Professor Simon Ofield-Kerr has been appointed as UAL's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic). He will take up post on 16 January 2017.
Simon Ofield-Kerr is currently Vice-Chancellor at University for the Creative Arts. During his five years there, he extended the institution's international partnerships and substantially improved the student experience, changing the institution's structure and culture. UCA has soared in the university league tables and other key indicators as a result.
His appointment as Deputy Vice-Chancellor completes the strategic reshaping of UAL's Executive Board following a major review earlier in 2016, which has joined up university and college decision-making, with all Pro Vice-Chancellors holding strategic responsibilities for key development priorities.
UAL Vice-Chancellor Nigel Carrington commented:
"I welcome Professor Ofield-Kerr in this ambitious appointment for UAL. His passionate commitment to art and design will be vital to sustain our reputation as one of the world's leading specialist universities."
On his appointment, Simon Ofield-Kerr commented:
"UAL is more than a university and has huge influence as an international cultural institution, with a transformative role within and beyond the creative economy. I am excited to be joining as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and look forward to working with colleagues to fully realise UAL's incredible potential."
Simon Ofield-Kerr studied at Exeter College of Art & Design and the University of Leeds. He started his academic career at Leeds and Central Saint Martins, UAL, then held a series of key leadership roles at Middlesex University and Kingston University, where he was Executive Dean, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture.