Solent University announces new vice-chancellor

Prof Stanton will leave her post as vice-chancellor of York St John University in February 2020

Prof Karen Stanton has been announced as the new vice-chancellor of Solent University.

Prof Stanton will take up her new position in February 2020. She is currently vice-chancellor at York St John University and was previously deputy vice-chancellor at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Among her many additional roles, Prof Stanton is vice-chair of GuildHE, a member of the Universities UK Taskforce on the public impact of universities and chair of the UK Cathedral’s Group.


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Solent’s new vice-chancellor studied for her first degree at the University of Sheffield before completing a postgraduate qualification in information science at Manchester Metropolitan.

Following her appointment, Prof Stanton said: “This is an exciting opportunity and I’m delighted to be joining such a vibrant and inclusive university. I am looking forward to working with colleagues and students to build on our vision for Solent to be the university for the region and beyond.”

Phil Cotton, pro-chancellor and chairman of Solent University’s board of governors, said: “The panel, which included students and staff governors, felt Karen was an outstanding candidate whose breadth of experience, clear vision and values matched our own. We look forward to welcoming her when she takes up the position of Solent’s vice-chancellor in February 2020.”


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