Professor Sir Keith Burnett FRS

Professor Sir Keith Burnett FRS

Professor-Sir-Keith-BurnettProfessor Sir Keith Burnett is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield. Previously, he was Head of the Division of Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences at the University of Oxford.

He is a member of the Prime-Minister’s Council of Science and Technology and the Infrastructure Council which advises the Treasury on major investments, and serves on the Board of the UK Atomic Energy Authority.

A speaker of Mandarin Chinese, Sir Keith is a leading advocate of partnership between the UK and China and in 2014 was given an Award for Outstanding Personal Achievement by the People’s Republic of China for his contribution to the understanding of Chinese language and culture. He has advised the Chinese government on Higher Education policy and he is a regular commentator in the Chinese media.

In the UK and internationally, Professor Burnett is frequently asked to comment on how the UK can develop a meaningful knowledge economy and innovative partnership between universities and business. In Sheffield he has supported the development of an Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District with university partnerships with over 100 companies in aerospace, automotive, civil nuclear energy and healthcare technologies. As part of this, the University has been the first of its kind in the UK to develop industry-supported degree apprenticeships in engineering, with 600 young people studying in this way in a world-leading research centre.

Professor Burnett received a CBE for contributions to the scientific community in 2004, and was awarded a knighthood in 2013 for services to science and higher education.

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