Simon Huson

Simon Huson

Senior Lecturer and Subject lead PGCE Art and Design

Secondary and Post Compulsory Education

Contact Details


Simon is the subject lead for the Secondary PGCE Art and Design, he also has responsibility for the Art and Design component of the Further Education PGCE programme. Prior to joining the University as a Senior Lecturer in 2021, Simon was Head of Art at Monmouth School for Girls.

Simon contributes over 25 years of teaching and middle management experience across all phases of education, including as a secondary Head of Art and Design, and 13 years as a Senior Lecturer on the PGCE Art and Design programme at UWE Bristol.

Currently, as well as teaching Simon has his own art practice involving painting, illustration, ceramics, and stained glass.


  • MA Ceramics and Education – UWE Bristol 2011
  • BA Art History – Open University 1997
  • BA Education (Design and Technology) – UWE Bristol 1995
  • HND Illustration – Falmouth School of Art 1990
  • Art Foundation Diploma – Newport College of Art 1988

Teaching and Research Interests

Teaching interests:


  • Secondary PGCE Art and Design
  • FE PGCE Art and Design
  • Professional Studies



  • MA Education dissertation supervision
  • MA Education NQT Module supervision
  • PGCert HE Tutor
  • Primary undergraduate Year 3 dissertation tutor
  • Primary Art and Design subject specialism module tutor

Research interests:

  • Cross-curricular learning in art and design
  • The effectiveness of school visits

Professional Bodies

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  • Member of the National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD).


Foley, J., Huson, S. and Jones, M. (2019) Serendipity, Synergy and Stealth. Developing teachers’ creativity: immersive poetry pedagogy and cross-curricular riches at PGCE, in Teaching English (Issue 19) pp. 51-55. Sheffield: National Association for the Teaching of English.

Huson, S. (Summer 2015) Immersive Learning in Primary Settings, in AD (Issue 13) pp. 26-27. Corsham: National Society for Education in Art and Design.

Huson, S., Foley, J. and Jones, M. (Summer 2018) Gurney, in AD (Issue 22) pp. 18-20. Corsham: National Society for Education in Art and Design.

Jones, M. and Huson, S. (Autumn 2012) Changing Rooms: Geography through Art, in Teaching Geography pp. 110-112. Sheffield: Geographical Association.

Jones, P.W. and Hitchman, I. (2015) Post-War to Post Modern: A Dictionary of Artists in Wales. Ceredigion: Gomer Press. This is an entry about Simon’s own practice.

External Roles

University of Brighton: External Examiner, PGCE Art and Design / Art and Design: BA(hons) Primary QTS  2013-2017

 University of Reading: External Examiner, PGCE Art and Design, 2007-2011

University of Gloucester: External Examiner, PGCE Art and Design / SCITT 2017-18

Henbury School, Bristol: Sponsor Governor (Community Arts Steering Group / Staffing Committee / Curriculum Committee) 2007-2011

Edexcel : Visiting Moderator - A level Art and Design, 2006-2012

WJEC: Visiting moderator - A level Art and Design, 2006-2008

Book reviews (2010):

Addison, A. and Burgess, L. eds. (2012) Debates in Art and Design Education. London: Routledge

Stears, D. (not known currently) Teaching Secondary Art and Design: identifying and exploring pedagogical issues for students and teachers. Harlow: Pearson Education

Consultancy: providing CPD for non-art specialist teachers who were teaching Art and Design in a Bristol partnership school (2013-14)