Academic Leadership

The Academic Development Managers (ADMs) are responsible for academic leadership in the faculty. They each manage a cluster of courses, as well as overseeing research, the curriculum, learning, teaching and the student experience.

Dr Gary Pritchard

Dr Gary Pritchard 

Dean of the School of Media

Dr Gary Pritchard joins Ravensbourne bringing over 15 years experience in arts education leadership roles in dean positions at both Newport School of Art & Design and the University of Wales based at Cardiff. More recently he worked at Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design where he was responsible for the launch and establishment of the private institution. His background is in television and print media as a writer, journalist, scriptwriter and filmmaker. His teaching expertise has seen him tutor across a range of subject areas including scriptwriting and various media communication technologies. His doctoral research saw him emerge as the leading British expert in developing talent in students, and he is passionate about seeing individuals reach their maximum potential. This talent theme runs as a foundational aspect of his vision for creative arts education. Students are encouraged to “bump into their talent” early into their academic study and this should create a trajectory for their career options when they graduate.

He has also worked as a consultant across many commercial, educational and entrepreneurial contexts including BBC, Diesel, LVMH, MTV, British Fire Service, Glasgow School of Art, Condé Nast, Haberdashers, Skillset, and Celtic Film Festival.

Professor Lawrence Zeegen

Professor Lawrence Zeegen 

Dean of the School of Design

Professor Lawrence Zeegen is Dean of the School of Design at Ravensbourne where he leads undergraduate and postgraduate courses and research in Communication and Product Design, Architecture and Fashion.

Lawrence has lectured at conferences and institutions and acted as a design education consultant nationally and internationally – across 20+ countries, at last count. Having practiced as an illustrator since graduation with BA (Hons) in Graphic Arts (1st class) from Camberwell College of Arts in 1986 and MA Illustration from the Royal College of Art in 1989; Lawrence’s clients include major international newspapers, magazines, book publishers, design companies and advertising agencies. Lawrence was a regular contributing illustrator for The Guardian newspaper between 2005 and 2010.

Lawrence was a founding partner of London-based illustration studio Big Orange, was a founding director of Heart – one of the UK’s foremost contemporary illustration agencies, then launching AgencyRush before departing to take a more active role in design education.

As a design writer, Lawrence has contributed to numerous publications and blogs including Computer Arts, Computer Arts Projects, Creative Review, Digital Creative Arts, Grafik, It’s Nice That, MacFormat and Varoom. The author of nine published books on the subject of illustration and graphic arts since 2005 and a contributor to many more, Zeegen's latest books, Fifty Years of Illustration (Laurence King) was published in 2014 and Ladybird by Design (Penguin) in 2015.

Lawrence is a trustee of D&AD, a Trustee of the De Le Warr Pavilion and a member of the Design Council Sounding Board. In 2011 Lawrence was appointed to the Executive Board of ico-D (icograda) - the International Council of Design and reappointed in 2013.


 Lawrence Zeegan Work 50 Years

Fifty Years of Illustration (Laurence King).
Lawrence Zeegen and Caroline Roberts. 2014

 Lawrence Zeegan Work Ladybird

Ladybird by Design (Ladybird / Penguin).
Lawrence Zeegen. 2015

Professor Jeremy Barr

Professor Jeremy Barr 

Professor | Associate Dean | Subject leader: Department of Production


Professor Jeremy Barr specialises in broadcasting and convergent media.

He has had a relationship with Ravensbourne over a significant period of time having taught and managed courses in the field of broadcasting at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and developed those studies into a nationally perceived centre of excellence.

As subject leader, he developed the first two-year honours degree as an accelerated course of academic study in the UK in the field of emergent media.

He continues to play a leading role in the evolution of Ravensbourne’s portfolio of postgraduate courses and currently leads on the postgraduate research process unit that nurtures a diversity of creative research in the subject pathways.

Jeremy Barr has worked in broadcasting in the BBC and ITV in the UK, narrowcasting in Canada and consultancies including DR TV. He has also enjoyed the opportunities enabled by project management and the array of challenges situated in the role of creative director for an interaction design agency based in London.

His research interests are driven by the study of the evolution of applied technologies in relation to issues of identity and memory in society, past, present and future. He has been an external examiner to an array of courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate in higher education in England and Scotland and continues to work in that field where time allows as a consultant. He relaxes studying cinema and history both with a bias to European cultures.

Professor Jeremy Gardiner

Professor Jeremy Gardiner 

Head of School of Postgraduate Studies | Academic Supervision: Postgraduate Studies



Professor Jeremy Gardiner is a former Harkness Fellow of the Media Lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has received a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship and honorary mention for his work from Prix Ars Electronica. He was awarded the ING purchase prize in 2013.

He was a founding member of the Department of Digital Arts at Pratt Institute of Art and Design in New York and was tutor for Computers in Printmaking at the Royal College of Art. 

His work has been commissioned by General Electric, IBM and NYNEX and is held in numerous private and public collections including, BNP Paribas, Glaxo Smith Kline, Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi, Government Art Collection, Imperial College and the V&A. 

He was co-chair of Digital Craftsmanship and Ideas Before Their Time 


 J Gardiner Bbc Click 519X431

Professor Jeremy Gardiner discusses rapid prototyping at Ravensbourne

BBC  World News. 

Jeremy Gardiner discusses 3D printing at Ravensbourne. 


J Gardiner Light Years Jurassic Coast 519X431  

Light Years Jurassic Coast

Light Years Jurassic Coast is a hybrid installation that combines painting and drawing, computer animation, immersive VR, ambient sound and satellite data. This virtual artwork recreates a whole world modelled in three dimensions exploring multiple perspectives of time and geology. Light Years Jurassic Coast presents a three-dimensional temporal world that can be dynamically viewed from different angles. To add to the mood, simulated weather systems come and go, night follows day and seasons change in real time.

Book reference: Gardiner, Jeremy, Head, Anthony, S. Keene, J. Bowen and K. Ng (eds.) Electronic Visualisation in Arts and Culture.  Springer Series on Cultural Computing, DOI 10.1007/978-1-4471-5406-8_6, Springer-Verlag London 2013, p. 75 – 89. PDF

J Gardiner Projected Augmented Relief Models 519X431

Projected Augmented Relief Models

The Projection Augmented Relief Model (PARM) technique aims to combine the affordances of digital mapping and physical landscape models. The technique is designed to provide an engaging and informative situated display, offering an intuitive frame of reference for placing objects, activities or events into their spatial context. It also has potential to act as an integrative framework through which visitors might learn about connections between themes being displayed elsewhere in a gallery space.

Book reference:Priestnall, Gary, Gardiner, Jeremy, Durrant, Jake and Goulding, James (2012) ‘Projection Augmented Relief Models’ (PARM). In: S. Dunn, J. Bowen and K. Ng (eds.) Electronic Visualisation in the Arts (EVA 2012), London, p. 180-187. PDF

J Gardiner Unfolding Landscape 519X431

Unfolding Landscape

A documentary film of the exhibition at Kings Place Gallery, London. 


J Gardiner In Conversation 519X431

Jeremy Gardiner in Conversation

A documentary film of the artist in conversation with Simon Martin, Co-Director Pallant House Gallery. 

Louise Prideaux

Louise Prideaux BA(Hons) PGCE MISTD

Associate Dean | Quality and Student Experience: School of Design

Louise Prideaux is the Associate Dean for the Design Practice Department. After graduating from Norwich School of Art with a first class degree, she started working as a graphic designer in the late eighties. Specialising in print, branding and typography her clients included IBM, BMW, Nomura, DHL.

She also has over 20 years of teaching experience, and came to Ravensbourne in 2008, as senior lecturer Graphic Design.

In 2011 she became course leader and initiated a student buddy system in the new open plan building to encourage collaboration and study support. Her students have won industry prizes including D&AD New Blood yellow pencils, ISTD, RSA and ycn awards.

Since 2014 she has been an Associate Dean and has the additional overall institution responsibility for student experience. She initiated Ravensbourne Connect which enables students to work on cross course projects with industry support.

Her role also includes working closely with the student union and the preparation for industry and student services departments. She also sits on numerous committees and panels in Ravensbourne, and is currently a staff governor.

Her academic interests include student motivation and creative confidence, enabling collaboration and methods to support this, with an emphasis on innovative pedagogical approaches.

Caroline Gilbey

Caroline Gilbey MA Hons (Edin) SFHEA

Associate Dean: Department of Fashion

Caroline completed her MA (Hons) degree from the University of Edinburgh with a year at the prestigious Ivy League member, University of Pennsylvania (Penn). A career in fashion buying with global sourcing responsibilities for international markets, led to invitations to teach fashion business, sourcing, buying, brand management, merchandising and marketing to students of the creative industries.

Experience in course development, lecturing and industry liaison for the University of Portsmouth at BCOT, the University of Surrey and The Surrey Institute, led to Caroline taking up a permanent position as Final Year Pathway Leader on BA Hons Fashion at the University for the Creative Arts. In 2007 she launched a new honours degree in Fashion Management & Marketing. This proved to be the fastest growing course at the University for the Creative Arts with 98% and 96% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey in 2012 and 2013 respectively making it the top ‘student accredited’ course of it’s genre within the UK.

A range of student development initiatives, innovative teaching and learning strategies, overseas recruitment activities and study abroad opportunities cemented her experience in running high quality ‘student centric’, industry focused courses.

Her success in the management of quality assurance procedures has led to invitations to sit on a range of external and internal validation panels and Quality Enhancement Committees. Caroline was a member of the highly successful, Fashioning an Ethical Industry (FEI) Steering Group from 2007-2010 and is currently the External Examiner for Istituto Marangoni in Paris and London. In 2013 she was awarded accreditation as a Senior Fellow of the HE Academy and joined Ravensbourne as Academic Development Manager for the Fashion Cluster the same year. She has additional responsibilities for partnerships and international development. 

Layton Reid

Layton Reid BA(Hons), D Arch Urb Des, DMPL Arch, MA , MCSD, RIBA , RIAS, FRSA, FHEA, MRI, AoU, Reg Arch, Ch IE UK, Pres IE UK.

Associate Dean: Department of Architecture


Layton Reid is the Associate Dean of the Department of Architecture with cross-institutional responsibility for student experience, international liaison, and special projects.

Layton is the founder and director of Desitecture, a research based practice, which has been published internationally for its work on future and sustainable prototypes, with a focus on high density and ultra tall buildings. Desitecture exhibits internationally and the practice’s work is presented at international conferences on a regular basis. He has extensive experience as an external examiner and validator, both in the UK and internationally in architecture, interior architecture and design at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and has formerly been a visiting professor of design.

Layton is Chair/President of Trustees of the Interior Educators, the national academic subject group, and a vice Chair of the RIBA Schools of Architecture visiting panels. He travels extensively promoting architecture, design and its benefits and the need for greater links and engagement between the public, users and the academy.


Layton's work sites itself alongside the debates on the use of technology and the need for the city to reinvent itself and as a result received numerous invitations to present through lectures and presentations internationally including London Culture Exchange 2015, Vertical cities symposium Hong Kong 2013, High density mass housing housing symposium Singapore 2014, MIPIM shortlist 2015

His recent work is showcased in international publications such as Geo, Design Exchange Dezeen,Time.

Recent exhibitions include Clerkenwell Design Week 2015

Editor of 2 online journals in architecture design and education.

Visions Of The Future - Layton Reid

Visions of the Future -Architecture for the 21st Century

A guide to the latest thinking on sustainable and dynamic architectural solutions Re-inventing architecture and interiors, and in ten Evolo skyscrapers publications .

Paul Sternberg

Paul Sternberg MA

Associate Dean | Head of Innovation | Subject leader: Business & Innovation


Paul is Associate Dean and Head of Design Innovation at Ravensbourne where he leads on key aspects of the postgraduate Masters Programme. Until recently he was Chief Executive of the Peter De Haan Charitable Trust where he transformed the Trust into a radical digital hub investing over £3m a year into young people’s ideas and creativity.

Prior to this he was Managing Editor of Education at Channel 4 Television Corporate where he helped redefine the public service remit of Channel 4 for the multi-media and multi-channel age and oversaw a range of cutting edge learning-based commissions. He has been involved with setting up social enterprises and charities such as Ethical Media, The Media Trust, ProtegeTV and, as Director of Communications at Business in the Community, he worked with leading FTSE companies transforming their community-giving programmes into robust communications and cultural change programmes.

Working with leading economists and educationalists in the UK, he is currently involved with Action for Happiness, a mass movement campaign to bring happiness, emotional and psychological well-being into the heartlands of public policy, education and community development.


Dr Rosemary Stott

Dr Rosemary Stott 

Associate Dean: Department of Content


Dr Rosemary Stott is Academic Development Manager for the Content cluster of courses at Ravensbourne, which comprises Animation, Digital Photography, Music Production for Media, Sound Design and Web Media. She is also the lead academic for learning innovation at Ravensbourne, helping staff and students to develop new and engaging models and methods of learning, enabled through technology.

Rosemary is an experienced academic in the fields of film, television and communication studies. She has presented numerous conference papers and has published widely on the topic of German film. Her main specialism is the film industry in the former East Germany and her monograph: Crossing the Wall: The Western Feature Film Import in East Germany was published in 2012. Recently she has had articles published on film censorship and the Spaghetti Western.


(Forthcoming) Stott, Rosemary (2014) ‘The State-Owned Cinema Industry and its Audience’, In: S. Allan and S. Heiduscke (eds), Re-Imagining DEFA: East German Cinema in its National and Transnational Context, New York: Berghahn.

(Forthcoming) Stott, Rosemary (2014) ‘Once Upon a Time in the East: The Distribution Patterns and Reception of the Spaghetti Western in the German Democratic Republic’, In: A. Fisher, Spaghetti Westerns at the Crossroads: Studies in Relocation, Transition and Appropriation, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

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James Ward

James Ward MBA PGCert ED BA (Hons) Textiles

Associate Dean: Further Education & Community Engagement

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James is responsible for the overall strategic management of the Further Education (FE) department as well as the day-to-day management of the FE department. Over his five years at Ravensbourne James has grown a department of one full-time course with 175 Learners to a portfolio of five full-time FE courses with over 360 Learners.

As a senior academic James is at the heart of the academic community at Ravensbourne with membership to a number of internal committees and boards. He has represented the British Council at numerous international events and has delivered a number of short international summer schools and research projects investigating the delivery of FE provision in Japan.

Outside of Ravensbourne James has successfully created a suite of part time digital short courses for London Borough of Greenwich (LBG) where he is a member of a number of school improvement initiatives. Association with the World Heritage Sites Education Group has enabled James to support a number of UNSECO projects, and membership on the Skillset Digital Media Apprenticeships Advisory Working Group has allowed him the opportunity to shape the creation of the national curriculum.