Posted: Fri 17th Jun 2016

New Dean Of Faculty Of Creative Industries /
This article is old - Published: Friday, Jun 17th, 2016

The University of South Wales (USW) has appointed veteran broadcasting leader Jane McCloskey as the new Dean of its Faculty of Creative Industries. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

USW’s Creative Industries faculty brings together its renowned film school, whose alumni include Oscar-winner Asif Kapadia, with design, broadcasting, fashion, and performance, at USW’s Cardiff Campus, a newly-expanded facility next to BBC Wales, Pinewood Studios and the drama village at Roath Lock, home of Dr Who and Casualty. BBC Director General Tony Hall will open the extended campus this autumn. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Professor Helen Langton, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of South Wales, said: “In seeking a new Dean we sought to make an appointment of somebody recognised as a leader in the sector, with both experience and inspiration. With Jane, we believe that we have succeeded. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“As we look ahead to the opening of our enhanced campus right in the heart of Cardiff’s media city, and as we write a new chapter in the story of creative industries at USW, we are rightly proud of what we have achieved. Under Jane’s leadership, we believe there is even better to come.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Jane McCloskey brings with her a wealth of experience from the creative industries. Over the past 20 years she has held a sequence of board level leadership roles at ITV and the BBC, and has worked extensively with the independent creative sector. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

She has brokered multi-million-pound alliances and public value partnerships between the UK’s leading arts, educational and cultural bodies through her work at the BBC and with government departments. Alongside this Jane has held a number of non-executive roles as a trustee of leading youth, community, environmental and arts charities. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Jane McCloskey said: “This is a tremendously exciting opportunity to lead a unique team in a superb city at the heart of one of the fastest-growing creative economies anywhere. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“As a University founded by industry for the needs of employers, I know that USW has a special quality in getting graduates ready for the world of work, and its reputation in the creative sector is growing. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“As well as reviving relationships and experience in Wales that I have valued since my days at ITV, I hope to bring a perspective and experience in both the UK and international spheres that will fit creative industries at USW well as we build on our reputation in the sector.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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