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Simon Taylor

Partnership Co-ordinator (non-ITE)

Institute of Education

Contact Details


tel: 01905 542830

Simon joined the Institute of Education in January 2016 having worked in the arts and cultural sector for many years. He specialises in collaborative research, building partnerships, commissioning, strategic planning, interdisciplinary working and professional development supporting artists, teachers and senior managers.

Prior to the University of Worcester, Simon was Head of Learning for Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery (2011-2015) and Education and Community Outreach Manager for The Making (2004-2011), an arts development agency based in Hampshire.

Originally a graduate of the University of Brighton, Simon worked as a professional artist in the South East, teaching in a range of settings including Special schools, Children’s Centres, Prison Education and FE colleges. He has worked with a diverse range of learners from adults to young people at risk from exclusion, children with special needs, prisoners and young offenders.

Simon is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA).



PGCert Learning and Teaching in HE

MA Museums and Galleries in Education, UCL Institute of Education

BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design, University of Brighton

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching interests

Policy-making: the search for solutions in education

Work experience in an educational setting

Creative and Expressive Arts in the Early Years: Engaging Children        

Foundation Degree in Learning Support

Research Interests

Vocational Pedagogy

Experiential Learning

Collaborative CPD

Social inclusion

Creativity and cultural learning

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA)

HEA Fellow

NSEAD (The National Society for Education in Art & Design)

engage (National Association for Gallery Education)

Cultural Learning Alliance




Taylor, S. (2017) Inclusion and the arts. In: Woolley, R. (ed) Understanding Inclusion: Core Concepts, policy, practice. London, Routledge

Taylor, S. and Payne, R. (2013) Skills in the Making. In: Ravetz, Kettle & Facey (eds.) Collaboration through Craft, Bloomsbury, pp. 142-156

Book Reviews

Taylor, S. (2012) Arts and Craft Objects: Imogen Hart, The International Journal of Art & Design Education, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp. 212–213


Taylor, S. (2010) Intergenerational Learning and the Challenges of Outreach. engage, 25, pp.58-68


Taylor, S. (2007) Street Art: assessing the value of using participatory workshops to engage young people. Arts Professional, 143


Taylor, S. (2004) Weaving Wonders: Crafts Council Evaluation & Case Study. In Wonderful Things, London Museums Agency

Conference Papers

Taylor, S. (2017) Inclusion and the arts, International Journal of Art and Design Education (iJADE) Conference, National College of Art & Design, Dublin

Taylor, S. (2017)  Paper on Creating conducive learning environments with students: Technology Enhanced Learning- distraction or enhancement? British Education Studies Association, Liverpool Hope University

Taylor, S. (2015) discussion panel Chair for Language, representation and engagement in a super diverse city, Museums Association Conference, Birmingham

Taylor, S. (2014) ‘Life Still’, presentation for Creativity, Health and Well-being, Oriel Mostyn, North Wales, Axisweb

Taylor, S. (2013) discussion panel Chair for The local and the international, engage International Conference, Birmingham

Taylor, S. (2011) ‘Skills in The Making’, presentation at Pairings: Conversations, Collaborations, Materials Conference. School of Art, University of Manchester

Taylor, S. (2010) ‘Artist’s guide to education and outreach’, presentation at Making it Big Public Art Symposium, Central St. Martins, University of the Arts London

Taylor, S. (2010) ‘Skills in The Making’, presentation on teachers CPD, NSEAD Annual Conference, British Museum, London

Taylor, S. (2008) ‘Arts Funding for Schools’ Seminar, presentation to Head teachers and creative agents, Creative Partnerships: Southampton, Portsmouth & IoW

Taylor, S. (2007-09) Creative Futures artists’ CPD seminar programme, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham,

Taylor, S. (2007) A rough guide to surviving in the crafts New Makers Seminar, University College for Creative Arts, Farnham

Online video

Taylor, S. (2011) Skills in The Making, teachers CPD. [Online] Available from:

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities