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29 January 2007 PR 07/10

University appoints new Director of Arts


Loughborough University has appointed Nick Slater as its new Director of Arts.

He will be responsible for developing a new strategy and programme of arts activity, helping to raise the arts profile of the University.

Prior to taking up his post at Loughborough, Nick was Visual Arts Officer at Arts Council England, West Midlands. During the five years he spent at Arts Council he was responsible for developing the sector and initiated a number of key partnerships with universities in the region.

After gaining a degree in History of Art and an MA in Museum Studies from Leicester University, Nick went on to work for the Royal Institute of British Architects as Exhibitions Assistant. He subsequently worked for East Midlands Arts and more recently Q Arts, where he was Exhibitions Officer and was responsible for delivering a programme of work for both the gallery space as well as locations around the city.

While working for Arts Council West Midlands he continued to curate projects for different spaces, most recently as curator of the visual arts programme for the 2006 Lichfield Festival.

“The University’s new arts programme will seek to engage staff, students and the local community as both participants and audiences, and the work won’t be confined to the theatre or exhibition space – it will seek out new contexts both on and off campus,” said Nick.

“Artists are increasingly working within the public domain, responding to specific contexts, geographic or social. I hope to be able to facilitate new opportunities for artists to work with and respond to the University and its environs.”

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Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place it in the top flight of UK universities; the National Student Survey ranked Loughborough in the top five among full-time students; and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough’s income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

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