Imperial's response to COVID-19 is governed by a number of cross-College operational groups, featuring representation from the full spectrum of administration, academic and research teams.

This page includes information on the individual groups, their remit, and contact details.

Gold Group

The Gold Group is responsible for setting the College’s strategy with regards to the management of our coronavirus (COVID-19) response. Its core membership includes the President, Provost and Chief Financial Officer. They also oversee and provide direction to the Silver Group, approving any major decisions where there are wide ranging implications for the College.

Contact Kathryn Dady

Silver Group

Silver Group is the cross-College operational group chaired by the College Strategy that leads the College’s response to COVID-19. The group meets regularly during the week to discuss and decide on immediate operational issues, preparations for academic year and contingency planning.

Contact Kathryn Dady

Education Strategy and Operations Group (ESOG)

ESOG comprises a diverse range of staff and student representatives. It is co-chaired by Professor Emma McCoy Interim Vice-Provost (Education and Student Experience) and Professor Omar Matar, Vice Dean (Education) for the Faculty of Engineering. The group supports Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught and Postgraduate Research students’ interests and experiences. The group focuses in particular on the quality of education provision and the current blended educational model, on student experience and, on equality, diversity and inclusion and is supported by dedicated sub-groups that focus on specific issues both at the strategic and operational level. It reports to Provost Board and the education governance structures (the Quality Assurance and Enhancement Committee and the Learning and Teaching Committee) and reports to Silver Group for finance or operational approvals.

Contact Hailey Smith    

COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Group (COVSAG) 

COVSAG is responsible for considering broader scientific goals and aspirations. This is a Faculty of Medicine group chaired by the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Professor Jonathan Weber and includes representation from other Faculties as required. COVSAG is an independent group of medical and scientific experts whose advice can be called up by Gold, Silver or COG as required. 

COVSAG has replaced the COVID-19 Test and Trace Steering Operations Group (COVSOG) as of 2 November 2020.

COVID-19 Operations Group (COG)

Chaired by Richard Martin, COG is responsible for the coordination of outbreak containment and escalation across the key pillars of Test-Trace-Contain. COG works in close liaison with the LCRC/Local Authorities as appropriate.

Research Group

Reporting to Gold Group, the Research Group is chaired by the Vice Provost (Research and Enterprise), Professor Nick Jennings, and considers the impact of COVID-19 on the College’s research activity and our research community. Issues that the College has dealt with so far include restarting research following the campus closure, creating and implementing the College PhD stipend extension policy, and supporting out researchers in engaging with a range of research funders. The group consists of representatives from each faculty and the relevant professional staff, representing the entire research landscape.

Contact Rebecca Delahunty

Other groups created to support the College’s response to COVID-19:

The Ed Tech Guild

The Guild's remit is to support Faculties and Departments in developing and maintaining the quality of their educational provision in academic year 2020/21. The Guild will encourage a move beyond ‘remote education’ to an enhanced model of blended education. 

The Guild is chaired by the Assistant Provost (Learning and Teaching), Prof Alan Spivey, and has representation from all Faculty Vice-Deans EdTech teams, the Registry, the EDU, the Digital Team and the Student Recruitment and Outreach. 

The Guild reports into the Education Strategy and Operations Group (ESOG).

Contact Alan Spivey

The Immediate Marketing Group

Reporting to Silver Group and chaired by Leila Guerra, Vice Dean (Education) for the Business School, the aim of the group is to advise the College on recruitment marketing, messaging and engagement with applicants, existing offer holders and current students.

Contact Katie Quinn