Professor Anne Boddington


I am Emeritus Professor of Design Innovation and previously held leadership roles at Kingston as PVC for Research, Business & Innovation, for Cultural and Civic Engagement and as Dean of Kingston School of Art.  Educated as architect, urbanist and cultural geographer, I began my teaching career at Kingston and taught architecture and urbanism for many years.  In 1998 I was appointed as the founding Head of the School of Architecture & Design, subsequently becoming Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Brighton. I am Visiting Professor at Birmingham City University. 

I am committed to educational innovation, enhancement and creativity and to driving equality, diversity and inclusion through education. My interests lie in the application of these to strategic governance, developing quality education and research, career development in support of collegiality and effective collaboration. I have worked with UK Research & Innovation (UKRI), AHRC as a member of its Advisory Board; as well as the UK's Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), Advance HE and with professional bodies including the RIBA and ARB. I am a member of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ), have undertaken quality reviews, supported research and quality enhancement across Europe. I am the current Chair of the Research Excellence Framework (REF)2021 Sub Panel for Art & Design: History, Practice & Theory.

I am currently a trustee of the Design Council, have extensive experience of independent governance and held executive roles in a number of Subject Associations. My research interests include creative education, research and leadership in higher education and in the museum and heritage sector. I have also written in the fields of design, craft, invention and innovation studies and have an enduring interest in the cultural landscape and reflexive relationships between man and land.  

Academic responsibilities

Pro Vice Chancellor


  • MA (Research) Cultural Geography (with Distinction)
  • Professional Practice in Architecture (RIBA Part 3)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture (RIBA Part 2)
  • BA(Hons) Architecture (1st Class) (RIBA Part 1)

Teaching and learning

As Pro Vice Chancellor for 'special projects' and a senior leader of the university the majority of my teaching is focused on the support, development, mentoring and training of staff and senior managers in relation to the delivery and use of the university's academic career and development framework (a.k.a Domains). In my previous role as PVC Research Business and Innovation, I was accountable for the oversight, quality, performance and supervision of the Graduate Research School. 

I am a registered PhD supervisor and part of the Doctoral Design Group and Research Centre at the University of Porto in Portugal, where I am currently supervising one PhD candidate on Design Policies and their deployment. I am interested in supervising doctoral candidates in design, innovation and creative education. 


As Pro Vice Chancellor for ‘special projects' I am responsible for supporting the University's REF team and the Head of Impact in the delivery of REF2021 and the shaping of the research, impact and business infrastructure through the roll out of the University's Career and Development Framework.  

Areas of specialism

  • Design Innovation
  • Innovation and Invention
  • Design Education
  • Creative Leadership
  • Cultural Landscape

Leadership and management

As Pro Vice Chancellor for ‘special projects' my current role is very focused on the leadership and implementation of the University's academic career and development framework and its integration within the university's policy and digital infrastructure. In addition to supporting the development of the University's Strategic Plan (KU22), my role is to work directly with staff and to support senior managers by ensuring that the framework is understood and equitably and appropriately applied in all contexts and for academic colleagues at all career grades. 

I am also working with the University's REF team and the Head of Impact to support the development and delivery of REF2021 and the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) as it evolves.