Brighton appoints new VC

The University of Brighton has appointed Professor Debra Humphris as its new Vice-Chancellor

Professor Humphris will succeed Professor Julian Crampton who earlier this year announced plans to retire.

Professor Julian Crampton said: ‘I’d like to warmly congratulate Professor Humphris on her appointment. Her credentials as an outstanding academic and an inspiring and dynamic leader will, I know, guide the University of Brighton to further success.’

Professor Humphris qualified as a Registered Nurse and later held positions as Senior Research Fellow at the South Thames Regional Health Authority and at St George’s Hospital Medical School. In 1999 she achieved her PhD which considered the implementation of policy into clinical practice.

She joined the University of Southampton in 2000 as Director of the New Generation Project, a role which explored inter-professional education in health care programmes.

Whilst at Southampton she was involved in reforming the undergraduate curriculum. She is also a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s National Student Survey Advisory Group and has chaired the Enhancing the London Student Experience Network.

In 2003 she was appointed Director, Health Care Innovation Unit at the University of Southampton, a position which focused on education innovation in health and social care, and from 2008 she was the Pro Vice Chancellor (Education and Student Experience). While at Southampton, she was appointed Professor of Health Care Development. She became Pro Rector (Education) at Imperial College in October 2012 and in August 2013 she was appointed Vice Provost (Education).

Commenting on her new role, Prof Humphris said: ‘This is a successful institution with a very exciting future and I look forward to working with students, the Students’ Union and with staff as we step up to the next level.’

She will start work at the University of Brighton on 1 December.

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