Surrey v-c given the nod as next UUK president

The next president of Universities UK will be University of Surrey vice-chancellor Sir Christopher Snowden after he was unopposed in the nominations process, it has been announced.

November 2, 2012

UUK said Sir Christopher - currently a vice-president representing England and Northern Ireland - will succeed the current head, University of Bristol vice-chancellor Eric Thomas, on 1 August 2013 and will hold the post for two years.

Sir Christopher - an engineer with wide experience of the international microwave and semiconductor industry - has been vice-chancellor of Surrey since August 2005.

He is vice-president of the Royal Academy of Engineering and chairs its engineering policy group. He was also president of the Institute of Engineering and Technology in 2009-10.

Nicola Dandridge, UUK chief executive, said: "Chris has tremendous knowledge of higher education, industry and government which will be a great asset to him in this role. "He has already made an enormous contribution to Universities UK's work, both as a member of the board and leading on higher education and industry links.

"He is widely respected, both as a leading academic and vice-chancellor, and we look forward to working with him as president from next summer."

Sir Christopher said he was "extremely privileged and delighted" to become the next president. "This is a very challenging period for UK higher education and I look forward to representing the sector and promoting it, both nationally and internationally," he said.

"I will seek to present the sector's views to government, and other major stakeholders, and to ensure that UUK is positioned as a key influence in steering higher education policy and able to help institutions capture new opportunities as they arise.

"This is a time to ensure that the UK higher education sector continues to be seen as world class and a great national asset."

Sir Christopher has not been afraid to criticise government policy. He told Times Higher Education in an interview in September of his concerns about excessive regulation of the sector.

"I don't think there are many sectors - you've got to bear in mind I came from industry - that are as heavily regulated...as universities," Sir Christopher said in the interview.

simon.baker@tsleducation.com

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Assistant Recruitment - Human Resources Office

University Of Nottingham Ningbo China

Outreach Officer

Gsm London

Professorship in Geomatics

Norwegian University Of Science & Technology -ntnu

Professor of European History

Newcastle University

Head of Department

University Of Chichester
See all jobs

Most Commented

men in office with feet on desk. Vintage

Three-quarters of respondents are dissatisfied with the people running their institutions

A face made of numbers looks over a university campus

From personalising tuition to performance management, the use of data is increasingly driving how institutions operate

students use laptops

Researchers say students who use computers score half a grade lower than those who write notes

Canal houses, Amsterdam, Netherlands

All three of England’s for-profit universities owned in Netherlands

As the country succeeds in attracting even more students from overseas, a mixture of demographics, ‘soft power’ concerns and local politics help explain its policy