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Published: 23 August 2013

Surrey’s VC becomes the new President of Universities UK

The University of Surrey’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Christopher Snowden (FRS, FREng) has just taken up his new role as President of Universities UK, the representative organisation for UK universities.

In this new and prestigious public-facing position, Sir Christopher will represent the views of UK university vice-chancellors to Government ministers and decision makers. His appointment has come during a period of change within higher education (including the introduction of £9,000 tuition fees) and this role will be crucial in influencing opinion at a critical time for the sector.

Sir Christopher feels strongly about number of issues and aims to encourage debate about them, including:

  • Student finance and subsequent living costs being the real issue to address rather than the £9,000 tuition fees
  • The over-regulation of the higher education sector
  • Sustainability and the environment in terms of the Government’s 2020 targets for universities and the need for capital funding to ensure these ambitions are met

“It is time for the higher education sector to show leadership and to shape its own future, proactively working with government, business and society to define its own policies and goals,” comments Sir Christopher. “I see my role as President as key in facilitating this process.”

The President of Universities UK is elected from and by the membership of Universities UK for two academic years and is only eligible for re-election by special resolution. The President chairs all Universities UK Members' Meetings, the UK Board and the Executive Committee meetings. 

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