Denis WRIGHT

Emeritus Professor
Imperial College London
Denis WRIGHT

Professor Denis Wright works at Imperial College London, and is currently College Senior Tutor. He was an academic member of staff in Life Sciences from 1975 to 2014. He has managed research projects in the UK, Spain, North and Sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia; and coordinated academic links between Imperial College and institutions in Malaysia, China, Japan and Cuba. He has acted as a consultant for government, NGOs and industry for 30 years, and as a reviewer for grant awarding bodies in the UK, Greece, Portugal and the USA. In 2015, he chaired the Agriculture and Forestry Panel of the Portuguese National Funding Agency for Science, Research and Technology.

Professor Wright has extensive teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and 84 Doctoral students have completed their studies in his laboratory. He is a visiting lecturer at Harper Adams University, UK. He received the Rector's Medal and Fellowship for Teaching Excellence in 2009. Professor Wright is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) and the Royal Society of Biology (UK), for whom he acts as an accreditor. He has held various administrative positions at Imperial College, including Departmental Director of Studies, Faculty Director of Teaching; elected Faculty Dean; College Dean of Students /Director of Student Support; and currently College Senior Tutor. He chaired the College's e-Learning Committee from 2004 to 2008, helping to drive through the use of virtual learning environments across academic departments, and the IDEA League Life Sciences Working Group, a pan-European collaboration in university education. In 2016, the Council of Imperial College London resolved to award Professor Wright the Imperial College Medal in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the life and work of the College. He chairs the executive board of an Academy Trust of three inner London schools and has a particular interest in the transition of students from secondary to tertiary education.

Professor Wright has been involved in quality assurance and enhancement policy and procedure at Imperial College and externally. He has also acted as a quality assurance consultant for twelve UK universities and is a reviewer for the UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).