Vice-Chancellor's Office

Karen Blackett OBE Chancellor 2017

The University is delighted to appoint Karen Blackett OBE as its fourth Chancellor.

Karen became Chancellor during the University’s 25th anniversary year and 25 years after completing her undergraduate geography degree at the University in 1992. During her tenure as Chancellor of the University, Karen will be an ambassador for the University, making visits, connecting people and hosting events to further the University's aims and objectives.

As the chairwoman of MediaCom, the UK’s largest media agency, Karen is no stranger to working with young people as she established MediaCom’s apprenticeship scheme for 18-24 year olds in 2012.

Karen is the most senior woman from a Black, Asian and minority-ethnic background in the UK Advertising and Media industry. She has featured five times in the Power List of Britain’s 100 Most Influential People of African and African Caribbean Heritage. She is the first Chancellor to be an alumna of the University.

Karen is passionate about equality, diversity, and opportunity. In 2015 she was appointed to help diversify the Civil Service and create better opportunities for all. Karen is also President of a charity that improves and champions health and wellbeing in the advertising and media industries.

Karen said: “It’s a great honour to be asked to be Chancellor. I promise to fulfil the role with determination and dedication – to do everything in my power to make a positive contribution to this wonderful institution.”