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Grossman heads up uni governors

17 September 08 14:10 GMT

An arts university has appointed TV personality Loyd Grossman as the chairman of its board of governors.

The University for the Creative Arts (UCA), which has campuses in Kent and Surrey, said the broadcaster would help "shape the institution".

It was awarded a full university title earlier this year following the merger of three arts colleges.

Mr Grossman said: "I am thrilled to be offered the chance to help steer UCA forward at such an exciting time."

He added: "Nurturing creativity brings huge benefits to every part of our society and I believe the university has a great deal to contribute to the economic success of the UK.

"I believe strongly in the university's mission to ensure that as many people as possible enjoy the excitement and inspiration of the creative arts."

'Impressive reputation'

UCA was formed from Surrey Institute of Art and Design, University College and the Kent Institute of Art and Design and has campuses in Epsom and Farnham in Surrey, and Canterbury, Maidstone and Rochester in Kent.

"Gaining university title builds on an already impressive artistic and academic reputation spread across our five campuses," Mr Grossman said.

Mr Grossman has worked on television programmes including Through the Keyhole, MasterChef, Behind the Headlines and the History of British Sculpture and has been on the London School of Economics Court of Governors since 1996.

He has also been a commissioner of English Heritage, a member of the board of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, chairman of the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association.

UCA alumni include Turner Prize nominee Tracey Emin, TV presenter and artist Tony Hart, Oscar winner director Suzie Templeton, and fashion designers Karen Millen and Zandra Rhodes.

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