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Nottingham Trent University appoints Darius Khwaja as Confetti London Campus Director

The former Chief Executive of Wac Arts London has been appointed as the Director of Nottingham Trent University’s (NTU) new Confetti London campus.

Opening in September 2023, Confetti London will deliver pioneering creative education aligned to the entertainment industries from a purpose-designed industry centre in Whitechapel, East London.

The pivotal role of Campus Director will help realise the campus, readying it for its first intake of undergraduate, postgraduate and international students later this year.

Darius Khwaja is more than up to the challenge, having spent the last three years leading the business transformation of Wac Arts London, a registered charity that provides inclusive performing arts and media programmes for young people aged 4 – 30. Prior to joining Wac Arts London, Darius enjoyed sixteen years as Principal and CEO of London College of Creative Media (LCCM), a specialist higher education college for music, writing and entrepreneurship which he co-founded in 2003.

Speaking of the appointment, Confetti founder and Chief Executive, Craig Chettle MBE comments:

“Following a competitive recruitment process, I am delighted to welcome Darius to the Confetti Media Group, and our NTU family. Darius impressed us all with his relevant experience in the music and wider creative industries, and also his passion and commitment to equal opportunity for all. We look forward to working with him and developing the synergies between our London and Nottingham campuses”.

Darius Khwaja comments:

“Confetti’s vision for high-quality, entertainment-industry education completely aligns with my own. I have dedicated my career to advancing the best music and creative education for everyone and like Confetti, believe the best educational opportunities must be open to people from all backgrounds.

The Confetti model is an inspiration. It is forward-looking, employment-focused, and offers students jaw-droppingly brilliant facilities. I am thrilled to join Confetti and look forward to building a new team in London to make its expansion into the capital a huge success”.

Students looking to forge a future in the entertainment industries will be able to study hands-on courses in performance, production, and business for the music industries, event management, and emerging technologies such as esports, virtual production, and content creation. Courses will be open to both UK and international students, with undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications available.

Confetti has delivered cutting-edge creative industry education since 1994, whilst creating a unique suite of commercial businesses that uniquely supports the student learning experience. These include Metronome, a music and events venue, and Confetti X, a complex dedicated to esports production which recently hosted the Commonwealth Esports Championships qualifiers. NTU’s London campus will replicate that model, creating a multipurpose live events venue for students to learn and work in.

Professor Edward Peck CBE, NTU Vice-Chancellor comments:

“Progress on our Confetti London campus is well underway, and the appointment of Darius is a key milestone. His experience and commitment will enable us to bring NTU’s innovative approach to teaching and partnerships to London and the South East, in time for us welcoming our first students in September 2023.”

Posted on 16 January 2023

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