John Last has been at Norwich University of the Arts since 2009 and has worked in specialist arts higher education for more than 25 years. He is the Vice-Chancellor at NUA.
He is Chair of the United Kingdom Arts and Design Institutions Association (ukadia) and past Chair of the Group for Learning in Art and Design. He has been a board member of HESA and the HEA and was a Trustee and Vice Chair of GuildHE from 2012-2018. Previously John served for 5 years on the NSS Steering Group.
John is Chair of the New Anglia LEP Digital Creative Industries group and on the board of two school trusts, the East Anglia Art Fund and Britten Sinfonia. He was appointed an OBE in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, for services to higher education.
In 2017 John was named regional Business Leader of the Year for the development of NUA and in 2018 he was awarded an OBE for services to higher education.