Professor Sir 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 125 countries, with almost 6,000 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. In 2011 The University of Sheffield was named the Times Higher Education University of the Year.
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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