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Professor Simon Ofield-Kerr, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), to leave UAL to take up new post

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  • Written byCommunications Team
  • Published date08 December 2020
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Professor Simon Ofield-Kerr, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), will be leaving University of the Arts London (UAL) in the spring to take up the post of Vice-Chancellor at Norwich University of the Arts (NUA).

Simon has been with UAL since January 2017 and during this time has led on the development and delivery of the University’s Academic Strategy. Simon was instrumental in ensuring we placed diversity and its fundamental relationship with creativity at the core of that strategy, and to our commitment to the eradication of all awarding gaps. Simon was also the principal architect of the UAL Institutes, which have coalesced strengths from across the university and publicly made a powerful case for the importance of creative pedagogy in addressing urgent global challenges.

Of his new appointment, Simon said: “Making the decision to leave UAL has not been easy and only NUA could have tempted me away from my current job. I have loved working with colleagues from across the university and I am immensely proud of what we have achieved.  Like UAL, NUA is a remarkable institution and community, which has achieved so much over the past ten years and has positioned itself beautifully for the next phase of its ambition. I am looking forward to leading NUA on that journey”

Simon will leave a big gap at UAL and we would like to thank him for everything he has done and all he has achieved during his time with us. We will all miss his enthusiasm, his passion for delivering the best experience for our students and his commitment to diversity and inclusion.