Professor Debra Humphris joins the university from Imperial College in London, where she held the positions of Pro Rector (Education) and Vice Provost (Education) since 2012.
In three years she effected real change in the college’s position on teaching and learning, having developed and implemented the college’s first education and student strategy which emphasised enhancing the student experience and the importance of graduate employability.
As Brighton’s Vice-Chancellor she will be responsible for the leadership and management of the university within the policies laid down by the Board of Governors, including its 21,000 students studying at five campuses across Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings.
She was drawn to the post of Vice-Chancellor at the University of Brighton because of the emphasis it places on equality, access and inclusion. As an openly LGBT senior leader, she is strongly committed to inclusion and was Chair of the Imperial College Equality and Diversity Committee, leading change in the college’s work on gender equality, sexism and organisational culture.