Annual Admissions Conference 2019

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Professor Sir Steve Smith

Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, University of Exeter


Professor Sir Steve Smith has been Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Exeter since October 2002. He was previously Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs) and Professor of International Politics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, as well as Head of the Department of International Politics, and Director of the Centre for Public Choice Studies at the University of East Anglia.

Sir Steve is a graduate of the University of Southampton, and holds a BSc in Politics and International Studies, an MSc in International Studies, and a PhD in International Relations. He was made an Honorary DSc of the University of Southampton in 2004, awarded an Honorary Professorship by Jilin University in 2007, made an Honorary DEd of the University of the West of England and an Honorary Fellow of Aberystwyth University in 2010, and in 2011, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. In 2009, he became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and in 2012, he was awarded the University of South Florida's Global Leadership Award.

He has written or edited 17 books, published well over 100 academic papers, and given over 170 academic presentations in 22 countries. In 2001, he became only the second UK academic to be elected President of the International Studies Association in the USA. In 2000, he was elected Academician of the Academy of the Learned Societies in the Social Sciences, and in 1999, was the recipient of the Susan Strange Award of the International Studies Association for the person who has most challenged received wisdom in the profession.

Sir Steve is currently Chair of the UCAS Board, Board member of the Russell Group, Chair of UUK's International Policy Network, Chair of UUK's International Strategic Advisory Board, Member of the UUK Board, Board member of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, and a Trustee of the Education and Employers Task Force.

He was President of Universities UK (UUK) – the representative body for the executive heads of UK universities – from 2009 to 2011.

From June 2007 until May 2010, he led for higher education on the Prime Minister’s National Council of Excellence in Education, which provided advice to government about strategy and measures to achieve world-class education performance for all children and young people. He was also a member of the Institute for Public Policy Research's Commission on the Future of Higher Education.

Sir Steve was knighted in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to higher education, locally and nationally.

Monday 8 April 2019 10:45 - 11:15

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