Vice-Provost's Research and Innovation Blog

Updates on Research and Innovation from the Office of Professor David Sampson – Vice-Provost, Research and Innovation

Opening: 21st Information Security Conference 10 Sept 18

The University of Surrey is delighted to welcome the 21st Information Security Conference to Guildford. My congratulations to General Chair Steve Schneider and Program Chairs Liqun Chen and Mark Manulis in having inspired you all to allow them to run the meeting here, and then having put together such an inviting programme. I believe this is […]


Guildford, Surrey – Growing a UK Tech Hub

What do you need to create a tech hub like Silicon Valley? Here are the keys: An excellent environment that smart people want to live in; A critical mass of talent and services to support hi-tech industries; A state-of-the-art infrastructure for internet, telecommunications, and business premises; A nearby University to enrich the ecosystem; and Connectivity […]


What should we expect from a Research Theme?

In my last blog, I focussed on the priorities of the VPRI portfolio in 2018/19, which, in essence, support the Research & Innovation elements of the Corporate Strategy, and begin to implement the recommendations of the two reviews conducted early last year, on research services and on innovation. The specific priorities are to support the […]


The VPRI Agenda 2018

We launched our 2017-2022 Corporate Strategy late in 2017. You may be somewhat cynical about corporate strategies in general, with some justification, as they are often very “motherhood and apple pie”. As these things go, Surrey’s is a very good one, and provides clear direction for us as an organisation. I recommend you read it […]


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