Karen Robson

Karen Robson is Consultant specialising in Disability, Social Inclusion and Social Justice issues. She established the Disability Department at Cardiff Metropolitan University in 1998 to respond to the needs of disabled students and had responsibility for the development of policy and provision for approximately 1400 disabled students per year establishing sector leading provision.  In 2005-6 she was awarded Welsh Woman of the Year for her work with disability and various charitable organisations. As Wellbeing Services Manager at the University she developed support for students with MH issues and developed services with local statutory services. She subsequently held the position of  Dean of Students at Cardiff Metropolitan University until September 2017 holding responsibility for all student welfare and disciplinary matters, in addition to student regulations and university complaints.

She has also provided lecturing input on education courses delivered at Cardiff Metropolitan University and undertakes staff training 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 the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2002.  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 National Association of Disability Practitioners Board in 2005 and was Vice Chair until 2017.

Karen’s extra curricula interests include supporting the Armed Forces and disabled veterans and she advised the GB Army on the rehabilitation of disabled soldiers in Wales. She also sits on a number of charitable committees. With a long standing interest in international development she has undertaken voluntary work in Rwanda advising on mental health provision for students and education provision.