The Faculty Education Team


Professor Richard Thompson, Vice-Dean (Education) Faculty of Natural Sciences

Professor Richard Thompson is the vice-Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Natural Sciences (FoNS). In his role as vice-Dean Richard oversees strategic and operational aspects of Educational provision in the Faculty. In practice, this means that he works closely with key colleagues across Imperial to ensure that the educational experience provided by the Faculty is world class and reflects the College’s dynamic and enterprising culture. To this end, Richard chairs the Natural Sciences Education Committee which is a key committee in the College’s Educational Quality governance structure, ultimately reporting to Senate. 

Richard also co-chairs the Natural Sciences Student Staff Committees, which provide a forum for staff and students to discuss academic and non-academic matters, to share good practice between Departments and to explore ways to improve the Educational experience in the Faculty. 

Rebecca Middleton, Faculty Education Manager

Rebecca’s role involves supporting education initiatives, policy and strategy across the Faculty. Rebecca supports the work of the Faculty Education Committee, as well as a range of College-wide education activities which cover the complete student lifecycle at both undergraduate and postgraduate taught level.

Rebecca coordinates the Faculty’s Learning and Teaching Development Programme, and the Faculty's Prizes for Excellence, as well as being the Faculty point of contact for elected student representatives. In addition to the above, Rebecca also manages the Faculty's Schools Science Competition, and coordinates the Make-A-Difference Competition for Undergraduate students.

Professor John Seddon, Faculty Senior Tutor

John joined the Education Team in 2019 as the Faculty Senior Tutor.

John has responsibility for ensuring the delivery of consistent, high quality support for students in their personal, general academic and professional development.  Working with and supporting Personal Tutors and Senior Tutors, he ensures that support systems are effective, that training is appropriate and that College policies in student support are implemented.  In addition, John provides support to department senior tutors and directly to students who have more complex concerns.

Matt Horsfield, Faculty Education Support Coordinator

Matt joined the team in June 2021. He works across our departments to support quality assurance, education governance and related student system interfaces. Matt is secretary to the Faculty's Education and Student Staff Committees and is responsible for managing the Dean's Fund. He also provides support to the Education Manager, Vice-Dean (Education) and Faculty Senior Tutor. 

Anna Goodwin and Ella Robson, Student Wellbeing Advisers

Anna and Ella are the Faculty's Student Wellbeing Advisers. They provide wellbeing and mentoring support to students within the Faculty and signpost students to other support services as appropriate.  They also work to develop and deliver appropriate resources, activities and training to support students’ wellbeing,  as well as working closely with elected student representatives in developing peer support. Find out more about the Student Wellbeing Advice Team via their webpages

Dr Crystal Vincent, Faculty EDI Coordinator

Crystal is the Faculty's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator.  Crystal liaises with and co-ordinates student-focussed equality, diversity and inclusion-related activities across the Departments of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and is a key member of the Faculty's EDI Committee. 

Dr Simon Foster, Faculty Outreach Manager

Simon is the Faculty's Outreach Manager. He works closely with key staff to manage, promote and encourage the development of outreach activities across the Faculty. This involves strategic coordination of outreach and engagement activities across the Faculty’s departments and the instigation and development of new projects and initiatives. A key focus of the role is to work with departments in relation to the furtherance of the College and Faculty’s vision to increase the recruitment of students from widening participation backgrounds.

The wider Faculty Education team also includes the EdTech Lab and AV Support teams