Professor Jonathan Stockdale

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Design, Creative and Digital Industries

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My role

As Head of the College of Design, Creative and Digital Industries (DCDI) I provide overarching leadership and management to four Schools within the University: Architecture and Cities, Arts, Computer Science and Engineering, and Media and Communication. With responsibility for determining the strategic direction of the College, and oversight of learning and teaching, research, internationalisation, and employer engagement, my objective is to ensure we embrace the challenges of the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ through curriculum innovation, and provision of transformative learning experiences to ensure students thrive in a world where disciplinary boundaries are blurred and job roles are fluid.

In my Pro Vice-Chancellor role, I have responsibility for leading one of our strategic enablers – People, Culture and Inclusion – to create a positive place and culture so all our people are supported and encouraged to realise their ambition.


I trained initially as a performer working across jazz, popular and contemporary music genres, and then specialised in electro-acoustic and computer music composition leading to the award of a DPhil from the University of York. I have led the development of groundbreaking courses in jazz and popular music and held a number of senior leadership positions in universities and colleges in the UK and Australia including Associate Dean at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, and Principal and Chief Executive of the Royal Northern College of Music. I have extensive experience in leading and managing institutional transformation projects including as a Commissioner for the development and implementation of the Melbourne Model.


Together with extensive performance activity and compositional output, my research is practice-led and concerned with improvisation and audience, but is also interdisciplinary and critical in nature considering the design and use of sound. I was a founding member of the Jazz Research Journal and continue as a member of its Editorial Board.

External roles

I have undertaken academic work and consultancy in the UK, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand; and held Director positions with Conservatoires UK, and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.