New vice-chancellor appointed for Arts University Bournemouth

Professor Paul Gough is also an artist, broadcaster and critic

Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) has appointed Professor Paul Gough its new principal and vice-chancellor.

Prof Gough joins AUB from Australia’s Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) where he spent six years as pro-vice chancellor and vice-president in its college of design and social context.

Before that he was deputy vice chancellor at University of the West of England (UWE).

“Professor Gough brings with him a wealth of experience both as an academic – most recently at RMIT in Australia – and also as a broadcaster, critic and artist,” said AUB’s chair of governors Chris Martin.

“Professor Gough has been at the heart of knowledge exchange research strategies where he has developed effective university-industry partnerships and collaborations. It is through his wealth of knowledge and experience in research and industry collaboration that AUB can look to develop further its reputation as an outstanding arts institution.”

AUB has a history of nurturing innovative staff who have enriched the creative industries – Professor Paul Gough

As an artist, Prof Gough studied for his MA in painting at the Royal College of Art. His works are in many private and public collections, including the Imperial War Museum, London. He is a member of the Royal West of England Academy.

Prof Gough is also a leading expert on street artist Banksy, and has written seven books and numerous articles on war art, peace activism and the representation of remembrance. He has also worked in TV, creating programmes for ITV, BBC and Channel 4, including an award-winning documentary on veteran war photographer Don McCullin.

Prof Gough’s appointment follows the retirement, after over 22 years, of Professor Stuart Bartholomew.

Professor Gough said: “I’ve long admired the many achievements of AUB: it has an outstanding record of student success, impactful research and industry engagement. The university has a history of nurturing innovative staff who have enriched the creative industries in the UK and beyond.

“I’m really thrilled to be part of AUB’s future, building on its present high reputation, and following in the footsteps of an outstanding leader.”

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