Christina Slade


Christina Slade


Personal statement

Professor Slade is former Vice-Chancellor of Bath Spa University. Commencing her role in January 2012, she brought with her a wealth of experience from her former roles as Dean of the Schools of Arts and of Social Sciences at City University London, Dean of Humanities at Macquarie University (2003-8) and Professor of Media Theory at the University of Utrecht. Professor Slade led Bath Spa through a world-class campus development project, of internationalisation and of public private partnerships.

Trained as a philosopher of logic and language, her research has focused on issues of the media since 1990. Her monograph, "The Real Thing: doing philosophy with media" (2002) examines the role of reason in the media, while "From Migrant to Citizen: testing language", (2010) jointly edited with Martina Möllering, looks at linguistic, legal and philosophical aspects of citizenship testing. Her most recent monograph, "Watching Arabic Television in Europe: from diaspora to hybrid citizens" was published in 2014 by Pivot, an imprint of Palgrave MacMillan.

During her leadership, Bath Spa University was transformed from a regional British university to a truly global institution. The annual turnover has grown from under £50m in 2011 when Professor Slade arrived, to a projected £80m in 2017-18. International numbers have increased from fewer than 50 to more than 900. At the same time, the stunning campuses in Newton Park, Sion Hill and Corsham Court saw major and sensitive developments in teaching and accommodation facilities to cater for increased demand.

Professor Slade oversaw a transformation in the quality and quantity of teaching and research, will additional professional posts created and a significant increase in research activity and income. In 2014 she established the Global Academy of Liberal Arts (GALA). The GALA programme brings together liberal arts providers from around the world to explore the relationship between creativity and social engagement.

Academic qualifications, professional qualification and other external roles

  • PhD Australian National University 1982
  • BA Australian National University 1975
  • Diploma of Education (PGCE equivalent) University of New England 1986
  • Top Management Programme 19, Leadership Foundation 2009-10.

Board memberships

  • QS Rankings (international university rankings) Board member 2014
  • Member of Executive, Deans of Arts Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH UK) 2010-2012, Chair, Philosophy of Communication Division: 2004-2007, University of Gibraltar, Chair of Academic Board, Chair of Research Ethics Committee, and Member of Academic Appointments Committee: 2015-present
  • Chair of Audit Committee, Association of Commonwealth Universities: 2015-2017
  • Member of the All-Party Parliamentary University Group Council: 2015-2017
  • Member of the UUK, International Policy Network Group: 2015-2017
  • Member (Chair since January 2017) of the IBBC Education, Training & Heritage Sector Group
  • Member of the Board of Trustees, The Holburne Museum, Bath: 2014-present
  • Governor of Royal High School, Bath: 2015-2017
  • Governor of City of London Academy Islington: 2010-2012
  • Chair of Advisory Committee, Faculty of Humanities, Hong Kong Polytechnic University: 2012-2015
  • Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature, Governor and instigator: 2005-2008
  • Chair of Board, Macquarie Ancient History Museum; Australian Centre for Numismatics
  • Chair, 2003-2008. Oversaw the acquisition of a major Hoard of coins from Pakistan. Raised over $2 million for the numismatic collection and $1million for chair of Coptic.
  • PEN International Canberra, Australia, Vice President: 2001-2003
  • Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies, Governor: 2000-2003
  • Australian Service Round Table, Governor: 2005-2008
  • Foundation President and Honorary Life Patron SOPHY (Society of Philosophy for the Young), Canberra ACT 2003.


Christina Slade is a leading scholar of philosophy and media. Her work on reasoning and the media was widely cited in particular in educational contexts. With her most recent focus on citizenship and media she led a study of seven European national and Arabic speakers’ use of media to interpret their national loyalties. More recently she has led debate on creative cities.

Research and academic outputs

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