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The Chancellor is the honorary head of the University and attends on special occasions such as degree ceremonies to confer awards. The Chancellor is supported by a Pro-Chancellor with a specific brief for ceremonial duties.

Professor Tanya Byron

The University’s first Chancellor was Professor Tanya Byron, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, writer and broadcaster.

Professor Tanya Byron The University’s First Chancellor

Dawn Airey

The University’s current chancellor was recently appointed. Dawn Airey, chair of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and Championship Board, was officially installed in the role during a ceremony to celebrate nursing and midwifery graduates.

Dawn is an internationally well-respected executive in the broadcast and media industries; she has been CEO of Channel 4, Channel 5 and Getty Images, as well as working at the highest levels with ITV, Sky and Yahoo!

Chancellor Dawn Airey speaks at a 2023 graduation ceremony.

Read more about Dawn Airey