DiA Keynote – Professor Georgina Follett

GIDE DUNDEE 2012 KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

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Professor Georgina Follett is a Deputy Principal of the University of Dundee, seconded by the Scottish Government to bring into being the V&A at Dundee project. She is Principal-Investigator on the recently awarded £6.5M Knowledge Exchange Hub–Design in Action funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, one of four in the UK and the only one dedicated to Design. It is a project building knowledge exchange strategies into both the public and private sectors to deliver sustainability and growth.

Georgina is a contemporary visual craft practitioner of 40 years, specialising in plique-de-jour enamelling. Born in London, she is a graduate of the Royal College of Art. Her practitioner portfolio specialises in plique-de-jour enamelled jewellery in precious metals: a system of using enamel within jewellery to give a stained glass effect. She is the only practitioner of this way of working in the UK and one of a handful in Europe. Her work is held in many private collections as well as the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Roy Strong collection, in the Victoria and Albert, and the National Museums of Scotland.

Georgina has had experience of working with jewellery manufacturing companies and has worked collaboratively on a number of projects and consultancies with industry, including the establishing of Dundee by Design and IDEAS (Industry Design, Education Action Scotland). Chair of the ‘New Craft – Future Voices’ conference and exhibition, 2007, she has also supervised and examined a number of PhDs in the visual disciplines.

Georgina Follett is a panel member and reviewer for the Arts and Humanities Research Council U.K. (Art, Design and Media). She has been actively involved in numerous advisory committees throughout her academic life and is an indexed member of the Crafts Council. She has been Joint Chair of the SHEFC’s (Scottish Higher Education Funding Council) Learning and Teaching Committee, Chair of the Higher Education Quality Working Group (SHEFC) and Chair of the Quality Assessment Committee (SHEFC) and a member of QAA (Quality Assurance Agency) Scotland Board, The Robert’s Committee on the RAE. Georgina has also held the Chair of the National Association of 3D Design Education and has been a previous Vice President of the Chartered Society of Designers. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Manufacturers, The Chartered Society of Designers and a Founding Fellow of the Institute of Contemporary Scotland.  In 2006 she was a founding member of the Institute for Capitialising on Creativity, Universities of St Andrews, RSAMD, Abertay and Duncan of Jordanstone, University of Dundee.

Georgina Follett was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours
in 2007 for services to Design and Higher Education.

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