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.
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Our Academic Strategy will help us realise our ambition to deliver transformative impact for societal benefit on a global scale. It draws on our ground-breaking fundamental research and ability to develop new insights to enable sustainable change and improve our world. It sets out our vision for an improved student experience that will prepare our students to be leaders, to innovate and drive change.
We are committed to creating a positive and inclusive culture for all members of our community. Through our Imperial Together initiatives, we have brought together all of our important cultural change projects and activities to help build a community where everyone feels supported to thrive and give their best.
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Sustainability will shape Imperial’s plans and activities at all levels and across all campuses. The Strategy has been created to ensure that we turn this notion into reality and set a credible delivery roadmap to address these environmental challenges to create a sustainable university for the future and become a carbon net-zero institution by 2040.
Professor Ian Walmsley with ISST Co-director Bill Lee, Cressida Dick and ISST Co-director Chris Hankin
Professor Ian Walmsley greeting Teresa May on her visit to Imperial in 2019
Professor Ian Walmsley with Universities Minister Michelle Donelan MP
Professor Ian Walmsley and Professor Michele Dougherty with Nobel Laureate Professor Donna Strickland during her visit to Imperial in 2019
Professor Ian Walmsley with Education Minister Damian Hinds MP
Professor Ian Walmsley meets former US President Joe Biden at the Imperial Cancer Research UK Centre inaugural lecture
Professor Ian Walmsley with colleagues from the Department of Chemistry.
Professor Ian Walmsley signs an MoU with José Paulo Esperança, Vice-President of Portugal's Foundation for Science & Technology in the presence of Chris Skidmore MP and Manuel Heitor, Portuguese Minister for Science.