Previously Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Falmouth University, Professor Smith has also held leadership or teaching positions at the universities of Bath Spa, Huddersfield and Manchester. He has also been an institutional reviewer for the QAA and its equivalents in Asia and the Middle East.
Professor Smith graduated in Music from the University of Nottingham before completing an MPhil at the University of Oxford and a PhD in Composition at the University of Huddersfield. He became the youngest composer to be signed to Sony Classical in the history of the label before embarking on his academic career. He was awarded professorial title, aged 38, for ‘outstanding qualities of academic leadership’ and completed an MBA in Higher Education Management at the Institute of Education, now part of UCL.
At Falmouth, he was instrumental in expanding the university’s academic portfolio, and in developing a number of high-value, national and international partnerships. He led the development of the university’s online brand, Falmouth Flexible, and authored its 2030 Portfolio Strategy to underpin the development of a contemporary pedagogy fit for the 4th Industrial Revolution.
He joined Regent’s University London in 2019 to help sustain and grow its reputation as a distinctive provider of future, global leaders.