President and Vice-Chancellor's biography

Professor Koen Lamberts is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield. He previously held the same position at the University of York.

Professor Koen Lamberts - President & Vice-Chancellor

Professor Lamberts is Chair of UKCISA's Board of Trustee and Deputy Chair and Board Member of the Russell Group.

He is also a member of: 

  • N8 Research Partnership
  • Universities and Colleges Employers Association
  • White Rose University Consortium
  • Worldwide Universities Network
  • Universities UK
  • Yorkshire Universities
  • National Centre for Universities and Business
  • APP University Group
  • Experimental Psychology Society
  • Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Board.

Professor Lamberts was born in Hasselt, Belgium. He holds undergraduate degrees in Philosophy (1985) and Psychology (1987) and a PhD in Experimental Psychology (1992) from the University of Leuven.

Following a research appointment at the University of Chicago, he became a lecturer at the University of Birmingham in 1992.

He was Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Warwick from 2000 to 2013.

At Warwick, he served as Faculty Chair for Science, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research (Science and Medicine) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost.

Professor Lamberts has a track record of experimental research into cognitive processes in perception, memory and decision making, and of mathematical and computational modelling of these processes.

He has collaborated with commercial and industrial partners in applied research that has focussed on consumer behaviour and product design.

He was a recipient of the British Psychological Society’s Cognitive Award (1996) and of the Experimental Psychology Society Prize (1997).

A global reputation

Sheffield is a research university with a global reputation for excellence. We're a member of the Russell Group: one of the 24 leading UK universities for research and teaching.