Highly acclaimed artists, prize-winning novelists, leading poets and innovative composers join Bath Spa University

26 September 2012 08:54:00
  • Sixteen new Professors to include novelist and screenwriter Fay Weldon, artist Gavin Turk & composer Joe Duddell
  • Group of prize-winning writers, cross-cultural collaborators, and cutting-edge artists will cement Bath Spa University’s reputation as a hub of creative excellence


Bath Spa University today (26 September) announces the appointment of sixteen Professors to join its vibrant, creative academic community.  Joining the University’s celebrated Creative Writing, Art & Design and Music & Performing Arts departments, these highly prize-winning novelists, leading poets, acclaimed artists and innovative composers have been appointed to help build upon its great foundations across the cultural and creative industries.

The new posts come as part of a wider programme of development and growth, led by Vice-Chancellor Professor Christina Slade. 

Professor Slade comments: “Bath Spa University is a leading education institution in creativity, culture and enterprise. These appointments build upon our excellence in creativity and will enhance our teaching and research. Each of the new Professors brings with them a wealth of knowledge and experience that will prove invaluable to the fulfilment of our vision to expand and become a truly international university whose students are global citizens.”

The new Bath Spa University Professors include:

Professor of Art & Design

  • Dexter Dalwood
  • Mike Tooby
  • Gavin Turk


Professor of Creative Writing        

  • Naomi Alderman        
  • David Almond
  • Aminatta Forna          
  • Maggie Gee   
  • Tessa Hadley
  • David Harsent
  • Philip Hensher
  • Nicholas Jose
  • Kate Pullinger
  • Fay Weldon CBE


Professor of English

  • John Strachan           


Professor of Music  

  • Amanda Bayley         
  • Joe Duddell    


With several of the new Professors in post from the start of this new academic year, the rest are due to join the university in early 2013.

These leading individuals will contribute to Bath Spa University life in a number of different ways across the campuses working on research collaborations, giving lecturers and providing expertise to students.

Amy Dawson, Students’ Union President said: “Bath Spa is a wonderful place to be a student.  Not only are the campuses beautiful, it is a welcoming, friendly and creative environment. The new Professors are a very welcome addition to a great team of tutors who help guide us through the best years of our lives!”