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Paul Inman is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment at Oxford Brookes University. He has served as a member of the University’s senior management team since 2011 leading on the portfolio of international student recruitment, having previously overseen the University’s civic and community engagement.
He leads a faculty which is home to sector-leading teaching, research and knowledge exchange in Fine Art, Film and Digital Media, Music, Publishing, Computing, Mechanical Engineering, Architecture and the Built Environment. The faculty is comprised of approximately 4000 students, over 400 staff and houses a number of internationally recognised research centres.
Paul led the initiative to establish a Confucius Institute in Oxford in 2016; was a founding director and chair of the board of governors of the University Technical College Swindon; serves as a member of Council at Ruskin College, Oxford; is a trustee of Photography Oxford (the biannual photography festival); and served previously as a board member of the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, and as a director of 15 Cornwall, the restaurant and social enterprise set up by TV chef, Jamie Oliver.
In 2013, he was Co-Investigator on a £270,000 project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), documenting the building of a Bronze Age boat at the National Maritime Museum. Under his leadership the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment is now the academic unit delivering over half of the University’s research grant capture, and every School within the faculty contains world-leading teaching (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018).
Prior to moving to Oxford, Paul was Director of the School of Media at Falmouth University where he led on a rapid growth agenda, introducing a range of new disciplines (including Press and Editorial Photography, Creative Advertising and Digital Media), and achieved national recognition for the university as a Skillset Media Academy. He also helped develop a new campus in Cornwall in partnership with the University of Exeter and as one of the Academic Leads helped negotiate a successful merger with Dartington College of Arts.
Paul led the internationally regarded Television Production subject area at Bournemouth University, and later as a senior manager there, developed access and diversity strategies which helped establish the UK’s only Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (CEMP) funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the UK's first Skillset Screen Academy.
Paul has had a parallel career as a filmmaker and television producer. Alongside his broadcast work, he has produced cinema commercials, films and educational videos for leading mental health charities, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and the Youth Justice Board. He managed Storylines, a filmmaking project in West Africa and England for the British Council, and was Associate Producer on The Mental HealthTestimony Project, a filmed oral history of long-term psychiatric patients for the British Library. He was also the founding director of Source FM community radio station.