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 – Surrey and Covid-19: reflections on our response and the future

“You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give.” – Eleanor Roosevelt As I write this, our country is still in lockdown, with all social distancing measures in place for another few weeks at least. This pandemic’s […]


Blog — BAME student experience and attainment: personal stories of mentors, allies and voices

As I write, the world is facing the extraordinary challenges brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. Its impact on our lives is unprecedented.  Events of even a few weeks ago now seem to belong to the distant past.  However, seldom has it been more vital to maintain a positive attitude in the face of uncertainty. […]


Blog — Brexit: What does it mean for our university community?

Early this month I travelled to Hamburg for a family gathering.  My flight back to the UK was cancelled due to Storm Ciara. While waiting for the next available flight back, it suddenly dawned on me that I was in Post-Brexit Germany and the landscape of Europe had irrevocably changed.  What, I wondered, will happen […]


Speech — The Toulson Law Lecture: Baroness Hale, ‘Testing the Rule of Law in the Modern World’, Welcome Remarks, 12 February 2020

Lady Toulson, our honoured speaker Baroness Hale, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen: good evening, and welcome. On behalf of the University of Surrey, I am privileged to welcome and introduce Baroness Hale to deliver this year’s Toulson Law Lecture.


Speech — Holocaust Memorial Day: Opening Remarks, 29 January 2020

Good evening ladies and gentlemen, and welcome. Holocaust Memorial Day is dedicated to the remembrance of the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust, under Nazi persecution, and in the genocides of more recent years in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. It is a time to re-commit ourselves to preventing these crimes and atrocities from […]


Speech — Opening of the Kate Granger Building: Welcome Remarks, 29 January 2020

In the presence of HRH The Countess of Wessex. Your Royal Highness, a very warm welcome to you, and thank you for taking the time to join us today. Vice Lord-Lieutenant, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen — Good morning, and welcome!


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