Karen Robson

Role: Vice Chair

Karen Robson, Disability Service Manager at Cardiff Metropolitan University, established the Disability Department at Cardiff Metropolitan University in 1998 to respond to the needs of disabled students and has responsibility for the development of policy and provision for currently approx 1400 disabled students, in addition to managing the Assessment Centre.
She has also provided lecturing input on education courses delivered at Cardiff Metropolitan University and undertakes staff training both at Cardiff Metropolitan University and on behalf of other institutions/organisations within a wider consultancy remit, presenting at UK and international conferences.  In 2002 she co-authored and published ‘Accessible Curricula: Good Practice for All, which was disseminated throughout the UK HE sector by the forerunner to the Higher Education Academy as sector best practice guidance in addressing the duties under SENDA.  She has also developed a range of good practice resources, including undertaking research on behalf of the Disability Rights Commission. She was Chair of Skill Wales between 2001 and 2006 and sat on both the Skill HE Working Group and Skill Council until its demise in 2011. She joined the NADP Board in 2005.
Karen’s extra curricula interests include supporting disabled veterans and she advises the GB Army on the rehabilitation of disabled soldiers in Wales.  With a long standing interest in international development she undertakes voluntary work in Rwanda annually, most recently advising on mental health provision for students.