Kate Dodd

Academic Registrar



The Student and Academic Services directorate embraces many of the professional services that support the student journey. This includes:

  • The Academic Support Office
  • Careers – and the employability agenda
  • Our Colleges and the college system
  • Student Services - including the student record and student data processing and returns, exams, graduation, Tier 4 compliance, the Research Student Administration Team, student systems development, academic appeals, front-of-house support, information and guidance, student advice, student enrolment and student financial support
  • The Open Door Team for mental health support
  • The Disability Service
  • Responding to student behavioural problems and managing student discipline in non-academic aspects of student life

Together we provide administrative and advisory services, and opportunities for development to support and enhance the student experience.

CV in brief

I have worked with students in top UK universities for over 30 years with more than half of these in senior management roles. Prior to Joining York in 2009 as Academic Registrar I was Director of Student Life at Birmingham where I led the development of their strategy for student life and initiated the creation of their one stop hub for student services. Prior to that I was at Warwick University where I started as a Careers Advisor, was promoted to become Director of Careers and then to be Director of Student and Ancillary Services.

My first degree was in Sociology and I have an MSc is Social Research Methods and an MBA in Higher Education Management.

I was brought up in South Africa and went to a multi-racial, international school in Swaziland that was set up in opposition to apartheid education. My passion for how an excellent education, in both academic and non-academic spheres, can make a difference in the world began from my experiences in that school and community.

My role at York

I lead the development of the professional services in our Directorate and, working together with other senior colleagues, and our students’ unions, I am driving forward a vision for an exceptional student experience which develops our talented students to the utmost. 

Roles and responsibilities

What is your day job?

Most of my job is about planning, problem-solving, finding solutions and connecting people and projects. 

Role on The Board

I am pleased to be able to contribute to the University’s strategic leadership on the Board and to leading the development of an excellent and globally competitive student experience so that the University’s success can be sustained and increase.  

Other Responsibilities

I am currently a Trustee of UKCISA the International Students Advisory Service.

Previously I have been a Trustee on the Board of both AMOSSHE - the student services organisation, and AGCAS - the professional body for HE careers services.

Throughout my career I have sought to keep abreast of global best practice in my professional area and have been an active member, attending and speaking at conferences, and doing consultancy projects, in Belgium, Holland, Kenya, South Africa, Turkey, and the USA; and I have done reviews and consultancy work in many UK higher education establishments.

I was a parent govenor for an excellent comprehensive school and for many years.

About me

What makes me tick?

I believe that it is a great privilege to work in an environment where knowledge, ideas and debate are so highly valued. Universities are very complex organisations; this is what makes them so fascinating. Being able to lead how we have an impact on the experience and potential of so many people who are studying to realise their potential is hugely inspiring and exciting.

I am motivated by the idea that we can influence how well our students will contribute to making the world a better place. I enjoy meeting that shape our vision, solve problems and make improvements happen.

I live with my husband and our chickens, and have two adult children who left home a while ago.  

My vision for the University

In five years’ time I hope that York will be established among the top 100 universities globally. I hope that we are recognised as an institution whose students are highly successful and sought after, and embrace the University’s core social values. Also that our staff are able to give of their best in all that they do.  

Register of interests

Register of interests (August 2017)


  • UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) - Trustee

Husband: Nicholas Dodd

  • Wentworth Castle Gardens - Chief Executive Officer
  • Sheffield Assay Office - Guardian of the Standard of Wrought Plate
  • Pennine Camphill Community - Trustee

2016-17 expenses

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