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Recently appointed: Paul Egglestone as Head of School, School of Creative Industries, UON

Paul-Egglestone_Feature2Professor Paul Egglestone joins the University of Newcastle to lead UON’s new School of Creative Industries. He brings an extensive background in television and digital media production and a passion for collaborating across disciplines to connect students and researchers with industry – and each other –  nationally and internationally.

Paul was formerly the Director of Research and Innovation in the College of Culture and the Creative Industries at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) where he holds a chair in Digital and Creative Technologies.

As a passionate, award winning researcher, Paul has won large grants from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (including the award winning Interactive Newsprint), The Arts and Humanities Research Council (Participants United) and the National Endowment for Science technology and the Arts among others.

In collaboration with UCLan’s Centre for SME development he has recently won £1.4m from the EU to deliver a new programme equipping creative businesses with the skills they need to grow. Paul has a long standing commitment to work that unites communities, technologists and content creators through collaborations with communities fostering citizen-led innovation using digital media technologies to identify and address real world problems.

More about Paul here.

New role, new School

The new School of Creative Industries brings together the University’s suite of creative programs and staff to facilitate cross-disciplinary collaboration, and deliver programs that are aligned with student demand and contemporary labour force trends.

The School is home to two entirely new Creative Industries programs that connect multidisciplinary strengths in creativity with entrepreneurism, to produce graduates that are better prepared to sustainably influence cultural and social change. The School also offers programs in Visual Communication Design, Music, Natural History Illustration, as well as majors in Visual Art and Creative and Performing Arts.

The School is the major driver of the University’s Creative Industries Research and Innovation Cluster.

This unique combination of education, research and innovation across the spectrum of creative professions will support the Head of School to drive innovations that contribute to the economic, social and cultural transformation of the Hunter region.


About UON

For 50 years, UON has delivered education to talented students from diverse backgrounds, developing the professional leaders of the future. Critical to its success has been an enduring commitment to equity, excellence and engagement.

UON is a dynamic university; a research-intensive university ranked in the top eight nationally for quality of research with international strengths in the humanities, social sciences and creative industries as well as in chemistry, engineering, mathematics, life sciences, environmental sciences, architecture and many more. UON’s engagement with partners drives new directions and drives a commitment to providing students and graduates with opportunities to engage in entrepreneurship to support the creation of new jobs and new businesses.