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Next meeting of UKDS

The next meeting of the UK Deans of Science will be held at The University of Surrey from 8-9 May, with speakers lined up to talk on a wide variety of issues that are central to the work of Deans of Science at UK universities.

Wednesday 8 May

Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, FRS, Vice Chancellor of University of Surrey and President-elect of Universities UK, will outline the challenges facing UK Universities in supporting Britain's world leading reputation in science in his talk "Science - A National Priority".

Juliet Upton will introduce the Royal Society's Vision for Science and Mathematics Education, for which she is the project leader.

Glyn Williams, Head of Home Office Migration Policy Team, will talk about "Migration policy for international students and researchers", to be followed by the open discussion of the Dean's Forum.

Following the conference dinner on Wednesday evening will be an after-dinner speech from Professor Jim Al-Khalili, Chair in Public Engagement and Science at the University of Surrey.

Thursday 9 May

Dr Paul Golby, CBE, Former Chairman and Chief Executive of E.ON UK Plc and Chair of EPSRC, will open the second day with a talk on "Enhancing the rate of growth in the UK physical science research base", outlining EPSRC's vision for the future to support and maintain a healthy research base in the physical science in the UK.

The final speaker for this meeting will be Professor Sir Martin Sweeting, OBE Director of the Surrey Space Centre and CEO of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.

The event offers a unique opportunity to meet up with fellow Deans of Science and catch up with the latest developments. If you or a deputy would like to attend, please contact Julia Griffiths at St Andrews.

The Venue

Tucked into the hillside beneath the cathedral, and with extensive views from its rooftop terrace, Wates House has one of the best locations on campus. It is marked WA (coloured yellow, grid G7) on this map.

How to Get There

The University has extensive information on their website including travel by air, rail and car.


A block booking is being held at the Radisson Hotel in Guildford - please book online. Anyone booking accommodation for the night of Wednesday 8 May will automatically be booked to attend the dinner that evening.

17 Apr 2013