Provost Ian Walmsley

Professor Ian Walmsley FRS, Provost.

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 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

Michelle Donelan

Professor Ian Walmsley with Universities Minister Michelle Donelan MP

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 Education visit

Professor Ian Walmsley with Education Minister Damian Hinds MP

Provost meets Joe Biden

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

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 Esperan?a, Vice-President of Portugal's Foundation for Science & Technology in the presence of Chris Skidmore MP and Manuel Heitor, Portuguese Minister for Science.