Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor


Professor Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor

It is an honour to be Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield – a University which has for over a century been a centre of discovery and understanding. The University of Sheffield was endowed from the start with the best qualities of its home city: excellence and innovation, friendliness, independence of thought, and a preference for action over rhetoric.

Today the University has expanded from its original intake of 114 students to over 25,000 from all over the world, with more than 7,000 staff. It is regularly ranked within the top 100 Universities in the world, distinguished by its world-leading research conducted across all disciplines and the outstanding quality of teaching and learning for students. We are proud to be one of the world’s top 100 universities. 

Our aim has long been to improve the world by seeking to understand it better. The University's motto Rerum Cognoscere Causas means 'to know the causes of things'. We remain committed today to our original mission of changing the world for the better through the power of ideas and knowledge.

From Nobel Prize winners to prestigious partnerships with global companies, from life-changing research to student achievement and charitable volunteering, the University of Sheffield continues to make a real impact for the good. It is a privilege to be part of the University's continuing success, and I look forward to working with our staff, students, graduate and partners in government and industry to use what we learn to make a positive difference in people’s lives.

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Vice-Chancellor's Communications

31 July 2015: Extending the global hand of friendship

01 July 2015: Our University in Greece

29 May 2015: Sailing for Liberty's Sweet Shore

27 March 2015: Update from the Vice-Chancellor

16 December 2014: The REF and the Northern Powerhouse

8 December 2014: A Crisis of Identity

26 November 2014: A Call to Arms

18 November 2014: Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Charter

17 November 2014: Building a truly global University

8 August 2014: Possibilities of connection - a view from Brazil

27 June 2014: The Flag

18 June 2014: Crossing borders - changing how students see the world

9 June 2014: How far should market forces determine scholarship?

3 June 2014: Do we have to leave the Russell Group to be useful

27 May 2014: Forging our future - Lessons from Rotherham

16 May 2014: Ambitions for manufacturing and technical education

15 May 2014: A thank-you from and to our students

6 May 2014: Ambitions & Strategy

29 April 2014: Homeland Love

16 April 2014: Starting over - the challenges we face


9 December 2013: Reflections

26 November 2013: Measuring what matters

11 October 2013: Seeing ourselves through the eyes of others

04 October 2013: Our visit to Japan - a journey to understanding

29 May 2013: Why academia?

13 May Visions of Britain: How universities' international communities offer a vision of diversity in the UK

23 April The Big Challenges: What are we doing?

22 March 2013 Only connect... - the University and India

26 February 2013 Inspiration and challenges - spirit of Sheffield


27 November 2012: Planning for change

9 November 2012: University challenge - responding to the Milburn Report

21 September 2012: Looking ahead to the academic year 2012/13

24 July 2012: What it means to be an international university

17 July 2012: Milestones and thank you

6 July 2012: What CERN means to the whole University

8 May 2012: What are universities for

20 January 2012: Happy New Year to the University of the Year


17 October 2011: Facing realities and defining our future

6 July 2011: Our response to the white paper on higher education

11 April 2011: University Council agrees proposed tuition fees from 2012 (Student)

11 April 2011: University Council agrees proposed tuition fees from 2012 (Staff)

23 March 2011: International student visas

4 January 2011: University proposition for 2012 - what we will offer our students


7 December 2010: Statement on tuition fees

17 November 2010: Project 2012

8 November 2010: The impact of funding changes on higher education

2 November 2010: Looking to the future for staff and students