Simon Taylor


Course Leader Foundation Degree in Learning Support & Partnership Enhancement Co-ordinator

Education and Inclusion

Contact Details

tel: 01905 542830

Simon joined the School 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 (with Distinction)
  • BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design, University of Brighton

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

  • 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. Elders, L. and Hay, P. (2022) Thinking Differently Project Evaluation Report, Meadow Arts

Taylor, S. (forthcoming) Creativity in the Early Years: engaging children aged 0-5. London: SAGE

Taylor, S (2020) Harnessing the power of the white cube: The contemporary art gallery as a liminal space for multi-sensory learning. In Campbell, L. (ed) Leap into Action: Critical Performative Pedagogies in Art and Design Education. New York: Peter Lang

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. 212213


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 (2022) Time well spent: using the arts and creativity in prison education. British Education Studies Association (BESA) International Conference: Education and Social Justice, Manchester

Taylor (2022) Using the arts and creativity in education and inclusion. Keynote Speaker for Somerset Centre for Integrated Learning (SCIL): Practice based Research Conference, Dillington House

Taylor (2022) Thinking Differently. Arts for Health Symposium, The Art House, University of Worcester

Taylor, S (2019) Harnessing the power of the white cube: the contemporary art gallery as an inclusive space for learning. International Journal of Art and Design Education (iJADE) Conference, Goldsmiths, University of London.

Taylor, S. (2018) Artist teacher pedagogies and the contemporary art gallery,The Artist Teacher: practice and pedagogies, NSEAD Annual Conference, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford

Taylor, S. (2018) Inclusion and the contemporary art gallery,Sensing Culture Symposium, University of Bath

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) Artists 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] 

External Roles

External Examiner: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA Arts Pedagogy and Practice (2018-present)