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Professor Katie Normington


Professor Katie Normington joined De Montfort University as Vice-Chancellor in 2021 from Royal Holloway, University of London, where she was Deputy Principal (Academic). While at Royal Holloway she had responsibility for teaching and learning along with research and enterprise, during which time she created an ‘integrated academic strategy’ bringing together the teaching and research around a set of common principles. Katie was previously Dean of Arts and Social Sciences/Vice-Principal (Staffing), overseeing the equality and diversity strategy, including instigating a women’s development programme for which she won a Times Higher Education Leadership and Development Award. Katie joined Royal Holloway as a lecturer from Greenwich University in 1997. 

At Royal Holloway Katie chaired a number of institutional change projects such as ‘Student First’ which focused on the student journey, and a project to re-envisage the structure of the academy, creating new schools to better enable academic strategic developments, devolved leadership and an agile environment. Katie was also project sponsor for a number of large building projects including the new Caryl Churchill theatre, the Boilerhouse lecture theatre and the refurbishment project for Bedford Library and McCrae building to create a School of Engineering, Mathematical and Physical Sciences. She chaired the IT Strategic Projects Committee and cross-College projects concerned with the hosting of athletes at Royal Holloway for the 2012 Olympic games, and the preparations for the celebration of the anniversary of the Magna Carta in 2015, and for Suffrage in 2018.

Katie is a Professor of Drama. Her research focuses on theatre history – in particular, medieval English drama and contemporary theatre practice. She has published six books in these areas and continues to write articles within the field.

Outside of Royal Holloway, Katie was the founder and director of the Arts and Humanities Research Council doctoral training partnership, Techne. The consortium is comprised of nine universities in London and the south-east, alongside 14 external partners from the cultural industries sector. She has been a governor in Further Education, a member of the AHRC Research Careers and Training Advisory Group, and a member of the SPA Review Group for UCAS. She served on the expert review panel for the Concordat of Researchers and was a subject panel member for TEF pilots.