Professor Tom Inns BEng(Hons) DIC MDes(RCA) PhD FRSA

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Painting Studios, Mackintosh Building
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Painting Studios, Mackintosh Building


Professor Tom Inns

Professor Tom Inns is the Director of The Glasgow School of Art (GSA), Scotland’s Specialist Institution for Art, Design and Architecture. With campuses in Glasgow, the Highlands & Islands and Singapore, GSA aims to be a global leader in studio-based teaching and research in art, design, architecture and digital visualisation and simulation.

Tom studied Engineering at the University of Bristol and Design at the Royal College of Art. In 1990 he co-founded the Design Research Centre at Brunel University, becoming Director in 1996. His PhD explored the impact of design on innovation in small companies.

In 2000 he moved to the University of Dundee becoming Head of Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (DJCAD) and then Dean. Between 2005-2010 he was Programme Director for the AHRC/EPSRC funded Designing for the 21st Century Initiative. Tom has an active interest in how strategic design can apply principles of traditional design to society’s systemic challenges. He regularly designs and facilitates knowledge sharing workshops with innovation agencies across Europe working with organisations such as NESTA, UK Design Council, ARDI Rhone Alps, UKERC, Swedish Industrial Design Foundation, South West Screen, PopVox, VINNOVA and Guimaraes 2012.

In September 2014, Tom was appointed as Member of the Arts & Humanities Research Council's governing body, the Council.

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Mapping the next 5 years for UK Higher Education

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Creative Approaches to Global Research Challenges

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23/03/16 18:43