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Professor Joy Carter was appointed as Vice-Chancellor at the University of Winchester in April 2006.

Professor Carter is an academic with research in the field of Environmental Geochemistry and Health and has served for many years as President of the International Society in her field. Professor Carter has published over 100 articles and has edited/contributed to nine books, book chapters, editorials and edited thematic sets.

Professor Carter is the current Chair of GuildHE, one of the two formal representative groups in the Higher Education sector, is a previous Chair of the Cathedrals Group of Universities and served for many years served on the Universities UK Board.

As an ambassador for skills and vocational learning, Professor Carter chaired the University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC) for six years. Professor Carter also chairs the Supporting Professionalism in Admissions Steering Group (SPA) and the National Governing Body for England Squash, and is a Board member of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).

Professor Carter is very engaged with the Church and faith-based values-led education at all levels and is the Chair of the Trustees for Church of England’s Foundation for Educational Leadership​​​.

In 2013, Professor Carter was invited to become a representative of the Lord Lieutenant and is now a Deputy Lieutenant for the county of Hampshire.

Professor Carter is passionate about social justice and all aspects of equality and has a particular interest in widening participation, sustainability and animal welfare. She is currently Patron of six local and national charities.

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