Emeritus Professor
Imperial College London

Professor Denis Wright is an Emeritus Professor at Imperial College London. He was an academic member of staff from 1975 to 2014; managing crop protection projects in the UK, Spain, North and Sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia, and coordinating academic links with institutions in Malaysia, China, Japan and Cuba. He also held various administrative positions, including Director of Undergraduate Studies (Biology), Faculty Director of Teaching (Life Sciences), elected Faculty Dean (Natural Sciences), College Dean of Students and until 2017, College Senior Tutor. He has acted as a consultant for government, NGOs and industry, and a reviewer for grant awarding bodies in the UK, Greece, Portugal and the USA. He chaired the Portuguese National Funding Agency's Agriculture and Forestry Panel in 2015 and the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Panel in 2017.

Professor Wright has extensive teaching and research supervisory experience, including 85 Doctoral graduates. He received the Imperial College 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 for life sciences degrees. 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 2017, the Council of Imperial College London awarded Professor Wright the Imperial College Medal in recognition of his contribution to the life and work of the College. Since 2014, he has chaired an Academy Trust of three inner London secondary 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 for 20 years. He has acted as a quality assurance consultant for twelve UK universities and is a reviewer for the UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).