College appoints new rector

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Professor Anne Carlisle has been announced as the new Rector of University College Falmouth following Professor Alan Livingston’s decision to retire at the end of this academic year.

Currently Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) of the University of Wales, Newport, Professor Carlisle is also a practising artist, a prolific writer and broadcaster, and an award-winning academic, whose background is firmly established in the visual arts and creative industries.

With a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art from the University of Ulster and an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art, Professor Carlisle founded visual arts journal, CIRCA publications, before embarking upon an academic career.

Beginning as a lecturer at Gwent College of Higher Education in 1990, she became Head of the Department of Interactive Arts in 1995.  In 1997, Professor Carlisle was appointed Dean of the School of Art, Media & Design by the University of Wales, Newport, where she has since held a number of key strategic roles including Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic) in 2003 and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) in 2006.

As Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Carlisle’s remit has been to lead and deliver the University’s strategic plans in respect of its academic portfolio and research and enterprise; to lead key strategy groups in partnership with industry and professional bodies; to lead the University’s submission to RAE 2008 and for Research Degree Awarding Powers; to increase and diversify the University’s various income streams; and to work in partnership with Newport City Council and the Welsh Assembly Government on regeneration schemes for the region.

“I am delighted to be joining Falmouth at this exciting time,” said Professor Carlisle of her appointment. 

“To be given the opportunity to lead the College through its next major phase of development, towards Arts University Cornwall, is a real privilege.  Building upon the international renown of University College Falmouth and Dartington College of Arts with whom it recently merged, this position provides an extremely rare opportunity in the UK to take forward an important, specialist institution that spans the visual as well as the performing arts,” she added. 

“This stimulating combination, allied to Falmouth’s strong commitment to regional, national and international partnerships, will ensure that Arts University Cornwall makes an even greater contribution to the growth of the creative industries, and takes its rightful place as a major cultural force in the international arts arena.”

Professor Carlisle will take up her new appointment on 1 September 2009.