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.

Surrey’s position on artificial intelligence (AI) in education

For over 125 years we, as the University of Surrey and previously Battersea College, have been a place at the forefront of new developments in science, technology, and their impact on society. We have consistently embraced new technologies, both through our research, and through our research-informed education and learning.  In 2018 we launched our first […]

How does internationalisation in higher education enable the UK’s global ambitions?

An abridged 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 As a former international student, I have experienced the transformational power of international education first-hand. Born in a poor rural area of eastern China, I made my way […]

Institute for Sustainability – Welcome to the Launch

Good evening, everyone and a warm welcome to you all. It’s wonderful to see such a diverse and influential audience here this evening, bringing together the very best of industry, NGOs, Members of Parliament, charities and social enterprise as well as our community of local dignitaries, partners, alumni, academic colleagues and students. I would like […]

AONB Surrey Hills Symposium – ‘Thriving with Nature’

Good evening, everyone.  It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our beautiful campus, nestled here in Guildford amongst the wonderful Surrey Hills.  The University is delighted to host the Symposium again.  Last year we launched the Surrey Climate Change Action Plan which was an opportunity to highlight the University’s commitment to environmental sustainability. […]

Annual Roland Clift Lecture 2022 – Welcome

Good evening, everyone.  It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the University of Surrey on this very special evening.  Thirty years ago, our University opened the multidisciplinary Centre for Environmental Strategy (CES) since when it has grown into a centre of excellence – that has a great international reputation. Its success was founded […]

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 […]

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