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Professor Frances Corner OBE

Head of federation member

Professor Frances Corner OBE is Warden of Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the academic and administrative leader of the university and the first woman to take on the role since Goldsmiths was founded. 

The title of Warden is unique in British universities, where the equivalent role is normally known as a Vice-Chancellor. It is a reminder of the founding of the College by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, one of the City of London’s ancient Livery Companies.

Previously Head of London College of Fashion and Pro Vice-Chancellor of University of the Arts London, Professor Corner has worked in higher education leadership for the past twenty years.

She is Executive Chair of the London Higher Sustainability Network and has contributed to a range of UUK task groups, including their advisory group for tackling racial harassment in Higher Education and their advisory board reviewing the issue of Quality and Standards across the sector. Frances is also a member of the UUK Task and Finish Group, exploring how climate change can be addressed by Higher Education institutions. 

In 2009, Frances was awarded an OBE for services to fashion higher education and widening participation in arts education.