Dr Katherine Grainger was inaugurated as the fourth
Chancellor of Oxford Brookes on 20 March 2015.
Katherine is best known for her sporting achievements. She won three Olympic silver rowing medals in
Sydney, Athens and Beijing, before going on to win Olympic gold at London 2012.
Katherine is the only British female athlete from any sport
to win medals in four consecutive Olympic 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