Title: Achieving excellence in design research: a case study of research and education framework at Northumbria University

Authors: Steven Kyffin; Mersha Aftab

Addresses: Department of Design, CCE2, Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 8ST, UK ' Department of Design, CCE2, Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 8ST, UK

Abstract: This paper discusses the case study of the new research and education framework applied at the School of Design at Northumbria University that aims at building an integrated sustainable design research community. This community concerns itself with developing design value propositions (new methods, new knowledge and new design IDEAS or applications) by combining the three broad domains of the discipline (forms of practice): practice through collaboration (new methods), discovery through research (new knowledge), and new solutions through engagement (new products, and services). In both academic and commercial context, this also culminates into a purposeful learning for all stakeholders. The authors explain that the methodological gap between design 'doers' and design scholars in an academic context makes the process of design leadership very difficult. This paper discusses the paradox that design in the academia needs to respond to the conflict between learning through doing (design) and learning through research of design. Additionally, this paper highlights the challenges that the School of Design at Northumbria came across while establishing this research community and also discusses everyday challenges of maintaining this community.

Keywords: design research; design education; multidisciplinary design; design leadership; change by design; research excellence; case study; Northumbria University; UK; United Kingdom; sustainable design; sustainability; collaboration; discovery; engagement; learning by doing.

DOI: 10.1504/IJART.2016.078609

International Journal of Arts and Technology, 2016 Vol.9 No.3, pp.199 - 213

Available online: 17 Aug 2016

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