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NUA Vice-Chancellor Professor John Last made an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours

NUA Vice-Chancellor Professor John Last made an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours

Chair of the University Council, Maureen Wayman, congratulated Professor Last on his honour, which is in recognition of his contribution to higher education.

John Last

“Members of the University Council were absolutely delighted to hear that John’s huge contribution to higher education at both a local and national level has been recognised in this year’s Birthday Honours List,” she said.

“John has become a well-known, influential and highly respected figure within Higher Education – a true visionary and transformational leader working to achieve educational excellence for all students. 

“This honour is well deserved and we are proud to be associated with him, and especially all the staff and students of Norwich University of the Arts.”

Professor Last said he was “proud and delighted”. He added: “I’ve always known that whatever I’ve achieved has been done in concert with the excellent team of colleagues around me today and who I’ve worked with during my career. NUA has developed and grown since I first came here nearly a decade ago – with more students, more courses and more awards – and so I see this honour as recognition of NUA’s journey and the team I am lucky enough to work alongside.”

Professor Last joined NUA in January 2009, having worked in art and design higher education since 1989. He led the institution to achieve university status in 2012. Beyond NUA, Professor Last’s work has included Board Membership of the Higher Education Academy and the Higher Education Statistical Agency. In July 2013 he was elected as Vice-Chair of GuildHE, and was elected as Chair of the United Kingdom Arts and Design Institutions Association (UKADIA) in 2015.

Within the eastern region, external roles include Directorship of The Forum Trust and membership of the East Anglia Art Fund Executive Committee and Trustee for two local schools.

"Members of the University Council were absolutely delighted to hear that John's huge contribution to higher education at both a local and national level has been recognised in this year's Birthday Honours List."

Maureen Wayman, Chair of the University Council

Image credit: Denisa Ilie, BA Photography graduate