Professor / Associate Professor in Fashion

Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
20 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
13 Feb 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

Northumbria School of Design is seeking to appoint an outstanding individual with experience in both education and research as well as the leadership qualities required to inform and advance research and education in the field of Fashion at Northumbria. We are particularly interested in scholars and practitioners adopting experimental approaches to fashion and textiles with research expertise in one or more of the following key areas: digital fashion technologies, craft and production, innovative sustainable solutions, interactive and smart materials, international development and ethical business practices.

Northumbria School of Design has been delivering Fashion education for over 60 years and has established a significant reputation for outstanding graduates with creative vision, commercial realism, industry knowledge and skills. The School has a global reputation for design-led research and education with an emphasis on practice, understanding and redefining problems, and making positive real-world change. Our staff, students and collaborators engage in developing new and innovative practices within design, and in innovation and research through design. Our inclusive, co-creative and participatory ethos to design is demonstrated through strong partnerships across the design and creative industries and with commercial, non-profit, and public sector organisations. The School is an inclusive and vibrant contributor believing that Design is essential and transformative in Society and we aim to make a real difference through our research and education in a thriving community of academic, technical support staff and students.

The School of Design is committed to creating fair and equal opportunities for all members of our staff and student community, developing an inclusive working environment across all teaching, research and knowledge exchange activities. We are committed to both The Athena Swan Charter and The Race Equality Charter developed by Advance HE, committing to transform gender equality and the representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic staff and students within higher education. Through these commitments, we acknowledge discipline specific challenges reflective of our unique studio and workshop environments, ensuring that responsible design practice and ethical social values underpin all activities carried out across our diverse global School.

The successful candidate will be a visionary and future-looking Fashion academic with an international reputation in a relevant area of Fashion, a consistent record of excellent research outputs (either through scholarly publication or practice), and evidence of national and international collaboration across different disciplines. They will have a strong and well-articulated vision regarding the dynamic renewal of the field and its delivery through higher education. They contribute to and nourish the collaborative research community within the School of Design. They will also have a demonstrable track-record in research funding. It is essential that they have exceptional written and verbal communication skills, relevant teaching and PhD supervisory experience, people and leadership skills. They should also be able to demonstrate a willingness to work as part of a multidisciplinary team, and to take on leadership and management tasks as required within a vibrant School of Design.

For informal enquiries about this post please contact: Dr Heather Robson, Head of the School of Design, at

To apply for this vacancy please click 'Apply Now'and submit a covering letter, CV including research /education statements, and grants and publications list. Please highlight your highest quality research outputs up to a maximum of 4.  In addition, candidates are asked to provide copies of the top 2 research outputs (Journal / book chapter /practice-based portfolio). Where possible candidates are asked to combine all of these documents into a single file.

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN (Bronze) award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

We welcome applications from the UK and across the world. Visit our web pages for details about the Relocation Assistance Scheme.

Please note this vacancy will close on 13/02/2022