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Kathryn Mitchell Academic

Kathryn Mitchell
Vice-Chancellor of the
University of Derby

1 August 2015
ChancellorWilliam Cavendish, Earl of Burlington
John Coyne
Personal details
BornSt Helens, Merseyside, England
Alma materUniversity of York

Kathryn Mary Mitchell (born May 1963[1]) is the vice-chancellor of the University of Derby.

Early life

Mitchell was born and brought up in St Helens in Lancashire. Her father died when she was young, and she was brought up by her mother, who was a deputy head. Mitchell attended the Notre Dame High School, a direct grant grammar school, before going on to the University of York to read psychology.


She became a biological psychologist after largely teaching herself molecular biology.[2]

Mitchell became a Wellcome fellow studying neurotransmitters at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. This work was related to Alzheimer's disease, and she was able to work with Nobel laureate Paul Greengard.[2] She worked at the University of Chicago, the Rockefeller Institute in New York and the Friedrich Miescher Institute in Basel.

Professor Mitchell was deputy vice-chancellor of the University of West London.[3] She was also Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic and Student Support Services and Dean of Students at West London University.[4]

Mitchell was appointed as vice chancellor of the University of Derby in July 2015, succeeding John Coyne, who retired.[5] She is the first woman Vice Chancellor at the University of Derby.


  1. ^ Companies House
  2. ^ a b Ashworth, Pat. "Kathryn Mitchell - the University of Derby's new Vice-Chancellor". Derbyshire Life and Countryside. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "57 inspirational Derbyshire women". derbytelegraph. 29 September 2017. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "Professor Kathryn Mitchell delivers lecture on her academic career". University of West London. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ "Derby appoints Kathryn Mitchell as next v-c". Times Higher Education. 5 May 2015. Retrieved 2015.
Academic offices
Preceded by
John Coyne
Vice Chancellor of University of Derby
2015 -
Succeeded by

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