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Lecturer in Design Innovation, Environmental and Ecological Design (1.0FTE)

Glasgow School of Art

Forres, United Kingdom

Nov 21
Job Description

Glasgow School of Art has an exciting opportunity to shape a growing and unique international Masters programme exploring the future of human-centred design.

At a time when the role of design and designers is evolving in response to key societal shifts, the MDes in Design Innovation and Environmental Design recognises the need for design practitioners to find new ways to work within teams whose role is to examine and address the future needs of citizens. The emphasis upon collaborative working and real-world engagement is examined through projects that confront key social, political and economic issues, often working with partners from within industry or the public sector. The Environmental Design specialism examines space, place, and community, reimagining the potential and possibilities they offer to the relationship between people and place. The successful candidate will be able to contribute to contemporary debates around environment, ecology and related practices and critical positions.

Due to growing demand, and to take advantage of our unique Highlands campus, the programme will be relocating to Forres in Moray in summer 2020. Our beautiful campus in the Highlands of Scotland allows postgraduate students to engage in a socially-conscious exploration of environmental design working with communities and industries within the region and far beyond. As the new specialism leader, you will have the opportunity to reshape the programme to suit its new surroundings.
As a lecturer in Design Innovation you will be aware of contemporary approaches to the delivery of teaching and learning in this expanding area of our curriculum. You will also be keen to participate in assessment, course and curriculum development, and related administration across the portfolio of innovation programmes, as well as the specialism. You will ideally make a contribution to other areas of interest in the Innovation School such as Place Based Innovation, Permaculture, Circular Economy and/or low density living.
You will be qualified to Masters level or beyond, ideally possessing a PhD, or possess equivalent professional or industrial experience. Preferably having prior experience of teaching within higher education, you should be able to deliver appropriate teaching and learning at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level, and be an expert in the theoretical and practical dimensions of the subject. More information on our postgraduate and undergraduate programmes can be found at

The role will primarily focus upon teaching approaches to design innovation with Masters level students, and leading one of our six core specialisms.

You will have an awareness of the current trends and future developments in design innovation, as areas of creative practice and intellectual exploration. Engagement with a network of practitioners and/or researchers, and an international focus would also be advantageous. You will be encouraged to maintain your academic and/or professional credibility in the role.

As a member of a close team of teachers, researchers and support staff you will have the opportunity to develop the course and create opportunities for collaborations at home and abroad. The Forres campus is based on a private estate surrounded by some of the UK’s most beautiful scenery with opportunities for outdoor activities including sailing, climbing and walking, making it particularly suitable to the study of Environmental Design at PG level. Inverness airport provides convenient links to London and international destinations, while excellent rail links exist to the rest of Scotland and the UK.

Closing date for submission of completed applications: Midnight Wednesday 18 December 2019.

Interviews for this post are expected to take place during the period 13th – 24th January 2020.

To discuss the role, contact Jonathan Baldwin, MDes Design Innovation programme Leader at

The Glasgow School of Art is an equal opportunities employer.

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