Professor Karen Stanton joined York St John University as Vice Chancellor in September 2015. Prior to her appointment, she was Deputy Vice Chancellor at Glasgow Caledonian University. She has also held positions at King’s College London and at the universities of Nottingham, Birmingham and Sheffield Hallam.
Her previous areas of responsibility have included executive lead for Glasgow Caledonian University’s three academic Schools, its London, New York, Oman and Bangladesh campuses, internationalisation strategies, fundraising and external relations, business and community engagement and as Director of the Centre for e-Research, a 4* rated research team based at King's College London. Before her roles within higher education, Professor Stanton worked as a researcher for the Home Office and at the BBC.
Professor Stanton gained her first degree in History from the University of Sheffield and her postgraduate qualification in Information Science from Manchester Metropolitan University.
Professor Stanton is currently a member of UUK, GuildHE and the Cathedrals Group and was previously a Director on the JISC Advance Board and on the National Committee of Inquiry in to the Changing Learner Experience. She is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. She is also an Ambassador for the Uprising Charity aimed at developing the leadership skills of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and for the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award which aims to encourage young people to develop relevant Digital and Enterprise Skills.