Consuls are existing professors who act as a conduit for academic opinion, complementing existing management structures.
The consuls for 2020-21 are:
- Senior Consul: Professor Peter Openshaw
- Faculty of Engineering and the Business School: Professor Martyn Boutelle
- Faculty of Engineering and the Business School: Professor Richard Jardine
- Faculty of Natural Sciences and the Education Office: Professor Martin McCall
- Faculty of Natural Sciences and the Education Office: Professor Stephen Warren
- Faculty of Medicine: Professor Dorian Haskard
- Faculty of Medicine: Professor Liz Lightstone
What do consuls do?
The consuls help to ensure integrity and honesty in all academic matters, and fairness in the treatment of both staff and students at Imperial. They work with (but not for) the senior management of the College and represent the values of the academic community. They are able to bring the concerns of the academic staff to the attention of the senior management of the College. They are also available to members of staff for confidential and independent advice.
Consuls report directly to the Provost. They have a non-executive role taking soundings of academic views, providing advice and in representing academic opinion. Consuls may be called upon to bring an independent balanced perspective from a senior member of academic staff to the discussion of a particular issue by leading or participating in reviews and investigations of complaints from members of the College.
In addition, consuls have a number of specific responsibilities:
- The consuls work with the Assistant Provost (Academic Promotions) to assure parity of treatment and equivalence of standards in the promotions process across the College.
- Consuls play an important role in the recruitment of new academic staff at all levels. All appointment panels include a consul.
- Consuls have a strong interest in the quality of the education and support offered to students. They are present on all committees that appoint staff at levels 5 or 6 of the teaching family, and on committees that oversee and enhance educational quality.
- The consuls participate in or chair disciplinary and appeal panels. Clinical consuls chair General Medical Council (GMC) student Fitness to Practice hearings.
How are consuls selected?
They are elected by senior academic staff who vote for candidates based on the candidate’s statements. Consuls are appointed for a period of three years. The senior consul (a current or former consul) is chosen annually by the six consuls, with a maximum term of 3 years.
Do consuls keep their academic roles?
Consuls are 50% FTE (Full-time equivalent) appointments, retaining 50% FTE positions in their own departments. Departments are compensated by provision of funds to support replacement of the departmental role.