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New dean appointed at the University Of Westminster

7 February 2013

Professor Kerstin Mey named Dean of School of Media, Arts and Design

The University of Westminster has appointed Professor Kerstin Mey as Dean of the School of Media, Arts and Design (MAD), one of Europe's leading higher education centres for the creative industries.

Kerstin joins from the University for the Creative Arts where she was Director of Research and Enterprise and held a Professorship in Fine Art. Her own research is concerned with contemporary cultural practices including the exploration of the changing dynamics between what is considered aesthetic and what obscene under the influence of new information and communication technologies. Her interests also incorporate the relationship between art, documentation and archiving as well as knowledge production at the interface of art, media and science.

In her new role as Dean of MAD, Kerstin will be responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for the School in order to promote excellence across learning and teaching, research and knowledge exchange as well as to enhance its reputation, profile and performance. Kerstin has extensive experience in the development, implementation and quality assurance of innovative taught programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Geoffrey Petts, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Westminster said: “The University of Westminster’s School of Media, Arts and Design is a leading centre for scholarship in the UK, providing our students with a professional and practice-based education as well as being recognised as a world-leading research centre.

“Kerstin is an experienced lecturer and her established research experience across the field of the creative industries will further contribute to strengthen the school’s offering and influence, providing our students with the crucial training and transferable skills they need to be able to succeed in the workplace.”

Following her studies at Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, where she was awarded a MA and PhD, Kerstin began her career in the creative arts as a lecturer and then senior lecturer at the University of Dundee. Following this, she went on to join the University of Ulster as Professor in Fine Art leading research on the situatedness of contemporary art and heading up the Research Institute of Art and Design. She was Director of ISEA 2009, the 15th International Symposium on Electronic Art, held in Ireland, and she is currently a member of the Austrian Science Council.

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