Portrait of  Jo Conlon Jo Conlon

j.conlon@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473746



Biography

Jo is a Senior Lecturer in Future Fashion & Textiles Industries with 18 years’ technical and management experience in the clothing industry. Her role as Technical and Sourcing Manager within the supply chain of Marks and Spencer involved extensive travel sourcing and developing the supply chain to deliver innovative, quality products. Her early career was grounded in a systems approach to product development and global supply many years before this approach became best practice. Jo will complete her Doctorate in Education (EdD) in 2017 and her research centres on knowledge management, learning and change within organizations. Jo established the first ever educational partnership for fashion Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), a knowledge management system (KMS) for managing the entire lifecycle of a product from inception, through design and manufacture, to service and disposal of manufactured products. This approach is seen as core to solving the challenges of product that is designed, sourced and retailed globally. Through her doctoral research, Jo developed the first undergraduate fashion programme in the UK covering knowledge management that has been recognised by the sector as creating new fashion professionals with a key differentiator that can transform the industry. Jo has also successfully conducted two projects funded by the University through its Collaborative Venture Fund, a seed fund to develop external knowledge transfer with PTC and ICT Infotech Ltd.  Jo has also conducted three successful projects funded through the school’s Teaching and Learning fund. Recently, Jo has also been part of a submission for a Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) with a local business.

Jo is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the Chartered Management Institute and an Associate of the Textile Industry.

Jo graduated from UMIST with a BSc in Textile Technology through the M&S Suppliers’ Sponsored Placement Scheme for Textile Studies. This led to employment within the supply chain of Marks and Spencer.  In 2009, following guest lectures at Nottingham Trent and part-time lecturing at the University of Huddersfield, Jo joined the academic team in Fashion & Textiles. Since joining the University, Jo has committed to postgraduate study within the field of education, completing a MA Professional Development (Higher Education) and is currently studying towards a Doctorate in Education, investigating how a PLM approach can reshape fashion business education. This research illustrates a learning design model transforming the curriculum to better prepare all students for occupational practice, and empower them to question embedded conventions, create radical changes to the existing system, embark on new careers and to be confident in their abilities to make positive contribution to the industry and their communities.

Research and Scholarship

Jo’s research interests centre on the opportunities and challenges for the future fashion and textile industries, particularly supply chain management, sustainability and skills development for the industry. Jo is working with key business contacts to incorporate current thinking and best-practice into the teaching and learning environment. By using product lifecycle management (PLM) as a framework and a platform to re-think the learning design of the course and to model wider future educational practice, a new  learning programme for the next generation of industry professionals has been created.  PLM provides a framework that permeates all aspects of the body of knowledge and provides a holistic view of industry processes, an up-to-date context for study within a supportive network and the opportunity to critique traditional practices and thereby generate new practices.  Following on from this innovation, we now anticipate the emerging possibilities of extended functionality of PLM with associated technologies of 3D, data analytics and the internet of things (IoT).  In an era of smart, connected products we intend to establish a community of smart connected learners, working collaboratively within a data driven system blurring the lines between higher education and industry in the future.

Research Areas:

  • PLM and next generation PLM technologies
  • Circular economy models and sustainability within Fashion and Textiles
  • Opportunities for reshoring textile and garment manufacturing in the UK
  • Employability and professional development in landscapes of practice

Jo’s Doctorate in Education (EdD) investigates how a PLM approach can reshape fashion business education. This research illustrates a learning design model transforming the curriculum to better prepare all students for occupational practice, and empower them to question embedded conventions, create radical changes to the existing system, embark on new careers and to be confident in their abilities to make positive contribution to the industry and their communities

The co-creators and co-participants in the PLM-blog welcome professionals, researchers, academics, industry practitioners, and creative activists to join the conversation, be involved and engage in our collaborative PLM futures research exchange. This research blog aims to integrate innovative research and emerging knowledge and experience with people, data, and processes for co-evolving businesses and education around the world.

https://plmproductlifecyclemanagement.wordpress.com/

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2017

Conlon, J., Taylor, A., Ashruff, P. and Bird, L. (2017) ‘LinkedIn Groups: Building a community to create real connections to benefit students and alumni in Fashion and Textiles’. In: University of Huddersfield Teaching and Learning Conference 2017, 13 September 2017, University of Huddersfield

Conlon, J (2017) ‘Connecting students, alumni and employers?: there’s an app for thatNiTRO, the online publication of the Australian Council of Deans and Directors of Creative Arts (9).

Conlon, J. and Narayanaswamy, S. (2017) ‘A vision for the future using Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) as a platform for operational excellence and business transformation’. In: The Circular Economy from a Fashion and Textiles Perspective, 15th June 2017, University of Huddersfield, UK

Conlon, J. and Taylor, A. (2017) ‘LinkedIn groups in higher education - Maximising community benefits for students & alumni in fashion & textiles: Establishing a tool-kit.’. In: School of Art, Design & Architecture Teaching and Learning Conference 2017: Making an Impact, 10th January 2017, University of Huddersfield

Conlon, J. and Taylor, A. (2017) ‘Collaborate into the Future: Connecting design and business practice with Product Life-cycle Management (PLM)’. In: School of Art, Design & Architecture Teaching & Learning Conference: Making a Impact - 2017, 10th January 2017, University of Huddersfield Business School

2016

Conlon, J (2016) ‘Product Life-cycle Management’. In: A Circular Economy Handbook for Business and Supply Chains: Repair, Remake, Redesign, Rethink. : Kogan Page. pp. 278-282. ISBN 978-0749476755

Conlon, J. and Taylor, A. (2016) ‘The Future is Always Now; Evolving Life-cycles in FashionWhichPLM (an independent digital magazine) .

Conlon, J. and Taylor, A. (2016) ‘Radicalising your Lifecycle’s full potential with PLM’. In: Radicalising your Lifecycle’s full potential with PLM, 21st June 2016, University of Huddersfield

2015

Conlon, J (2015) ‘Embedding Product Life-cycle Management (PLM) in Higher Education: A Case Study in Fashion Business’. In: The future of professions, professionalism and professional learning – a conversation, 13th - 14th July 2015, University of Huddersfield, School of Education and Professional Development

2014

Conlon, J (2014) ‘Graduate Career Pathways: case studies to inspire undergraduate career development planning’. In: ADA Teaching & Learning Conference, 15th January 2014, University of Huddersfield

2013

Conlon, J (2013) ‘Enhancing Undergraduate Learning and Employability by Adopting Professional Practice from the Creative Industries’. In: Flexible learning through professional practice, 12th July 2013, Bath Spa University, Wiltshire, UK

2012

Conlon, J. and Taylor, A. (2012) ‘Innovating the collaborative future of global fashion business’. In: Designs on E-Learning International Conference - Cloud and Crowd: Towards a collaborative future, 7th September 2012, University of the Arts, London.

Conlon, J (2012) A Case Study to Investigate the Reconceptualization of an Undergraduate Module as a Collaborative Learning Space Mimicking Industrial Practice to Provide the Opportunity for Participation and Practice and to Enhance Learning and Employability Masters thesis, University of Huddersfield.

Esteem

Jo is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the Chartered Management Institute and an Associate of the Textile Industry.

Awards

2016 Awarded £4000 – A teaching and learning funded research project: “Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Creative Exchange Event” Event Week for Fashion & Textiles undergraduates

2016 Awarded £2000 - A teaching and learning funded research project: “Establishing a tool-kit to maximise the potential of LinkedIn alumni networks”

2016 Awarded £2100 - Collaborative Venture Fund (CVF) : “ Roadmap for Developing PLM tool for implementing advanced business models” culminating in ‘The Radicalising your Lifecycle’s full potential with PLM’ event,  hosted by University of Huddersfield and ITC Infotech as part of Inspired Huddersfield 2016

2015 Awarded £3000 Collaborative Venture Fund (CVF): “Better Buying with Product Life-cycle Management (PLM) with FlexPLM” with PTC

2014 – Shortlisted for Santander Study Visit

2014 –Shortlisted for Excellence in Student Support in the Thank You Awards, a joint Teaching and Learning Institute and Students’ Union Initiative

2013 – Awarded £2000 - A teaching and learning funded research project: “Graduate Career Pathways: case studies to inspire undergraduate career development planning

At the beginning of November 2014, Jo Conlon, Senior Lecturer in Fashion and Textiles at the University of Huddersfield, invited WhichPLM’s Founder and MD, Mark Harrop, and WhichPLM Editorial Board member and Independent Advisor, Morag Ashworth, to the University of Huddersfield to attend and participate in a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) focused workshop. You can read the full report of their visit, written by Morag Ashworth by visiting: http://www.hud.ac.uk/news/2014/november/plmforfashiontheimportanceofeducation.php

Reports following a week-long PLM event in March 2015 can be found here: http://www.whichplm.com/editors-choice/whichplm-supporting-tomorrows-retail-professionals.html with student comment here: http://www.whichplm.com/editors-choice/empowerment-employability-a-students-perspective.html

In 2016 as we explored the emerging possibilities of extended functionality of PLM with associated technologies of 3D, data analytics and the internet of things (IoT),  Mark Harrop joined us again to present the “3D-enterprise” with examples of how we can expect to see CGI, Virtual and Augmented reality within retailers, brands and manufactures, in creative design, product development and procurement of apparel.http://www.whichplm.com/editors-choice/enterprise-3d-an-education.html

Here a student shares his perspective on the challenges around learning about new technologies, and his expectations on entering the industry http://www.whichplm.com/editors-choice/working-with-plm-a-students-journey.html

Finally, in this feature article we document the journey UoH has undergone to add PLM to the curriculum in fashion buying management http://www.whichplm.com/editors-choice/the-future-is-always-now-evolving-lifecycles-in-fashion.html

Research Degree Supervision

Research interests include PLM for fashion, circular economy models for fashion and textiles, sustainable fashion and textiles, corporate responsibility, global sourcing, textile technology and innovation and enterprise.

Currently Supervising: Masters by research – Emma Linney (January 2017):  Maintaining the aesthetic: Exploring the process from surface design concept to manufactured wall installation and the transition from the sample to the manufactured end product  – co-supervisor

Enterprise Activities

Since 2015 Jo has successfully conducted two projects funded by the University through its Collaborative Venture Fund, a seed fund to develop external knowledge transfer with PTC and ICT Infotech Ltd.  Recently, Jo has also been part of a submission for a Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) with a local business, where she will be the academic supervisor.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Jo’s research has led to participation in various accreditations and validation panels (SAVP). She is also a member of the school’s teaching and learning committee (STLC) and represents the school on various committees and panels across the university and the ASBCI Student Committee.  Jo contributes to undergraduate delivery of BA Fashion and Textile Buying Management where she is final year tutor and module leader for THD1501 International Business and Finance and TID1125 PLM with additional teaching responsibility for THD1502 Researching into Contemporary Issues, THT1696 Final Major Project, TID1127 Fashion Futures.  Jo contributes to master’s delivery of MA International Fashion Management with teaching in TMA1410 Mechanics of International Fashion Management and TMA1411 Strategic Issues in the Fashion Industry.  The MA International Fashion Management (Distance Learning) has recently been validated and Jo will also be the course leader for this route.