Press Release: Professor Paul O’Prey becomes a trustee of The Edward James Foundation

The Edward James Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of a new trustee, Professor Paul O'Prey. Professor O'Prey will support the Board of Trustees and the Foundation on academic matters and brings a wealth of experience, having held the post of Vice-Chancellor of Roehampton University for over 10 years. In his previous role as Director of Academic Affairs at the University of Bristol, Professor O'Prey played a major part in the development and implementation of academic strategy in both research and education.

'West Dean College has a fantastic reputation in the world of conservation and the creative arts," says Professor O'Prey. "I am very excited to be joining the Board of Trustees and look forward to working with my fellow trustees, and with all the staff, students and Friends of West Dean, to -

Professor O'Prey read English Language and Literature at Keble College, Oxford and gained his PhD from Bristol. His publications include several books and articles on writers of the nineteenth and twentieth century, notably Graham Greene and Robert Graves and his circle, as well as translations of Spanish literature.

Last year the Imperial War Museum published First World War: Poems from the Front by Professor O'Prey to mark the centenary, and a new book is out in October which publishes the work of a relatively unknown American nurse called Mary Borden.

West Dean College is internationally renowned for teaching in Conservation and Creative Arts. Within the School of Creative Arts a new part-time Creative Writing and Publishing MA launches in September.

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Notes to editors:

  • West Dean College is part of The Edward James Foundation, an educational charitable trust established in 1964, also comprising West Dean Gardens, West Dean Estate and the West Dean Tapestry Studio. Charity No. 1126084.
  • The new West Dean College Creative Writing and Publishing Masters Degree is aimed at committed writers who want to further develop the skills required to be a successful author in a modern publishing environment. The programme will be delivered in 12 intensive 3-day study blocks over two years and will support students in developing their writing through to publishing.
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  • West Dean College is situated on the A286, six miles north of Chichester and within easy access of Portsmouth, Guildford, Brighton and London.

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