Royal College of Art
Founded in 1837, the Royal College of Art is the world’s largest community of postgraduate art and design students. It is also the oldest art and design university-level institution in continuous operation and has been ranked as the world‘s number one art and design university for a remarkable nine consecutive years, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023 – the worldwide survey of academic and industry opinion.
We are seeking an outstanding Senior Researcher in Textiles to contribute towards the ongoing work of the School of Design and the Royal College of Art more broadly. Textiles at the RCA operates at the intersection of design, craft and fine art, and we actively encourage this mix of thinking to collectively challenge the role of the 21st century Textiles practitioner. Practice-led research is a fundamental intellectual framework for how we develop textiles and materials; conceived and created by ‘thinking through making’, we are uncovering new insights through material and process exploration in the physical and digital domains.
The successful candidate will evidence their ongoing commitment to ensuring an inclusive and diverse curriculum at the level of postgraduate study, with the high levels of commitment and energy required by a world-leading environment. You will take on a leadership role in the shaping and delivery of curriculum within the Textiles programme, leading on the organisation of exhibitions and events and to deliver workshops, seminars, crits and tutorials, including participating in and chairing examination panels.
Supporting the Head of Programme with day-to-day academic management, administration and communication; you will encourage critical design thinking and research, assist in the development of relevant academic and industrial collaborations for research and knowledge exchange activities, and have specialist knowledge and demonstrable practical experience in textiles. Applicants with knowledge and experience of relevant new technologies, and/or material science are particularly welcomed.
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The Royal College of Art (RCA) aims to foster an inclusive culture which promotes equality, values diversity and maintains a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its staff and students and stakeholders are respected.
We recognise the broad range of experiences that a diverse staff and student body brings and how this strengthens our research and enhances our teaching. In order for RCA to remain a world-leading institution we are committed to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) principles throughout all of our processes, from application through to appointment.
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