Professor Sir Christopher Frayling
Honorary Doctorate - 2010
Professor Sir Christopher Frayling was until recently Rector of the Royal College of Art, the only wholly postgraduate university of art and design in the world, where he is also Professor Emeritus of Cultural History.
He is the former Chairman of Arts Council England, the largest funding body for the arts in the UK, and was the longest-serving Trustee of the V and A Museum. He is currently Chairman of the Royal Mint Advisory Committee, which selects the designs for new coins.
Sir Christopher has been Chairman of the Design Council, Chairman of the Crafts Study Centre and a Governor of the British Film Institute
Educated at Repton School in Derbyshire and then Cambridge University, Sir Christopher has always been passionate about enhancing people's enjoyment and understanding of the arts. While lecturing in history at the University of Bath, he accepted an invitation to join the Royal College of Art as a professor at the age of just 33.
He is well-known as an historian, critic and an award-winning broadcaster, with his work appearing regularly on radio and television. He has published numerous books and articles on contemporary art, design, film and the history of ideas.
He was knighted in 2000 for his services to art and design education.