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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About John Stocker

Since 2003 I have been a Senior Lecturer at The University of Lincoln, having previously taught at a number of colleges in Cornwall. From the very beginning I have always taught on multiple design programmes including: BA (Hons) Creative Advertising, BA (Hons) Graphic Design as well as MA Design and MA Graphic Design. In previous years I have been fortunate enough to run projects on BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design and BA (Hons) Design for Exhibition and Museums.  Between 2010 and 2016 I was School of Architecture and Design Co-ordinator for Postgraduate Taught Design, and also Programme Leader: MA Design Programme (both full and part-time modes) and the Programme Leader: MA Graphic Design. I am now the Director for Teaching and Learning for the School of Architecture and Design. My teaching is supported and informed by my creative practice and ongoing academic and scholarly interests. The best bit is that my job enables me to do what I enjoy most - talking to interesting people about interesting things! I am also: An original Founding Member of the Do Lectures ( A volunteer ranger for Sustrans ( A longstanding member of the Cyclist Touring Club (, which campaigns for safer roads Member of Audax UK, the long distance cyclists club (

Department Responsibilities

Roles: Director for Teaching and Learning: School of Architecture and Design Member of the School of Architecture and Design Management Group School Peer Review of Practice Co-ordinator Lecturing: MA Design, MA Graphic Design, BA (Hons) Graphic Design Current committees, working groups and fora: School of Architecture and Design Management Group (SMG) School of Architecture and Design: Chair Teaching and Learning Committee University HEA Senior and Principal Fellows Forum member University Validation Panel member Staff Mentoring: New teaching staff mentor UL PSF HEA Senior Fellow applicants

Subject Specialism

The history and theory of design practices. Design teaching and pedagogy.


  • MA History of Modern Art and Design — Falmouth College of Arts, 2003


  • Senior Fellow — Higher Education Academy (HEA),


Programme Validation Panel member: The Open University (2010 - ongoing) External Examiner: Falmouth University, MA Creative Advertising (from Sept 2016) External Examiner: University of Suffolk, BA (Hons) Design (from Sept 2016)

Research Interests

  • 20th Century Design History

  • Design and social change

  • Design education and pedagogy

  • Language as visual form

  • The social impact of the bicyle

  • Theory and practice of design

Research Projects

  • Co-production: students and staff as producers of knowledge — pending in 2016
  • Seeking clarification: contemporary approaches to creating a ‘studio culture’ in HE — pending in 2016
  • Graham Sutherland: the artists and his design work — pending in 2016

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Degree Responsibilities

  • Programme Leader - MA Design — 2010 to 2016
  • Programme Leader - MA Graphic Design — 2014 to 2016

Professional Affiliations