Prof. Shirley Congdon – Vice-Chancellor, University of Bradford

Vice-Chancellor, University of Bradford

As Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shirley Congdon is responsible for the University of Bradford’s leadership and management, including the development and delivery of its values and strategic ambitions. She is the University’s eighth Vice-Chancellor and the first woman to hold the role.

Originally qualifying as a Registered Nurse, Shirley’s professional and academic expertise lies within the area of health and social care, service modernisation and cultural change, research methods and evidence-based practice. She has an outstanding record in all aspects of university leadership, having worked within the field of higher education for 25 years and held senior roles in three different universities.

Shirley is a passionate advocate for equality and diversity, social inclusion and widening participation in higher education – opening opportunities and unlocking potential for people of all backgrounds. She is a tireless ambassador for students and is committed to ensuring they receive the education, experience, and support they need to reach their potential and move into their chosen career or further study after graduating.

She is working to increase the University’s already strong impact, on driving lasting social and economic change, locally and globally. One of the hallmarks of her success is the adoption of an approach to equality, diversity and inclusion that focuses on structural inequalities. A focus on structural inequalities centres on putting in place institutional strategies and delivery plans that deliver whole systems, intersectional solutions that achieve long-term impacts and foster diversity maturity across the university and its partners.

Sectors worked in and routes taken:

Registered General Nurse working in Accident and Emergency and Urology

Clinical Academic

Practice based; education and research

Lecturer and Senior Lecturer Health Studies
Principal Lecturer Research Methods
Head of School Nursing and Social Care
Dean of Faculty Faculty of Health Studies
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) Offices of the Vice-Chancellor
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Offices of the Vice-Chancellor

What I would like to get involved in

Inspirational talk

Mentoring / Coaching young people

Visits to my place of work

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