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Ambrose Field

Dean of the Faculty for the Arts and Humanities



As Dean, I oversee the work of the University’s eight Arts and Humanities Departments and related Centres and Institutes in relation to their teaching, research, management, finance and human resources and I represent the Faculty within and beyond the University.

I am a member of the University Executive Board and also serve on the University’s Planning Committee, Research Committee, Teaching Committee, Space Management Committee and Senate. I chair Faculty committees, including the Faculty Board, the Faculty Executive Group and the Faculty Learning and Teaching Group. I bring to the role: a strong commitment to research excellence, to attentive and dynamic pedagogy and to creative and mutually enriching external partnerships with arts, heritage, education and charitable organisations in the UK and internationally. 

Biography in Brief

In 2017, I was appointed Honorary Professor of The Beijing Institute for Advanced Innovation, recognising, in particular, my work developing international partnerships. The integration of the arts with science and technology feature heavily my his research, and I have served as industrial consultant to media companies and technology firms, as a member AHRC peer review college and panels, and on the board of national professional bodies in the arts.

My output takes an informed approach to creativity by investigating how relationships to the environment and culture influence creativity. I am an international award-winning composer, writing music for voices and ensembles with a characteristic lush sound world, and have worked extensively with technology in ways that explore immersive spatial connections to architecture, site and community. My album for ECM, Being Dufay, is distributed by Universal and was produced by Manfred Eicher. It toured to 13 countries (including performances at the Vienna Convertase and Parco Della Musica Rome), and received 5* reviews from BBC music and Classic FM. My work for 25 independent voices, Pod Twoja Obrone, was commissioned by the Polish National Chamber Choir to mark the 80th birthday anniversary of composer H.M. Górecki.

I write on creativity in education, have given guest lectures and conference keynotes internationally on issues in contemporary music, and worked in interdisciplinary collaborations in areas from Education to Health Science. I studied Education at The University of Cambridge (Robinson) and received a PhD in Music from City, University of London.

Roles and responsibilities

What is your day job?

From the Office of the Dean, I oversee and support the enterprises, plans and management of all the Arts and Humanities Departments, Centres and Institutes. I help to co-ordinate teaching and research plans and to develop strategic collaborations. I represent the Faculty within and beyond the University and help to foster productive links with other institutions both nationally and internationally.


Role on The Board

I represent the interests of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities on the University Executive Board, and represent the business of the Board to the Faculty. I ensure that good ideas garner appropriate support, that plans in train are carefully scrutinised and resourced, that up-to-date information about developments is clearly communicated in both directions, and that change initiatives that affect the Faculty are efficiently and responsibly implemented.

Register of Interests

Register of interests (September 2019)

In progress

2017-18 Expenses

2016-17 Expenses

Below are the travel and expenses for Professor Mark Ormrod (the former Dean of Faculty of Arts & Humanities) covering the period August 2016 to July 2017.

Mark Ormrod Expenses Aug-Oct 2016 (PDF , 1kb)

Mark Ormrod expenses Nov 16 - Feb 17 (PDF , 2kb)

Mark Ormrod expenses Feb - Apr 2017 (PDF , 1kb)

Mark Ormrod expenses May - Jul 2017 (PDF , 1kb) 

Below are the travel and expenses for Professor Judith Buchanan (as Acting Dean of Faculty of Arts & Humanities) covering the period February to July 2017.

Judith Buchanan expenses Feb - Apr 2017 (PDF , 3kb)

Judith Buchanan expenses May - Jul 2017 (PDF , 3kb) 


2015-16 expenses

Below are the travel and expenses for Professor Mark Ormrod (the former Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities) covering the period September 2015 to July 2016. 

Mark Ormrod expenses Sep 15 - Jan 16 (PDF , 5kb)

Mark Ormrod Expenses Feb-Apr 2016 (PDF , 100kb)

Mark Ormrod Expenses May - July 2016 (PDF , 3kb)


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Contact details

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