Biker Paul is new Arts and Design head

He’s a keen biker, he’s a rugby player and referee - and he’s also the new Head of Arts and Design at Somerset College.

Dr Paul Bailey, 32, a former Head of Interior and 3D Design at Birmingham City University, can now be seen heading daily down the motorway from his Bristol home to Somerset College on his state-of-the-art sports bike.

He worked with foundation, degree and doctorial courses both in the UK and Hong Kong in his previous post. He also continued to work in design practice with large international firms and exhibited extensively from the Milan Furniture Fair to interiors exhibitions in the Middle East.

Now he has his sights firmly set on Somerset. “I enjoyed design practice but decided I could do more for the world of design by teaching in it than working in it,” said Paul.

“The College already has an exceptionally strong reputation for Arts and Design, which I can only see being expanded through quality tutors and our links with external collaborators.”

Paul holds a BSc (Hons), a Ph.D. in Architectural Psychology, and a PGCertHE. In addition to this he is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an Associate and Chartered member of the Society of Dyers & Colourists, as well as being representative on a number of national & international panels relating to arts, design & education.

Paul’s interests are his young family, motorbikes, and rugby – where he is an active, qualified referee as well as occasional player.

The College’s Arts and Design division includes foundation to University BA (Hons) level courses in a wide range from fashion and textile design to media make-up, fine art, graphics and performing arts.