School of Design and Creative Arts
We are among the world's best universities for art and design, offering widely respected taught courses at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate degree levels, within a research-intensive environment.
The School of Design and Creative Arts is internationally renowned, nurturing the next generation of designers in developing life-changing products, services and experiences.
Our Creative Arts nurture the artistic talents of the future across the disciplines of fine art, graphic design, animation, illustration, and textiles.
We are looking for high calibre candidates to join us at Lecturer Level in the area of Design and Graphic Design.
We are looking to appoint excellent highly motivated and dynamic candidates to contribute to teaching across our undergraduate and postgraduate design programmes.
An interest and expertise in spatial experiences will be particularly welcome, able to support the development of the new Environments specialism within our BA Design programme, which seeks to educate designers in the user experience of interior and exterior spaces. The successful candidate will have core interests in design, with a well-defined research focus broadly relevant to the area, e.g. the design of cultural and entertainment venues, the implementation of AR and VR environments, or the UX of vehicle interiors.
An established research programme of international standing will be expected (or strong indicators of potential), adding to the School’s existing research strengths in design and the creative arts.
We are looking for excellent and highly motivated and dynamic candidates to contribute to the future development of teaching, enterprise and research in Graphic Design at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
The ability to teach principles derived from practice, theory and history, coupled with a critical perspective, is essential. The post holder will have a well-defined research focus relevant to the area, for example in the interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary dimensions of graphic design, and possess specialist applied competencies, in static, dynamic and/or interactive formats.
The subject area at Loughborough has developed a dynamic MA programme in Graphic Design and Visualisation, with several hundred applications per annum from across the world and is developing innovative connections with SMEs. The undergraduate Graphic Design programme is amongst the largest in the UK, with an extensive staff team and a thriving student community. The newly appointed lecturer will be expected to teach at MA as well as at BA level.
Graphic design research is a strategic priority for the School of Design and Creative Arts. Numerous external grants have been secured by staff aligned to the recently established Graphic Design Research Unit, with projects exploring the role of urban-graphic-objects in heritage representation and interpretation, grassroots memorials in the wake of covid-19 and systems mapping of energy use, amongst others. The School has world-class expertise in 3D Design and Sculpture, alongside research strengths in Digital Design & Fabrication, Ergonomics, Human Factors, Sustainability and User-Centred Design.
An established research programme of international standing will be expected (or strong indicators of potential), to add to the School’s existing research strengths in Creative Arts and Design.
About the School
Our approach confronts and challenges technical possibilities, whilst provoking debate and discussion. We are proud to be ranked 2nd in the UK for Design & Crafts (Guardian University Guide 2021) and 31st in the world for Art and Design in the QS World Rankings 2021.
Our research is 4th in the UK for overall quality, with 93% of our research impact being classed internationally excellent (REF2014, UoA 34, Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory). Annually we attract around £5 million in funding from external investors and businesses. This funding supports our research and enterprise, with outcomes having a real impact on the world around us.
We are based within £21 million purpose-built facilities, including an award winning Design Building and 5 superior creative hubs for the Arts. We are home to over 200 academic, operational and technical staff as well as 100 doctoral research students.
Our School is committed to enterprise and knowledge exchange and uses its strengths to reach out to the design and creative industries. Links with major external partners are to the considerable benefit of both our teaching and research.
Our ambition is of the highest level. We have international design expert, Professor Cees de Bont, as our Dean of the School of Design and Creative Arts. Cees was previously Dean at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Delft University of Technology, and with his extensive academic and industrial experience, enhances the reputation and leadership of our School with his considerable international experience. As well as continuing to invest in additional world class academic staff, we will be working over the next 5 years to further enhance our research and teaching spaces and facilities. This is an exciting time in which to join us.