John Robson

John Robson PGDiP, B.Ed, CERT.

Senior Lecturer in Design and Technology Education


I joined Sheffield Hallam University as a Senior Lecturer in 2002, having been involved with Teacher Education through mentoring students on placement from a number of HEIs.


I have teaching experience in both Art and Design and Design and Technology, having taught these in secondary schools for 24 years. This included substantial periods of working as a Post-16 tutor and as Head of Faculty of Design. This has mainly been in schools in Derbyshire. For a period of 3 years I also worked at the then newly opened Djanogly City Technology College, Nottingham. Here I had the role of Curriculum Co-ordinator for Art & Design, working across the Colleges of Expressive Arts and Maths, Science and Technology.

Pedagogical studies in Design and Technology.

Design communication studies, the role of drawing and visual literacy.

Action-based research through enquiry in the placement school.

Design and manufacturing practice as a supervising tutor for undergraduate design projects. Through this I was interested to encourage and develop an awareness of more sustainable approaches.

Developing and leading on the MA module in Education for Sustainable Design.


Department of Teacher Education , Department of Art and Design

College of Social Sciences and Arts


Book chapters

Robson, J. (2008). Teaching graphics. In Owen-Jackson, G. (Ed.) Learning to teach design and technology in the secondary school : a companion to school experience - 2nd edition. (pp. 73-83). Routledge

(n.d.). Learning to Teach Design and Technology in the Secondary School. Routledge:

(n.d.). Learning to Teach Design and Technology in the Secondary School. Routledge:

Other activities

I work closely with departments in secondary schools to establish and maintain partnerships for student placements. I continue to contribute to the training of mentors in schools and to the supervision of students while on teaching placements.

Through the Design & Technology Association (D&TA), I managed and co-ordinated a successful Student Associates Scheme in Design & Technology. My work with D&TA also included a period as a member of the Initial Teacher Education working group. During this period I contributed to the revision of the Minimum Competences for Trainees to Teach Design & Technology in Secondary Schools (2010).

I have also been involved in the development of Key Stage 3 project work through links with the Technology Enhancement Programme.

Other responsibilities

External Examiner at Northumbria University and at the University of Limerick, Ireland.

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