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The Academic Leadership team oversees and supports education and research. The team provides strategic leadership in academic matters, and manages the faculty.

Professor A C Grayling BA (SUS), BA (Lond), MA (SUS), DPhil (Oxon), FRSL, FRSA

Professor A C Grayling BA (SUS), BA (Lond), MA (SUS), DPhil (Oxon), FRSL, FRSA

Founder and Principal of New College of the Humanities at Northeastern University

Anthony founded New College of the Humanities in 2011 with the aim of offering the highest standards of teaching to students wishing to specialise in the humanities. He chairs the Academic Board and the College Liaison Committee, sits on the main Board, and ex officio on all College committees.

Prior to 2011, Anthony was was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London and has previously taught at the University of Oxford, where he is now a Supernumerary Fellow. For several years he wrote the ‘Last Word’ column for the Guardian newspaper and a column for the Times. In addition he sits on the editorial boards of several academic journals, and for nearly ten years was the Honorary Secretary of the principal British philosophical association, the Aristotelian Society. He is also Vice President of the British Humanist Association, the Patron of the United Kingdom Armed Forces Humanist Association, a patron of Dignity in Dying, and an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society.

Professor Grayling’s areas of research have lain principally in theory of knowledge, philosophical logic, and the history of ideas. He has written and edited over thirty books on philosophy, history, science and current affairs. His most recent publication, The Frontiers of Knowledge (2021), discusses the progression of the human mind in terms of science, history and psychology.

Dr Naomi Goulder BA (Hons), MA (Cantab), PhD (Lond)

Dr Naomi Goulder BA (Hons), MA (Cantab), PhD (Lond)

Interim Dean of Faculties, Dean for Academic Development & Innovation and Senior Lecturer in Philosophy

Naomi is Dean for Academic Development & Innovation and Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at New College of the Humanities. As a founding member of the college, she has played a significant role in the institution’s development and in the design, validation, launch, and delivery of its new undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Before joining NCH, Naomi lectured in moral and political philosophy at the University of Bristol and examined for the University of London, was a founding member of House + Holme studio creating ad campaigns for brands such as Alexander McQueen, Comme des Garçons, and Lanvin, and assisted Edward Enninful (now Editor, Vogue) at iD magazine. Naomi holds a first-class BA (Hons) degree in philosophy from the University of Cambridge, was a Henry Fellow at Harvard University, and wrote her doctoral degree (‘Authority and the Individual’) with an AHRC award at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Naomi works on the philosophy of action, moral psychology, and value theory and has published in academic and popular contexts on topics from aesthetics to political authority to morality and love.