Professor in Design

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (GB)
19 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
27 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Arts, Design and Social Sciences

Professor in Design - Ref ADS17/17
Full Time
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

Salary:    Competitive

Northumbria University, Newcastle is a research-rich, business-focussed, professional university with a global reputation for academic excellence. Located in Newcastle upon Tyne, and with a campus in the heart of London’s financial district, Northumbria University is located in the UK’s best two cities for students. At Northumbria we are global in our scope and reach, with operations in London, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Singapore, and we remain the largest English provider in Hong Kong. The University continues its strong commitment to internationalism, including its valuable and long-standing links with Europe.

Northumbria is ranked 48th in the Guardian league table 2018, and ranked in the Top 200 Under 50 global University rankings. The University is now in the UK top 50 for research power and has been recognised by Times Higher Education as having the biggest rise in research power of any university following the  results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), a national assessment of research quality in UK universities. To build on this achievement, we are seeking to appoint a Design Professor to join the senior leadership team of Northumbria School of Design. 

Northumbria University has an international reputation for its Design work and we have built strong partnerships in the Design and the Creative Industries. Our partners include the AHRC, ERDF, other leading Academic Institutions, the UK Design Council and key global industrial corporations. We are now seeking to recruit leaders in Design from both commercial and academic sectors to further develop our research and reputation across the disciplines of Fashion, Industrial and Communication Design. 
Design is an important element in creativity, innovation and problem solving.  Research for, in and through Design is globally recognised as central to the development of new ideas for living and underpins new visions of the future. Design research in this context can make profound contributions to society, culture, industry and the human experience.  Through these new appointments we will develop our Design strategy, enhancing our understanding of Industrial Design as a discipline and as professional practice, embracing design-led innovation, socio-cultural, ecological, environmental, technological and methodological perspectives.  

The successful candidates will, in addition, contribute to undergraduate and masters-level teaching, supporting collaborative projects with external organizations as members of the core academic design team.  They will undertake high-quality research and and develop related external funding bids, making a significant contribution to the next REF. They will also recruit and supervise Design PhD students in scholarly and practice-led research; mentor colleagues new to research and take an active leadership role within the Faculty. This is a rare and exciting opportunity for ambitious, highly qualified Design academics, whether from an academic, scholarly or professional practice background.

You will hold a PhD or equivalent, and will have developed an excellent publication and research track record or industrial equivalent, in scholarly Design studies. It is essential that you have exceptional written and verbal communication skills; relevant teaching and postgraduate supervisory experience; people and organisational leadership skills; and the ability to develop and ‘win’ significant external funding bids. You will also be able to demonstrate a willingness to work as part of a team and to take on administrative and management tasks, as required within a vibrant Design School. 

For informal enquiries about this post please contact: Professor David Gleeson 

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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.

Closing Date:  Tuesday 27th February 2018