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Professor John Last OBE

Professor John Last OBE

Professor John Last OBE, FRSA, Vice-Chancellor, Norwich University of the Arts.

John has been at NUA since 2009, having worked in higher education since 1980.  Prior to this, he was Deputy at the Arts University Bournemouth for ten years so has worked in specialist HE for over 25 years.

He is currently a Trustee and Vice Chair of GuildHE the representative group for smaller and specialist Universities, Chair of the United Kingdom Arts and Design Institutions Association (ukadia) and immediate past Chair of the Group for Learning in Art and Design. He was a Board member of HESA for ten years and served for 5 years on the HEA Board and the NSS Steering Group.

Within the eastern region John is Chair of the New Anglia LEP Digital Creative Industries group, a committee member for the East Anglian Art Fund and on the Strategic Board for Norfolk for Jobs. He is a Trustee of the Norwich Forum (the charity that runs the city Library and public exhibition space), the Norwich School and the Sapienta Trust.

In 2017 John was named regional Business Leader of the Year for the development of NUA and in 2018 he was awarded an OBE for services to higher education.