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.

Blog — ‘The Vice-Chancellor in Conversation’: A personal journey in Research & Innovation

My second ‘In Conversation’ rekindled my Australian connection, as host David Sampson and I found common ground in our Antipodean roots. It was a pleasure to welcome an engaged and interested audience, who brought their incisive questions and expert views to the discussion for another successful event in this series. Our topic this time was […]


Speech — Transform Housing & Support: Welcome Remarks, 26 September 2019

Good evening, and welcome to the University of Surrey! It is exactly one year since we last had the honour of hosting Transform, and so much has happened since then. For better or for worse, Brexit was NOT one of them.


Blog — Student experience: Priorities, best practice and the personal touch

The new academic year has just started – as ever, kicking off with the promise and potential for some really exciting developments in learning, research and personal growth. It’s such a pleasure to see new students arriving, warmly welcomed by our current students and staff.  For educational institutions, autumn is our ‘new year’ filled with […]


Speech– Dongbei University of Finance & Economics Freshman Opening Ceremony Welcome Address: The Educational Journey, 3 September 2019

Professor LV Wei, Chairman Xia, Vice President Zhao, Committee members, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, and of course the reason we are all here today: new students – good morning! Today I would like to speak to you about what it means to be on an ‘educational journey’.


Blog — Public engagement in academia: the University’s role and responsibility

Not long ago I wrote a blog about our community engagement the University of Surrey. Recently I had the chance to discuss another thread in the engagement tapestry: academics sharing and discussing their research with the public. This was the inaugural event in the ‘In Conversation with the Vice-Chancellor’ series of discussions; it was a […]


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