Dear colleagues

As we celebrated the President’s Awards for Research and Education last week and the President’s Awards for Societal Engagement a few weeks previously, I was struck by how many great things Imperial people had done and how much we have to be thankful for.  Conversations at those events and most days before and since have made me very aware of the stresses and uncertainties of 2016.  So I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the extra effort and work you have put in, individually and collectively to make Imperial so strong, collegial and resilient.  In difficult times, it is more important than ever that we work together with mutual respect and appreciation of different views and ideas.

I hope you too will take stock of one another’s contributions to our great institution. In this spirit of appreciation, as an example I wanted to share with you our senior leadership Season’s Greetings card this year featuring one of our award-winning technicians, Stephen Ramsey. I am sure you would like to join me in thanking all those who work throughout the holiday period to keep our campuses operating safely and securely.

Of course, the world continues to change and we must work ever harder for the things we value such as openness, integrity, autonomy, our diverse international community, and our mission of excellence in teaching and research.  Many people across College have been actively advancing these values in their writing, speaking opportunities and key meetings.

In my Autumn Letter I wrote about the need for Imperial to provide proactive and pragmatic ideas to help the UK navigate its exit from the EU. On our EU website you can find updates about our work to inform decision-makers in these negotiations, and highlights about our research with European partners. They demonstrate that we continue to win leadership positions and significant European research funding; for example, the recent successful Horizon 2020 funding of the KIOS Research Centre with the University of Cyprus.

I will continue to use your contributions to build our case and share the success and impact of our students, staff, and alumni, who either come from Europe, work with European partners, or are supported by the EU.  Every example helps us to spell out the value of what we do when we meet with ministers and their advisers.  So please keep the stories coming.  Email me at

I am also pleased to provide a link to the call for proposals for the European Partners Fund, announced in my Autumn Letter.

In the meantime, may I wish you all a restful holiday with friends and family, and a very happy new year.

With best wishes


Professor Alice P. Gast


Imperial College London