Simon Jones

Hello! I’m a Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Graphic Design undergraduate degree course. I started working here in 2012 originally as a dissertation supervisor, before moving up to a senior lecturer position in 2014. After graduating from my undergraduate degree at the University of Wales in 2004 I developed a freelance design practice working predominantly in nightlife and entertainment.

I teach across all three years of the Graphic Design course focussing mostly on theory and research modules. I have 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, my own research focuses on gender representations and popular media. Particularly, my current research direction asks how media masculinities relate to the attitudes of men towards their gender and sense of identity.


Spawforth-Jones, S. (2018) ‘Kerrang! Magazine and the representation of heavy metal masculinities (1981-95)’, Metal Music Studies, 4 (3), pp. 459-480.

Spawforth-Jones, S (2021) ‘Utilising mood boards as an image elicitation tool in qualitative research’, Sociological Research Online.

Conferences, Talks & Presentations

Spawforth-Jones, S. (2019) Utilising mood boards in media research. Research processes and methods symposium. Bradford College, Bradford. 29 – 3- October 2019.

Spawforth-Jones, S. (2017) Kerrang! magazine and the representation of heavy metal’s masculinity: a content analysis of Kerrang! cover images from 1981-1995, 20th Century British Periodicals. University of Reading. 4 July 2017.