Simon started working on the Graphic Design degree course in 2012 originally as a dissertation supervisor, before moving up to a senior lecturer position in 2014. He developed a freelance design practice over 10 years since graduating from his degree at the University of Wales in 2004, working predominantly in nightlife and entertainment.
Simon teaches across all three years of the Graphic Design course focussing mostly on contextual studies and research modules. He has over 10 years experience teaching contextual and critical studies for design subjects across a vast range of academic levels and circumstances.
Currently undertaking a PhD qualification at Leeds Beckett University’s school of Cultural Studies and Humanities, Simon’s own research focuses on gender representations and popular media. Particularly, his current research direction asks how representations of masculinities in the media have changed in past 5-10 years and how media masculinities relate to the attitudes of young men towards their gender and sense of identity.
Recent published work
Jones, S. (2018), ‘Kerrang! magazine and the representation of heavy metal masculinities (1981–95)’, Metal Music Studies, 4:3, pp. 459–480.