Dr David Docherty OBE, chief executive officer of the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) and Chairman of the Digital Television Group, has been named an Honorary Fellow of the School of Advanced Study, University of London. He will join the School in May for a term of five years.

While at the School, Dr Docherty plans to complete a book tentatively titled Knowing and Doing: The Once and Future University, which will consider the ways in which universities have been a battleground for complex ethical and political questions, including the autonomy of the learner and institution, the moral responsibility of higher education, and the civic accountability of the academy. He will explore how a changing world is forging new ways of knowing and doing, and whether universities can survive without fundamental change.

Dr Docherty will also offer seminar talks on media, digital media, innovation and skills systems, and business-university collaboration.

As chief executive of the NCUB, a unique not-for-profit organisation with a mission to develop world-class collaboration between universities and business, Dr Docherty works with executives of some of the UK’s largest companies and universities on their innovation and graduate talent challenges. He also advises government and devolved administrations on their skills and innovation agendas.

Dr Docherty was the first BBC Director of New Media and Deputy Managing Director of BBC Television. He was on the management board of a FTSE 100 cable company and CEO of two television and interactive media companies.
He was Chair of Governors at the University of Bedfordshire and has served on government advisory panels on new media, technology, and higher education. He is a Board member of the Digital Catapult and has also served on the Research Excellence Framework Panel and the Strategically Important and Vulnerable Subjects Committees for the Higher Education Funding Council of England. He sat on the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s Digital Economy Panel and on the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Creative Economy Board.

Dr Docherty has also served on the management board of The Society of Authors; written extensively on media and technology convergence for the Guardian, the Financial Times, and other national newspapers; and is in regular demand as a speaker at the world’s leading media and education conferences. He is the author of four novels.

He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and honorary doctorates from Brunel University, the University of South Wales, and the University of Bedfordshire.

“Universities have been drivers of knowing and doing for over a thousand years, and I want to explore what the past can teach us about the future in these transformational times”, Dr Docherty said. “What better place to do so than at the School of Advanced Study, which is itself rich in the practice of knowing and doing?”

“David is a mover and doer, and remarkably innovative”, said Professor Rick Rylance, dean of the School of Advanced Study. “He is also a pleasure to work with. He is well connected in policy, business, and broadcasting circles and we’re delighted that he will be collaborating with our staff and working with our students. His research project is exciting and links with interests across the School and its Fellowship. It’s exciting to look forward to working with him.”


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