The Right Honourable Ed Vaizey MP appointed Honorary Professor of Practice
Posted on 11/10/2017
The Right Honourable Ed Vaizey MP, former Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, has been appointed Professor of Practice in the department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities.
In this honorary position, Ed will contribute to the development of new research projects and initiatives within CMCI and will benefit students through lectures and seminars, sharing his extensive knowledge of the cultural sector. This role builds upon Ed’s existing position at King’s as a Cultural Fellow, supporting the university in its ambition to ensure that arts and culture enhance the King's experience for academics and students.
In addition, Ed was recently appointed co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group Inquiry for Arts, Health and Wellbeing, working in partnership with King’s, amongst others. The Inquiry report – Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing – will be launched in the Great Hall on 12 October to an audience of parliamentarians, policymakers, health professionals, the cultural sector, academics and students.
Ed has extensive experience in the formation of cultural policy. He stands as the longest serving minister of Culture and Digital Economy - from 2010-2016 - responsible for the roll out of the successful rural broadband programme, the introduction of 4G, and tax credits for film, television, animation and video games, which have made the creative industries the fastest growing part of our economy. In addition, he played a key role in putting coding in the national curriculum for schools, and in attracting inward investment to the UK tech economy. Following Theresa May becoming Prime Minister in June 2016, Ed returned to the backbenches where he continues to champion the creative and digital sectors. He was appointed privy councillor in 2016.
Ed currently serves as a trustee of two national charities, the National Youth Theatre and BritDoc. He is a member of the House of Commons Speaker’s Advisory Panel on the Arts and a Patron of Kids in Museums. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and an Honorary Fellow of the Radio Academy.
Following his appointment Ed Vaizey said: “I am honoured to be appointed to the position of Professor of Practice within the department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries. I very much enjoy my role as a Cultural Fellow at King’s and look forward to working even more closely with the university in a field about which I am passionate. This is a great opportunity for me to both share my insights into the Creative Industries, and engage with the students and academics to help shape the future of the sector.”
Russell Goulbourne, Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, said: “Ed’s appointment is a brilliant opportunity for our students to gain insight into arts and cultural policy-making from someone with intimate knowledge of the workings of government. As a Faculty, Arts & Humanities has a long history of arts and cultural collaboration – our innovative research informs and interprets policy in these areas and many of our graduates pursue careers in the creative industries. We look forward to working in partnership with Ed on some exciting new initiatives during his tenure.”
Deborah Bull, Assistant Principal (London), said: “We are delighted to welcome Ed as Professor of Practice within King’s Department for Culture, Media & Creative Industries. He is a widely respected champion of culture and the creative industries in Westminster and beyond, inspiring politicians, policy makers and arts organisations to work together to sustain and enhance the UK’s cultural sector, ensuring cultural benefits are available to all. Vision 2029 sets out how King’s aims to make the most of London, its people and its networks in a King’s education. Ed’s appointment means that our students will have access to the knowledge and experience of an impressive career at the heart of government, and in parallel our pioneering culture-based research projects will gain from his continued support, highlighting issues that relate to the people of London, the UK and the world.”
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