Emma was appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor at the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) in 2013. She holds a Doctorate in Higher Education Management a BA (Hons) in the History of Art and Design, a MA in Design History, and an MBA (Education). She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Throughout her career, she has developed research interests in Higher Education Design Practice, Design Policy and the Creative Economy, and has become increasingly involved in the linkages between design, innovation, knowledge exchange and entrepreneurship.
Currently she is a member of the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, and chairs the Skills Advisory Panel and Board, and is a trustee of Poole Museum Foundation.