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.

Ensuring graduates are prepared for the future…

… how the Higher Education sector can play a role in leading debate to make a real difference to the national skills agenda and levelling up. Graduation ceremonies and A-Level results are times to take stock, celebrate achievements and envisage the future. During six wonderful days of undergraduate graduation ceremonies at the University of Surrey I […]


Surrey Academy for Blockchain and Metaverse Applications

I am delighted to welcome everyone to the launch of Surrey Academy for Blockchain and Metaverse Applications (or SABMA).  Firstly, I want to thank JKL Capital for their generous donation and support.  They will also invest significantly in the ideas and innovations arising from the work of this academy.  SABMA – the Academy, homed in […]


Welcome to Surrey Showcase 2022

Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome to the 2022 Surrey Showcase! I am delighted you could join us on this special day – a day which now is even more special as we are celebrating our stellar rise in the Complete University Guide, to 18th in the country. Exciting. Engaging. Enlightening.   This afternoon you can discover […]


The Adams-Sweeting Lecture: Professor Usha Goswami

Distinguished guests, our honoured speaker Professor Usha Goswami, colleagues, and ladies and gentlemen:   Good evening and welcome to the University of Surrey’s Adams-Sweeting Lecture.    We are delighted to host Professor Goswami as our distinguished speaker this evening.   The power of words and the impact of language are often under-valued in our society and I am […]


Launch of The Future of Work Research Centre

It is great to see so many of you here this evening for this special occasion. A colleague recently recommended an autobiography to me, detailing the career of a former sports presenter Des Lynam. While I doubt that I will be reading it anytime soon, the title stuck with me. ‘I should have been at […]


The Surrey Tree of Life

Lord Lieutenant, Bishop Jo Wells, distinguished guests, University staff and students: We gather here today to share a special occasion. In a few minutes, the Lord Lieutenant will unveil The Surrey Tree of Life Memorial. It is both a poignant and a celebratory moment in the University’s history, as we commemorate those who have departed […]


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