Deputy Principal (Academic)
Katie Normington is a Professor and previous Head of the Department of Drama and Theatre, and Dean of Arts and Social Sciences/Vice-Principal (Staffing). She joined Royal Holloway as a lecturer from Greenwich University in 1997. Her research focuses on theatre history – in particular, medieval English drama and contemporary theatre practice. She has published six books in these areas. She continues to write articles within the field.
She chairs a number of institutional committees such as Teaching and Learning Strategy Committee, Research Committee, Ethics Committee. She has been the project chair for a number of institutional change projects such as ‘Student First’ which focused on the student journey. In her current role, she oversees strategy and policy for teaching and research.
Katie been project sponsor for a number of large building projects including the new Caryl Churchill theatre, the Boilerhouse lecture theatre and chairs the refurbishment project for Bedford Library and McCrae building. She has also chaired cross College groups concerned with the hosting of athletes at Royal Holloway in 2012, and the preparations for the celebration of the anniversary of the Magna Carta in 2015, and for Suffrage in 2018.
Katie is director of the Techne AHRC doctoral training partnership, a consortium of seven universities in London and the south-east.
Outside of Royal Holloway, she has been a governor of Brooklands College of Further Education, Weybridge, a member of the AHRC Research Careers and Training Advisory Group, a member of the SPA Review Group for UCAS, and has advised HEFCE on open access. She has served on the expert review panel for the Concordat of Researchers and is a subject panel member for TEF pilots.