University of Derby Vice Chancellor

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University of Derby Vice Chancellor

University of Derby Vice Chancellor

Professor Kathryn Mitchell

Position: Vice-Chancellor

Department: Executive


About Professor Kathryn Mitchell

I joined the University as Vice-Chancellor on 1 September 2015. The University of Derby has over 25,000 students and operates across the county of Derbyshire with principal sites in Derby and Buxton and with a new centre opening in Chesterfield in 2016.

With a turnover approaching £140m and 3,000 employees the University is both a major institution of higher education and one of the area’s bigger businesses.

Prior to joining Derby I was Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of West London with special responsibility for academic provision and quality across the University. I previously held the senior positions of Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic and Student Support Services and Dean of Students at the University.

I was a Wellcome Fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry, London, have 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.

Professional interests

I am a chartered Psychologist and play an active role within the Institute for Practice and Interdisciplinary Research (INSPIRE), supervising and directing a range of research programmes.