Professor Schürer is Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) at the University of Leicester. Before coming to Leicester he was Director of the UK Data Archive, a member of the internationally-renowned Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, and taught in the Department of History, University of Essex, also serving as Research Director and Director of the Centre for Local and Regional History.
He is an Academician of the Academy for the Social Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and the Royal Geographical Society, and a Senior Member of Wolfson College, Cambridge. He has served on behalf of both the Engineering and Science Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council as the UK representative for the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructure working group in Social Science and Humanities and was previously President of the Council of European Social Science Data Archives. He is also a member of the British Library’s Advisory Council, the Research Libraries Network Advisory Committee, and several other the national and international committees, and is the author of several books.