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Vice-Chancellor's Office

Professor Michael Kearney is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey.

His responsibility is to lead the University and define its academic direction and strategy. He is also responsible for ensuring that it is well managed, and he has a first-rate team of colleagues who work with him to ensure the success of the University.

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Introduction from the Vice-Chancellor

It is my great pleasure to extend a very warm welcome to the University of Surrey and the web pages for the Vice-Chancellor’s Office. I hope that this page will provide a good introduction to the University and the work we do in this Office.

Students are at the heart of what universities do and this tenet continues to steer Surrey’s strategic decisions and goals. This year, we were proud to be named University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.

We also reached our highest rankings in the three main national league tables and in the National Student Survey. This success commends the ongoing efforts of our staff to ensure that the experience of being a student at Surrey is the best it can possibly be.

Since the first students passed through our doors in 1891, we have been giving them a competitive edge for the future: enabling them to not only succeed academically but to develop much valued skills and real experience.

Our degree programmes are designed to reflect the diverse needs of our students, the society we live in and the world of work, whilst retaining academic rigour.

A high proportion of our students choose to follow Surrey’s popular and sector-leading Professional Training placement programme, allowing them up to a year in industry, business or other of our 1,000 partner organisations. This has underpinned our continuing record as one of the leading UK universities for graduate employment.

Surrey graduates have gone on to launch famous restaurant chains, chair global financial institutions, win Oscars for their film scores, and become senior vice-presidents of multinational corporations.

Our relationship with our alumni network is important to us and their support has made a telling difference to the education of generations of Surrey students. With their help we have invested in first-class academic, sports, arts, library and accommodation facilities to create both a stimulating and happy working environment for both our students and staff.

Our status as a leading university is enabling us to attract world-leading academic to teach, support and inspire our students whilst conducting ground-breaking research.

Through our collaborations with a number of the best universities across the globe, and strong partnerships with industry, our research is bringing tangible benefits to many spheres of life – including  health, medicine, space science, the environment, communications, defence and social policy.

The quality of our research has been recognised by three Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher Education, (1997, 2002, 2011) the latter for our work into safe water and sanitation which is helping to safeguard many lives and communities worldwide.

We were also pleased that in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) a significant amount of research at Surrey was classified as 'world-leading’.

Surrey’s academic and research portfolio has been further strengthened by two major developments. The new School of Veterinary Medicine is being built around the theme of One Health, One Medicine.

With highly sought after Catalyst funding from HEFCE contributing to its state of the art Clinical Skills Centre, the School will provide an outstanding training environment for our students, as well as for practicing veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses, para-professionals and clinical scientists.

This autumn we also opened the state-of-the-art building to house the 5G Innovation Centre, which was constructed with thanks to the initial funding from government.

With additional support from a consortium of leading mobile network operators and organisations, the first research programme of its kind in the world will spearhead the development of mobile communications networks, address the concerns of rising levels of data traffic and bring momentum to this vital area of economic growth.

Together with the University's wholly-owned Research Park and its tenants, Surrey already stimulates over a billion pounds of economic activity annually in the regional economy.

Throughout our history, the University’s connection with our home town has been central to our ethos, and we continue to work hard to strengthen our much valued links with Guildford and the surrounding boroughs.

As we look to the future, Surrey is in a strong position to meet the challenges of a changing Higher Education landscape and volatile economy. We will continue to fulfil our aim to contribute to the wider world with our research, scholarship, teaching and learning, and ensure we prosper as a thriving university of excellence.

Professor Michael J Kearney CEng, FIET, CPhys, FInstP, FIMA

Vice-Chancellor, University of Surrey


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You can contact Professor Kearney via his support team:

Miss Henrietta Staveley

Executive Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor

T: 01483 68 9249
E: h.staveley@surrey.ac.uk
Room number: 13SE08

Ms Sam Jones

Executive Officer to the Vice-Chancellor

T: 01483 68 9105
E: sam.jones@surrey.ac.uk
Room number: 13SE08

Mrs Carly Dyer

Administrative Assistant to Vice-Chancellor's Office

T: 01483 68 9224
E: c.l.dyer@surrey.ac.uk
Room number: 13SE08