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.

Speech — Graduation Welcome Address, July 2021

Firstly, thank you to the Cathedral team for allowing us to hold today’s ceremony in this magnificent setting. Your Royal Highness and Chancellor, members of the University Council, University staff, distinguished guests, our graduands, and ladies and gentlemen: Good afternoon!


Speech — RAEng and CESAER Joint Conference: ‘Key Technologies — Shaping the Future,’ Opening Remarks, 1 July 2021

Good afternoon, and welcome everybody! For those who don’t know me, my name is Max Lu, and I am the chair of the joint Key Technologies Task Force that has organised this conference. My day job is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey. CESAER, the association of universities of science and technology in […]


Speech — Doctoral College Conference: ‘Shaping Futures’, Welcome Remarks, 22 June 2021

Good morning, and welcome to ‘Shaping Futures’! Since 2016, the Doctoral College has dedicated itself to supporting the professional development of future research leaders. Working across the University, the Doctoral College has built a cohesive community and research environment, providing first class training, facilitating excellent supervision and enhancing employability skills.


Foreword — The University of Surrey Social Impact Report 2019-20

Since its foundation in 1966, the University of Surrey has been built on the energy, determination and achievements of its people, and defined by the positive contribution it has made to the communities around it and society at large. Today our economic and social impact is very substantial, thanks to our strong partnerships with students, governments, […]


Blog — Raising racial equality through meaningful culture change and sustained actions, June 2021

A couple of weeks ago we held our final ‘In Conversation’ event for this academic year on the very important topic of race equality, the Race Equality Charter and the University’s recently-launched action plan. Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Education Professor Osama Khan was our host once again, and we were joined by the Academic Lead for Equality, Diversity […]


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