University appoints Professor Koen Lamberts as President and Vice-Chancellor

Our Chair of Council Tony Pedder OBE announces the appointment of Professor Koen Lamberts as our next President and Vice-Chancellor.

Message from our Chair of Council Tony Pedder OBE

Professor Koen LambertsI am delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Koen Lamberts as our next President and Vice-Chancellor. This is an extremely important appointment for our University as we look to build further on our international reputation for world-changing research, inspirational teaching and a unique student experience.

Professor Lamberts has been Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of York since 2014 and has a long and exemplary track record as a visionary leader in global higher education.

His appointment follows a rigorous recruitment process that included consultations with staff, students, alumni and stakeholders from across our wider University community. I’d like to thank all of those who gave their time and input which were vital in shaping the role and helping us select a new leader true to the mission, values and ethos of our University.

As you will know, the University of Sheffield is a truly international community that continues to put civic commitment at its heart, with a profound belief in the public benefit of providing excellent higher education in a research-intensive environment.

We know that Professor Lamberts shares these values and that he will proudly serve as an advocate and ambassador for our University, both at home and across the world. He will, of course, be fortunate to work with an exceptional community of colleagues and students to shape a strong future for the University and all those who benefit from its work.

I am sure you will join me in giving him the warmest of welcomes when he joins the University on 1 November 2018. Following Professor Sir Keith Burnett’s retirement at the end of September, our Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Gill Valentine will be the interim Vice-Chancellor from 1 October 2018 to 31 October 2018.

Professor Koen Lamberts said: "I feel enormously privileged to be appointed as your University’s next President and Vice-Chancellor.

"Sheffield is known across the world for the excellence, impact and distinctiveness of its research and teaching, and for being a university which speaks fearlessly for the value of international scholarship to transform lives for the better.

"I am committed to working with you to further enhance Sheffield's reputation as a global university which strives to solve society's greatest challenges at the same time as upholding its proud history, guided by its founding principles.

“I am very much looking forward to meeting you when I join the University in November.”

Professor Sir Keith Burnett said: "I am delighted that Professor Koen Lamberts will take up the role of President and Vice-Chancellor of this great University. In addition to his reputation as a scholar and educational leader, Koen has been a true advocate for the international community of scholars who together make such a profound difference for society here in the UK and around the world.

“He will lead an institution which is deeply committed to the public benefit of education and its power to transform people's lives. I could not be more pleased for the University and for him, and wish him the very best in his endeavours."

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