Imperial College London vice chancellor

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Imperial College London vice chancellor


Professor James Stirling, a distinguished physicist and academic leader, is the first Provost of Imperial College London.

Under the College’s President and Provost leadership model, Professor Stirling has responsibility for delivering and enhancing Imperial’s core academic mission – the pursuit of excellence in education, research and translation. This allows the President to give more emphasis to strategic issues and the College’s development.

Professor Stirling reports directly to the President; both the President and Provost oversee the College’s strategic direction.


Professor James Stirling


Provost James Stirling with The Right Honourable Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister.

Imperial College London vice chancellor

About the President

Professor Alice Gast

Professor Alice P. Gast became President of Imperial College London in September 2014.

Prior to her appointment at Imperial, Professor Gast was the 13th President of Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, USA, from August 2006 to August 2014. Other leadership roles include serving as the Vice-President for Research and Associate Provost and Robert T. Haslam Chair in Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 2001 – 2006.

Professor Gast’s academic interest is in surface and interfacial phenomena, in particular the behavior of complex fluids. She has co-authored numerous scientific publications and a classic textbook on colloid and surface phenomena. She was a faculty member at Stanford University from 1985 to 2001, being promoted to full professor in 1995. She was also affiliated with the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory.

Professor Gast is a member of a number of international advisory committees and boards including the Board of Trustees for the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia; the Academic Research Council for the Singapore Ministry of Education; and the Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of Malaysia. She was made a United States Science Envoy to the Caucasus and Central Asia in 2010. In 2012, she was appointed to the board of directors of Chevron Corporation.