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.

Professor Ian Walmsley with Cressida Dick, Chris Hankin and Bill Lee

Professor Ian Walmsley with ISST Co-director Bill Lee, Cressida Dick and ISST Co-director Chris Hankin

Prof Ian Walmsley with Teresa May

Professor Ian Walmsley greeting 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 at graduation

Professor Ian Walmsley congratulating students at Commemoration Day

Provost Education visit

Professor Ian Walmsley with Education Minister Damian Hinds MP

Prof Ian Walmsley at the Julia Higgins Awards 2019

Professor Ian Walmsley with Dame Julia Higgins, Professor Stephen Curry and the winners of the Julia Higgins Awards 2019

Provost Welcome Week

Professor Ian Walmsley welcomes new students in 2018

Provost's Health & Safety Awards winners with Provost

The Provost with winners of the Provost's Awards for Excellence in Health & Safety 2018

Provost meets Joe Biden

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

Provost at MSRH, White City

Professor Ian Walmsley with colleagues from the Department of Chemistry.

Professor Ian Walmsley at an MoU signing

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.