Professor Ian Walmsley FRS is the second Provost of Imperial College London.  A world-renowned expert in ultrafast and quantum optics with a deep experience of academic and scientific leadership, Professor Walmsley joined the College in September 2018 from the University of Oxford where he was Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) and Hooke Professor of Experimental Physics.

Imperial’s Provost is the College’s chief academic officer, upholding Imperial’s very high academic standards and its core academic mission.  He has direct responsibility for Imperial’s major academic units, via the Faculty Deans, and the College’s teaching and research mission, via the Vice Provosts for Education and Research and Enterprise The Provost oversees human and intellectual resources, and is responsible for promoting an inclusive and excellent staff and student community.

Alongside the President, the Provost shares responsibility for maintaining and promoting excellence throughout the College, with support from the Deans.

Under the College’s President and Provost leadership model, Professor Walmsley advances Imperial’s core academic mission of education, research and translation. He works with the President, the College’s top executive, who has ultimate responsibility for the institution’s performance, reputation and success.

Prof Ian Walmsley

Professor Ian Walmsley