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Sir Nigel Carrington to step down as Vice-Chancellor of University of the Arts London

Written by Dan Austin
Published date 20 January 2020

Sir Nigel Carrington has announced his intention to step down as Vice-Chancellor of University of the Arts London (UAL) in December 2020. He plans to continue in public service on a non-executive basis in the future, including in higher education, culture and the creative industries.

David Isaac CBE, Chair of UAL’s Court of Governors, said:

“I would like to thank Nigel for his defining contribution during 13 years here. He has transformed UAL’s standing nationally and internationally and is a powerful advocate for creative education.”

Sir Nigel Carrington said:

“I feel privileged to be Vice-Chancellor of this great university at the heart of the global creative economy. UAL has an exciting future with its wonderful students and staff, a robust strategy and financial stability.”

Nigel is the University’s third and longest serving Vice-Chancellor, joining in 2008 soon after UAL gained university status. He was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2019 for services to higher education and the creative industries.

He is a Board member of Universities UK, founding Chairman of Advance HE and a founding director of the Creative Industries Federation. Nigel chairs the Henry Moore Foundation, and Burgh House & Hampstead Museum, among other non-executive appointments. Before joining UAL, he was Managing Director of McLaren Group and Managing Partner at Baker McKenzie, the international law firm.

UAL will now undertake a search to appoint Sir Nigel’s successor. He will carry out his full duties and responsibilities until his successor is in place.