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Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Catherine Harper joins UCA

Professor Catherine Harper has been appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA).

Prof Harper leaves Chichester where she has been Deputy Vice-Chancellor since 2016 with responsibility for quality and standards, recruitment and admissions, alongside academic portfolio and provision. Previously she was a Reader and Research Coordinator at UCA.

A Professor of Textiles at Chichester, she has continued to publish extensively within her disciplinary field. She is Editor-in-Chief of the journal TEXTILE: Cloth & Culture and is editor / author of the four volume Textiles: Critical and Primary Sources.

Prof Harper said: “It has been a privilege and pleasure to have served University of Chichester for over three years as its Deputy Vice-Chancellor, and to have learned from a collegial community of staff where students are truly centre stage, and where courtesy, commitment and educational excellence are everyday hallmarks. I know that Chichester will continue to grow and progress, that its future is bright, and I am proud to have played a part in its institutional journey. 

Speaking of her new role, she added: “It feels very special to me to be returning to UCA as its Deputy Vice-Chancellor, and I really couldn’t be more excited and delighted. I am looking forward enormously to immersing myself in this role, bringing my personal commitment to the creative and cultural industries to this internationally-respected academic community, and contributing to the significant and continued growth of UCA’s academic reputation, impact, and success.”

For more about Professor Catherine Harper's extensive career in academia, including her innovative research within textiles, go to