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Appointment of new Head of Programme for V&A/RCA History of Design

Dr Sarah Cheang
Dr Sarah Cheang

Following an extensive search, Dr Sarah Cheang has been appointed as the Head of Programme for V&A Museum/RCA History of Design (MA, MPhil, PhD) and will take up the role with immediate effect. 

Sarah, previously Acting Head of Programme and before that Senior Tutor, joined the Royal College of Art in 2011. She has developed courses in decolonial practice and fashion history, led the Arts and Humanities Research Council fashion and translation project, and co-founded the OPEN research initiative. She will be working with V&A Head of Postgraduate Programmes Dr James Ryan.

Professor Naren Barfield, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost of the Royal College of Art, said:

‘I would like to congratulate Sarah on her appointment. Partnering with the V&A, a world leader in art, design and performance, our History of Design Programme is critical as we further embed interdisciplinary teaching across the College. History of Design continues to attract outstanding academics and students from around the world and I am sure, under Sarah’s leadership, it will flourish as she broadens and deepens our interdisciplinary approach to teaching.

Professor Ken Neil, Dean, School of Arts and Humanities, RCA, said:

‘We have recognised the great work of Dr Sarah Cheang at the RCA, including her contribution to learning and teaching with inclusive curricula and decolonial approaches. Her internal progression is testament to her dedication to the History of Design Programme and we look forward to the Programme developing in new ways in conjunction with the V&A.’

Joanna Norman, Director of the V&A Research Institute, said:

‘We are delighted to welcome Dr Sarah Cheang into the role of RCA Head of Programme for the V&A/RCA History of Design Programme. With Sarah’s expertise as a global fashion historian, her deep knowledge of the programme and the Museum’s collections, and her commitment to decolonial and inclusive approaches in her research and teaching, we look forward to working with her and the V&A/RCA History of Design team to take the programme into its next phase.’

Commenting on her appointment Sarah said:

‘I couldn't be happier to be working with such dynamic and inspiring colleagues across the College and Museum. Now more than ever, we need to make extra space in our lives for listening, healing and making sense of the world. I look forward to continuing my work in History of Design, creating and sharing new stories of the past and the present.’