Paul is Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Design and Social Context RMIT and Vice-President RMIT University.
A painter, author and broadcaster he has exhibited globally, has authored over 100 articles on representation of conflict, remembrance and commemoration, and published 6 books on war artists.
He has been appointed to a number of committees including the UK Strategic Advisory Group of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), HEFCE Research Capability Fund panel, and chair of the five year AHRC ‘Landscape and Environment’ commissioning panel.
He was a panel member for UK RAE 2001 and Chair of the national Art and Design panel for RAE 2008.
He has worked internationally—in Australia, Rumania, and New Zealand—on research assessment exercises.
In 2014 he chaired the Research Assessment Exercise panel for arts, design and performing arts in Hong Kong.