Professor David Vaughan
David was Principal of Cumbria Institute of the Arts (CIA) from
September 1991 until retirement in August 2007, when the
University of Cumbria was formed. He previously held teaching and
senior management roles in the creative arts at universities in
Lancaster, Liverpool, Brighton and Sheffield and at the CNAA as
Associate Registrar. He also undertook reviews with the Quality
Assurance Agency (QAA).
David was the first Chair of the Management Board of Higher
Education Academy – Art Design Media Subject Centre from 1999 to
2007. He established GLAD (the Group for Learning in Art and Design) as a UK wide HE
learning and teaching forum in 1989, being Chair from 1990 to 2007. He chaired the Higher
Education Art and Design Trust from 1996 to 2005, now leading the HEAD Trust Project to
support greater advocacy of the Art, Design, Media schools to HE subject sector as Trustee.
He was a Director of UCAS from 2000 and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors from 2004 to
2009 - a member of the Audit Committee and Chair of the UCAS Pensions Trustees. Vice
Chair of GuildHE from 2003 to 2007, Chair of the National Arts Learning Network - a
member of the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) Quality Assurance Learning and
Teaching Committee, the Quality Assurance Framework Review Group and a member of the
committee which established and funded Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
(CETLs). Until October 2010 (when its work was completed) he was Vice Chair of the
Delivery Partnership, set up by government/GuildHE/UUK to make changes to the UCAS
David was a member of the Crafts Council and Chair of the Education Committee from 1990
to 1997, a Director of Northern Arts Board from 1993 being Vice Chair from 1998 to 2000
and a member of its successor body Arts Council England, North West Regional Council from
2002 to 2004.
David chaired the Grizedale Arts Trust from 2007 to 2010, seeing through a multi-million
pound lottery funded building development programme.
He has also been Chair of Governors of Shankhill C of E School since 2005.