Professor Sir Steve Smith was appointed as the UK International Education Champion in June 2020, a new Government role aimed at boosting global education partnerships. Sir Steve was the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Exeter from October 2002 to August 2020. He holds a BSc in Politics and International Studies, an MSc in International Studies, and a PhD in International Relations. Sir Steve was President of Universities UK from 2009 to 2011 and Chair of the UCAS Board from 2013 to 2019. Sir Steve was knighted in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to higher education.