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Vice-Chancellor and Senior Team

Vice-Chancellor Professor John Last is joined on the management team of the University by Angela Robson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for finance, human resources, estates and business development; Keith Bartlett, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Quality) and Dean of Media; Neil Powell, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience); Angela Tubb, Academic Registrar; and Dr Hilary Carlisle, Dean of Arts & Design.

Norwich University of the Arts Vice-Chancellor


- Professor John Last

Professor Last became the first Vice-Chancellor of Norwich University of the Arts in 2012 when the institution became a university. He was originally appointed as Principal in 2008, having previously been Deputy Principal at the Arts University College, Bournemouth. After taking a degree in English with Philosophy he took postgraduate awards in Education and Film Theory. John was awarded a Chair in Art, Design & Media Education in 2008. Read Professor Last’s staff profile.

Keith Bartlett

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Quality) and Dean of Media

- Keith Bartlett

Keith has nearly 30 years experience of Higher Education and the creative industries. His expertise is in two key areas. The first of these – HE strategy, quality and academic development – derives from experience gained through a succession of management and leadership roles. In parallel with this, he has maintained expertise in Film and Media, their UK policy contexts, and – springing from his earlier career in teaching – a particular interest in American screen fiction and law. Read Keith’s staff profile.

Neil Powell

Pro Vice-Chancellor
(Student Experience)

- Neil Powell

Neil Powell produces sculptural objects using a varied range of materials and idioms, from objects through to printed matter. More visible collaborations include work with Dr Michael Corris and Art & Language, (‘The Artist Out of Work’, Museum of Modern Art, New York 2000). He also works with artists as diverse as Lawrence Weiner, Alfredo Jaar, and the late Ian Hamilton Finlay, whose works formed part of the successful exhibition ‘A Spectre at The Feast’, which he curated in downtown Manhattan, New York City. Neil Powell’s sculptural and written works attempt to problematise the linguistic turn in art from the mid 20th Century onward. Of special interest are areas such as Concrete Poetry, Sculpture in all its guises, and forms of Conceptual and environmental art. Read Neil’s staff profile.

Hilary Carlisle

Dean of Arts and Design

- Dr Hilary Carlisle

As Dean of Arts and Design at NUA, Dr Carlisle is responsible for the development and academic health of the BA courses in the Faculty. She is a member of the University’s Strategic Management Group, playing a key role in advising on academic developments and future plans. She has overall responsibility for taught postgraduate courses in the University and supervises research students engaged in practice-led doctoral research. Dr Carlisle continues to be involved in design education and research and her own digital textile design practice. Read Dr Carlisle’s staff profile.


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