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EDUCATION

MA Design Studies (Distinction)
Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design
1996

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Art and Design (Distinction)
Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design, University of the Arts London
2007

BA (Hons) Industrial Design, Transport (2:1)
Coventry University
1994

EMPLOYMENT

Head of the School of Design and Professor of Design
National College of Art and Design, Ireland
January 2017 – present

I am responsible for the academic leadership and development of the School and the management of the School’s human, financial and physical resources. The National College of Art and Design (NCAD), Dublin has been ranked among the top 100 Art and Design colleges in the world, according to the QS World University Rankings. NCAD offers the largest range of Art and Design degrees in the State at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and is the only institution specialising in Art and Design within university education.

Director of Design Research
University College Dublin
November 2016 – present

Within this part-time professorial role I am responsible for developing a coherent strategy for design-related research across UCD. I am working with stakeholders across the university and externally in industry and in government/public bodies to articulate the best means to leverage current and future potential in design research across a range of methods, disciplines and themes.

Programme Director, Irish Design 2015
Design and Crafts Council of Ireland
June 2014 – December 2016

I was responsible for directing this major government backed €5 million initiative. The overall goal was to increase the awareness, understanding and use of design in Irish society, and to promote Irish design capability internationally, in order to sustain employment and generate new jobs in the sector. The two-year initiative formed part of the Irish Government’s Action Plan for Jobs. I was subsequently commissioned to develop the Ireland the design island – Towards a National Design Strategy for the Irish government, a document, which aims to embed design policy within all Government departments and State Agencies in Ireland. Launching in 2017, this landmark publication is the first government design strategy since the iconic 1961 Scandinavian Report.

Major outcomes include:

  • An 11 fold return on investment, resulting in a direct economic impact of €55.44 million
  • “Policy Framework for Design in Enterprise in Ireland” launched, with a National Design Strategy under development
  • 28.5 million people engaging with the programme including 1.7million exhibition attendees, 24.6 million installation viewers, 17.8k workshop participants, 26.8k talks/symposium attendees, a digital audience of 1.2 million and 130k social media followers and unique website users
  • 6486 Irish designers/companies showcased on the island of Ireland
  • 476 Irish designers/companies showcased internationally
  • 370 new design businesses registered in Ireland during 2015
  • Over 17,000 designers receiving training
  • Over 1,500 business professionals receiving design training
  • 80+ corporate and strategic partnerships created
  • Dublin awarded the status of 2015 IAD World Design Hub
  • Exhibitions developed with V&A, Design Museum London and Vitra Design Museum

Professor of Design and Head of the Faculty of Design,
National College of Art and Design, Ireland
May 2012 – June 2014

I was responsible for the development, validation and successful introduction of a new academic structure for the Faculty, and it’s constituent departments. My duties included balancing a faculty budget during a period of financial austerity and managing a large team of academics, researchers, technicians and administrators, who delivered a diverse range of UG and PG programmes in Ceramics, Glass, Fashion, Jewellery & Metalwork, Medical Device Design, Product Design, Textiles & Surface Design, Textile Art & Artefact and Visual Communication. I fostered a new research & commercialisation agenda that resulted in a significant increase in annual commercialisation income through the creation of a new design innovation hub, and managed a number of major research grants.

I was responsible for the development, validation and successful introduction of a new academic structure for the Faculty, and it’s constituent departments. My duties included balancing a faculty budget during a period of financial austerity and managing a large team of academics, researchers, technicians and administrators, who delivered a diverse range of UG and PG programmes in Ceramics, Glass, Fashion, Jewellery & Metalwork, Medical Device Design, Product Design, Textiles & Surface Design, Textile Art & Artefact and Visual Communication. I fostered a new research & commercialisation agenda that resulted in a significant increase in annual commercialisation income through the creation of a new design innovation hub, and managed a number of major research grants.

Deputy Head of School, Director of Research and Reader in Design
School of Textiles and Design, Heriot-Watt University
April 2010 – May 2012

As part of a new management team, I helped oversee the development of a research-led school philosophy, motivating staff through a period of radical transition in staffing numbers and profile, curriculum development and growth in student numbers. I was directly responsible for the management and strategic development of the Research and Knowledge Exchange Activities, REF preparations and documentation for the School and Unit of Assessment, resulting in a UK best rating of 100% for impact in the REF. I was responsible for the development of new collaborations between the School and the wider University, such as the Creativity, Design and Innovation research theme; as well as inter-institutional initiatives such as the Scottish Academy of Fashion which received £500k of SFC funding. I was also responsible for authoring and validating a new undergraduate programme in Interior Design run in the Scottish and Dubai Campuses, as well as a new suite of postgraduate programmes that resulted in dramatically improved domestic and international recruitment levels.

Head of Design & Applied Arts and Associate Head of the School of Design
Edinburgh College of Art
Jan 2007 – April 2010

I was responsible for the development, validation, management and delivery of new BA (Hons) and MA/MFA programmes in Design and Applied Arts, including Glass, Interior Design, Product Design and Jewellery & Silversmithing. As Associate Head I was part of a management team charged with creating a new School of Design, with a new academic structure, philosophy and research-led agenda. I was also the School of Design’s research coordinator and responsible for the development of interdisciplinary research themes and a number of collaborative national and international networks, helping develop collaboration with the University of Edinburgh in preparation for the institutional merger, as well as the School’s REF planning.

Head of Furniture, Product and Interior Design Department
Edinburgh College of Art
June 2003 – Jan 2007

I was responsible for the development, management, co-ordination and delivery of the BA (Hons) and MDes programmes in Furniture & Product Design and Interior Design, as well as the delivery of modules for the BSc (Hons) in Integrated Product Design and MSc in Creative 3D Digital Technologies in collaboration with Heriot-Watt University.

Senior Lecturer in Design, School of Design and Media Arts
Napier University
July 2002 – June 2003

I was the BDes (Hons) Design Futures programme administrator and staff co-ordinator. Teaching responsibilities included tutoring within the BDes (Hons) Consumer Product Design, Industrial Design and Interior Architecture programmes and postgraduate project supervision.

Course Director, BSc Innovative Product Design
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee
June 2001 – July 2002

I was responsible for the initial delivery and development of this innovative cross-faculty programme, liaising with staff within the College of Art and Design and the University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering to establish this new programme.

Programme Leader, BDes Interdisciplinary Design
Napier University
Sept 1996 – June 2001

I was responsible for writing the programme’s documentation, steering it through validation and the programme’s continued academic development, syllabus and administration. As a BSc (Hons) Industrial Design and BA (Hons) Interior Architecture Module Leader, I was responsible for the modularisation and semesterisation of the design curriculum. As Industrial Liaison Coordinator for the Department of Design I helped contribute to achieving the highest employment rate for art and design graduates in the UK in league tables.

Visiting Lecturer, MA Design Studies
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
Feb 1996 – Sept 1996

I was a studio tutor and research advisor for full and part-time post-graduate students.

VISITING /ADJUNCT POSITIONS

Professor of Design
University College Dublin
2016 – present

Visiting Professor
Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University
2015 – present

Visiting Professor
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Aston University
2015 – present

Visiting Research Professor
National College of Art and Design, Ireland
2014 – present

Visiting Research Fellow
School of Architecture, Design and Environment, University of Plymouth
2012 – 2014

EXTERNAL EXAMINING

2013 – 2016 External Examiner
BDes (Hons) Product and Furniture Design
School of Architecture and Design, University of Ulster

2014 External Reviewer
MA by Research
Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire (IADT)

2014 Course Evaluator
BA (Hons) Design (Visual Communication)
Waterford Institute of Technology

2014 External Advisor on Periodic Review
BSc (Hons) and MSc Product Design
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Aston University

2011 – 2013 External Examiner
MA Visual Communication and MA Textile Design
Norwich University College of the Arts

2009 – 2012 External Examiner
BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design
School of Architecture, Design and Environment,
University of Plymouth

2009 – 2014 External Advisor and Module Reviewer
School of Arts and Creative Industries
Edinburgh Napier University

2008 – 2011 External Examiner
MA Product Design and MA Design and Visualisation
Birmingham Institute of Art and Design
Birmingham City University

DESIGN PRACTICE AND CONSULTANCY

Strategic Consultant
Uversity, National University of Ireland
April 2016 – Oct 2016

I developed a strategy and new suite of courses that identified and articulated the core and unique elements of Uversity’s educational proposition. Creating educational structures that combine theory, practice and immersive experiences.

Creative Director
Claystation
June 2003 – April 2012

I successfully developed, delivered and disseminated a number of innovative participatory and co-design projects, events and creative methods.

Creative Director
Outgang Limited
Jan 2007 – Jan 2009

I was responsible for the creative output and new product development for an award winning Scottish product design and development company; personal projects included the design of an innovative rotationally moulded chair/stool/lounger.

Freelance Design Consultant
July 1994 – Jan 2007    

I delivered training programmes and undertook projects for a number of industry and public sector clients.

Industrial Design Intern
Unit for the Development of Alternative Products
June – August 1993

Worked on a number of live industry projects.

Product Design Intern
Warwick Design
May – June 1993

Worked within the product design studio.

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