Senior Lecturer in Product Design

Coventry University - School of Art & Design, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

The Times Higher Education University of the Year and the Times and Sunday Times Modern University of the Year, Coventry University is one of the leading higher education recruiters. Committed to research and teaching excellence and passionate about the arts, humanities, design, performance and media, The Faculty of Arts and Humanities is a vibrant community of scholars, researchers and practitioners with a global profile and a heritage of quality built up over 150 years. We believe that arts and humanities have a transformative effect on our lives and that critical thinking, creativity and innovation produce solutions for some of the world’s most deep-rooted social and cultural problems. Our schools promote distinctive and innovative approaches to their disciplines, facilitating collaborative working and high levels of specialism, supported by excellent resources in response to the challenges of increasingly complex future workplaces and Creative careers.

The School of Art and Design is an internationally recognised, award-winning School, with a tradition of innovation since 1843 and our alumni inform, create and shape the world around us. The School is a vibrant environment which embraces innovation in teaching, research and professional practice and offers exciting undergraduate and postgraduate courses including, automotive and product design, fine art, illustration, interior and graphic design, fashion and architecture. The School is linked with Faculty’s Research Centre in Mobility and Transport and Visual Arts Research Group

As a result of expansion and the University’s on-going commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, we are seeking an academic and active researcher/practitioner with a developing profile in Product Design to join our thriving innovative courses.

The successful candidate for this position must have experience of HE teaching in Product Design; they should also be able to demonstrate an impressive portfolio of work and/or professional creative practice. The post-holder must be actively engaged in research, professional creative practice and/or income generation in the broad area of Product Design and must have a proven track record of exploring new and emerging modes of creative practice and scholarship. They should have expertise in product design through (rapid) prototyping, user-experience testing, material and process selection, design desirability, feasibility and viability, human-centred design, collaborative and sustainable design, Intelligent Product Design, Data Driven Design, smart objects and Design for IoT.

Applicants should be qualified to PhD level or if from a professional practice background, at least Masters Level (or of equivalent professional status) and be able to relate the key debates framing the location and transformation of Product Design in contemporary culture and to UK Higher Education. They should have a proven track record of delivering a first-class student experience within HE. Experience of education innovation would be advantageous. 

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate high level digital fluency and a continuing engagement with professional, scholarly and pedagogic development - those without a teaching qualification will be required to undertake Coventry University’s PGCHE or secure a HEA fellowship. 

Coventry University is committed to providing our employees with the very best opportunities for both career and personal development. We offer a wide choice of development and training courses to all staff as well as generous holiday allowances, final salary pensions and flexible working options.

We would welcome enquiries prior to application - for an informal discussion about this post, contact Lindsey Chambers, Associate Head of School Recruitment & Marketing,, Tel. 07557 425722

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