Nigel Carrington

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Nigel Carrington, Vice-Chancellor of University of the Arts London.

Nigel Carrington is Vice-Chancellor of University of the Arts London since September 2008.


Carrington studied at Brighton College, a boarding independent school for boys (now co-educational) in the city of Brighton and Hove in East Sussex in southern England (1969–1974), before going to St John's College, Oxford, where he graduated with a law degree in 1978.


Baker & MacKenzie[edit]

He worked as an international lawyer with Baker & McKenzie from 1979 to 2000. He was appointed Managing Partner of the London office at the age of 38, and was also a Member of the firm’s International Executive Committee, and Chairman of its European and Middle East Regional Council.

McLaren Group[edit]

In 2000, he joined the McLaren Group as Managing Director, becoming Deputy Chairman in 2005, when he undertook a Graduate Diploma in the History of Art at the Courtauld Institute and became a non-executive director of companies, charities and organisations in the public sector.

University of the Arts London[edit]

In September 2008 he became Vice-Chancellor of University of the Arts London[1].

As Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, he has overall responsibility for the executive management of the University and chairs the University’s Executive and Academic Boards.

Since joining the University, which has an annual budget in excess of £250 million[2], he has managed a number of strategic projects including the University’s £200m capital development of the Central Saint Martins campus at King’s Cross[3].

He has a Huffington Post blog and has commented publicly on a number of issues affecting Higher Education and the creative industries[4]. These include the importance of studying in the EU[5], universities’ expansion in the uncapped student numbers environment[6], tuition fees[7], student visas[8], and the impact of Government policy on the design industry[9]. He has also written for the Higher Education Policy Institute arguing that a structural deficit has emerged in higher education across creative subjects because of the expense of teaching art and design subjects[10].

He has also appeared before the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Art, Craft & Design in Education[11].

His initial five-year appointment was extended in 2012 and is now for an indefinite term.

Boards and committees[edit]

He is Chairman of the Henry Moore Foundation[12], a Director of the Creative Industries Federation, a Trustee of The English Concert, a Governor of International Students House and a member of the Board at Universities UK. Previous positions held include Non-Executive Director of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (2005–2008), Trustee of Crisis (2005–2011) Trustee of Independent Opera (2006–2010), Trustee and Chairman of Jeans for Genes (2006–2008), a Governor of North London Collegiate School, (2007–2015), and non-executive director of Hornby plc (2007–2014).

External links[edit]

Nigel Carrington's UAL blog
UAL appoints new vice-chancellor
Creative sector needs global talent
The rear-view mirror is no basis to reflect on the future of education
Leadership in the 21st Century – Nigel Carrington
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan tells teenagers: Want to keep your options open? Then do science
Nigel Carrington's Universities UK blog
Design Education – the view from the colleges


  1. ^ University of the Arts London appoints new head. "The Guardian". 22 January 2008. Accessed 12 June 2015
  2. ^ Report and Financial Statements. University of the Arts London (2014). Accessed 12 June 2015
  3. ^ Central Saint Martins. King's Cross. Accessed 12 June 2015
  4. ^ Nigel Carrington Blog. Accessed 12 June 2015.
  5. ^ Freedom of Movement. Accessed 15 June 2015.
  6. ^ Almost half of all English Universities plan to recruit more students after cap is lifted Accessed 16 June 2015.
  7. ^ Three tests for the tuition fee cut Accessed 16 June 2015.
  8. ^ [1] Accessed 16 June 2015.
  9. ^ [2] Accessed 16 June 2015.
  10. ^ [3] Accessed 16 June 2015.
  11. ^ [4]. University of the Arts London. 31 March 2015. Accessed 12 June 2015.
  12. ^ Henry Moore Foundation: Nigel Carrington announced as Chair of Trustees
Academic offices
Preceded by
Sir Michael Bichard
Vice-Chancellor of University of the Arts London
Succeeded by