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Mr Jon Spruce

Mr Jon Spruce

Telephone: 0151 904 1176

Biography

Jon Spruce lectures in the design of objects and spaces at Liverpool John Moores University, his research interests focus on exploring how design education may be developed through increased dialogue and understanding being built between academics, the design industry, users of design services and consumers of design, presenting research papers widely in this area at international conferences. Trained as an Industrial Designer Jon has commercial experience in the design and manufacture of products and furniture as well as extensive experience in leading undergraduate design curricula. Jon holds the position of external examiner at a number of UK institutions and has acted as an advisor on curriculum development both nationally and internationally.

Degrees

1997, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, MA Industrial Design

Academic appointments

External Examiner, Interior Design, LASALLE College of the Arts (Goldsmiths University), 2018 - present
External Examiner, Spatial Design, London College of Communication, 2015 - present
External Examiner, Product & Furniture Design, De Montfort University, 2012 - 2016
External Examiner, Product & Automotive Design, Swansea University, 2012 - 2016
External Examiner, Industrial Design, University of Bolton, 2009 - 2013

Publications

Highlighted publications

Spruce J, douglas M, kiernan L, ryan AM. 2018. HAVE WE REACHED PEAK DESIGN THINKING? Are we entering a new paradigm for how it is used within practice and business? http://www.drs2018limerick.org/participation/proceedings, Design Research Society Conference 2018, Design As A Catalyst For Change >Link

Spruce J, evans M. 2011. THE LEGACY OF DESIGN: WHAT CONTRIBUTION DOES A DEGREE MAKE TO YOUR FUTURE DESIGN CAREER? kovacevic A, ion W, mcmahon C, buck L, hogarth P. 13th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENGINEERING AND PRODUCT DESIGN EDUCATION, INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENGINEERING AND PRODUCT DESIGN EDUCATION :385-390

Spruce J, evans M. Working 9 to 5, what a way to make a living: Industry expectations of junior designers EPDE 2012 Conference in Antwerp on 6 -7 September

Conference publication

Spruce J, douglas M, kiernan L, ryan AM. 2018. HAVE WE REACHED PEAK DESIGN THINKING? Are we entering a new paradigm for how it is used within practice and business? http://www.drs2018limerick.org/participation/proceedings, Design Research Society Conference 2018, Design As A Catalyst For Change >Link

Spruce J, Evans M. 2013. Supplying the demand: Aligning product design curricula and the professional practice of design The Design Society, Institute of Engineering Designers, Engineering & Product Design Education Conference, Design Education - Growing our Future

Spruce J, Evans M. 2012. Supplying The Demand (Conference Presentation) International Journal of Art & Design Education,

Spruce J, evans M. 2011. THE LEGACY OF DESIGN: WHAT CONTRIBUTION DOES A DEGREE MAKE TO YOUR FUTURE DESIGN CAREER? kovacevic A, ion W, mcmahon C, buck L, hogarth P. 13th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENGINEERING AND PRODUCT DESIGN EDUCATION, INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENGINEERING AND PRODUCT DESIGN EDUCATION :385-390

Spruce J. 2011. AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TO DEVELOPING HIGHER GRADUATE SKILLS IN DESIGN EDUCATION kovacevic A, ion W, mcmahon C, buck L, hogarth P. ENGINEERING AND PRODUCT DESIGN EDUCATION, INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENGINEERING AND PRODUCT DESIGN EDUCATION :373-378

Spruce J, dunlop D. 2010. Developing the Design Curriculum: A case study of student centred professional framework modules yes, Engineering & Product Design Education Conference 1 :72-76

Spruce J, evans M. 2009. Knowledge Networks: Collaboration between industry and academia in design yes, D2B2: International Design Management Symposium 1 :427-435

Spruce J, Evans M. 2008. Life after the party: Student experiences and graduate expectations yes, Engineering & Product Design Education Conference 2 :761-766

Spruce J. 2007. Examining the role of the studio environment within design education the design society, Engineering & Product Design Education Conference, Shaping the Future

Spruce J, Wilkie T. 2007. The implementation of PDP within a practice based curriculum the design society, institute of engineering designers, Engineering & Product Design Education Conference, Shaping the Future

Spruce J, Evans M. 2005. Knowledge Networks: Collaboration between industry & academia in design Engineering & Product Design Education Conference, Crossing Design Boundaries

Spruce J, evans M. Working 9 to 5, what a way to make a living: Industry expectations of junior designers EPDE 2012 Conference in Antwerp on 6 -7 September

Spruce J. DEVELOPING THE DESIGN CURRICULUM IE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2012

Spruce J. An integrated approach to developing higher graduate skills in design education LJMU LEARNING & TEACHING CONFERENCE 2011

Spruce J. Developing integrated approaches towards higher graduate skills in design education no, The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning conference (ISSOTL)

Project

Design

Spruce J, Hollywood G. Ruby Slippers, Set Design & Construction

Exhibition

Spruce J, Duckett R. Writing on the Wall Festival 2016 'Time Machine' installation >Link

Spruce J, Buckley C. George Garrett Archive Exhibition >Link

Engagement & Impact

Conference presentation:

Enterprise skills development through experimental project based scenarios, Enterprise in the Arts: supporting student-led initiatives, London Southbank University, Oral presentation 07/11/2018

Promoting Wellbeing through Arts & Sport, Arts & Health Wellbeing Symposium, Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation 14/09/2018

Have We Reached Peak Design Thinking?, Design Research Society Conference 2018, University of Limerick, Ireland, Oral presentation 25/06/2018

Concepts to Realities in Spatial Design Education, Innovation in Built Environment Education, IBEE Annual Conference, Liverpool, UK, Oral presentation 08/09/2016

Concepts to Realities in Spatial Design Education, Innovation in Built Environment Education Conference 2016, Liverpool, UK, Oral presentation 08/09/2016

Research Methods as Tools for Transformative Learning, LJMU, Teaching & Learning Conference 2016 'Supporting Transition', Liverpool John Moores University, UK, Oral presentation 15/06/2016

Learning Beyond the Studio: Opportunities for Transformative Learning in Design, Higher Education Academy Arts & Humanities Conference 2016, Brighton, UK, Oral presentation 03/03/2016

Learning Beyond the Studio, Group for Learning in Art and Design Conference 2016, Birmingham, UK, Poster presentation 26/02/2016

Supplying the Demand, International Journal of Art and Design Education Conference 2012, Liverpool, UK, Oral presentation 08/10/2012

Award:

Professional Development Course for External Examiners, Higher Education Academy, https://excasowa.ljmu.ac.uk/owa/redir.aspx?C=rM3VJnkFMrm87BfKscz0CYVsF09zJfm-vGVQ4In-PXFS79aZhm3VCA..&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.heacademy.ac.uk%2f

Enterprising Britain Award 2016, UK Government, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), http://www.enterprisingbritainawards.co.uk/winners/2016

External collaboration:

https://app.griffith.edu.au/phonebook/phone-details.php?type=B&id=1683889, Griffith University, Australia, Michelle Douglas

http://scieng.ul.ie/departments/dmt/people/louise-kiernan, University of Limerick< Ireland, Louise Kiernan

Cambridge Road Primary School, Ellesmere Port, Darryl Pickering (Headmaster) Professor Rob Gandy (visiting Prof at LJMU Business School)

Liverpool World Museum, Human Evolution Gallery, Isabelle De Groote & Laura Bishop

http://www.writingonthewall.org.uk/, Writing on the Wall, The Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre, 4 Princes Road, Liverpool, L8 1TH, Mike Morris (Co Director)

Membership of professional bodies:

Member, Design Research Society, http://www.designresearchsociety.org/cpages/home

Teaching Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Other invited event:

Embedding Enterprise in Module Delivery, Liverpool John Moores University, UK, LJMU Enterprise Academe event. A key note presentation to academics from LJMU and other invited guests, describing how embedded approaches to enterprise education can enhance students transferable skills.

Publishing on Your Pedagogy, Liverpool John Moores University, UK, LJMU Enterprise Academe event. A keynote presentation to LJMU academic staff describing approaches to publishing on project based teaching practice.

Other Professional Activity:

External Examiner at London College of Communication for BA (Hons) Spatial Design. Appointed May 2016

External Examiner: London College of Communication, Appointed Jan 2016 BA Spatial Design programme

External Examiner: DeMontfort University, Appointed March 2012 BA, BSc & MDes Product Design & BA Furniture Design programmes

External Examiner: Swansea Metropolitan University, appointed March 2012 BSc & BA Product Design Programmes

Research Grants Awarded:

LJMU Postgraduate Research Conference Funding, HAVE WE REACHED PEAK DESIGN THINKING? Are we entering a new paradigm for how it is used within practice and business?, Grant value (£): £350, Duration of research project: Design Research Society Conference, 25th - 28th June 2018

Arts & Humanities Research Council, Newton Fund, Development through the Creative Economy in China: What aspects of participatory design can help urban revitalisation; in particular in the restructuring of former industrial zones in China., Dr Fang Bin Guo (LJMU) & Dr Emma Roberts (LJMU), Grant value (£): 250,000, Duration of research project: 36 months

Teaching qualification:

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education