Professor Last joined Norwich University of the Arts in January 2009, having worked in art and design higher education since 1989. He previously held the post of Deputy Principal at the Arts University Bournemouth from where he was awarded a Chair in art and design education in 2008. John’s first degree is from Sussex University in English with Philosophy and he subsequently gained postgraduate awards in Education and in Film Theory from Leeds and Sussex respectively.
John’s work in the sector has included research on student satisfaction and the National Student Survey (NSS) having been a member of the HEFCE NSS National Steering Group. He was also a member of the group that reviewed the UK External Examining system (the Fitch Report). Other external work includes Board membership of the Higher Education Statistical Agency (since 2009) and, from 2015, the Higher Education Academy.
Professor Last is also Vice Chair and an elected member of the Executive Council of GuildHE, Deputy Chair of the United Kingdom Arts and Design Institutions Association (ukadia) and immediate past Chair of the Group for Learning in Art and Design. Within the eastern region he is a Board member of the Norwich Heritage Economic & Regeneration Trust (HEART), the Forum Trust, Chair of the New Anglia LEP Digital Creative Industries group, a Committee member of the East Anglian Art Fund and a Governor and Trustee of the Norwich School.
Interests outside of the visual arts include listening to opera and jazz and watching cricket.
– Professor John Last