Date of release: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A senior practitioner from the field of health and social care has taken up her position as the University of Greenwich's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).

Professor Karen Bryan has joined from Sheffield Hallam University, where she was Pro Vice-Chancellor for Regional Engagement and Dean of the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing. At Greenwich she will be responsible for academic strategy, including all aspects of quality, standards and enhancement.

A qualified speech and language therapist, Professor Bryan's research interests are in the areas of mental health of adult populations, rehabilitation, and the impact of communication difficulties on people's access to effective healthcare interventions.

Until 2013 she continued to work in practice as a consultant speech and language therapist at the West London Mental Health Trust.

During her career Professor Bryan has led a number of projects on language difficulties in young offenders and development of services to address these difficulties. She has also led projects in the care home sector on workforce development, as well as those involving service development and evaluation in relation to care of older people.

She is involved in the development of Registered Intermediaries working for the Ministry of Justice, and was previously a member of the Health Professions Council.

During her time at Sheffield Hallam (2013-17), Professor Bryan led the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing with great distinction, steering it through the REF and NHS bursary reform, and overseeing a number of major research breakthroughs. She was instrumental in the establishment of the university's Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre and its wider contribution to the Olympic Legacy Park.

Professor Bryan says she is looking forward to the next chapter of her career at "the amazing campus" that is Greenwich's Old Royal Naval College. "This is a university that has great ambitions, great potential and a mission to transform the lives of its students. I am relishing the opportunity to make a lasting contribution to the university," she says.

Before joining Sheffield Hallam, she was head of the School of Health and Social Care and a Professor of Clinical Practice at the University of Surrey. Prior to that, she worked for University College London and had several posts in the NHS.

The recipient of a Fellowship of The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, for her contribution to research, Professor Bryan is a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Psychology, University of Warsaw.

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Picture: Professor Karen Bryan.