Vice-Chancellor's blog

Updates from the VC’s Office about the work and activities of the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey.

A Vice Chancellor of the world: Britain, China, Australia and beyond

What’s it like for a Chinese-born Australian to lead a UK university? I will come to the answer to this question later. In our increasingly interconnected world, national distinctions seem to matter less and less. At one level, this statement seems to contradict the political shifts we have seen in the last couple of years […]

‘Planes, trains and automobiles’: travelling for Surrey

  December is upon us, and our first semester is nearly over! Where did it go? I know where I went…… I have had a very busy couple of months travelling on behalf of the University: from Canada, to China, to Amsterdam, to Australia. One of the best things about all the travel is meeting […]

New era, old tricks: confessions of an erstwhile lecturer

I was a lecturer for many years. However, I didn’t think of it as lecturing, but more as ‘facilitated learning’. I didn’t want to deliver hour-long presentations, and I was pretty sure my students didn’t wish to endure them! Instead, my approach was ‘intermittent lecture and tutorial’. I alternated between presenting information, and then pausing […]

Reflections on the role of Vice-Chancellor

The new academic year is upon us – the beginning of my third full academic year as Surrey’s Vice-Chancellor. After a brief summertime break, September means it’s time to hit the ground running. A VC’s year is challenging, exciting, unpredictable, unbelievably busy, fascinating, rewarding, exhausting….and more! In this blog, I’d like to share some insight […]

The higher education sector: Challenges and opportunities

“They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.”  Confucius must have been thinking of Higher Education (HE) when he wrote this. As for so many sectors in today’s fast-moving and unpredictable world, change is our only landmark. It may be a cliché to claim that change brings challenges and opportunities in equal measure, […]

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