University picks deputy rector

University of the Arts London has appointed its first deputy rector, Will Bridge.

Bridge, currently the head of London College of Communication in Elephant & Castle, a key media and graphics hub within the university’s portfolio, will take up his post in September.

The deputy head of LCC, Marilyn McMenemy, will be acting head while a replacement for Bridge is recruited.

Bridge is set to support University of the Arts London rector, Sir Michael Bichard, in delivering strategy, and has a remit to oversee forthcoming major development projects, including the relocation of Central St Martins College of Art and Design’s constituent sites to a purpose-built home in London’s King’s Cross, scheduled for 2010. 

An estate project at Elephant & Castle, which will see the London College of Fashion and central administrative functions relocated, will also come under his authority.

Bichard is to focus on sponsorship, fundraising and ambassadorial duties for the university.

Separately, LCC is to launch a Masters in competitive creative design – still in development – within the next 18 months, in conjunction with Cranfield University.

It will give creatives access to the industrial and manufacturing heartland of the west Midlands, according to Bridge.

Bridge has previously held senior positions at Brighton University and Newham College London, and oversaw the £35m redevelopment of London College of Communication’s Elephant & Castle campus.

Other colleges within the University of the Arts London portfolio include Camberwell College of Arts, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London College of Fashion and the Wimbledon College of Art.

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