YORK St John University has welcomed its new vice chancellor.

Professor Karen Bryan, OBE, who’s appointment was confirmed in January, joins in the mid of the Coronavirus pandemic.

She joins from the University of Greenwich where she was deputy vice chancellor.

Before that Professor Bryan worked in senior positions at Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Surrey.

She also has extensive experience of working in the NHS and has advised several government departments on issues relating to her leading research in speech and language therapy.

The university community is currently working off campus due to the Coronavirus, but staff and students are busily preparing for the next term to be delivered through distance learning.

Speaking about her new post, Professor Bryan said: “I feel very proud to become vice chancellor at York St John University.

“It is an ambitious university with a vibrant history and a vital role to play in the future of York and the region. Our talented team is dedicated to supporting students and to making a positive impact in the wider world. These qualities have been especially evident in the last few weeks through our response to the global health crisis.

“We are all adjusting to the current reality, balancing personal and professional responsibilities and coming together in support for frontline services and compassion for those most affected, but staff have made a fantastic effort to transition to work from home and look after the wellbeing of our students.”