York St John University has a new chair – and she’s a familiar figure in the city.
Former chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Dame Julia Unwin will become pro chancellor and chair of the university’s governing body from 1 August.
Commenting on her new role, Dame Julia commended staff and students for their response to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“This is an extremely challenging time for many universities and I know that that staff at York St John University are focused on supporting students and providing the best possible teaching and learning experience,” she said.
“At the same time, I see individual acts of kindness and volunteering from staff and students that are making such a huge difference to our community.
“I am very proud to be joining an institution that has played such a critical role in the city of York for the past 180 years and am looking forward to supporting York St John University in its mission to provide education, training and research for the benefit of all.”
Vice Chancellor Professor Karen Bryan praised Dame Julia’s predecessor Ann Green, and said: “Dame Julia’s expertise will be highly valued.
“I know Dame Julia shares our values of social justice and commitment to ensure that students of all backgrounds can reach their potential.”