Vice-Chancellor's blog and selected speeches

Updates from the VC’s Office about the work and activities of the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey.

Why Vice-Chancellors have to make difficult decisions now to ensure the future of UK universities

‘To put everything in balance is good. To put everything in harmony is better.’ -Victor Hugo We’ve just celebrated two new milestones in student experience that are already transforming student life here at Surrey. 


Postgraduate Graduation, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences: Welcome Address, 11 April 2019

  Your Royal Highness and Chancellor, members of the University Council and Executive Board, University staff, distinguished guests, our graduands, and ladies and gentlemen: Good morning! And a very special ‘thank you’ to the Cathedral for allowing us to hold today’s ceremony in this magnificent setting.


Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing 30th Anniversary Celebration: ‘Can Machines Think?’ Welcome Remarks, 4 April 2019

    Good evening! It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to a truly landmark event: the 30th anniversary of the Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing. CVSSP’s impact on campus, and across the globe, cannot be understated. Speaking of the globe – I have just arrived from the other side of […]


Speech: The Adams-Sweeting Lecture by Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Welcome Remarks, 27 March 2019

Good evening, and welcome to the University of Surrey’s second Adams-Sweeting Lecture. This lecture series is the University’s flagship public event, featuring eminent speakers, experts and innovators at the frontiers of science and technology. We are very fortunate to have this unique opportunity to feed our collective curiosity and expand our minds. It is named […]


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