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Prof. Emma Hunt

Deputy Vice Chancellor – Vice Chancellor’s Office



Emma Hunt was appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor at the Arts University Bournemouth in July 2013, prior to that she was Dean of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Huddersfield for seven years (2006-2013). She has worked at the University of Derby as Assistant Dean in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Technology and as Head of Department for Art and Design, Media and Humanities (2000 – 2006). She has worked as the Arts Institute Bournemouth, Chelsea School of Art and Winchester School of Art as lecturer in Design History and Contextual Studies. Her early career included work as a Curator and Education Officer at The Royal Photographic Society. Emma has extensive experience in Quality Assurance having held External Examining posts, and been a QAA reviewer, and well as being invited to act as an External on validation boards both in the UK and Overseas. She is currently working towards a professional doctorate (DBA) in Higher Education Management at the University of Bath where her research is based on Design Education and the Entrepreneurial University. She holds a BA (Hons) in the History of Art and Design, a MA in Design History, and a MBA. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Throughout her career she has developed research interests in Higher Education Design Practice, Design Policy and the Creative Economy, and has become increasingly involved in the linkages between design, innovation and entrepreneurship, including being successful whilst at Huddersfield in jointly securing two Royal Academy of Engineer funded bids to support Design and Innovation in the Engineering curriculum(2012) and receiving a Commendation from HEFCE UnLtd for Social Enterprise (2011). Well known nationally and internationally she has been invited to talk about UK higher Education Art and Design in the UK, America and China, and was appointed Visiting Professor at Yunnan Arts University in 2011.
Emma holds national roles and was the elected Chair of the Council of Higher Education in Art and Design (CHEAD) from 2009- 2011 and was previously an elected member of the executive of CHEAD for three years (2006-2009). She is a member of the Parliamentary Design Commission and a member of the steering group for the influential Design Education Inquiry (2011). She was previously a board member for the Higher Education Academy’s Art, Design and Media subject area. Her regional roles have included being board member for Barnsley Civic Enterprises, a member of the board of Governors at Halifax College and she was also a member of the University of Huddersfield Council. She is member of the steering committee for the National Arts Education Archive which is housed at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. In 2014 she was appointed to the Board of the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership and the HE representative for the Dorset European and Structural Investment Funds Board.

Professional practice

Academic and Strategic Leadership of the University,including curriculum development,teaching and learning, research and enterprise,learning resources and external engagement.  A Member of University Management Team. Emma chairs the  University Learning Teaching and Quality,  Research and Knowledge Transfer Committee Research Degree Committee, Health and safety Committee and the Partnership Strategy Board.  Recent teaching includes Creative Industries and Creative Management Modules for MBA(University of Huddersfield)

Selected External Examiner positions include the Interactive Design Institute,(IDI) University of Hertfordshire, (2008-2013), BA(Hons) 3D Design and Theory, Northbrook College, University of Brighton ( 2006-2010), BA(Hons) Product and Interior Modelling, University College Suffolk( 2005-2010), BA(Hons) Film and Media Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University (2004-2008), External Panel Member BA(Hons) Photography, Dalian University, China
2011- present Member Parliamentary Design Commission
2011- visiting Professor Yunnan Arts University
2008- present National Arts Education Archive board member

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


  • Highly Commended Award for Social Enterprise. HEFCE UnLtd. (2011)
  • Visiting Professor Yunnan Arts University (2011)


  • Royal Academy of Engineers. Visiting Professor of Innovation Scheme. £160,000 (2012)
  • European Social Fund, Work based Learning initiatives. £83,748 (2005)
  • HEFCE development fund. £19,464 (2004)
  • New Technology Institute, £67,000 for infrastructure for work based learning resources (2003)
  • Arts Council England, £34,000 (2003)
  • Higher Education Innovation Fund 2. £132,500. (Setting up Creative Exchange, Derby) (2002)
  • Creative Industries Knowledge Exchange. £112,00 ( set up Creative exchange, Derby) (2002)

Research Specialism

*Contemporary Issues in UK Design Education
*Design Policy
*Creative Economies
*Creative Industries and the Region
*Design and the Entrpreneurial University

Research Supervision

Second Supervisor – Allie Mills, PhD. The implementation of Art and Design Education Policy from 1950 – 1980 in the West Ridings, with particular reference to the work of Sir Alec Clegg. University of Huddersfield

Second Supervisor – Yi Chen, PhD. University of Huddersfield

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