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NUA makes senior appointments in media and research

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) has announced two new appointments to its senior management team with the addition of a new Dean of Media and a new Director of Research.

Previously Head of Department: Arts & Media at London South Bank University, Professor Richard Sawdon Smith will head up the Faculty of Media with a remit to continue the progression of existing undergraduate courses in Photography; Film and Moving Image Production; Animation; and Games Art and Design, and develop new areas of study starting with NUA’s launch of a BA in VFX and a MA in Games from September 2015.

Professor Sawdon Smith’s own creative practice centres in the area of photographic self-portraiture, exploring issues of ill health, identity and subjectivity, sexuality and classification. He is a Board Member of The bookRoom Press & Archive Research Cluster and sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Photography & Culture.

Professor Julian Malins joins NUA having spent the past two decades working at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, latterly as Professor of Design at Gray’s School of Art and Theme Leader within RGU’s Institute for Innovation Design & Sustainability. Professor Malins, who will lead the development of research at NUA, originally trained as a ceramicist and ran his own studio before returning to higher education to complete his PhD. His current research is concerned with the application of design thinking for innovation, which has resulted in contributions to a diverse range of research projects, including smart clothing for health and wellbeing, design for built heritage and computer supported collaborative working.

Professor John Last, Vice-Chancellor of NUA, says: “NUA welcomes Richard and Julian at a significant time in the University’s history. As the institution celebrates its 170th anniversary, NUA is preparing to open new resources to extend its campus and launch new undergraduate and postgraduate courses for 2015 and beyond. The future will see a period of growth for NUA and these new senior appointments will bring in much valued expertise in the fields of creative education.”

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