Pearson College London appoints new Governing Body and new Chair of the Academic Board

Pearson College London is pleased to announce its newly constituted Governing Body chaired by Anne Morrison, in preparation for the next stage of its development. The College is now moving towards applying for degree-awarding powers, having delivered higher education programmes for four years, the minimum required before an application can be made. Anne comments:

“I am delighted to be asked to play such a crucial role in the next exciting phase of Pearson College London’s story. I have been a long-standing advocate of a better relationship between higher education and employers in the interest of graduates’ employability, and Pearson College’s industry-led approach represents an innovative and effective new model. I look forward to working with the executive and the rest of the Board to expand the College and take it to the next level.”

Anne is Deputy Chair, and formerly Chair, of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). She is the second woman to have chaired the Academy in its 70 year history. Until 2014 Anne was the Director of the BBC Academy, the BBC’s centre for training, which she launched in 2009. Anne has a long and distinguished background in media, principally in television production, working as a producer/director and rising to become Controller, Documentaries and Contemporary Factual at the BBC, responsible for many award winning programmes. Anne was educated in Belfast and Churchill College, Cambridge and is a frequent speaker on issues in the arts and education such as diversity, employability, talent development and creativity. She was a governor of the University of the Arts London. She is currently executive producing a feature documentary and is on the boards of London & Partners and Charleston and a patron of Medical Aid Films.

The Deputy Chair of the Governing Body is Ruth Farwell CBE, DL. Ruth was formerly the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Buckinghamshire New University. She is the chair of higher education representative body GuildHE, chair of the Board of Trustees of the Open College Network, South East Region, a board member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), and a board member of the Universities and Colleges Employers Association. She serves on a number of committees including HEFCE’s Teaching, Quality and the Student Experience Committee, the Quality in Higher Education Group, and Universities UK’s Student Experience Policy Committee and Health and Social Care Policy Committee. Ruth was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to higher education and appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire in 2015.

Anne and Ruth are joined by a number of other external members of Governing Body that have been chosen to reflect Pearson College London’s mission of integrating academic and employer expertise into its higher education:

  • Naomi Hill, Vice President, IBM Global Financing, Japan
  • Dr Stephen Jackson, recently retired Director of Quality Assurance at the QAA and Chair of the Pearson College London Academic Board
  • Paul McGowan Chief Marketing Officer Kantar Added Value (part of WPP)

The majority of independent non-executive directors on the Governing Body is designed to ensure Pearson College London’s autonomy and academic freedom as it moves towards its next phase of applying for degree-awarding powers and university status.

New Chair of Academic Board
Lord Puttnam’s successful term of office as the first Chair of the Academic Board at Pearson College London is now complete. Lord Puttnam commented:

“I’ve relished my role as Chair of Academic Board for Pearson College London, with its fresh and imaginative approach to higher education. This is an institution that cares, not only about the future of every student, but also the way in which those students seek to improve our collective futures. As my term in office comes to an end, I am delighted with what we've achieved over the past few years. I feel confident that a university education, powered by industry experience, will equip the College’s pioneering students with the skills needed to succeed in a myriad of jobs, both now and in the future, many of which have yet to be invented; the pioneering spirit they've developed will undoubtedly help to shape the future of the sectors in which they decide to use their talents.”

The new chair of Academic Board is Stephen Jackson, formerly Director of Quality Assurance at the QAA; Stephen is also joined by other external members on Academic Board:

  • Professor Matthew Weait, Dean Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences University of Portsmouth
  • Tara Saunders, London Studio Art Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited

Roxanne Stockwell, the Principal commented

“We are delighted to have such strong leadership on our Governing Body and Academic Board. The voices of external independent members are crucial to us and the make-up of these Boards reflects our mission of academic rigour combined with in-depth industry engagement. The distinguished individuals we have appointed bring not only a wealth of experience but also genuine interest and engagement in how industry and academics can work side-by-side in shaping the future of university education. Finally, we thank Lord Puttnam who has been an outstanding first Chair of Academic Board at the College. His contribution has been significant, ensuring that the institution is in a strong position for the next stage of its development.”

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Pearson College London
A university education, powered by industry experience.

Industry engagement is at the core of everything that we do; it’s the key to delivering our vision of empowering the people that will change the world.

Our mission is clear: to become the UK’s leading university for in-depth industry engagement. Our academic schools are united by our mantra “designed, developed, delivered by industry” and we ensure our students graduate industry ready, as their career starts from day one.

Our students are taught by experts who have all worked in their respective industries and they’re mentored by leaders within industry too. They get to deliver on live industry briefs and attend industry workshops led by some of the world’s most reputable organisations. We work with industry giants from Unilever, L’Oreal, WPP and IBM, to Framestore, Double Negative, MPC and The Mill, and that’s what sets us apart.

When you combine higher education and industry, everyone benefits. Especially when there’s a need for graduates to stand out from the crowd in a competitive market.  Industry engagement drives us; it’s not just what we do, it’s who we are. And it is what will take us, and our students, into the future.