Arts executive appointed as new Head of College at NTU

A senior executive who was awarded an MBE for Services to the Arts has been appointed as the new Head of the College of Art, Architecture, Design and Humanities and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Culture) at Nottingham Trent University.

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Barbara Matthews

A senior executive who was awarded an MBE for Services to the Arts has been appointed as the new Head of the College of Art, Architecture, Design and Humanities and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Culture) at Nottingham Trent University.

Barbara Matthews, currently Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Arts, Design and Humanities at De Montfort University, will take up her new position on 23 January and lead the development and delivery of the university’s cultural strategy in collaboration with partners in the region.

Until joining De Montfort University in 2013, Barbara’s career was within the cultural sector. She held a number of executive level positions, managing a wide range of people, organisations and agendas.

As well as working at a number of theatre companies, Barbara was a director at Arts Council England, where she led the council’s theatre policy and the strategy that informed an annual investment of more than £100 million.

At De Montfort University she has developed productive relationships with the creative industries, identifying opportunities for collaboration and increasing the university’s contribution to the cultural life of Leicester.

Barbara said: “I am greatly looking forward to joining Nottingham Trent University in January and getting to know my new colleagues. I am excited by the ambition of the university’s new strategy and the opportunity to work with the cultural organisations and artists within the city.”

Professor Edward Peck, Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University, said: “The recent formation of our College of Art, Architecture, Design and Humanities marked the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Nottingham Trent University.

“The College has a great potential to enhance the creative and cultural fabric of Nottingham, as well as the university’s own curriculum and research.

“So we look forward to welcoming Barbara to the university in January to become the head of our newly formed College and our Pro Vice-Chancellor for Culture.

“We’re sure she will make a major contribution to helping us deliver on our new strategic aim of ‘Creating a University of the Future’ and we wish her every success in her new role.”

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    The Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education was awarded to Nottingham Trent University in November 2015. It is the highest national honour for a UK university and recognises the institution’s world-class research. Pioneering projects to improve weapons and explosives detection in luggage, enable safer production of powdered infant formula, and combat food fraud, led to the prestigious award

Arts executive appointed as new Head of College at NTU

Published on 5 December 2016
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