Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Department Operations Manager



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Dr Emma Watson is Department Operations Manager for Earth Sciences and Engineering (ESE), Faculty of Engineering, Imperial College London; a position recently started on 1 October 2015.

Prior to this role, Emma was Education Manager at the National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI), Imperial College London where she worked with staff and students across each of NHLI’s campuses and locations.

She had responsibility for the coordination and management of all undergraduate and postgraduate courses run within the Institute and for overseeing the provision of support to Postgraduate Research Students.

She supported the Director of Postgraduate Studies, Professor Tony Magee, in ensuring the smooth progression from admission to award of research degrees of all research students and fellows, as well as their welfare and training.

Emma studied Chemistry at the University of Hull where she obtained a first class honours degree in 1998. She then moved to Imperial College London to study a biological chemistry postgraduate degree under the supervision of Professor Robin Leatherbarrow, funded by the EPSRC. She was awarded her PhD in 2004 for her thesis entitled ‘Positional Scanning Soluble Libraries of Protease Inhibitors’.

Following her PhD, she worked as a fundraiser and event co-ordinator in the charity sector. This role gave her extensive experience in event management and marketing and importantly, communicating science to the lay public and engaging the public in a medical cause.

Emma returned to Imperial in May 2006 to the Research Management Office at NHLI working with Dr Alun Owen and was promoted to Research Manager (Students & Fellows) in May 2008.  In July 2014, she took on the role of Education Manager for the Institute.

Emma was the administrative lead for NHLI’s Clinical Research Training Initiative (CRFI), which aimed to attract, encourage and support clinical trainees interested in undertaking postgraduate research. The CRFI aimed to match potential fellows and their research interests to appropriate supervisors, support the process of writing fellowship applications, advise on regulatory, intellectual, statistical and financial considerations, and guide interview technique.

She was administrative lead, working with Professor Clare Lloyd, the Self Assessment team and Head of Institute on NHLI’s successful Athena SWAN submissions (2009, 2012 and 2014) which resulted in a Silver SWAN Award granted to the Institute in September 2009 and 2014, in recognition of the Institute’s commitment to the advancement of the careers of Women in Science, Engineering and Technology.

In 2011, she was awarded the Rector's Award and Rector's Medal for Excellence in Supporting the Student Experience. These awards recognise the importance placed by the College on the contribution of support staff in underpinning the College’s learning environment for students.

In 2015, she was awarded a Julia Higgins Award.  These awards recognise individuals and departments that have made a significant contribution to the support of academic women at the College.

Selected Publications


Usmani OS, Watson EM, Meah SN, et al., 2009, DECLINING RESPIRATORY CLINICAL ACADEMICS: A MODEL FOR REVERSING THE TREND?, Winter Meeting of the British-Thoracic-Society, B M J PUBLISHING GROUP, Pages:A165-A166, ISSN:0040-6376

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