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.

The School of Design and Creative Arts is increasingly successful in attracting healthy numbers of excellent students in UX design and in Graphic Design and Visualisation. Modules related to service design and experience design are increasingly offered across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

We want to provide all our students an understanding of responsible design, including both environmental sustainability and social design, and make it possible for them to explore how they can contribute creatively to more sustainable lifestyles and behaviours.

Loughborough University has built a very strong reputation in Human Factors and Ergonomics over many years. Currently, we want to strengthen our activities in Environmental Ergonomics.

We are looking for high calibre candidates to join us at lecturer level in the following areas:

Digital Creativity, UX Design

The School is seeking to recruit a human centred design specialist with expertise applicable to the design of digital services, products and systems. This involves experience in ‘tangible and embodied interaction’. A research background in UX, interaction design or service design is needed. It includes what industry calls information architecture and content design. It comes with a research background in UX design as well as with experience in leading or contributing to UX design projects with third parties.

Keywords are:

  • Interaction design,
  • Service design,
  • Usability,
  • User experience design,
  • Technical prototyping and analysis.

We are looking for a lecturer (with a background in one of the creative disciplines) with a PhD and teaching experience in HE.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Chris Parker.

Digital Creativity, Graphic Design

The School is seeking to recruit someone who understands the fundamentals of graphic design and who has progressed successfully into the digital age. This comes with an awareness and understanding of operating with new interactive platforms, social media, etc. The candidates will have experience in academic research on related topics as well as in developing brand strategies, digital campaigns and apps.

In terms of specific job terminology, keywords are:

  • Interaction design, within a graphics context or with an emphasis on visual aspects,
  • Brand strategy, UX, design thinking,
  • Information design and UI design,
  • Digital product design or app design,
  • Digital or integrated campaign.

We are looking for a lecturer (with a background in one of the creative disciplines) with a PhD and teaching experience in HE.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Rob Tovey.

Responsible Design

Responsible design cuts across all programmes in our School in both undergraduate and postgraduate education.

We seek candidates in responsible design. Specifically, the person will have a critical engagement with the social and environmental contexts in which design operates. Responsible design practice includes a thorough analysis of the potential consequences of design outcomes. Analysis and decision-making will be informed by expanded engagement with transdisciplinary debates along with relevant analytic tools and frameworks. The candidate must be able to apply responsible design approaches, ideas and principles in a design context.

Keywords are:

  • Critical, contextual and theoretical thinking in design,
  • Sustainable, socially just, inclusive, future facing,
  • Ethical, transdisciplinary, decolonial and/or transition design.

 We are looking for a lecturer (with a background in a design practice and research in communications, products, services and/or systems) with a PhD and teaching experience in HE.

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Cees de Bont.

Environmental Ergonomics

The Environmental Ergonomics Research Centre (EERC) is part of the School of Design and Creative Arts.

This Centre has a strong international reputation for research on the interaction between people and their physical environment. This ranges from athletes’ and worker productivity and performance in heat and cold, thermal comfort, protective and sports clothing development and the impacts of climate change and ways to mitigate its impact. 

The centre has extensive facilities (climate chambers:temperature, humidity, solar radiation, wind and hypoxia). To further strengthen the centre, we are looking to appoint a dedicated and ambitious lecturer to contribute to and enhance the research, teaching and enterprise activities in the area of Environmental Ergonomics. The successful applicant will contribute to the teaching on the School’s successful and vibrant undergraduate and postgraduate programmes with a focus on environmental ergonomics and environmental design, potentially contributing to textile design.

Keywords are:

  • Environmental physiology; interested in understanding diversity (ageing, sex, ethnicity, ….),
  • Integrated environments – Impacts & interactions of multiple environmental parameters, thermal, visual, noise, vibration,
  • Application to diverse fields – human performance (athletes, military, workers), the built environment, vehicle comfort, science-based clothing design, healthcare, etc.,
  • Collaborative worker, team player.

We are looking for a lecturer (with a background in ergonomics, healthcare, sports and exercise science, psychology, or design) with a PhD and teaching experience in HE.

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor George Havenith.

Environmental Ergonomics website

Informal enquiries

For informal enquiries in relation to the research areas or the School, please contact Professor Cees de Bont, Dean of the School of Design and Creative Arts. All other enquiries, especially about the application process, or online submission should be directed to JoinUs@lboro.ac.uk.

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About the School

The School of Design and Creative Arts at Loughborough is one of the premier schools in the UK and has a strong international reputation.

The School was formed in 2019, bringing together broad expertise across a multitude of art and design disciplines. We are proud to be ranked 1st in the UK for Design and Crafts, and for Fashion and Textiles (The Guardian University Guide 2022), and 2nd in the UK for Art and Design (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.) We also rank 31st in the World for Art and Design (QS World Rankings by Subject 2021.)

Academic research is of a high standard and informs our teaching across programmes. Our approach confronts and challenges technical possibilities, whilst provoking debate and discussion. A unique blend of creativity, ethics and rigor for real-world benefit sits at the heart of who we are, as we strive to create experiences and interactions that benefit people, society, culture, the economy, and the environment, across teaching, research, and enterprise initiatives.

In our research we work closely together with international and local research partners on a wealth of topics, such as: transport safety, environmental ergonomics, experience design, cultural heritage, sustainable textiles, sculpture, drawing, additive manufacturing, and storytelling. The school has excellent facilities for both research and teaching. We have a particular focus on responsible design as well as on wellbeing. Our values are about inclusivity, fairness, collaboration, and transparency.