Derby welcomes new VC

Professor Kathryn Mitchell joins the University of Derby as its first female Vice-Chancellor

The University of Derby’s first female Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kathryn Mitchell BSc, PhD, CPsychol, has now started in her post.

Professor Mitchell was previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of West London (UWL) with special responsibility for academic provision and quality across the University. She also previously held the senior positions of Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic and Student Support Services and Dean of Students.

Prior to joining UWL, she was a Wellcome Fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry, London.

Mitchell has studied at the Universities of York and London, and worked at the University of Chicago, the Rockefeller Institute, New York and the Friedrich Miescher Institute in Basel. She is a chartered Psychologist and plays an active role within the Institute for Practice and Interdisciplinary Research (INSPIRE), supervising and directing a range of research programmes. She is married with two children.

‘I didn’t start my life thinking I would become a Vice-Chancellor so it’s a huge achievement that I have reached this milestone.’

Professor Mitchell said: “I didn’t start my life thinking I would become a Vice-Chancellor so it’s a huge achievement that I have reached this milestone. I am extremely excited for the coming years working with staff, students and our partners within Derby and across the region.” 

Chris Hughes, Chairman of Governing Council at the University of Derby, said: “Professor Mitchell is committed to building on the increasingly important role of the University in working with both the business and public sector, helping to drive forward the local and regional economy as well as further developing the University’s significant impact in the cultural, sporting and social arenas.

“She has a real passion for students, teaching and research, which are fundamental qualities for the next leader of our University.”

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