Professor Tanya Byron
Professor Tanya Byron is the University’s first Chancellor. Appointed in 2008, Tanya’s experience links her closely to the work of all three faculties. She is an energetic and enthusiastic supporter for the University and especially our students.
Professor Byron took her undergraduate degree in Psychology at York University, and went on to gain a Masters degree at University College London and a Doctorate at Surrey University for research on drug addiction undertaken at University College Hospital.
Subsequent work followed as a Senior Clinical Psychologist in University College and Middlesex Hospitals and as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. Up to 2003 she ran a national NHS beacon-awarded training programme for NHS and social care staff on Managing Aggression and Violence in the Professional Context.
Professor Byron’s career has developed in a number of important directions: as a public speaker, and most notably, as a writer and broadcaster. Her involvement as a presenter and on-screen expert in the BBC television series Little Angels (2003-05), Teen Angels (2005) and The House of Tiny Tearaways (2005-06) gave national audiences an appreciation of issues around exploring and treating children’s behaviour problems. This theme is further reflected in her weekly column for The Times. On BBC Radio 4 she has been a presenter and contributor to a range of programmes, and, collaborating with Jennifer Saunders, she co-wrote the popular BBC comedy series The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle.
Professor Byron has published widely. In addition to books linked to the television series listed above, her publications include Your Child, Your Way (Penguin, 2007). Most recently, she was commissioned by the Prime Minister to undertake an independent review into the potentially harmful effects of the internet and video games on children resulting in The Byron Review: Safer Children in a Digital World which was published in 2008. The review was well-received by the government and the wider public, and is expected to lead to the classification of video games by the Video Standards Council.
Professor Byron is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Trustee of the National Family and Parenting Institute and Patron of Prospex, an inner-London based charity supporting vulnerable and abused teenagers. She speaks regularly across government and advises ministers at the
Department for Children, Families and Schools and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. She is a partner in a Media Company, The Doris Partnership, and she continues to practise as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist.
Married to actor, Bruce Byron, and with two children, Lily and Jack, Tanya’s work is grounded by her family and the time they spend together.