Provost Ian Walmsley

Professor Ian Walmsley FRS, Provost.

Professor Ian Walmsley FRS is the second Provost of Imperial College London.  A world-renowned expert in ultrafast and quantum optics with a deep experience of academic and scientific leadership, Professor Walmsley joined the College in September 2018 from the University of Oxford where he was Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) and Hooke Professor of Experimental Physics.

Imperial’s Provost is the College’s chief academic officer, upholding Imperial’s very high academic standards and its core academic mission.  He has direct responsibility for Imperial’s major academic units, via the Faculty Deans, and the College’s teaching and research mission, via the Vice Provosts for Education and Research and Enterprise The Provost oversees human and intellectual resources, and is responsible for promoting an inclusive and excellent staff and student community.

Alongside the President, the Provost shares responsibility for maintaining and promoting excellence throughout the College, with support from the Deans.

Under the College’s President and Provost leadership model, Professor Walmsley advances Imperial’s core academic mission of education, research and translation. He works with the President, the College’s top executive, who has ultimate responsibility for the institution’s performance, reputation and success.

Provost - Alumni awards

Professor Ian Walmsley with attendees at the Alumni Awards

Provost - Deep Tech Institute launch event

Professor Ian Walmsley at the launch event for the Deep Tech Institute

Provost - campus visit from Prime Minister Theresa May

Professor Ian Walmsley with Teresa May on her visit to Imperial in 2019

Prof Ian Walmsley with Prof Michele Dougherty and Prof Donna Strickland

Professor Ian Walmsley and Professor Michele Dougherty with Nobel Laureate Professor Donna Strickland during her visit to Imperial in 2019

Provost - Professor Ian Walmsley in the laboratory

Professor Ian Walmsley in the laboratory

Provost meets Joe Biden

Professor Ian Walmsley meets US President Joe Biden at the Imperial Cancer Research UK Centre inaugural lecture

Provost - Professor Walmsley with Sir Dyson at an event for the Malaysian Prime Minister

Professor Ian Walmsley with Sir Dyson at an event for the Malaysian Prime Minister