David is the Associate Professor for Design Cultures in the School of Design at De Montfort University. He leads a team of lecturers who teach historical, theoretical and professional aspects of design to all the students that study in the School of Fashion & Textiles, as well as programmes in the School of Art, Design & Architecture.
David has a PhD, MA and BA Hons from Birmingham City University (BCU) where he both studied and taught for ten years. After leaving BCU, David spent seven years at Staffordshire University as a Senior Lecturer in Historical and Theoretical studies for Design.
David is Chairman of the Art, Design and Humanities (ADH) Faculty Research Ethics Committee (FREC). In this role, David has recently developed research ethics material and systems to reflect the changes to the ADH faculty structure. Curently David is part of a University-wide working group that is developing an online research ethics submission and review system.
David is in his third year as the External Examiner of Historical and Contextual Studies (Interior/Product Design) at Kingston University.
As part of the University’s aspiration to develop Trans-National Education (TNE), David has recently spent time in Malaysia developing a Design Innovation Management MA programme for a leading Malaysian University. This programme will go live in the Autumn of 2020 and will be followed by the development of a BA Hons programme in the same discipline.
David is the Associate Professor Academic in the School of Fashion & Textiles; a key element of this role is to attend a number of committees and report back to the School on current academic issues, iniatives and challenges. Committees include..
Univerity Teaching & Learning Committee (UTLC)
University Research Ethics Committee (UREC)
Faculty Teaching & Learning Committee (ADH) (FLTC)
Faculty Innovation & Research Committee (DH) (FRIC)
Trans-National Education working Group
Advisory Group on Research Ethics Governance
ADH Development & Review Committee (DARC)
As a trained furniture designer and Design Manager, David is interested in how design is used within manufacturing businesses; this interest has led to active involvement in UK manufacturing through the now defunct Furniture West Midlands group which championed design and manufacturing in small firms.
David’s current research includes auditing design maturity in small manufacturers and fabricators; a related strand of research involves investigating Silent Design in companies to establish ownership of ideas.