External roles and key committees

Committees and groups chaired by the President & Vice-Chancellor or of which he is a member.


Chair of Sheffield Confucius Institute

Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield is an international collaboration between the University, the Office of Chinese Language Council International (OCLCI, commonly known as Hanban, Confucius Institute Headquarters), Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) and Nanjing University (NJU)


President of the Science Council

The Science Council brings together professional scientists from academia and industry, and also represents scientific technicians and science teachers

Member of the Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology (CST)

A council which advises the Prime Minister on Science and Technology policy issues which cut across the responsibilities of government departments

Chair-elect of the Board of the Nuffield Foundation

An independent charitable trust that funds research and student programmes that advance educational opportunity and social well-being across the UK

Fellow of the Royal Society

The independent scientific academy of the UK and the Commonwealth, dedicated to promoting excellence in Science

Fellow of The Institute of Physics

A leading scientific society working together to advance physics education, research and application

Fellow of The A Level Content Advisory Board (ALCAB)

The Board's role is to provide advice to Government and to the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) on the content of A levels in the subjects of particular importance for preparation for the leading universities

Board Member of Universities UK (UUK)

The definitive voice for universities in the UK providing high quality leadership and support to members, to promote a successful and diverse higher education sector

Trustee of My Science Charity

My Science UK gives an overview of science, research, universities, R&D companies and research centres in the UK providing practical information on employment, funding and scientific news

Member of the Leadership Council of the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB)

The National Centre for Universities and Business develops, supports and promotes world-class collaboration between universities and business across the UK


Non-Executive Director of The N8 Research Partnership

A collaboration of the eight most research intensive universities in the North of England: Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York. Working with industry, N8 aims to maximise the impact of this research base by identifying and coordinating powerful research collaborations across the North of England and beyond

Non-Executive Director and Chair of The White Rose Executive

Since 1997 the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York have built on their individual strengths by collaborating through the White Rose University Consortium to add value from partnership activity in research, enterprise, innovation and learning and teaching

Non-Executive Director of Yorkshire Universities

Yorkshire Universities is the regional voice for higher education in Yorkshire and the Humber. Its aim is to foster collaboration and partnership working to maximise the value and impact of higher education in Yorkshire

Chair of The Science and Innovation Board (SIB)

The Science and Innovation Board aims to influence the strategic direction of the Sheffield City Region (SCR) to support growth and economic impact in areas that depend on science-led innovation

Fellow of The Learned Society of Wales (LSW)

An independent, all-Wales, self-governing, pan-discipline educational charity, providing public benefit including expert scholarly advice on a variety of public policy issues related to science, engineering, medicine, arts, humanities and social sciences

Chair of Sheffield University Enterprises Ltd (SUEL)

Since 1998 SUEL has assisted in the formation of over 75 companies spun out from the universities of Sheffield and Cardiff and helped create more than 150 jobs nationwide

Chair of HEaTED Advisory Board

Supports professional development of the technical workforce in UK HEIs and related institutions


Professor Sir Keith Burnett Chairs the following groups and committees:

  • University Executive Board
  • Honorary Degrees Committee
  • Senate

And is a member of the following:

  • Council
  • Court
  • Finance Committee
  • Council Nominations Committee
  • Senate Nominations Committee
  • Advanced Manufacturing Institute (AMI) Board