Professor Sir Steve Smith

Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the Exeter University

Professor Sir Steve Smith is a former President of Universities UK and has been Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Exeter since October 2002. Sir Steve is currently Chair of the Supporting Professionalism in Admissions Programme (SPA), and is a member of the UCAS Board. He was President of Universities UK (UUK) – the representative body for the executive heads of UK universities – from 2009-2011, and remains a member of the UUK Board.

In addition, Sir Steve is a Board member of the 1994 Group of Universities; Member of the British Council’s UK-US Higher Education Policy Forum; Member of the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) Advisory Group; Member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s (HEFCE) Financial Sustainability Strategy Group; Member of the Times Higher Education (THE) Editorial Board, and Member of the General Advisory Council for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT).

From June 2007 until May 2010, he led for higher education on the Prime Minister’s National Council of Excellence in Education, which provided advice to Government about strategy and measures to achieve world-class education performance for all children and young people.