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Clive Myrie named Chancellor of University of the Arts London

Two people, one woman and one man, are standing and smiling in a workspace with lockers and shelves in the background, while addressing a seated audience. The woman is gesturing with her hand, and the man has an open posture, engaging with the attendees.
  • Written byPress Office
  • Published date 12 June 2024
Two people, one woman and one man, are standing and smiling in a workspace with lockers and shelves in the background, while addressing a seated audience. The woman is gesturing with her hand, and the man has an open posture, engaging with the attendees.
Clive Myrie with London College of Communication staff and students, 2024, LCC, UAL | Photograph by Dave George Creative

We have announced Clive Myrie as our new Chancellor.

One of the BBC’s leading news anchors, Clive regularly presents the News at Six and Ten. He is an experienced foreign correspondent who has reported from all over the world - having served as the BBC’s Asia, Africa, Washington and Europe Correspondent. He is also the host of First Night of the Proms, Mastermind and Celebrity Mastermind, and was recently named as one of the lead presenters for BBC General Election Night.

Students and staff standing around computers, engaged in discussion and collaboration.
Clive Myrie with London College of Communication staff and students, 2024, LCC, UAL | Photograph by Dave George Creative

Clive has been a powerful advocate for the importance of storytelling and increasing representation both on and off screen. Through his work across media, he has championed the role of arts and culture. His contributions include documentaries such as his radio series on the history of jazz in Britain, his TV show on the creation of the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra and being the regular presenter of the First Night of the Proms. He began his term as Chancellor with a visit to UAL’s London College of Communication (LCC) where he met with students from its BA and MA Film and Television and Journalism courses.

UAL, a global leader in creative education, comprises of 6 prestigious Colleges and 4 Institutes and currently educates over 20,000 students with a global alumni network of 500,000. For the past 6 years it has been ranked 2nd in the world for art and design education (QS World University Rankings by Subject).

I am honoured to be named Chancellor of UAL, an institution dedicated to supporting and nurturing the talent that goes on to shape our creative industries. UAL teaches an extraordinary range of subjects, from journalism and fashion to fine art and creative computing. These disciplines enrich our lives and play a vital role in shaping our understanding of the world, uncovering truths and creating change. Having already visited and spoken with students at LCC, I look forward to getting to know staff and students across the University and championing their incredible work

— Clive Myrie, Chancellor of UAL
On behalf of UAL, I am delighted to welcome Clive Myrie as our Chancellor. Clive's distinguished career, passion for the arts, and dedication to conveying powerful narratives and uplifting people through journalism will inspire everyone at UAL. We look forward to the invaluable contributions and insights he will bring to our University.

— David Isaac CBE, Chair of Governors at UAL

The appointment comes during a transformative period for the University, marked by a strong commitment to expanding access to high-quality creative education. In 2023/24, a new campus for the London College of Fashion opened at East Bank, while redevelopment of the Lime Grove site in Shepherd’s Bush is underway to enhance its pre-degree offerings. Meanwhile, construction is progressing on a new LCC campus at Elephant and Castle, which will support its range of Design, Media, and Screen courses.

Clive succeeds Sir Grayson Perry who served as Chancellor from 2015-2023.