Professor Karen Cox took up the post of Vice-Chancellor and President in August 2017. She was previously Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Nottingham (2008- 2013) and was Deputy Vice-Chancellor from January 2013 until July 2017.

During her career Karen has combined clinical work as a nurse with a research and teaching career. Her area of special interest is cancer clinical trials, informed consent and decision making and palliative and end of life care. She was responsible for the initiation of the Sue Ryder Care Centre for the Study of Supportive, Palliative and End of Life Care (now the Nottingham Centre for the Advancement of Palliative and End of Life Studies) which was established at the University of Nottingham in 2005 with the help of a large philanthropic gift and now has a thriving masters and PhD programme, as well as significant grant income.

Karen also serves on the Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the UK regulator for over 675,000 Nurses and Midwives across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

She is the University of Kent Equality and Diversity champion for Sex (Gender) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT).

My Career Path

I graduated from King’s College London with a BSc (Hons) in Nursing Studies and a Registered General Nurse qualification. Following a period of time working in cancer services in the NHS I then undertook my PhD at the University of Nottingham in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences funded via a Cancer Research Campaign (now Cancer Research UK) Fellowship award. During this time I was also a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.

On completion of my PhD I took up my first lectureship position, then senior lecturer and was subsequently promoted to professor in January 2002. In Autumn 2002 I became acting Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Nottingham and then full Head of the School from 2003 until the end of July 2007. I was subsequently appointed to a Pro Vice-Chancellor position in 2008 and was then appointed to Deputy Vice-Chancellor in January 2013.

I have been very fortunate in my career to have found myself in the right place at the right time to take advantage of the opportunities that came my way to progress my career. I also feel very fortunate to be doing something I love in a sector that I believe transforms lives. I have benefitted from leadership development programmes such as the King’s Fund and the Leadership Foundation as well as support from colleagues and a range of mentors both within and outside the sector.