Chancellor

  • Dr Katherine Grainger CBE

    Chancellor Dr Katherine Granger

    Dr Katherine Grainger was inaugurated as the fourth Chancellor of Oxford Brookes on 20 March 2015.

    Katherine is best known for her sporting achievements in rowing. In August 2016 she won a silver medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics alongside Vicky Thornley in the women's double sculls. This, alongside her gold from London 2012 and silver medals from Sydney in 2000, Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008, as well as six world championships titles, makes her Britain’s most decorated female Olympic athlete and the first British woman to win medals at five successive games.

    In 2013 her services to rowing were recognised when she was awarded a CBE.

    Katherine follows in the tradition of Brookes Chancellors by being passionate about human rights and in particular those of offenders.  In May 2013 she completed a PhD at King’s College London, which focussed on the implications of whole-life prison sentences.  It examined the tensions which arise for the criminal law in dealing with the mentally abnormal offender, with particular reference to psychopathy.

    She is a dedicated supporter of the Oxford Brookes Social Entrepreneur Awards and has sat on judging panels supporting a number of inspirational projects which benefit society.

    In 2014 Oxford Brookes awarded Katherine with an honorary degree.