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Professor Karen Bryan

Vice Chancellor

Vice Chancellor Karen Bryan

In April 2020 York St John University welcomed a new Vice Chancellor, Professor Karen Bryan, OBE. Professor Bryan joined York St John from the University of Greenwich, where she has held the position of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) since 2017.

Professor Bryan has extensive experience in senior leadership roles at Greenwich and previously at Sheffield Hallam University, where she was Pro Vice Chancellor for Regional Development and Dean of the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing. Prior to that, at the University of Surrey, she was Head of School of Health and Social Care in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.  

At each institution she has made a lasting impact on leadership across academic and student experience, organisational and structural change, regional partnerships and external relationships. 

In addition to a PhD in Speech Science from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Professor Bryan is a Fellow of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  She has a strong track record in research in the field of communication disorders and continues to publish her work.  

Everyone at York St John University looks forward to welcoming Professor Bryan and moving the next chapter in the University’s history of academic success and support for our students.

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