Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Communication Design

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

Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences
Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Communication Design – ADS17/19
Permanent, Full Time
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Salary:     Senior Lecturer - £39,992 – 49,149 / Lecturer - £34,520 - £38,832

Located in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne, a vibrant city with numerous creative and cultural venues, the School of Design is a vibrant contributor as an ambitious, innovative centre for dynamic creative practice. Internationally recognised for its distinctive, immersive discipline-based approach to design education. It believes in the critical importance of ‘making’ to its teaching, learning and research and places this at the heart of its studio practice approach. Named one of Europe’s top design schools by US Business Week magazine and ranked 4th in the Guardian University Guide 2017 for Design and crafts, it has an international reputation, enjoying well-established collaborations with leading institutions and businesses.

Our Communication subject group, which includes programmes in Graphic Design and Interaction Design, enjoys an enviable reputation for producing outstanding designers with an important blend of design thinking and contemporary craft skills that are highly sought-after in today’s creative industries. 

Our academic team have research expertise in Strategic Design Approaches, Human Computer Interaction, Data Visualisation, Visual Arts, Digital Civics, Digital Literacies, Design Fiction and Storytelling. We are looking to strengthen our already outstanding Communication Design academic team with the appointment of a highly talented individual, who has an excellent track record in both contemporary design practice and design research, ideally with teaching experience in the HE sector. The growing relevance of multi and trans disciplinary working in order to address or take a position on often complex societal challenges means that communication design is undergoing a major shift in its positioning and relevance to society. We are therefore looking for an individual who can make a significant contribution to the research and teaching in this key area. The candidate must demonstrate an ability to expand on and explore new notions of traditional subjects located in Communication Design and show a critical and strategic approach to the subject area. 

With a proven track record of professional experience demonstrated through a creative design portfolio, you will play a leading role in the delivery of teaching and learning within the Communication Design subject group. This will be underpinned by your research and professional experience as an Communication Design academic or practitioner. You will have an advanced understanding of design practice demonstrating the requisite mixed disciplinary knowledge and skills required to evidence your expertise in Communication Design. Ultimately, we are seeking a candidate with the vision to respond creatively to current design issues and the aptitude to broaden your knowledge through academic practice.

Contributing a high level of creative expertise across the Communication Design undergraduate and postgraduate related programmes, you will be an inspirational teacher who can work effectively in a team. You will be committed to the development and enhancement of the School’s research agenda and global reputation. You will also actively contribute to maintaining existing and forging new links with industry, external organisations and the education sector in the UK and internationally
For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Joyce Yee, Head of Communication Design subject group, at  

For full information and details on how to apply, please visit Northumbria University’s website at the following link: 

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: 28th February 2018