Plymouth College of Art appoints Professor Paul Fieldsend-Danks interim principal and chief executive

The academic dean steps up in the new academic year to replace Professor Andrew Brewerton

Plymouth College of Art has appointed Professor Paul Fieldsend-Danks as interim principal and chief executive

Professor Paul Fieldsend-Danks will assume his new role in the 2021/22 academic year, replacing Professor Andrew Brewerton, who is to retire after 11 years at Plymouth College of Art.

Fieldsend-Danks is currently associate professor and academic dean with strategic academic leadership of the specialist higher education provider’s School of Arts & Media, School of Design & Communication and School of Critical & Cultural Studies, and he has led the college’s undergraduate, postgraduate and further education portfolios.

Before joining Plymouth College of Art in 2016, Fieldsend-Danks held senior academic roles at Norwich University of the Arts and the University of Bath/Swindon College School of Art & Design. He began his university career lecturing in fine art at Oxford Brookes University. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society for Arts (RSA) and a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Professor Paul Fieldsend-Danks


“I’m delighted at Paul’s appointment,” said Professor Andrew Brewerton, who is retiring after 11 years as principal and chief executive of Plymouth College of Art. “I’m confident that the distinctive community, ethos and values of this great art school will continue to thrive under his leadership, and its profile continue to develop nationally and internationally.

“Paul has played a formative role in the redesign and validation of the college’s entire undergraduate curriculum for launch in September. He has a visionary commitment to innovation in the student experience, embedding creative learning and social justice within each interdisciplinary specialism, within an extraordinary rich and diverse studio and workshop environment.”

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