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Roni Brown

  • TitleDeputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)


Professor Roni Brown is Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, University of the Arts London.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic (DVCA) supports the President & Vice Chancellor (P&VC) in leading the University, working closely with the Chief Operating Officer, Pro Vice-Chancellors and other members of Executive Board. As the most senior academic officer of the University, the DVCA is directly responsible to the P&VC for providing strategic leadership in all academic areas including teaching, research, knowledge exchange and quality and standards. The DVCA is responsible for successful delivery of Teaching Excellence and Research Excellence Frameworks, and attendant goals for performance in these exercises.

Roni joined UAL in 2019 as Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of London College of Fashion. Previously she was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) where she led the academic strategy. In 2019 UCA was awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Since 2017, Roni has been South East Area Chair for Arts Council England and a member of its National Council. She is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Roni is Professor of Visual and Educational Cultures.

Roni holds a PhD in the History of Architecture and Design from De Montfort University and is published across the disciplines of Design History and Material Culture Studies. Roni's research focuses on user-led content in art and design practice and everyday creativity, broadening the field of design history to consider the role of the user in design development and the social value of participatory creative experience. More recently Roni’s work has focussed on the particular pedagogical environment of teaching and learning and quality assurance in Higher Education Art and Design.