Professor Cara Aitchison
09 February 2021
Professor Cara Aitchison MA (Hons) PgDRLP PGCE MA PhD FAcSS FRGS FLSW FHEA
President and Vice-Chancellor
The Coronavirus pandemic has challenged all organisations. Universities, as large and complex organisations that have remained 'open' throughout the last year, have adapted their systems, processes and delivery mechanisms to meet the needs of staff, students and stakeholders working on and off-campus in varying numbers at varying times. Hear from Professor Cara Aitchison, President and Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff Metropolitan University, on how she prioritised the physical, financial and mental health and wellbeing of staff and students from the outset of the pandemic to ensure the organisation continued to live its values, deliver its strategy of growth, diversification and improvement, be named The Times and The Sunday Times Welsh University of the Year and position the university as a driver of inclusive innovation to help businesses rebuild in a post-pandemic environment.
Professor Cara Aitchison is President and Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff Metropolitan University. She was previously Vice-Chancellor of Plymouth Marjon University, Head of Moray House School of Education and Chair in Social and Environmental Justice at Edinburgh University, Dean of Education and Sport at Bedfordshire University, Professor in Human Geography at UWE Bristol and spent her early career in London.
Cara was Chair of the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework Sub-Panel for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism and is Council Member of the Academy of Social Sciences and CBI Cymru/Wales and Board Member of Cardiff Capital Region City Deal Economic Growth Partnership.
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