Norwich University of the Arts Vice Chancellor

Norwich University of The Arts LogoNorwich University of the Arts Vice Chancellor

Professor John Last

Vice-ChancellorProfessor Last joined Norwich University of the Arts in January 2009, having worked in art and design higher education since 1989. He previously held the post of Deputy Principal at the Arts University Bournemouth from where he was awarded a Chair in art and design education in 2008. John’s first degree is from Sussex University in English with Philosophy and he subsequently gained postgraduate awards in Education and in Film Theory from Leeds and Sussex respectively.

Outside of NUA, John’s work includes 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 in 2015 was elected as Chair of the United Kingdom Arts and Design Institutions Association (UKADIA).

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

Interests outside of the visual arts include listening to opera and jazz and watching cricket.

Vice-Chancellor and Senior Team

Vice-Chancellor Professor John Last is joined on the management team of the University by Angela Robson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor; Professor Neil Powell, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic); Angela Tubb, Academic Registrar; Professor Richard Sawdon-Smith, Dean of Media; and Professor Hilary Carlisle, Dean of Arts & Design.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor

PortraitAngela Robson

Angela Robson graduated from Exeter in 1982 and then qualified as a Chartered Accountant in London in 1985. On qualifying she moved into investment banking, working for JP Morgan and then Goldman Sachs. In 2003, she left the City to move to Norfolk. She joined Norwich University of the Arts in 2005 and is now Deputy Vice-Chancellor. Outside the University she is a Non-Executive Director of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, a trustee of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, a trustee of the Theatre Royal Norwich and a Director of the Diocesan Finance Board.


Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

Neil Powell

Professor Neil Powell

Professor Powell produces sculptural objects using a varied range of materials and idioms, from objects through to printed matter. More visible collaborations include work with Dr Michael Corris and Art & Language, (‘The Artist Out of Work’, Museum of Modern Art, New York 2000). He also works with artists as diverse as Lawrence Weiner, Alfredo Jaar, and the late Ian Hamilton Finlay, whose works formed part of the successful exhibition ‘A Spectre at The Feast’, which he curated in downtown Manhattan, New York City. Professor Powell’s sculptural and written works attempt to problematise the linguistic turn in art from the mid 20th Century onward. Of special interest are areas such as Concrete Poetry, Sculpture in all its guises, and forms of Conceptual and environmental art. Read Professor Powell’s staff profile.