Andy studied English and Philosophy at Liverpool University 1982-85, followed by a PhD on the novels of Henry Green, an experimental 1930s writer, 1985-88. These experiences allowed him to develop interests in modern poetry, modernist painting, music and film. Fuelled with missionary zeal, Andy turned down an academic book contract and declined a Fellowship, preferring to take a PGCE as a route to teaching English and Art in challenged communities.
Driven by a desire to become an excellent teacher in such environments Andy taught everything from postgraduate supervision to Level 1 pre-entry. During this time he became Head of a large English and Performing Arts department at City College, Norwich, where he helped establish the first Arts Degree Programmes. He was awarded two Fulbright Exchange Fellowships during this time, working with large multi-racial immigrant communities in Los Angeles (1996-97) and rural blue collar Hispanic communities in Georgia (2001-2).
On returning from Georgia he became Head of the School of Creative Arts at City College, a role that involved growing a small concern into a large School with a nationally recognised specialism in partnerships with the Creative Industries. Andy sat on a number of boards and national think-tanks, was privileged to be a member of several highly innovatory Arts and Community projects with the BBC and the Forum Trust, culminating in representing CCN as founding member of the National Skills Academy.
in 2009, Andy joined Anglia Ruskin as Deputy Dean of ALSS, with responsibility for Partnership and Enterprise, a role that combines his internationalism with arts and business experience. Since assuming his current post Andy has travelled extensively and, working closely with his redoubtable colleagues, has overseen a tripling of ALSS' international student numbers in 3 years, and built commercial income to a level that significantly exceeds national benchmarks.
Andy's professional passions are based around how we truly internationalise UK HE for mutual benefit and how this is one of many facets current and future students need in order to maximise their employability. When he has time Andy pursues two other passions - reading and writing poetry, and spending time on the North Norfolk Coast.
If you are interested in international or arts education/industry innovations please do not hesitate to contact Andy.