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Our Vice-Chancellor

The Vice-Chancellor's role is to lead the University, and to help to direct and achieve the University’s strategic goals. The Vice-Chancellor also chairs the University Senate, sits on the University Council, is responsible for securing sufficient funding, and represents the University externally.

Professor Sir Christopher Snowden is a renowned engineer, academic and businessman
Professor Sir Christopher Snowden

President and Vice-Chancellor: Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, FRS, FREng, FIET, FIEEE, FCGI.

Sir Christopher Snowden is a distinguished engineer, academic and businessman. Sir Christopher has wide experience in the microwave and semiconductor industry and was knighted in 2012 for services to Engineering and Higher Education. He was formerly President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey and before that Chief Executive Officer of Filtronic ICS.

Notable achievements:

  • Former member of the Prime Minister's advisory Council for Science and Technology.

Contact the Vice-Chancellor by getting in touch with the Executive Officer. Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 8681 or email:

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