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New Vice Chancellor for York St John University

Published: 07 January 2020

A portrait of Professor Bryan dressed in a black suit, standing in front of a large window.

Professor Karen Bryan OBE

She joins York St John from the University of Greenwich, where she has held the position of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) since 2017.  

Announcing the appointment, Ann Green CBE, Chair of Governors at York St John said: “We are absolutely delighted to be welcoming Professor Bryan to our University community. We know she will build on our positive achievements as an inclusive, ambitious institution where higher education transforms the lives and careers of our students”.  

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.  

Commenting on her appointment, Professor Bryan said: “I am honoured and excited to be joining York St John University as Vice Chancellor. The University is recognised for its outstanding student experience and for its commitment to regional economic, social and cultural development. I look forward to working with staff and students to continue to develop as a University focussed on academic excellence, community and raising aspirations for all”.

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