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Karen Blackett named chancellor for University of Portsmouth

Karen Blackett has been appointed as our new chancellor but who is she?

(Credit: University of Portsmouth)

Karen Blackett OBE and chairwomen of MediaCom UK has replaced OBE, comedian, writer, producer and presenter of Great British Bake off Sandi Tokisvig after five years in office. Karen Blackett is the University’s fourth chancellor, taking the role in its 25th anniversary. She is the first chancellor to be from the university herself, graduating with a BA in Geography in 1992.

Karen Blackett has always shown initiative with young people, launching the first government-backed apprenticeship scheme for 18-24 year olds in the creative and media industry in 2012. She was later given an OBE for her services in 2014. In 2003 and 2005 Karen Blackett was voted by
Management Today as one of the 35 Most Powerful Women under 35 in the UK. Since then, she has contributed to The Telegraph‘s Wonder Women editorial section. Karen Blackett has also recently
been named as one of the Evening Standard’s Progress 1000, one of London’s most influential people of 2015 and as one of the Debrett’s 500 2016 which was published in the Sunday Times. She has also been featured five times in the Power List of Britain’s 100 Most Influential Black People, becoming the first black business woman in 2015. During her tenure as CEO of MediaCom UK she has worked with a range of well-known companies such as Sky, Tesco, GSK, Coca Cola, CRUK, Centrepoint, Audi, DFS and the Met. Police. She has also won over £790 million of new business for the company. She has also launched an apprenticeship scheme at MediaCom for disadvantaged young people who want to get into the media industry, taking on 10 to 15 people each year.

With such an amazing track record Karen Blackett has not only proved what a University of
Portsmouth student can do but also that the university is very lucky to have her.

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