Professor Kathryn Mitchell is the Vice Chancellor of the University of Derby. Before she came to Derby, she was Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of West London, with special responsibility for academic provision and quality. She was also previously Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic and Student Support Services and Dean of Students. She was a Wellcome Fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry, London, for over seven years and has studied at the Universities of York and London. She has worked at the University of Chicago, the Rockefeller Institute in New York and the Friedrich Miescher Institute in Basel.