I am a Principal Lecturer in Product Design, in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment at Nottingham Trent University. My current role includes strategic development of our courses, including leading on the Periodic Course Review of the subject area and working with colleagues to enhance our curriculum and student experience.
I am involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, module leadership, industry liaison, research and PhD supervision. I lead on the public exhibitions for degree shows and external exhibitions, including New Designers London and recently Salone del Mobile Milano. In 2020 and 2021 I led on our first Online Degree Show, including curated virtual exhibitions and design process films.
I completed Advance HE’s Aurora leadership programme for women in 2017 and have since become a role model for the National programme. I am on the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, working towards our Athena Swan Bronze award. I am currently enrolled on the 'Leading at NTU' course and participating in leadership coaching with 'Yes She Can' - a network to inspire, engage and empower women.
Before joining NTU, I was a lecturer and module leader in the Institute of Arts and Humanities at the University of Worcester for 5 years.
Alongside my academic career I have a studio practice and have been commissioned by Arts Council England, Game City, Hatch, WEYA and British Art Show 7's Sideshow in Nottingham. My work has been exhibited at Array Studios in Belfast, Grand Union in Birmingham, Primary in Nottingham, Axis Arts Centre in Crewe, University of Worcester, University of Falmouth and International Project Space Birmingham.
My curatorial and gallery roles have included curating Product Lifetimes And The Environment (PLATE) and Future Factory showcases, Committee Member and Exhibitions Coordinator for Surface Gallery and Chair of the Board of Directors for Primary artist studios and gallery in Nottingham.
My research interests stem from my PhD ‘The Practice of Everyday (Virtual) Life’ gained in 2015 from the School of Art & Design at NTU, and current teaching and PhD supervision. This includes:
- Curating physical and virtual spaces; exhibitions in public, interior and online spaces
- Participation in art/design; actively engaging audiences/users/communities, co-design
- Interactive art/design; interactivity and experience, between people, objects and spaces
- Speculative and Critical Design; challenging expectations about the role objects play in everyday life
- Emotionally durable design; building relationships between users and products to encourage durability and longevity
- Politics; the power of design for positive social change, including activist strategies, gender, diversity, ethics and sustainability
- Methodologies; practice-led research, qualitative research, ethnography, observation, semi-structured and unstructured interviews, participatory action research
Pedagogy; active collaborative learning, digital practice, reflective learning
- Product Design
- Exhibitions and Degree Shows
- Women in Academia / Women in Design
- Creative Industries