The Industrial Liaison Board (ILB) acts in a non-executive capacity to advise the Department of Computing at Imperial College London on strategic issues and concerns relating to its interface with industry.


The board convenes once a year and includes several senior industrialists from a range of industry sectors (in line with the Department's student careerdestination profile). Members are appointed for an initial three year term. Members will be drawn from senior technical management and should have anempathy with the goals of an engineering education. The board further includes:

  • representative(s) from relevant professional bodies (e.g. IET, BCS)
  • representative(s) from College industry-related professional support services(e.g. the Research Development Unit, Imperial Innovations)
  • representative(s) from Academic Committee
  • representative(s) from Research Committee

Find out more about the Board membership.

Terms of reference

  • To advise the Department on the industrial relevance and suitability of the curriculum of its taught courses (both undergraduate and postgraduate), including suggestions for new (or changes to existing) courses and degree programs
  • To review the Department's portfolio of research projects, both planned and current, with respect to their industrial relevance and suitability, and to support them with practical help, letters of support, internships etc.
  • To identify opportunities for commercialisation of research
  • To identify overlapping interests and to facilitate the formation of research consortia in precompetitive areas
  • To explore other ways in which the Department can catalyse, encourage and foster a higher level of industry involvement in its degree and research programmes
  • To identify any recent or longer term developments and/or concerns of industry which are likely to have a significant impact on the Department's activities
  • To advise on major strategic initiatives, such as the establishment of research centres, fund-raising initiatives etc.
  • To select a final year undergraduate project as the winner of the Industry Project Prize