Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise)
Professor Nick Jennings CB, FREng is Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise).
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Nick is responsible for developing and providing leadership to the delivery of the College’s research and enterprise strategy, and for enhancing the quality, impact, management and delivery of research in the College. Nick holds a chair in Artificial Intelligence in the Departments of Computing and Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
Nick is a member of the President’s Board (which plans for and addresses issues of broad, strategic, and College-wide significance; identifying, endorsing and approving strategic initiatives, governance matters, major policies, and the financial strategy) and the Provost’s Board (which is responsible for the delivery of the College’s core academic missions of education, research and translation; including oversight of the quality and efficacy of education and research; recruitment, development and retention of academic and research staff; and student life and well-being). He is also the College lead on two major building projects (Michael Uren Biomedical Engineering and London Institute for Medical Sciences), budget holder for our HEIF funding, and a member of the transformation investment board which is responsible for the system and process changes associated with enhancing our academic and professional support services.
He is responsible for developing and delivering the College’s research and enterprise strategy across all the faculties (Engineering, Natural Sciences, Medicine and the Business School). The total research budget is £475 million, we engage with 500+ corporate partners and have 130 active start-ups. Our overarching aim is to achieve enduring excellence for the benefit of society and we have the greatest concentration of high-impact research of any major UK university (according to REF 2014). His role is to enhance the quality, impact, management and delivery of research and the main areas of focus include: nurturing research talent, sustaining world-class core academic disciplines, fostering multidisciplinary research, establishing effective partnerships and ensuring our research informs, influences and impacts. To enable this, we need to have world-class research facilities and infrastructure, a vibrant and healthy research environment and adequate research funding. In terms of enterprise, his main areas of focus include our corporate partnerships, technology transfer and spin outs, developing our entrepreneurial eco-system and technology foresight.
Impact Acceleration Accounts
Supporting the development of research to economic and societal impact through activities that widen participation in business engagement and knowledge exchange, broaden and enhance the skills of the researchers and accelerate the commercialisation and impact of research.
Excellence Fund for Frontier Research
The College’s Strategy 2015-20 encourages Imperial to act courageously and innovatively when pursuing new partnerships and opportunities and sets out Imperial’s intention to invest funds and pursue the new and the risky. The Excellence Fund for Frontier Research has been established to support research ideas which are potential breakthrough programs that have the potential to put Imperial in a leadership position, even if the ideas have not yet received outside funding.
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The Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise) oversees Imperial’s six Global institutes which promote inter-disciplinary working to meet some of the greatest challenges faced by society.