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Professor Bruce Brown

Educated at the Royal College of Art in London Bruce Brown, is Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Brighton. For the previous sixteen years he was Dean of the university’s Faculty of Arts and Architecture. Currently he chairs the UK Funding Councils’ Main panel O for assessing research in the arts and humanities in RAE 2008. He has fulfilled roles on national and international bodies that have included the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the selection committee for the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme, the Arts Council England South East board of directors and the Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation. He is a member of the Governing Body of Shenkar College, Israel and co-editor of ‘Design Issues’ research journal published by MIT in the USA. He has lectured widely on his research concerning Graphic Memory at conferences in, for example, the UK, USA, Estonia, Portugal, Norway, Canada, Japan, Korea and Germany and been an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts since 1971 and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art.

For discussion: New Universities

Academic research in the creative and performing arts and design has gone through a period of significant development since the inception of the RAE in 1992 and a growing public awareness of the contribution being made to social and economic well-being by the creative economy. This has, in turn, stimulated reflection on the types of academic models best suited to both stimulate and manage the production and application of knowledge in the creative, practice-based, disciplines. This session will reflect on these developments, the models best suited to stimulate and manage knowledge in an art and design context and the implications this may have for the academy at large.

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