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Top Student Supporters Say Farewell

Sep 27 2007 22:27
Andrew Holland
Imperial College will be saying goodbye to two of its most student-focused members of senior academic staff.
Rees Rawlings, Left, and Leszek Borysiewicz, Right

The Pro-Rector (Educational Quality) Rees Rawlings and Deputy Rector Leszek Borysiewicz are both leaving their positions at Imperial College after many years looking after the welfare of students.

Professor Rees Rawlings joined Imperial as an undergraduate in the Department of Metallurgy (now Materials) in 1961, and in his own words "Never left". He was awarded his PhD in 1967, and stayed in the department as a lecturer. Over the years he moved up within the department, becoming Pro-Rector in 1999. He leaves Imperial after 46 years this week to enjoy his retirement.

Deputy Rector Leszek Borysiewicz will leave Imperial this week to head the UK Medical Research Council (MRC). He is expected to take charge of their £460 million annual budget, which looks set to be increased after a government decision later this year. Borysiewicz, who was knighted in 2001, is known for developing a vaccine against papilloma virus, a cause of cervical cancer. At Imperial, he will be remembered for being the driving force behind the PhD pay rise, and also investigating the possibility of a science park at Wye, which was ultimately never realised.

There has been some concern that the Deputy Rector position filled by Leszek Borysiewicz will not be replaced, although the new Pro-Rector (Education) will take over some of the roles. It is unknown if this will have any bearing on student welfare in the long term.

Also leaving this week are Dame Julia Higgins, Principal of Engineering, and Richard Martin, Deputy Faculty Operating Officer of Engineering.

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Discussion about “Top Student Supporters Say Farewell”

The comments below are unmoderated submissions by Live! readers. The Editor accepts no liability for their content, nor for any offence caused by them. Any complaints should be directed to the Editor.
Sep 27 2007 22:49

Richard Martin is a top bloke and has given CGCU an awful lot of help and support over the past few years. I wish him good luck in the future, even if he is going to UCL...

Sep 28 2007 00:55

Rees was completely useless.

The man didn't have a clue as to what was as going on. The fact that he is leaving is a huge benefit to the college and the Union.

3. Tris   
Sep 28 2007 11:38

I second that, Ashley! He's a good man.

Sep 28 2007 13:03

Not true, Rees was an awsome guy.

Sep 28 2007 17:04

Rees is an awesome guy you mean. ;)

Sep 28 2007 18:53

Here here, Rees was a superb guy, one of the few who cared about students and engaged with them at events. he was old school imperial in a corporate imperial world and things probably would have have been alot worse without him.

enjoy your retirement!

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