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 — Building resilience and resourcefulness: a key to good student support

The pressures and distractions for students today are many and varied. Hopes and expectations around university acceptance give way to worries about fees and funding, which then are superseded by concerns about study, employability, career and job progression. All these can take their toll on wellbeing, and on mental health. 


Speech – ‘Embracing Risk; Creating Opportunities’: Young Universities Summit Welcome Address, 26 June 2019

  Good morning to you all, and a very warm welcome to Surrey and the first co-hosted THE conference! I feel very privileged that Surrey is jointly hosting the 2019 Young Universities Summit. I would like to thank THE for this wonderful opportunity, and the University of Wollongong for their ongoing and valued partnership. 


Blog – Scientists, gardeners and higher education: a university’s role in the community

  There is no doubt that universities are facing unprecedented challenges; Brexit uncertainty, pension issues and public debates about the purpose and value of universities.


Speech – 6th Roland Clift Lecture, inaugurating the Global Challenges Forum: Welcome Address, 15 May 2019

Distinguished guests and ladies and gentlemen, good evening to you all, and a very warm welcome to the 6th Roland Clift Lecture, a flagship event of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability (the CES).


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