University vice chancellor Professor Christopher Snowden is celebrating after being awarded a knighthood.
Professor Snowden, of the University of Surrey, Guildford, was named in the Queen’s New Year Honours List for his services to engineering and higher education.
He said: “I am deeply honoured and very grateful to receive this accolade. I would like to express my sincere appreciation and thanks to colleagues at the University of Surrey and Guildford and more widely in the higher education and engineering professions, who I have enjoyed working with and who have helped create exciting opportunities.
“I am also extremely grateful to my wife and family for their constant support and patience over many years. I look forward to continuing to promote engineering science and to acting as a strong advocate for higher education.”
Under his leadership, the University of Surrey has significantly increased its reputation, rising in all league tables in 2011, doubling the annual number of undergraduate applicants and increasing its entry standards to an average of AAB at A Level.
Sir Christopher was also appointed to the Prime Minister’s advisory council for science and technology in 2011 and was appointed last year to represent the UK on the governing board of the EU Commission’s Joint Research Centre.
He is also vice president for England and Northern Ireland of Universities UK (UUK) and a member of the Council for Industry and Higher Education.
He was chair of the Daphne Jackson Trust for five years until 2010 and continues as a patron of the charity. He is also a patron of Surrey Youth Focus and Transform Housing and Support.