Originally published Jun 20 2007 23:07
An anonymous tip-off received by Live! yesterday evening indicated that Roy Anderson is to be the next Rector of Imperial College London. The source believed that members of academic staff have been told the identity of the successor to Sir Richard Sykes, who told stoic tv on Monday that an announcement would be made "in the next few weeks". Live! had previously received information that the next rector would be an internal promotion from the Faculty of Medicine.
The announcement was confirmed this morning in an email from the College Chairman, Lord Kerr of Kinlochard, to all members of Imperial. Shortly afterwards Imperial released a statement to the press.
Professor Sir Roy M Anderson FRS FMedSci is a member of the Faculty of Medicine and currently on a two-year secondment to the Ministry of Defence as Chief Scientific Advisor. Anderson achieved both his bachelor's degree and PhD at Imperial and has spent most of his career with the college. His major public claim to fame in recent times came during the BSE epidemic, with his team playing a major role in modelling of infectious diseases.
Sir Roy's appointment brings the top position at Imperial back into the realm of academics, whilst still retaining a man with experience in the public limelight and a few years of private research under his belt. His department of Science, Innovation and Technology at the MoD is responsible for 220 civil servants in Whitehall and 3,500 scientists and engineers.
Sir Roy will take over from Sir Richard Sykes in the summer of 2008.