Consul Video's

Role of College Consul (2020)

Hear from our current and former Consuls

Role of College Consul (2020)

Hear from our current and former Consuls about the role of Consul

For academic’s considering becoming a College Consul

Becoming a College Consul (2020)

For academic’s considering becoming a College Consul

Ordinances and Regulations are available on the Central Secretariat website.

Who are Consuls

Consuls are existing professors who act as a conduit for academic opinion, complementing existing management structures.

The consuls for 2023-24 are:

The Proconsuls for 2023-24 are:

  • Professor Richard Jardine, Professor of Geomechanics in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
  • Professor Peter Openshaw, Professor of Experimental Medicine in the National Heart and Lung Institute, Faculty of Medicine
  • Professor Dorian Haskard, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Rheumatology in the National Heart and Lung Institute, Faculty of Medicine
  • Professor Liz Lightstone, Professor of Renal Medicine in the Department of Immunology and Inflammation, Faculty of Medicine
  • Professor Martin McCall, Professor of Theoretical Optics in the Department of Physics, Faculty of Natural Sciences


What do consuls do?

 The consuls help to ensure integrity and honesty in all academic matters, and fairness in the treatment of both staff and students at Imperial. They work with (but not for) the senior management of the College and represent the values of the academic community. They are able to bring the concerns of the academic staff to the attention of the senior management of the College. They are also available to members of staff for confidential and independent advice.

Consuls report directly to the Provost. They have a non-executive role taking soundings of academic views, providing advice and in representing academic opinion. Consuls may be called upon to bring an independent balanced perspective from a senior member of academic staff to the discussion of a particular issue by leading or participating in reviews and investigations of complaints from members of the College.

In addition, consuls have a number of specific responsibilities:

  • The consuls work with the Associate Provost (Academic Promotions) to assure parity of treatment and equivalence of standards in the promotions process across the College. 
  • Consuls play an important role in the recruitment of new academic staff at all levels. All appointment panels include a consul.
  • Consuls have a strong interest in the quality of the education and support offered to students. They are present on all committees that appoint staff at levels 5 or 6 of the teaching family, and on committees that oversee and enhance educational quality.
  • The consuls participate in or chair disciplinary and appeal panels. Clinical consuls chair General Medical Council (GMC) student Fitness to Practice hearings. 

How are consuls selected?

They are elected by senior academic staff who vote for candidates based on the candidate’s statements. Consuls are appointed for a period of three years. The senior consul (a current or former consul) is chosen annually by the six consuls, with a maximum term of 3 years.

Do consuls keep their academic roles?

Consuls are 50% FTE (Full-time equivalent) appointments, retaining 50% FTE positions in their own departments. Departments are compensated by provision of funds to support replacement of the departmental role.

Proconsuls - who they are and what they do?

The College has created the position of Proconsul to extend and support the work of the College Consuls, in accordance with Regulation 15 of the Imperial Regulations. Proconsuls are Professors of the College who, having served as Consuls, provide additional support for the full range work of the Consuls as delegated by the Senior Consul.

In respect to their work as Proconsuls, they report directly to the Provost and Senior Consul. There can be up to five Proconsuls at any one time.

The Consuls and Proconsuls work out of the Office of the Provost, but may be called upon by the President, the Provost, the College Secretary, the Director of Human Resources, the Head of Employment Relations, Registry, or Faculty Deans to perform specific cross-College tasks.

College Consuls have specific roles as recorded in College policy documents. These include serving on appointment and promotion committees across the College to facilitate alignment of standards. In addition, the Consuls and Proconsuls may serve as Chairs of disciplinary, grievance, appeals or other panels. Clinical Consuls serve as Chair of Fitness to Practice panels for medical students who face disciplinary procedures according to the rules and guidelines of the General Medical Council.

Proconsuls are expected to be available to contribute up to 20 working days per year to undertake specific work in addition to their full-time Departmental work.