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I am a Senior Lecturer on the BA/BSc (HONS) Product Design having joined the University of Huddersfield in 2010. I am a Designer and Design Educator with a number of years experience working in Higher Education at various European Institutions with professional design experience working for companies in a wide range of sectors. I am dedicated to maintaining high standards of professionalism, academic standards and commercial business practice, combined with a conscientious and attentive approach. Through my studies and professional practice I am familiar with all aspects of Product and Industrial Design, including Human Factors, Sustainable Design, Materials and Manufacturing, Commercial Strategies and Presentation Techniques. I also understand the importance of balance between the theoretical and practical elements and the need to keep abreast of professional developments to prepare students for employment.
My experience of academic working environments through lecturing on the MSc Industrial Design and BSc (HONS) Sport Product Design programmes at the University of Salford, the BA/BSc/MSc Product Design programmes at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, and the BA/BSc Product and Transport Design programmes at the University of Huddersfield has taught me appropriate styles of communication, how to identify areas that students need to develop, how to encourage independence and, most importantly, how to identify and engage different types of learners. I believe this work also emphasises my commitment to design education, and the variety of academic levels at which I am comfortable working. My teaching qualification, work experience and FHEA status also evidence my ability to engage with pastoral work and curriculum development.
Within my current role I am delivering Contemporary Design, Professional Practice, Sustainable Design and Design Projects to Undergraduate and Postgraduate students.
Current research interests are centred on originality and plagiarism in design submissions; there is a great disparity between plagiarism in text and non-text academic submissions and this needs to be addressed. My personal design philosophy revolves around socially responsible design; incorporating inclusive design, design against crime, sustainable development (economical, social and environmental) and the development of intuitive physical and virtual interfaces. An example of this would be my conference paper “Stigma: Addressing Negative Associations in Inclusive Design” where I set out to define the boundaries of inclusive design and devise methods for altering the perceptions of mainstream users by removing the negative associations attached to assistive technologies, thus enabling product designers to utilise their skills to enrich the lives of disaffected user groups. I am also currently involved in new product development in a specific medical field, which will hopefully be commercialised after testing
Unver, E., Benincasa-Sharman, C., Silkstone, R., Norris, P., Stockton, G. and Russel, P. (2017) Design and Development of Alternative Vectorthotic Insole: Technical Report Technical Report submitted to HealthStep ltd. (Submitted)
Stockton, G (2014) ‘University Industry Collaboration: Research and enterprise activity within University of Huddersfield Product Design courses.’. In: Packaging Innovation: Making it Happen for your Brand, 26th November 2014, Thinktank Science Museum, Birmingham, UK
Unver, E., Howard, C., Swann, D. and Stockton, G. (2013) Design, development and prototyping of portable Potty as part of Petit en Suite Childs Pop-up Privacy Room Huddersfield, UK: University of Huddersfield (Submitted)
Stockton, G., O'Connor, F. and O'Rafferty, S. (2010) ‘Sustainable Development’. In: IP2010: Green products through a multicoloured approach, 08.02.10 - 20.02.10, Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen, Kortrijk, Belgium
Wilgeroth, P. and Stockton, G. (2009) ‘Who are the Future Designers? The Path Leading To Undergraduate Study Of Product Design’. In: Proceedings of E&PDE 2009, the 11th Engineering and Product Design Education Conference - Creating a Better World, Brighton, UK, 10.-11.09.2009. Glasgow: The Design Society. pp. 211-214.
Stockton, G (2009) ‘Stigma: Addressing Negative Associations in Product Design’. In: Proceedings of E&PDE 2009, the 11th Engineering and Product Design Education Conference - Creating a Better World, Brighton, UK, 10.-11.09.2009. Glasgow: The Design Society. pp. 546-551.
Wilgeroth, P. and Stockton, G. (2008) ‘The Delivery of Green Design Techniques in an Immersive Environment’. In: Proceedings of E&PDE 2008, the 10th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education Barcelona, Spain, 04.-05.09.2008. Glasgow: The Design Society. pp. 333-338. ISBN 1-0-904670-04-0
Stockton, G (2003) Stigma Masters thesis, University of Salford.
As well as all aspects of Product and Transport Design, recent successful supervisions in Didigtal Design include “Digital Games Art Production Methodologies”, “Creation of an Educational 3D Digital Visualisation of a Cultural World Heritage Site: Saltaire Case Study” and “A Threaded Approach to the Learning and Delivery of 3D Illustration within a HE Framework”.