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Faculty of Natural Sciences and Imperial College Business School: Finance Suite

Graduation ceremony

Watch the ceremony below:

Deans' welcomes

Faculty of Natural Sciences

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the graduation ceremony of the Faculty of Natural Sciences 2024 cohort. 

This is a momentous occasion, one that represents hard work, dedication, and unwavering determination. I am profoundly honoured to address such a talented and accomplished group of graduates. I offer you my sincere congratulations.


We live in an exciting time for science, both happening within Imperial and outside it. The UK’s space industry has dramatically grown, and researchers – including ones at Imperial – are part of an emerging space age. The advancement of artificial intelligence has also catalysed vital scientific progress. The founding of Imperial-X, with researchers from across FoNS, is evidence of our faith that AI can advance both basic and applied science.

The research that many of you have done throughout your degree has proven to be even more critical in times like these. You have cultivated skills that will not only serve you well in your chosen fields but also enable you to address the challenges of our time.

Witnessing your achievements, both in the realm of academia and your lives outside of campus, has filled me with the utmost confidence that the future is in good hands. Students from all departments in FoNS continue to be strong advocates for science communication and outreach.

The Imperial Wiki Project, supported by our StudentShapers programme, is now in the Department of Physics and Department of Mathematics. Using this platform, students mutually support each other’s learning whilst democraticising access to scientific and mathematical knowledge.

Students continue to show their commitment to real-world impact with this year’s FoNS Make-A-Difference competition. From creating bioplastics to using fruit peels as water filters, it is heartening to see how our undergraduates are keen to innovate and make the world a better place.

I urge you to embrace the spirit of innovation and exploration that defines the natural sciences. Be courageous in the face of uncertainty, for it is through adversity that we often make our greatest discoveries. And, most importantly, remain lifelong learners, for the pursuit of knowledge knows no bounds.

Remember, your journey does not end here; it's only just beginning. As you embark on the next phase of your lives, I encourage you to stay connected with your alma mater and your fellow graduates. The friendships you have forged and the experiences you have shared at Imperial College will be a source of inspiration and support throughout your careers.

I hope you join me in thanking the people who have helped you along the way: friends, family and your teachers. Enjoy this special day – it’s your day to relax and celebrate your success: congratulations!

Professor Richard Craster 

Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences

Professor Richard Craster

Imperial College Business School

First of all: congratulations! What a wonderful day and what a wonderful achievement. It is no small thing to graduate from Imperial College London; it is an institution respected and recognised throughout the world, and that is down to the work, knowledge and impact of our graduates – of you.


But success is never achieved alone. We all rely on the support, indulgence and love of those closest to us. And so, in this important moment, on behalf of our school, I would like to thank all of those who were part of the journey: thank you.

Ours is an honoured and worthy community of graduates. Students who have passed through the same doors as you have gone on to heal the sick across the globe, to make discoveries that have changed science and society, and to play lead guitar in Queen.

Alumni from the Business School sit at some of the most important decision-making tables in the world, from America to Australia, in central banks, international agencies, at the helm of great companies, creating startups that will change the world, and driving non-profits that make a difference for the disenfranchised.

And so, as I bid you a farewell from the school and the university, I welcome you to our global community of alumni. I am fully confident that you will go on to do incredible things, to improve business and better society in ways I cannot imagine now, and as you do, remember us. We want to know of your successes, of your achievements, as we will remain here, ready to support, ready to advise, and most of all to applaud.

Once again, congratulations – and welcome.

Professor Franklin Allen

Interim Dean of Imperial College Business School

Professor Franklin Allen

Order of procession

All rise when the procession enters the Hall and remain standing until the President is seated.

GROUP 1

  • Royal College of Science Union President, Ms Trinity Stenhouse
  • Imperial College Union President, Ms Camille Boutrolle

GROUP 2

  • Faculty Operating Officer, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Mr Graeme Rae
  • Faculty Operating Officer, Imperial College Business School, Mr Richard Johnson
  • Professor of Sustainable Development, Centre for Environmental Policy, Professor Jem Woods
  • Head of Department, Chemistry, and Chair in Chemistry, Professor Oscar Ces
  • Head of Department, Life Sciences, and Chair in Immunology, Professor Daniel Davis
  • Head of Department, Mathematics, and Chair in Statistics, Professor Axel Gandy
  • Head of Department, Physics, and Professor of Space Physics, Professor Michele Dougherty
  • Chair in Economics, Professor James Sefton
  • Associate Professor of Finance, Dr Lara Cathcart
  • Faculty of Natural Sciences staff
  • Imperial College Business School staff

GROUP 3

  • Academic Registrar, Mr David Ashton
  • Student name reader, Mr Ross Cullum
  • Student name reader, Ms Maddie Oaten
  • Director of Academic Quality and Standards, Mrs Judith Webster
  • Faculty of Natural Sciences staff
  • Imperial College Business School staff

GROUP 4

  • Deputy Legal Director (Corporate Affairs), Ms Anna Cosgrove
  • Dean, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Professor Richard Craster 
  • Interim Dean, Imperial College Business School, Professor Franklin Allen
  • Vice-Provost (Education and Student Experience), Professor Peter Haynes 
  • Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise), Professor Mary Ryan 
  • Recipient of the President's Medal for Outstanding Early Career Researcher, Dr Anna Barnard
  • Recipient of the President's Medal for Research Support Excellence, Mr Ian Clark
  • Recipient of the President's Medal for Outstanding Early Career Researcher recipient, Dr Maxie M Rößler,
  • Imperial College Medallist, Professor Sir Martin Hairer

GROUP 5

  • Mace Bearer, Dr Sarah Thomas
  • Provost, Professor Ian Walmsley 
  • President, Professor Hugh Brady

Order of ceremony

Fanfare
The Archbishop’s Fanfare – Francis Jackson (1917–2022)

Student orator
President, Imperial College Union, Ms Camille Boutrolle

Presentation of graduates
Presentation of Graduates from the Faculty of Natural Sciences to whom the degrees of MSc, MRes, MPhil and PhD have been awarded. See names of graduating students here.

Presentation of the President’s Medal

The Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise) requests the President to award the President’s Medal to: 

Presentation of the Imperial College Medal

The Provost requests the President to award the Imperial College Medal to:

Musical interlude 

Pequeña Czarda – Pedro Itturalde (1929–2020) arr. Thomas Bettley  

Solo performed by James Taylor (Third year Electronic and Information Engineering)

Presentation of graduates
Presentation of postgraduates from the Imperial College Business School: Finance Suite to whom the degrees of MSc have been awarded. See names of graduating students here.

Valediction

President, Professor Hugh Brady

National anthem

Recession

Nun danket alle Gott Op 65 No 9 – Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877–1933)

Graduation ceremony

Graduate prize winners

Faculty of Natural Sciences

The following awards and prizes are given to students with a record of exceptional achievement in scholarship in the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

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Abdus Salam Postgraduate Prize

Yiwen Yang

AECOM Prize

Martje Köppen
Eirini Sampson (proxime accessit)

Anne Thorne Thesis Prize

Christopher Brown

Bayforest Technologies Limited Prize for Best Performing Student in Machine Learning

George Coxon

Bayforest Technologies Limited Prize for Best Project

Zeling Xiong

Blackett Laboratory - Industry Club Thesis Prize

Alistair Smith

Centenary Prize for MRes Structural Molecular Biology Outstanding student

Huda Kadhim Salem Khalaf
Anna Pugnetti

Centenary Prize for MRes Systems and Synthetic Biology Outstanding student

Kyle Gaius Jonsson
Freddie King

David Phillips Notable Achievement Award

Federica Raguseo

Department of Mathematics Prize - Best MSc Pure Mathematics Project

Margaux Fontalio Dowland
Kamen V Pavlov

Department of Mathematics Prize - Best MSc Pure Mathematics Student

Xuanzuo Chen

Environmental Resources Management Prize

Stefania A Juks

Eurofins Foundation Postgraduate Prize for MRes Biosystematics

George Allen
Clement Prieul

Eurofins Foundation Postgraduate Prize for MRes Molecular and Cellular Biosciences

Hannah Jasmine Phillips
Jingjing Xia

Eurofins Foundation Postgraduate Prize for MRes Molecular Plant and Microbial Sciences Outstanding Student

Zhengxi Tang
Cristina Vuolo

Eurofins Foundation Postgraduate Prize for MSc Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology Outstanding student

Jessica Leigh
Joslyn Wan

Eurofins Foundation Postgraduate Prize for MSc Bioinformatics and Theoretical Systems Biology

Anushka Margaret Thawani

Faculty of Medicine Dean's Prize for Biomedical Research

Ines Ullmo

GCE Prize for MRes Ecosystems and Environmental Change

Natasha Granville

Gladys Locke Prize in Applied Optics

Theodoros Angelides

Graham Mathews Prize

Ana Barua

Highly Commended Chemistry PhD Thesis

Oliver Gittus
Jenna Robinson
Linden Robert McCabe Schrecker
Daniel Sheldon

Illumina Prize

Shuixin Li
Aditi Rajan Madkaikar

Institute of Chemical Biology Prize

Thomas Mills

Life Sciences PhD Centenary Prize for Outstanding Performance in Science Communication

Danielle Norman

Lord Porter Prize

Angeliki Chatziathanasiou

Mark Seller Certificate of Excellence

Anna Kukushkina

Master’s in Conservation Science and Practice: Best Effort

Louis Cherniavsky

Master’s in Conservation Science and Practice: Best Performing Student

Nathalie Griffiths

MRes Advanced Molecular Synthesis Outstanding Overall Performance Prize

Friedrich Hastedt

MRes Advanced Molecular Synthesis Outstanding Performance on the Research Dissertation Prize

Piotr Toka

MRes Catalysis Prize for Outstanding Performance

Junxi Liu
He Wang

MRes Green Chemistry Dissertation Prize

Hon Lam Au

MRes Green Chemistry Outstanding Performance Prize

Giaan Kler-Young

MSc Digital Chemistry Course Prize

Aryan Bhasin

MSc in Physics Prize

Yunfan Xu

MSc Prize in Stochastic Analysis

Pablo Gomez Hernandez

MSc Taxonomy and Biodiversity Prize

Sorcha Goody
Jessica Hunter

Nanomaterials Prize

Longren Li

Nigel Bell Prize

Vitor Sousa Domingues

Perkin Prize in Drug Discovery Research

Khadija Babiker

Prize for Excellent MSc Applied Mathematics Project

Marta Aparicio Rodriguez
Jorge Catarecha
Harry Li

Prize for Outstanding Core Course on Soft Electronic Materials MRes

Zanyao Niu

Prize for Outstanding Research on Soft Electronic Materials MRes

Xinran Li

Rajendra Bhansali Prize

William Ogier

Ross Makuch Memorial Law Prize

Yufei Wei

Sir Alan Fersht Prize

Hon Lam Au

Southwood Prize

Rona Learmonth
Emma Little

The Aether Prize

Eirini Sampson

The Outstanding PhD in Chemistry Award

Irene Bechis
Stanislav Piletsky
Martina Rimmele

The Professor Tony Goddard Prize

Martje Köppen

The Royal Statistical Society Prize

Jake Hobson

The Warner Prize

Jakub Jan Pypkowski

Winton Capital Prize for Best MSc Statistics Student

Paula Cordero Encinar

Winton Capital Prize for the Best MSc Statistics Project

Marcus September

Winton Capital Prize for the Best PhD Thesis in Physics

James Prideaux-Ghee

Yael Naim Dowker Prize for the Best Mathematics PhD Thesis

Laura Wakelin

Imperial College Business School: Finance Suite

The following awards and prizes are given to students with a record of exceptional achievement in scholarship in the Imperial College Business School: Finance Suite.

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Andreas Kyriakides Memorial Prize for Investment and Portfolio Management

Caixing Liao

Best Research Project Prize

Zhiqing Wang

MSc Finance & Accounting - Accounting Prize

Shunki Watanabe

MSc Finance & Accounting - Corporate Finance Prize

Simone Danese

MSc Finance & Accounting Best Applied Project Prize

Oliver Gschwandtner

MSc Finance & Accounting Outstanding Student Prize

Maurits Dekkers

MSc Finance Best Applied Project Prize

Anthony Li

MSc Finance Outstanding Student Prize

Georgios Kantzis

MSc Financial Technology - Financial Technology Prize

Xinyue Fan

MSc Financial Technology Best Applied Project Prize

Qinze Zheng

MSc Financial Technology Outstanding Student Prize

Qinze Zheng

MSc Investment & Wealth Management - Economics Prize

Pisit Sriskulpinyo

MSc Investment & Wealth Management - Wealth Management Prize

Yiming Zhou

MSc Investment & Wealth Management Best Applied Project Prize

Dragos Bealcu

MSc Investment & Wealth Management Outstanding Student Prize

Shuaifan Wang

MSc Risk Management & Financial Engineering - Best Applied Project Prize

Huanyu Zhao

MSc Risk Management & Financial Engineering - Financial Statistics Prize

Yiwei Wang

MSc Risk Management & Financial Engineering - Numerical Finance Prize

Chanaichon Vasustien

MSc Risk Management & Financial Engineering - Stochastic Calculus Prize

Quan Sun

MSc Risk Management & Financial Engineering Outstanding Student Prize

Jinzhe Mao

Nigel Meade Quantitative Finance Prize

Georgios Kantzis

Unigestion Investment Prize

Shuaifan Wang

Graduation ceremony

Award winners

Dr Anna Barnard

Outstanding Early Career Researcher

Dr Anna Barnard

Dr Anna Barnard is a Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Dale Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London.

Dr Barnard’s work brings together chemistry and biology to research ways in which to target the bacterial toxin proteins that enable bacteria to survive when exposed to antibiotics. She has published 21 papers in top journals, secured numerous invitations to speak at top conferences, and developed an extensive funding portfolio for her independent research, securing grants amounting to more than £2.3 million. She was the first chemist to receive the Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard Award and the prestigious Sir Henry Dale Fellowship from the Wellcome Trust. Alongside her commitment to research, Dr Barnard was previously Co-Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Department of Chemistry and makes important contributions to teaching and supervision programmes, earning her a reputation as a proactive, capable and collaborative colleague.

In 2017, Dr Barnard was awarded a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and in 2024 she has been nominated for the RSC Norman Heatley Award.

Mr Ian Clark

Research Support Excellence

Mr Ian Clark

Mr Ian Clark was Senior Workshop Technician in the Department of Physics at Imperial College London until his retirement last year.

Mr Clark managed the High Energy Physics Group’s state-of-the-art workshop, which supports more than 140 staff. He was a member of the Imperial team for more than 45 years and has established a reputation for delivering safe, effective and swift support to multiple projects. Mr Clark is a skilled craftsman who played a crucial role in building and operating equipment that can carry out complex experiments. He supplied individual components to a high standard of quality and precision and also regularly supported engineers and physicists to put in place full working systems. He stayed abreast of technological developments and anticipated the needs of his colleagues to ensure state-of-the-art equipment available was suitable to meet their expanding needs, for example managing the transition to increasingly automated machines and the use of 3D printing. Mr Clark was also a valued mentor who fostered the talents of many workshop staff and apprentices over the years of his tenure.

Dr Maxie M Rӧβler

Outstanding Early Career Researcher

Dr Maxie M Rӧβler

Dr Maxie Rӧβler is Reader in Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) Spectroscopy in the Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London.

Dr Rӧβler has pioneered an interdisciplinary approach to the use of EPR spectroscopy to study biological systems, particularly enzyme complexes, and developed new methods that combine EPR and electrochemistry to provide unprecedented insight to chemistry and biology. Her breakthroughs have provided important new insight into two of the most important protein complexes known and have been influential in advancing the understanding of these systems. She has secured more than £4 million in funding for her research, including a bid that established the Imperial Centre for Pulse EPR Spectroscopy. Dr Rӧβler has developed the centre into a state-of-the-art facility and built an international reputation for her research group. Her methods have been published in high impact publications and have been adopted by other researchers across varied fields of study. Dr Rӧβler also leads teaching in EPR spectroscopy and bioinorganic chemistry at Imperial and has been invited to contribute to prestigious summer schools in Europe.

In 2022, Dr Rӧβler was awarded the European Biological Inorganic Chemistry Medal.

Professor Sir Martin Hairer

Imperial College Medal

Professor Sir Martin Hairer

Professor Sir Martin Hairer is Royal Society Research Professor in the Department of Mathematics in the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Imperial College London.

Professor Hairer’s work has advanced the field of stochastic partial differential equations (SPDEs) by providing a toolkit for addressing these previously thought inaccessible problems. He is also furthering more general areas of stochastic analysis – a part of mathematics concerned with random processes – and stochastic dynamics. His approach to the nonlinear Kardar-Parisi-Zhang SPDE allowed him to mathematically resolve the meaning of the equation and its solutions. Subsequently, he used his ideas to create the theory of regularity structures, which provides a way to tackle a broad class of SPDEs.

Professor Hairer is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society and has won the Fermat Prize in 2013, the Fields Medal in 2014, and the Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics in 2020. He was awarded a KBE in 2017.