Professor Stephen Richardson, Principal of the Faculty of Engineering, has been announced as the new Deputy Rector for Imperial College London. He started the role on Monday, continuing alongside his present role as Faculty Principal.
The title 'Deputy Rector' was last held by Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, who left the College in 2007 and no new appointment was made. It was assumed that the role would remain empty under Rector Roy Anderson as part of a streamlining of top management, however, it seems they were just waiting for the right man for the job.
Professor Borysiewicz, affectionately known as Boyrs, was a strong advocate for the Student Union and students at Imperial. It is hoped, supported by Professor Richardson's popularity amongst students as a previous Head of Department in Chemical Engineering, that this legacy will continue with the new appointment.