Celia Duffy

Senior KE Fellow


Professor Celia Duffy is the Senior Fellow in Knowledge Exchange at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Celia is an avid collaborator, pianist, song leader, coach, mentor and facilitator. As the first Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange at the RCS she played a key role in the conservatoire’s development as a research institution and the major reform of its undergraduate curriculum.

Always having followed a ‘squiggly’ career ranging from mainstream academia, technology-assisted learning (when it was new), corporate training and institutional Senior Management she now enjoys being a freelance researcher, expert institutional reviewer and consultant. She is highly experienced in arts governance having chaired the boards of three professional music organisations including the Red Note Ensemble.

The focus of her current work is the need for rapid evolution and change in arts education and driving institutional innovation to achieve that - including maximising the potential of knowledge exchange in the small specialist arts sector.

Otherwise she likes messing around in the water: outdoor swimming, fly fishing and sailing her vintage Nicholson 32 around the west coast of Scotland.

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