Anne Boddington is Professor of Design Innovation and Pro Vice Chancellor for Research, Business & Innovation at Kingston University in London (2018 -).
Educated as an architect and urbanist, she subsequently studied Cultural Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. With over thirty years of experience working higher education, including a distinguished teaching career and extensive development of research, knowledge exchange and international partnerships, she is currently responsible for leading and shaping the research and business infrastructure and stimulating innovation across the four faculties of Kingston University. Prior to appointment to her current role she held senior leadership and management positions as Dean of Kingston School and Pro-Vice Chancellor for Cultural and Civic Engagement (2017-2018), Dean of College for the College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Brighton (2006-17) and as founding Head of the School of Architecture & Design (1998-2006) at the University of Brighton. She is currently a visiting professor at Birmingham City University (2017-).
In addition to her substantive academic position, Professor Boddington has for many years, played an active role in quality assurance, enhancement and academic career development, nationally and internationally, working as an external examiner, an assessor and a reviewer for the UK's Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) and the Higher Education Academy (HEA), as well as conducting professional validations for the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Architects' Registration Board(ARB). Internationally she is a member of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) and has also undertaken reviews for the Icelandic Quality Board and for the Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education (EKKA). She has worked as a European ‘expert' participating in five EU Tempus/Erasmus Plus awards working to extend the reach of the Bologna Accord and developing teaching excellence, employability, industrial partnerships, social engagement and creative leadership through extended pan-European networks. Her own research interests include creative and cultural leadership in higher education and in the museum and heritage sector, a specific interest in design education and in design and innovation studies and an enduring interest in the cultural landscape and the reciprocal interrelationships of man and land.
Known particularly for her leadership and the development of arts and practice research she has held executive roles in a number of Subject Associations including the Council for Higher Education in Art & Design (CHEAD), Design Educators Association (DEED) and the Stand Conference of Heads of Schools of Architecture (SCHOSA). She is a founder member of the Practice Research Advisory Group (PRAG UK) and has extensive experience of governance, as an independent Governor of further and higher education and as a Trustee of the Design Council, and as a trustee for a number of smaller charities and foundations. She is a longstanding member of the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), has been a member of its Advisory Board, chaired standing panels and continues to served as a strategic reviewer for UK Research & Innovation (UKRI). In 2008, she served on the UK Government's national Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) for art and design, was deputy chair for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014 is the current the chair of the REF2021 Sub Panel for Art & Design: History, Practice & Theory. Professor Boddington is committed to public service innovation, quality enhancement and the future development of further and higher education. She has lectured and supported leadership and career development and mentoring, championed equality, diversity and inclusion and undertaken extensive peer and quality reviews across Europe, in particular in Portugal and Estonia but also in the Middle East, Hong Kong, India, China, South East Asia and North America.