Professor Sir Steve Smith has been Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Exeter since October 2002. He was previously Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs) and Professor of International Politics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, as well as Head of the Department of International Politics, and Director of the Centre for Public Choice Studies at the University of East Anglia.
Steve is currently Chair of the UCAS Board; Board member of the Russell Group; Chair of UUK’s International Policy Network and Chair of UUK’s International Strategic Advisory Board; Member of the UUK Board; Member of the Times Higher Education (THE) Editorial Board; Board member of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership; a Trustee of the Education and Employers Task Force. He was President of Universities UK (UUK) – the representative body for the executive heads of UK universities – from 2009-2011.
From June 2007 until May 2010, he led for higher education on the Prime Minister’s National Council of Excellence in Education. He was also a member of the Institute for Public Policy Research’s Commission on the Future of Higher Education.
Sir Steve was knighted in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to higher education locally and nationally.