience) since October 2022.
Reporting to the Provost and working closely and collaboratively with key colleagues, in this role Professor Haynes will be responsible for leading the delivery of the College’s strategic aims for the provision of a of high-quality education and delivering an exceptional student experience. He will be responsible for enhancing the quality, impact, coordination and delivery of education at the College.
Professor Deborah Ashby OBE FMedSci has accepted an extension to her appointment as Director of the School of Public Health for a further year, until 30 June 2024. Professor Ashby has been the Director of the School since 2018, and also holds the Chair in Medical Statistics and Clinical Trials.
We are pleased to welcome Elaine Heyworth as Director of Risk Management with effect from 1 February 2023. In this role, Elaine is responsible for the College Risk Management Framework which supports delivery of the academic mission.
Reporting to the College Secretary and General Counsel, Elaine will lead on assurance and oversight of risk management, crisis management and business continuity. She will advise College leadership on risk management issues and embed best practice risk management principles into College operations. Elaine takes over from Paul Manning who as our Interim Director of Risk Management has been responsible for introducing many improvements and innovations during his time at Imperial.
Professor Ian Walmsley FRS has been reappointed as the Provost of Imperial for a second term of three years, starting 1 September 2023. Professor Walmsley also holds the Chair in Experimental Physics in the Department of Physics.
Reporting to the President, the Provost is the College’s chief academic officer, upholding Imperial’s high academic standards and its core academic mission. As the Provost, Professor Walmsley will continue to hold overall responsibility for the quality of the College’s educational provision and research, with a deep commitment to enhancing our students’ experience and the working environment for staff, championing equality, diversity and inclusion.
Professor Robert Shorten has accepted appointment as Head of the Dyson School of Design Engineering for a term of five years, starting from 1 August 2023.
Anna Shierson has accepted appointment as Director of Strategic Planning with effect from 1 February 2023, for a period of three years. Anna will succeed Dr Malcolm Edwards, who is taking up a part-time role within the Division also with effect from 1 February 2023 and for a period of three years.
Reporting to the Provost, Anna will lead the Strategic Planning division, which is responsible for supporting the academic mission of the College particularly within the context of expert knowledge of the external funding and policy environment.
Leila Guerra has accepted appointment as Associate Provost (Digital Lifelong Learning) with effect from 1 February 2023, for an initial period of 12 months. The appointment will be initially part-time and Leila will continue in her role as Vice-Dean (Education) for the Business School alongside her new responsibilities, overseeing the Business School’s programmes and setting the educational strategy and vision of the portfolio.
In this new role Leila will support the development of a strategy for digitally enhanced lifelong learning. Leila will work with the Interim Vice-Provost (Education and Student Experience) to identify and develop the College’s strategic options for this area, which may include part-time online interdisciplinary Master’s programmes, continuing professional development courses, micro-credentials and open content.
Dr Jem Woods has accepted appointment as Director of the Centre for Environmental Policy (CEP) – one of the departments in Imperial’s Faculty of Natural Sciences – with effect from 1 December 2022, for a period of five years. Dr Woods held the role of Interim Director of the CEP from April 2022.
Professor Wiebke Arlt has accepted appointment as Head of the Institute of Clinical Sciences – one of the departments in Imperial’s Faculty of Medicine – and Clinical Chair in the Faculty of Medicine. Professor Arlt will also be the new Director of the Medical Research Council (MRC) London Institute of Medical Sciences (LMS). Professor Arlt will take up both posts on 1 January 2023.
As Director of the MRC LMS, Professor Arlt will be responsible for delivering the LMS vision, providing strategic and scientific leadership to maintain existing and shape future excellence, including through the partnership with Imperial.