Progress in enablers
The Enablers section sets out our commitment to strength and diversify our revenues, provide professional support, consistent processes and appropriate technology for our staff and students, and act courageously and innovatively when pursuing new opportunities.
Strengthening and diversifying our revenues
Imperial continues to seek philanthropic investment to advance our academic mission with a comprehensive strategy in place to seek support at all levels.
A £12M gift from the James Dyson Foundation is enabling the construction of a new home for the Dyson School of Design Engineering. The new building will enhance the educational experience, facilitating cross-disciplinary collaboration and inspiring entrepreneurial thinking through the provision of new teaching labs, cutting-edge fabrication and robotics workshops, real-world testing scenarios and flexible, open working spaces.
The Brahmal Vasudevan Multi Terrain Aerial Robotics Arena is the first of its kind in Europe, enabling engineers to test the next generation of aerial robotics for urban environments and extreme conditions. It was made possible thanks to a £1.25 million gift from alumnus Mr Brahmal Vasudevan (who graduated in Aeronautical Engineering in 1990).
A £2m donation from the Mohn Westlake Foundation enabled the 2017 opening of the Invention Rooms – a new community innovation space at Imperial’s White City Campus. The Invention Rooms provides hands-on prototyping and fabrication workspaces in which staff, students, entrepreneurs, school children and members of the public can come together, test their creativity and share the wonder of science and innovation.
A recent £5m gift from the Lees Charitable Foundation chaired by Dr Richard Lee (Chem Eng 1960, PhD 1964), will provide scholarships for physicians wishing to complete a PhD as part of their medical training.
Enabling talent and Letting research fly
President’s Scholar Orla Williams (right) is an undergraduate medic and also serves as Chair of the Student Action for Refugees Society. In 2016-17, 1,338 donors generously gave £157,016 to the President’s Scholarship Fund, supporting 46 scholars. By relieving the financial burden on students, President’s Scholarships enable talented people to fulfil their potential at the College and enjoy a rich and varied university experience.
Letting research fly
The number of total donors supporting the College has increased from 6,276 in 2013-14 to 11,296 in 2016-17, an increase of 80%. They include a £1.25 million gift from alumnus Mr Brahmal Vasudevan, to establish the Brahmal Vasudevan Multi Terrain Aerial Robotics Arena - the first of its kind in Europe.
Acting courageously and innovatively when pursuing new opportunities
2017 saw the launch of the President’s Excellence Fund for Frontier Research and Excellence Fund for Learning and Teaching Innovation as part of Imperial’s strategic commitment to invest new funds to pursue new and risky ideas. The Fund dedicates £1 million per year to reward excellence while promoting courageous and innovative ideas in research and teaching. This is part of Imperial’s strategic commitment to invest new funds to pursue new and risky ideas. Following the success of the first cohort, the President’s Excellence Funds for Frontier Research and Education will fund six more projects in 2018.
Investment in ventures related to Imperial’s core STEM research and education mission, but which also generate a return to fund the College’s core academic mission. Milestones include the opening of the Translation & Innovation Hub (I-HUB), which provides space for companies to work alongside Imperial researchers and turn scientific and technological innovations into new products and services.
Frontier fund and Business synergies
Professor Ramon Vilar from the Department of Chemistry co-led a Frontier Fund project and has made a major breakthrough which could have potential clinical implications in the future.
Businesses based at the I-HUB include Polymateria, a pioneering materials company and OGCI Climate Investments, a one billion dollar start-up business that is developing low-emission technologies.