New Vice-Chancellor of the University of London

Posted on 01/06/2012

The University of London has announced today (1st June) that Professor Sir Adrian Smith FRS, former Principal of Queen Mary, University of London and currently Director General, Knowledge and Innovation, at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, is to be the new Vice-Chancellor of the University of London. Sir Adrian assumes his post on 1 September 2012. 

Sir Adrian was Principal of Queen Mary, University of London, for ten years during which time he also served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, before joining the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills in 2008 as Director General, Science and Research, taking his present role in 2010. He had previously held posts at Imperial College London, including Chair of Statistics and Head of the Department of Mathematics. From 1977–1990 he was Professor of Statistics and Head of Department of Mathematics at Nottingham University. He was educated at Selwyn College Cambridge (BA Mathematics) and at University College London where his PhD supervisor was Dennis Lindley. He  was appointed a Knight Bachelor in the 2011 New Year Honours.

Sir Adrian said: “As an ex head of QMUL and an ex Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University I am very aware of both the challenges and opportunities of the national and international higher education landscapes over the coming years. I look forward to working with all colleagues across the University to ensure we best position ourselves to overcome the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities.”

The University of London is a federal university, and it is one of the oldest, largest and most diverse universities in the UK comprising of 18 Colleges and Institutes. As one of the largest multi-faculty Colleges of the University of London, our students have access to a wide range of facilities and services including the University of London careers service, Senate House library and the Students' Union (ULU).

The Vice-Chancellor is the principal officer of the University and is responsible to the Board of Trustees for the organisation and conduct of the business of the University and chairs the Collegiate Council.

The Chancellor is the official Head of the University and this largely ceremonial role is held by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. She is the 10th person to hold the post since the University's first Chancellor was appointed in 1836, and has done so since 1981.

The Princess Royal has performed a wide range of engagements at Royal Holloway over the years, most recently the celebrations to mark 125th anniversary of the founding of the College and the silver jubilee of its merger with Bedford College,  held on 27 June 2011.


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