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Lecturer Design Theory and Context

Arts & Creative Industries - School of Art & Design

Location:  Sunderland Campus
Salary:  £37,100 to £44,263
Hours per Week:  37
Closing Date:  Sunday 28 April 2024
Interview Date:  Monday 13 May 2024
Reference:  0125-24
Further details:    Job Description    

About the University of Sunderland 

The University of Sunderland offers life-changing opportunities for 27,500 students across its campuses in Sunderland, London, Hong Kong, and through global partnerships with learning institutions in 19 countries. We're proud to be a top 50 UK university (Guardian University Guide 2024), with top-quality facilities, inclusive culture, and our vibrant, ever-changing city.

About the Design Department

 The design degrees at Sunderland are delivered by an award-winning and close-knit team of creative professionals with huge industry expertise. The department has a reputation for ethical design and always promotes the ethos of using design to make the world a better place.

Our students have won top accolades and awards from around the world, including Oscars, BAFTAs, EMMYs, RTS awards and D&AD awards. Outside of Sunderland, our design degrees are taught in seven countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Trinidad and Thailand, and this brings huge opportunities for international collaboration, research and exchanges for both staff and students.

About the role

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Design team for a full-time permanent lecturer in design theory and context.

We’re seeking a professional with extensive knowledge of design theories, practitioners, key eras and events in design history, global challenges faced by designers, and issues around ethical design. The successful applicant will understand how to help students relate design theory and context to their own design practice and develop skills that will be valued by employers.

You will be able to deliver core theory skills and knowledge to all of our design students and make it feel relevant to each specialism. Specifically, you will deliver to students in animation and games art, illustration, fashion design and promotion and graphic design, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

The successful applicant will stay abreast of new trends and professional practices across these subject areas to make sure their theory and contextual teaching stays relevant. They will also have some awareness of approaches to decolonising design.

What you can bring 

You are a professional who can teach, assess, and provide constructive feedback on students work and give them direction to produce the best possible outcomes. You are a very strong communicator and ideally you will have some experience of teaching in higher education.

You have an awareness of artificial intelligence in its current and developing forms within the creative industries, and you will be able to help students navigate it’s legitimate and productive use within their theory and context work, while avoiding academic misconduct.

You will be responsible for module leadership of your modules both on campus and in transnational education (TNE) centres overseas (- but travel is not necessary).

For the right candidate, an exciting opportunity may be available at some point, to lead our highly successful MA Design degree programme.

What we can offer you 

Our University is not just a place of academic excellence, but also a community that embraces inclusivity and support. We value our staff and offer a rewarding package that goes beyond just salary. At the University of Sunderland, we prioritise not only your professional growth but also your happiness and well-being.

  • Enjoy a generous annual leave entitlement of 36 days, along with an additional 5 closure days over the Christmas break and 8 Bank Holidays. 
  • Enrolment into our workplace pension scheme, ensuring your financial security for the future. 
  • Access to our “My Lifestyle Benefits Platform”, where you can enjoy online discounts at hundreds of retailers every day. Plus, take advantage of exclusive schemes that allow you to purchase a new car, bike, or technology at a discounted rate. 
  • Your health and well-being are important to us. That's why we provide access to discounted private medical insurance, health cash plans, and guidance on financial well-being.
  • For those with young children, our on-site nursery offers exceptional care and education for children from birth to school age, operating throughout the year.
  • Maintaining an active lifestyle is made easy with discounted membership for CitySpace Fitness, our state-of-the-art facility for sports and social activities. 

Equality, diversity & inclusion 

We strongly believe that an inclusive university, where a diverse range of individuals feel valued and have equal opportunity to get into work and reach their potential, is good for our staff, students, university, and society.

Our work on equality, diversity and inclusivity has never been more important. We believe inclusivity is an essential value at the heart of what we do, and we want all our staff to be part of that journey with us.

Our recent staff survey conducted in 2023 showed that 97% of our staff believed that we were committed to achieving an inclusive university.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 28th April (23.59 GMT).

Interviews/assessments are likely to take place on Monday 13th May 2024

For any informal enquiries about the role, please contact Mr Gurpreet Singh, Associate Head of School (Design) at 

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