The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) is delighted to announce that Simon Macklin MA, PFHEA has been appointed the new director of the Business School for the Creative Industries.
Simon Macklin is a higher education leader with international strategic development experience. He will join UCA from the University of West London, where he was Interim Director of Quality and Academic Policy. Previous to that he was based at GSM London (formerly Greenwich School of Management) and Deputy Dean of the Business School at BPP University, London.
Simon said: “I am thrilled to be part of the University of the Creative Arts (UCA) and am looking forward to working with the fantastic team already in place to realise the opportunities the Business School for the Creative Industries presents.”
Based at the UCA Epsom campus, the Business School for the Creative Industries is the first of its kind in the UK and is an exciting addition to UCA’s creative portfolio. The School builds on the long tradition of collaboration with employers to cultivate leadership, entrepreneurial and strategic planning skills.
Simon comes to UCA with a wealth of academic experience, with a career in education that spans nearly twenty years. He has specialised in working with higher education stakeholders in providing strategies for widening participation, building research environments, and delivering excellent teaching.
Simon has an MA Research in Music Theatre and a BA in Drama from Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Alongside this, he is a member of the International Society for Innovation Management Professionals and the Society for Research into Higher Education. He is currently undertaking a PhD in Education and Social Justice from Lancaster University.
Career highlights include: working on national and local learning and teaching project leading to institutional improvements in student experience, guiding the strategic development of UK degree-awarding powers for three institutions, facilitating the growth of a new business school from inception to 4,000 students, and working as an advisor on an inclusion and diversity strategy for a magic circle law firm, which resulted in them making The Times’ Top 50 Employers for Women list.
Simon adds: “I have always admired UCA connections to the creative industries and the communities to which it belongs and I look forward to continuing that tradition by working with the team, current and future students to ensure that our education and research has the long-term impact that everyone involved desires."
Simon will take up his post on 20 May 2019.