Exeter picks Leeds deputy as next v-c

Lisa Roberts to succeed Sir Steve Smith next September

December 12, 2019
University of Exeter vice-chancellor and chief executive Professor Lisa Roberts

The University of Exeter has named Lisa Roberts as its next vice-chancellor.

Professor Roberts, currently deputy vice-chancellor for research and innovation at the University of Leeds, will take up the post next September after Sir Steve Smith retires.

The virologist spent much of her academic career at the University of Surrey, joining the institution as a lecturer in 1998 and rising to serve as executive dean of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences between 2012 and 2016.

Professor Roberts said she was “delighted and honoured” to join Exeter.

“I am looking forward to building upon the considerable strengths in education and research which have been firmly established over a number of years under the leadership of Sir Steve Smith,” she said.

“I am particularly excited about working together with the tremendously talented staff and student community across our campuses, and engaging with our civic and international partners to tackle the challenges we face collectively within the region and across the world.

“Through strengthening our interdisciplinary and international approach to research, and by providing outstanding and innovative education in partnership with our students, we can all contribute to shaping a successful future as a leading global university.”

Sir Steve, a former president of Universities UK, has led Exeter since 2002.


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