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.

High time for British universities to ramp up efforts to commercialise research outcomes

A version of this article by Professor Max Lu, DL AO, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Surrey, was published in the Times Higher Education and on its digital platforms Universities have long been the bedrock of groundbreaking research and scholarly advancement. Yet the journey from academic discovery to societal impact often faces a critical gap: effective commercialisation. This is […]


Adams-Sweeting Lecture: Professor Sheila Rowan

Good evening, everyone. On behalf of the University, I am delighted to welcome you all here in person, and especially our honoured speaker Professor Sheila Rowan and other distinguished guests, to this Adams-Sweeting Lecture. It was Albert Einstein who said: “The soul given to each of us is moved by the same living spirit that […]


Welcome to the International Conference on Resource Sustainability

Good morning, everyone, and a warm welcome to the University of Surrey.It’s wonderful to see so many of you here at this exciting conference on resource sustainability. The icRS conference series was developed largely to have a regular meeting for the community of the journal Resources, Conservation and Recycling. Although we have successfully held this […]


Welcome to Surrey Showcase 2023 Live

Hi everyone – and welcome to the future! It’s great to see so many of you and I hope you all enjoy an inspiring and enlightening afternoon.Here at Surrey, we are proud of our past and excited about the future. We want to deliver impactful research – research which transforms lives and changes society, locally […]


Surrey’s position on artificial intelligence (AI) in education

For over 125 years we, as the University of Surrey and previously Battersea College, have been a place at the forefront of new developments in science, technology, and their impact on society. We have consistently embraced new technologies, both through our research, and through our research-informed education and learning.  In 2018 we launched our first […]


How does internationalisation in higher education enable the UK’s global ambitions?

An abridged version of this article by Professor Max Lu, DL AO, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Surrey, was published in the Times Higher Education and on its digital platforms As a former international student, I have experienced the transformational power of international education first-hand. Born in a poor rural area of eastern China, I made my way […]


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