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 — 1891 Society Lunch: Welcome Remarks, 30 November 2019

Good afternoon and welcome! Thank you for joining us today. Here at Surrey – as at most institutions, large or small – we often try to capture our ‘brand’ in words and images. But really, it is our people who define who we are and build our reputation.  There’s an energy, momentum and ambition to […]


Speech — Surrey Celebration of Research and Innovation Achievements: Remarks, 19 November 2019

Good evening everyone! I am delighted to be here, amongst so many talented people in the research and innovation community at Surrey.  Our excellent researchers and dedicated professional support staff are the reasons why I am really optimistic about our future research. This evening is about celebrating your research excellence and impact on society. 


Blog — Higher Education and the UK’s ambition as a global leader in science and innovation: Creating certainties within an uncertain future

I had a very busy month of travelling on University business recently, mainly to Hong Kong and mainland China. All my conversations there – with students, alumni and partners alike – have heartened me about the tremendous opportunities that exist globally for us to contribute to a better Britain in the uncertain future of a […]


Speech — Vice-Chancellor’s Awards: Welcome Remarks, 11 November 2019

Colleagues and ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to welcome you all to this year’s Vice-Chancellor’s Awards. One of the pleasures in a VC’s job is to help celebrate the amazing achievements of our staff from across our University community.


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