Published: 03 February 2015

Faculty appoints new Associate Dean (Research & Enterprise)

Professor Steve Schneider, a former Head of the Department of Computing, became FEPS’ Associate Dean (Research & Enterprise) in January.

As Associate Dean, Professor Schneider will be responsible for leading the research and enterprise agenda within the Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences (FEPS), looking at opportunities for collaborations within the Faculty, across the University and with external partners.

Professor Schneider – who is Professor of Computing and Director of the Surrey Centre for Cyber Security – will also play an integral role as the Faculty prepares for the next REF (Research Excellence Framework) in 2020.

Collaboration will be a key focus for Professor Schneider in his new role. “To achieve an even greater proportion of high impact research, we need to look at how we apply for funding.

“I will be aiming to bring different groups together where there are synergies, both within the Faculty and across the University, in areas such as biosciences. We are currently looking at the strategic areas and themes on which we should be focusing.”

Professor Schneider is also keen to support and nurture new and young academic staff as part of his role.

“There are increasing demands on early career researchers. We need to create an environment where they have the support they need in order to carry out their research while lecturing and fulfilling other duties.”

Taking over the role of Associate Dean from Professor Karen Kirkby, who was Head of Surrey’s Ion Beam Centre, Professor Schneider is looking forward to the challenge of heading up research in the Faculty at such an interesting time.

“There is some great science and engineering research happening in the Faculty – from major multi-million pound programmes to much smaller scale projects – and I am very much looking forward to supporting these. Obviously two key focuses will be our partnership with NPL (National Physical Laboratory), which opens up a number of key research areas, and the launch of the 5G Innovation Centre, which puts Surrey in a pivotal position in the development of the next generation mobile communications network.”

Professor Schneider joined the University of Surrey in 2004 and was Head of the Department of Computing from 2004 to 2010. He was previously at Royal Holloway having begun his career as a Research Assistant at the University of Oxford.

His research specialisms include formal methods, security and verification. He recently led an international collaboration to develop an advanced electronic voting system which was used in Australia’s Victorian state election – the first time an end-to-end verifiable e-voting system has been used in a large-scale politically binding election.


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