Professor Sir Keith Burnett is President & Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sheffield. He is also member of the UK Prime Minister’s Council of Science and Technology, President of the UK Science Council and has offered independent advice to government on issues ranging from infrastructure investment to postgraduate education.
An eminent physicist, Sir Keith worked as a scientist in universities in the USA and UK where he was Head of the Division of Mathematics and Physical Sciences before moving to Sheffield in 2007. In addition to leading a university with 25,000 students and 7,000 staff which operates globally in teaching, research and partnership with industry, Sir Keith is a member of Universities UK, Yorkshire Universities and the Russell Group. He Chairs the White Rose group of Yorkshire research-led universities and led the N8 Group of Northern research-intensive universities.
Sir Keith is also a regular commentator on economics and education in the UK and overseas including for the BBC, Economist, FT, Times, Telegraph Bloomberg and CNN. He is a Chinese speaker and regularly appears in China Daily and Xinhua News, and he has personally been honoured by China for his contribution to the understanding of Chinese language and culture. He is a Director of the Worldwide Universities Network and co founded the UK wide #WeAreInternational campaign.