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The principal officer of the University, responsible to the Board of Trustees for the organisation and conduct of the business of the University of London.

Universtiy of London Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Adrian Smith, FRS

“Innovation characterises the University of London. It pioneered distance learning courses that spread higher education across the globe…The University is entering a new phase of its development and will continue to innovate and evolve towards its second centenary” Professor Sir Adrian Smith

Professor Sir Adrian Smith joined the University of London as Vice-Chancellor in 2012 and is a world-renowned statistician.

Professor Smith was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2001 in recognition of his contribution to statistics and received a knighthood in the 2011 New Year Honours list. He was previously Director General of Knowledge and Innovation in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). This followed on from his appointment in 2008 as Director General of Science and Research, originally in the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) before it merged with another department to form BIS. 

For the previous 10 years, Professor Smith was Principal of Queen Mary University of London. Prior to being Principal of Queen Mary, Professor Smith was at Imperial College, London, where he held a number of posts over an eight-year period. These included: Professor of Statistics, Head of Department of Mathematics, Member of the Management and Planning Group and Company Director of ICON (Imperial Consultancy).

Professor Smith has worked with the UK Higher Education Funding and Research Councils (HEFCE) and was appointed Deputy Chair of the UK Statistics Authority in 2012. From 2014, he was appointed Chair of the Board of the Diamond Synchrotron science facility at Harwell. He is also the Chair of the Council for Mathematical Sciences.

In 2003-04 Professor Smith undertook an inquiry into Post-14 Mathematics Education for the UK Secretary of State for Education and Skills and has recently undertaken, on behalf of Her Majesty’s Treasury and the Department for Education, a 16-18 Maths Review.