Professor Keith Burnett
Suel chairman Professor Keith Burnett was awarded a CBE for contributions to the scientific community in 2004.
He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2001 and became vice-chancellor of the University of Sheffield in October 2007.
Before moving to Sheffield, Professor Burnett was Head of the Division of Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences at the University of Oxford. Prior to that he was Chairman of Physics at Oxford, where he enjoyed a successful career of almost 20 years.
His academic career started in Colorado, United States, as a research associate at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, he went on to become an assistant professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Professor Burnett was a Lecturer in the Physics Department at Imperial College for four years before returning to Oxford in 1987 as a university Lecturer in Physics & Fellow of St John´s College.
Since arriving in Sheffield, Professor Burnett has become a member of Universities UK, Yorkshire Universities and the Russell Group. As well as ourselves, he is director of Worldwide Universities Network, Graduate Prospects Ltd and the Higher Education Careers Service Unit. He is also a member of the Science and Technology Facilities Council.