Provost’s Board


Terms of Reference

The Provost’s Board oversees the College’s core academic mission of education, research and translation, and the Faculties and academic support services that deliver this mission (the “Core College”).
Items considered by the Provost’s Board include:

• Oversight of the quality and efficacy of education and research;
• Recruitment;
• Development and retention of academic, research and professional staff; annual pay review and awards;
• Student experience and well-being;
• Health and safety;
• In-year financial performance and financial control;
• The submission of the Core College’s annual operational budgets and medium and longterm financial plans, including capital expenditure, to the President’s Board for consideration as part of the annual Planning Round.
• Reports on activities of the Faculties and academic support services.
Membership (2018/19):
• Provost, Professor Ian Walmsley 
• Vice-Provost (Education), Professor Simone Buitendijk
• Vice Provost (Research and Enterprise), Professor Nick Jennings
• Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Professor Nigel Brandon
• Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Professor Jonathan Weber
• Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Professor Tom Welton
• Dean of the Imperial College Business School, Professor Francisco Veloso
• Associate Provost (Academic Planning), Professor Neil Alford
• Vice President (International), Associate Provost (Academic Partnerships), Professor Maggie Dallman
• Vice President (Communications and Public Affairs), Mr Luke Blair
• Chief Financial Officer, Mr Muir Sanderson
• College Secretary, Mr John Neilson
• Director of HR and Organisational Change, Mrs Louise Lindsay
• Director of Enterprise, Dr Simon Hepworth
• Miss Harriet Whewell (Secretary)

 Other colleagues are invited for specific agenda items.


The Provost and members of Provost’s Board are keen to make sure staff are aware of the discussions being held at Provost’s Board meetings. Since December 2017 a summary of the discussions and decisions taken at the Board has been produced and circulated to Heads of Departments and Divisions shortly after each meeting. The aim of the summaries is to inform colleagues across the community about the issues and topics that are discussed, and to help colleagues understand why particular decisions are taken. While certain matters (in particular those which involve personnel matters or which are commercially sensitive) are not appropriate for inclusion, the default position is that every matter discussed at the Board is included in the summary. Heads of Department also have an opportunity to raise questions about anything discussed at the Board at the weekly Heads of Department lunches.

Provost's Board summaries (where available) can be accessed by clicking the relevant meeting date below.

Provost's Board meeting dates

2019/20 meeting dates

24 September 2019

31 October 2019

26 November 2019

17 December 2019

28 January 2020

25 February 2020

31 March 2020

28 April 2020

26 May 2020

30 June 2020

2017/18 meeting dates