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Published on November 21st, 2012 | by Billie-Jade Thomas

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Dean and Associate Dean set to leave Camberwell

A portrait of Natalie Brett

Natalie Brett is “delighted to be joining LCC” [Camberwell Press Office]

Camberwell College of the Arts reaches the end of an era as both the dean and associate dean will be leaving the college at Christmas.

Natalie Brett, who was appointed dean in 2008, will be replacing Professor Elizabeth Rouse as the Pro Vice Chancellor of London College of Communication.

Tamiko O’Brien, the associate dean, will be going to work at the Sir John Cass Department of Art in Whitechapel, part of London Metropolitan University.

Brett, who has a long-standing relationship with the University of the Arts London, joined the Chelsea College of Art and Design in 1996 as subject leader of Foundation Visual Communication.

She has worked as a lecturer, course director and dean, and has been “a popular, inspiring and energetic leader”, according to UAL’s Vice Chancellor Nigel Carrington.

“I am delighted to be joining LCC during this period of significant change within Higher Education.” Natalie Brett

As well as being appointed the new Head of College at LCC, she will also work alongside Carrington as part of the UAL’s senior management team when she takes up her new position on January 2, 2013.

Brett’s appointment follows a turbulent year at LCC, which saw the departure of Head of College Professor Sandra Kemp in March.

Speaking on UAL’s website about her new role, Brett said: “I am delighted to be joining LCC during this period of significant change within Higher Education.

“As a specialist college for design and media within UAL, LCC is in a unique position both geographically and philosophically with its links to industry and research. I am excited to be able to contribute to the heritage of LCC, which is inherent in all its staff and students.”

‘Unusual situation’

Although Camberwell will see two members of its senior staff leaving at the same time, O’Brien said that she does not “foresee any disruption” to the college or its students.

Speaking to Arts London News, she said: “Although it is an unusual situation to see both Deans leaving at the same time, we are working hard to ensure continuity.

“We are currently doing a lot of handing over work to ensure that the process is as undisruptive as possible. Although it will be a time of big change for the college, it shouldn’t have an affect on the students.”

The vacant positions at Camberwell have been advertised externally and the university says candidates for the dean’s post will be interviewed over the next two weeks.

 

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