Kingston School of Art (KSA) was established in the late 19th Century, and only merged with Kingston Polytechnic (now Kingston University London) in 1970. KSA has established an exceptional reputation and emerged as one of the UK’s leading art and design educational institutions. This is reflected by the influence of its globally distributed and celebrated alumni, its subject rankings, research performance, and industry and student awards, and by the leading brands and institutions that choose to work with it.
Society has previously assisted with KSA on the appointment of Anthony Bednall as the Head of their world-renowned Department of Fashion. Earlier this year the School approached us again about a slate of new hires, all of which we undertook entirely virtually due to the restraints to the coronavirus pandemic. We are now delighted to report three exciting senior appointments:
- Kelly Laird has joined KSA from Bournemouth University as their new Head of Resources and Planning. Kelly has 22 years HE experience specialising in a range of operational roles, including timetabling and space planning, supporting large research council funded projects, and finance and resource management. During her previous role as a Faculty Director of Operations at Bournemouth, Kelly led a University-wide change programme which drove efficiencies through a number of departments. She has also been instrumental in leading academics through two big capital expenditure projects, including a pioneering £26 million music and gaming academic building.
- Professor Alistair Payne is joining KSA as their new Head of the School of Art and Architecture. Alistair completed his PhD at Chelsea College of Art and Design and began his academic career at the University of Wolverhampton. For the past seven years he has been a Head of the School of Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art. In 2018 he was selected for the John Moores Painting Prize. His artistic practice operates across different media, including painting, installation and video focusing upon the expansion of painting as a material and conceptual practice.
- Janice Miller has taken on the role of Head of the School of Critical Studies and Creative Industries for KSA. Janice graduated from the London College of Fashion and grew her professional career within the Art, Design, and Cultural and Historical Industries. She has been with KSA since 2016 as an Associate Professor and lately as Head of the Department of Critical and Historical Studies.
We wish all three of them every success in their new roles!