Knighthood for Vice-Chancellor
Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield since 2007, was awarded a knighthood in the New Years Honours List 2013 for services to science and higher education. The Vice-Chancellor received his knighthood from The Prince of Wales, on behalf of The Queen, at an Investiture at Buckingham Palace on 10 May.
The Vice-Chancellor is an eminent atomic physicist who has also played an important role in developing science policy in the UK, and a member of the Council of Science and Technology and of the Infrastructure Council, which advises the Treasury on major investments totaling up to £200 billion over the next five years.
Professor Sir Keith said: "I am delighted to accept this honour, which I do as the leader of an outstanding team here at the University of Sheffield. Our staff and students are drawn from the brightest and most talented people from all over the world, and others see in us the vision, expertise, determination and culture to use that knowledge to make a difference.
"From addressing the challenges of environmental change or the global economy, to treating diseases and understanding the beginnings of the universe, the University of Sheffield is a powerful force for good. But I also believe that the most important transformation we make is in the lives of our students who go on to benefit society in so many ways. It is this achievement which continues to be one of my greatest sources of pride and pleasure."