Professor Stuart Bartholomew joined the Arts University Bournemouth as Principal and Vice Chancellor in 1997.

With expertise in the field of media and broadcasting, Stuart Bartholomew worked extensively with the British Film Institute and has served on national validating and awarding bodies and with the Quality Assurance Agency. He was Vice Chairman of the Council for Higher Education in Art and Design (CHEAD) and has been an adviser to the British Broadcasting Organisation, The Independent Broadcasting Authority, UNESCO and the OECD. In addition to being a Trustee of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, he is currently Chair of Ukadia, the association of UK specialist institutions of arts and design.

Professor Bartholomew was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1999 and is a Visiting Professor at The University of the Arts, London. He was awarded a CBE in the 2014 New Year Honours for his services to higher education and the arts.