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Professor Paula Kersten.

Professor Paula Kersten

Professor Paula Kersten

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Social Care

I joined the University in November 2021 as Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Social Care. Prior to taking up this role, I was Dean of the School of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Brighton. I have also held positions at Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand) and the University of Southampton.

After completing my undergraduate physiotherapy degree in the Netherlands, I completed my MSc Rehabilitation and PhD at the University of Southampton and worked as an academic since 1994. I achieved Senior Fellowship status of Advance HE in October 2021.

I am an active researcher and a Professor of Rehabilitation. My research focuses on new rehabilitation approaches and measuring meaningful rehabilitation outcomes. Recent examples of my work include a collaboration with the University of the West of England on First Contact Physiotherapy funded by NIHR and a study of peer mentoring for people with traumatic brain injury funded by the New Zealand Health Research Council. I serve as external reviewer for grant applications and professorial appointments, as well as external doctoral examinations.

Alongside my research I have developed and delivered postgraduate programmes, supervised MSc and PhD students to completion and provided leadership to a wide range of nursing, allied health and sport programmes. I am passionate about evidence-informed curricula and teaching, widening participation and diversification of entry routes into universities such as apprenticeships.

As Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean, I drive the development and delivery of innovative medical, health and social care education and research programmes. Equality, diversity and inclusion is central to my work in ensuring excellent student and staff experiences and belonging to the University. I am an active member of a range of external strategic and lobby groups, ensuring our voices are heard and we contribute to regional, national and international agendas.

I am the Strategic Lead for the Medway Campus, and work with colleagues at the campus and those from the Universities of Kent and Greenwich to support enhancement of the student experience, and the development of a cohesive and expanding campus offer.

What are your current priorities?

My priorities relate to further developing our excellent relationships across the health and care sector, including with the new integrated care systems and boards; building on and developing new innovative interprofessional education and research; and delivering on successful programmes and excellent student experience.

What inspires you about Canterbury Christ Church?

I am inspired by the core values of the University, its inclusive approach and focus on making a difference to individuals and society.