Published: 31 October 2023

Professor Lisa Collins begins as PVC, Research and Innovation

Professor Lisa Collins begins her new role as Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation, today (Monday 30 October), as the University continues to enhance the scale and impact of its research.

Professor Collins joins Surrey from the University of Leeds where she was Professor of Animal Science and Pro-Dean for Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Biological Sciences.

Upon joining the University, Professor Collins said: 

"I'm absolutely delighted to be joining Surrey. I've received so many welcome messages from across all parts of the University community over the last few months - I've been absolutely bowled over by your warmth and kindness. I've also had the pleasure of meeting a number of you already, and I'm so looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible in the coming weeks and months and hearing more about the challenges that inspire and drive you.

“It's such an exciting time for research and innovation at Surrey, with work ongoing to shape the new 2041 strategy, identifying areas of future research strength, and considering how we can optimise our ways of working to allow us to apply ourselves fully to strategic interdisciplinary, innovation-focussed and international funding opportunities. I will be looking for us to work together to build on Surrey's existing strengths and partnerships to leverage further opportunities to enhance the scale and impact of our research in the real world. 

“One of my personal passions is the curation of a strong, diverse and inclusive research environment that supports all researchers across all career stages. Surrey has an excellent reputation across the sector for its supportive culture. I'm looking forward to working together with the research community as well as our Dean of the Doctoral College, ECR Lead and the ADRIs, to continue to drive the cultivation of a sector-leading research environment where all feel themselves to be fully recognised and supported."

Professor Collins is experienced in leading pan-University strategic initiatives and has been recognised for her contribution to research with fellowships to the Learned Society of Wales (FLSW), Royal Society of Biology (FRSB) and Royal Statistical Society (FRSS). She also holds a number of public appointments associated with UKRI and both governments, including DEFRA Science Advisory Council and the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate Research Portfolio Scientific Advisory Board.


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