About the board
History of the board
The Exploration Board was set up in 1955 to consider proposals for expeditions submitted by students of the College, and to administer funds given by the College, the Union and other sources to assist with the cost of these expeditions. It is under the sponsorship of the College, the Union and Constituent College Associations and it currently reports to the Operations Committee.
Each of the sponsoring bodies is represented on the Board. The Chairman, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer are appointed by the Provost. Three members of the academic staff, one representative each from the Imperial College Union, the individual Faculty Unions, and the Constituent College Associations and the Imperial College Exploration Society complete the Board's membership (see current board membership below).
The Board meets twice a year (see Dates of meetings) to consider proposals submitted to it. Decisions to recognise expeditions as official College ventures are usually made at a meeting held in the autumn term. In many cases recognition carries with it a grant towards the cost (see Sources of funding) (most expeditions also receive support in the form of money or equipment from sources outside the College). A variety of equipment is held for loan to approved expeditions and the Board accepts responsibility for adequately insuring the personnel and equipment for these expeditions.
Expeditions provide excellent opportunities to gain experience in organisation and living and working with other people, and when considering proposals the Board takes this, as well as the scientific value, into account. On the whole, the Board aims to support projects that reach a balance between straightforward scientific research and an adventurous holiday.
Imperial College expeditions destinations have included Afghanistan, Alaska, the Azores, the Balearic Islands, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Borneo, Cameroon, the Caucasus, Lake Chad, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, Greece, Greenland, the Himalayas, Iceland, Iran, Jan Mayen, the Karakorum, Kashmir, Kenya, Libya, the Maldive Islands, Malta, Mauritius, Morocco, Nepal, Newfoundland, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Peru, the Red Sea, Siberia, Sicily, Sierra Leone, Slovenia, the Solomon Islands, Spitsbergen, Sri Lanka, St Kitts, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, the Ukraine and the Yukon.
Officers of the board
Current board membership
|Chairman appointed by Provost||Dr Lorraine Craig (Earth Science & Engineering)
|Dean of Students ex officio||Professor Denis Wright (Life Sciences)|
Three members of the academic staff
|Professor Vincent Savolainen (Life Sciences)
Dr Philippa Mason (Earth Science & Engineering)
One representative each from Imperial College Union, the Faculty Unions and the Constituent College Associations
|James Cox (ICU)
Ellie Johnstone (RCSU)
Cat Spilsbury (ICSMSU)
Professor Chris Imray(ICSMA)
Colonel Kevin Oliver (CGCA)
Mr MC Black (RCSA)
Professor Rees Rawlings (RSMA)
|A representative from Imperial College Exploration Society||Mr Harry Stuart-Smith (Medicine)|
|Honorary Treasurer||Mr Chris Green (Finance)|
|Honorary Equipment Officer||Mr Ciarán McKeown (Life Sciences)|
|Honorary Secretary||Dr Phil Power (Education Manager, Engineering)|
|A representative from the Health Centre||Dr Mark Daniels|
- To consider proposed expeditions by students, approve those considered suitable and allocate funds.
- To review and assist approved expeditions and publicise the results.