Professor Sir Roy Anderson has taken up his position as Rector of Imperial College, following the departure of Sir Richard Sykes on Thursday. His appointment was announced to the College in June 2007, shortly after Live! revealed the information following a tip-off.
Sir Roy has been at Imperial a long time, arriving in 1965 to study a BSc in Zoology and completing a PhD in Parasitology in 1971. After brief stints at Oxford and King's College London he returned to Imperial in 1977, becoming head of Biology in 1984. In 1993 he returned to Oxford for seven years, until in 2000 he returned with a research group of 40 to form the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology. During the 2001 foot and mouth outbreak his research led to the mass culling of animals to bring the disease under control.
Like fellow Imperial Rector Lord Oxburgh, Sir Roy was Chief Scientific Adviser to the Ministry of Defence, holding the position from 2004-2007. Sir Roy continues to be a Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology in the Faculty of Medicine's Division of Epidemiology, Public Health and Primary Care.
In an email circulated to students this morning, Sir Roy said:
"I hope I will have the opportunity to meet as many of you as possible, to hear your views on the student experience at Imperial and the ways in which it can be improved. I would also be very happy to receive any comments at my email address [email protected]".
"I feel very privileged indeed to be Rector of Imperial College London and I very much look forward to working with you all over the coming years to achieve even greater things together for our institution."
Electronic communication looks like it may be a strong point of the new Rector, with the College setting up a website with lots of information. However, he has so far avoided all attempts by the student media to speak to him, on the basis that he was too busy. However, he did conduct an interview with the official Imperial College Podcast, which you can listen to below.
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