Akram was appointed as a Pro-Chancellor of the University in November 2019.
Akram Khan is one of the most respected dance artists working in the UK today. Born in Wimbledon and a student of Contemporary Dance at De Montfort University and Performing Arts at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Akram Khan has won more Critics' Circle National Dance Awards than any other choreographer. He is an associate artist at Sadler's Wells Theatre and Curve Theatre in Leicester and has received numerous awards including the Laurence Olivier Award, the Bessie Award (New York Dance and Performance Award), the South Bank Sky Arts Award and six Critics' Circle National Dance Awards. Akram was awarded an MBE for services to dance in 2005.
Akram has been involved with the University of Roehampton since 2010, when he received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters. Since then, he has worked with staff and students from the Department of Dance on several occasions, including involvement in a project commissioned by Big Dance in 2016 to create that year's dance piece. More recently, he contributed to an article in the journal Dance Research, along with Professor Alexandra Kolb and Lloyd Newson about the Challenges of British Multiculturalism.