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.

Higher Degree Graduation Ceremonies: VC welcome speech

Pro-Chancellor, members of the University Council and Executive Board, University staff, distinguished guests, our graduands, and friends and family: Good morning!  As President and Vice-Chancellor, I am delighted to welcome you here to celebrate the achievements of our students from this Faculty. It gives me particular pleasure to welcome our guest speakers today. The degree […]

‘AI’s transformative role in the future of higher education’

President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Max Lu says that by harnessing the power of AI, the University of Surrey can prepare its students to shape the future of a world where change is the only constant. This article first appeared in Times Higher Education on 3 March 2024. The recent media scrutiny of universities’ recruitment of […]

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 […]

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