Meet our new President and Vice-Chancellor
Welcome to Professor Koen Lamberts who joins us today as our new President and Vice-Chancellor. Here he tells us about his plans for his first few months and what impresses him about the University.
"Today is my first official day as President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sheffield. Thank you to everyone I have had the chance to meet so far for being so welcoming.
"The many colleagues I have met over the summer have helped bring me up to speed on the fantastic work taking place across the University. I have been impressed with the engagement and commitment of the people I have met, and I really look forward to working with all of you.
"Collegial working is very important to me. By working together, we can ensure that we benefit collectively from the many opportunities that lie ahead and develop better solutions to the challenges we face. My priority now is to meet with and hear the views of as many of you as possible. In my first few months I plan to visit every department in the University. I hope this will give us the opportunity to have open discussions about your priorities, ideas and suggestions for the future of the University, and about any concerns you may have. In addition to personal meetings, I will also share regular updates about key decisions and initiatives, which I hope you will find useful.
"I am passionately committed to supporting our students. I will have regular meetings with our Students’ Union sabbatical officers and I will seek to engage actively and openly with our student community.
"I feel proud and privileged to have been appointed to Sheffield. It is a terrific university with great achievements and a great future. Among the many things that impressed me about the University are our strongly held values, from speaking fearlessly and openly about the benefits of international scholarship to putting our role as a civic university at the heart of everything we do. I am committed to those values, and I will do my best to make sure that they continue to guide and inspire us.
"I would like to thank both Professor Sir Keith Burnett and Professor Gill Valentine for providing great leadership to the organisation over the past decade and months. I look forward to building on their work to further enhance Sheffield's strengths as a genuinely world-leading university."
Very best wishes,
Professor Koen Lamberts
President and Vice-Chancellor