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Hugo Glover is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences at Northumbria University. He lectures on experimental design, practice-based research, interdisciplinary design thinking and tacit knowledge.

Hugo holds a Ph.D. from the Innovation Design Engineering Department at the Royal College of Art, London, an MA in Design Products also from the Royal College of Art, and a BA in Industrial Design with Applied Technologies (Distinction) degree from Sheffield Hallam University, UK. Prior to academia he worked in product design, branding, motion graphics, animation, and digital film restoration.

His educational interests are experiential learning, learning through play and collaborative learning spaces that initiate curiosity. Hugo's passion is to support students in discovering new skills, the sharing of ideas and lateral thinking.

With an industry background and extensive professional network, he utilises his industry contacts to enhance the student experience, through guest speakers, live brief enhancements and field trips. He is proud to acknowledge dyslexic thinking and ADHD as aspects he brings to thought-provoking practice-based research, teaching and making.

Research interests

Hugo's research encompasses tacit knowledge, pilgrimage and learning through doing. He is an artist–maker, flexible and skilled with mediums such as CGI animation, machining, carpentry and sewing. His current research is centred around growing a network of international practice-based academics working across cultural, historic, artistic and experimental explorations of meaning making.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Education/Academic qualification

Design Studies, PhD, ANIMATORY THINKING An enquiry into tacit knowledge within animation practice., Royal College of Art

2 Sept 201318 Feb 2021

Award Date: 18 Feb 2021

Design Studies, MA

30 Jun 200231 Dec 2099

Award Date: 30 Jun 2002


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