External Advisory Board

Overall Purpose:

To advise on the future development of the programme of master’s and doctoral professional skills courses from an external perspective.

Terms of reference:

  • To review and comment on the programme of Doctoral and Master’s professional skills courses, taking account of:

 a)      The attributes valued most by employers of Imperial graduates

b)      Provision at other Russell Group HEIs, drawing on good practice

c)       UK benchmarks for researcher development

d)      The views of Imperial alumni

e)      The Graduate School’s own mission statement and stated goals for student development



Independent Chair with knowledge of the role of the Graduate School and professional development:


Head of Policy at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), former Climate Policy Director at the Grantham Institute of Climate Change, Imperial College London and former Pro-Rector (International Affairs) at Imperial College London

Simon Buckle

One member of academic staff from each Faculty who may be members of the Postgraduate Professional Development Committee (PPDC):

Faculty of Natural Sciences Patricia Hunt
Faculty of Engineering Chris Cheeseman
Faculty of Medicine Kevin Murphy
Business School Jonathan Haskel

Representation from the Careers Service:

Director of the Careers Service Jason Yarrow  

Student representatives:


President of the Graduate Students’ Union

Mohit Devgan 

Deputy President (Education) Imperial College Union


Graduate School representatives:

Head of Postgraduate Professional Development Janet De Wilde               
Head of Strategy and Operations, Secretary Laura Lane

External board members who may be representatives from employers of Imperial graduates, alumni, industry partners or representatives from other Russell Group Graduate Schools (it should be noted that the usual term of office for external members is three years):

Interim People Lead and Senior HR Business Partner, Wellcome Trust Sara Casemore
Director of the Institute of Academic Practice at University of Edinburgh Jon Turner
Academic Lead, STEM, Higher Education Academy Kay Hack
Director of Technical Learning & Development, Atkins Phil Davis