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Deborah Bull

Assistant Principal, King's College London

Deborah Bull is Assistant Principal, King's College London.

In this role, she leads on the development of the university’s external engagement profile within London, maximising the potential of King’s location in the heart of the city to create opportunities for the university and the communities around us and positioning King's as integral to London's health and success.

Working across all areas of King's, she has overall responsibility for strategic interactions with London’s institutions, agencies and organisations and specific responsibility for leading on the university’s collaborative activities and partnerships with the cultural sector. In this aspect of her role, over the last four years, she has helped to position King's as a world leader in cultural engagement, finding ways in which partnerships between the university and the cultural sector can enhance the student and academic experience while adding value across arts and culture. She provides leadership for the Culture teams at the Strand Campus and for Science Gallery London on the Guy's Campus.

Deborah Bull joined King's College London in 2012 following a long and successful career in the arts, first as performer and, more recently, as creative leader and cultural commentator. She danced with The Royal Ballet from 1981 until 2001, performing leading roles throughout the classical and contemporary repertoire.

In 2001, she joined the Royal Opera House Executive to devise and implement strategies for developing new art, new artists and new audiences, becoming Creative Director in 2008 and taking the lead on the organisation’s Olympic programming.

Over the last 20 years, her work for television and radio includes the award winning The Dancer's Body and Travels with my Tutu (BBC2) and, for BBC Radio 3 and 4, programmes on topics as diverse as dance, the law and ageing. She is the author of four books, with the most recent, The Everyday Dancer, published by Faber in 2011.

Following her appearance at the Oxford Union in 1996 and a subsequent invitation to deliver the Annual Arts Council Lecture the same year, she has written and spoken on the arts across a wide range of media and in 1998 she was awarded a CBE for her contribution to the arts. She has served on Arts Council England, as a Governor of the BBC, as a judge for the 2010 Booker Prize and is currently a member of the governing body of the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Vice President, Cultural Development at the British Science Association.

The Art Of Soft Power - A Study Of Cultural Diplomacy

Perhaps the artist in me should be happy to believe that art has the power to change how people feel, think and behave - to accept that 'something good' happens, and leave it there. But the analyst in me is not. And besides, if we can evidence what so many of us believe instinctively to be true - that art can build bridges and promote understanding between nations - this might be a very good moment to understand more about the how and the why
13/11/2017 12:56 GMT

Might Museums Be The Schools Of The Future?

Most of us remember school trips to museums and galleries - in some cases, only because of the welcome contrast to the everyday. At best, the museums and galleries - their collections of curiosities rich with cultural history - created memories more enduring than the classroom-based learning they were intended to supplement.
22/11/2016 11:33 GMT

Science And Arts

The data reveals that 52% of those who define themselves as 'sciency' also choose to describe themselves as 'arty', suggesting that many of us do not see our skills and interests as being confined to a single category.
21/10/2016 15:24 BST

The View From the Wings, as the Arts and Culture Sector Awaits its Moment in the Spotlight

As things stand, core national funding for arts and culture has already reduced by over £100million (more than a third) since 2009. On top of that, Local Authorities - historically a significant funder of arts and culture outside London - have seen 40% cuts. Local Government Association modeling predicts funding for non-statutory services (like culture) will be down by 66% by the end of the decade.
14/08/2015 17:45 BST

The Beauty of Battersea: Lessons From the Battersea Arts Centre Fire

But what has been remarkable about the BAC fire is not the extent of the damage, or the disruption to performances, or the loss of a space for South London communities. What is remarkable is the opposite: the spontaneous outpouring of love, compassion and support for BAC, the heartfelt warmth and goodwill that confirms the special place of this special organisation.
24/03/2015 15:48 GMT

Fifty Years of Arts Policy: What Have We Learned?

Lee's appointment came four years after the death of her husband, Aneurin Bevan. Their combined impact on the nation we know now was considerable: between the two of them, they gave us not only the first ever Arts Policy, but also the National Health Service and the Open University.
25/02/2015 17:22 GMT