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ABCP Webinar: Development of Academic Leadership – A Personal Perspective

27 November, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm GMT


Development of Academic Leadership – A Personal Perspective


Professor Max Lu (逯高清教授) AO DL FREng FMCAS FAA FTSE FTWAS, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Surrey


The talk will be delivered in English.


In this talk, I will share some personal perspectives on academic leadership, through my experience and learning on my journey as a scholar, academic leader and university leader. My career started in China and then took me to Australia for further studies, and has spanned more than 30 years and several countries such as China, Australia, Singapore, USA and UK.

Apart from hard work, there are soft skills and attributes that are important to academic leadership. Just being excellent in teaching and research is not enough to be recognised as an academic leader. Excellence augmented by personal attributes such as humility, empathy and good communication skills is critical a successful leader. Being resourceful and proactive could also enhance one’s competitiveness and leadership. In this webinar I look forward to sharing and exchanging views with colleagues across the Chinese British Professors community.

Bio of Speaker

Professor Max LuProfessor Lu is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey. He is a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology and serves as Board Director for UKRI and National Physical Laboratory. He chairs the UK Forum for Responsible Research Metrics. He is also Deputy Lieutenant of Surrey and a patron of the charities Transform and The Surrey Youth Focus.

Professor Lu lectured at Nanyang Technological University from 1991 to 1994. He then held various academic and leadership positions at University of Queensland, including Provost and Senior Vice-President, before taking up his current role in 2016.

At Queensland, Professor Lu founded the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials and served as its director for eight years. He was awarded the Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship twice in 2003 and 2008.

A pre-eminent chemical engineer and nanotechnologist, Professor Lu is a highly cited academic in Chemistry and Materials Science. He has published over 500 journal papers, with 65,500 citations and an h-index of 126. He is co-inventor of 25 granted international patents and has been honoured with numerous awards, including Le Fevre Medal, Exxon Mobil Award, Chemeca Medal, PV Danckwerts Lecture, the Medal of the Order of Australia, and China International Science and Technology Cooperation Award.

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27 November, 2020
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ABCP (Association of British Chinese Professors, 全英华人教授协会)
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