The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, Professor Keith Burnett, has been awarded a knighthood in the New Year’s honours list for services to science and higher education.
Professor Burnett is an eminent atomic physicist who has also played an important role in developing science policy in the United Kingdom. He is a member of the Council of Science and Technology reporting to the Prime Minister and has offered independent advice on issues such as postgraduate education.
He was also recently appointed to the Infrastructure Council which will advise the Treasury on major investments totalling up to £200 billion over the next five years, including on energy, transport, waste, science, water and telecoms.
As Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield since 2007, Professor Burnett leads a University which combines world-class scholarship with the highest quality teaching. He has also focused attention on the impact of a civic university on wider society, and particularly its city and region. In 2011 the University of Sheffield was named the Times Higher Education University of the Year.
Responding to the announcement, Professor Burnett said: “I am delighted to accept this honour, which I do as the leader of an outstanding team here at the University of Sheffield. Our staff and students are drawn from the brightest and most talented people from all over the world, and others see in us the vision, expertise, determination and culture to use that knowledge to make a difference.
“From addressing the challenges of environmental change or the global economy, to treating diseases and understanding the beginnings of the universe, the University of Sheffield is a powerful force for good. But I also believe that the most important transformation we make is in the lives of our students who go on to benefit society in so many ways. It is this achievement which continues to be one of my greatest sources of pride and pleasure.”
Professor Burnett has been a strong supporter of the University’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, an award-winning collaboration between leading companies such as Boeing and Rolls-Royce, as well as over 40 supply chain companies to create a step change in manufacturing. This work led last month to the award of over £37million in Regional Growth Funding to support developments in the manufacturing supply chain, and has led him to be described by industrialists as an exemplary Vice-Chancellor playing a vital role in an area directly relevant to the future economic prosperity of the United Kingdom.
The Management School is also delighted to congratulate alumni Sir David Brailsford, CBE, MBA (Management School MBA, 1994) and Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, (Executive MBA programme 1999) on being knighted in the 2013 New Year’s Honours list.
Sir David is the Performance Director of British Cycling and received his Knighthood for services to cycling and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Sir Bernard took the position of Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in September 2011 and was previously the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police. He was born in Sheffield and began his career in the forces with South Yorkshire Police. His Knighthood recognises his services to policing.
We congratulate Professor Keith Burnett as the University of Sheffield’s Vice-Chancellor, and both Management School alumni Sir David and Sir Bernard on their special achievements. We wish them all every success for the future.