Dr Sharon Prendeville joins the Design Museum’s Future Observatory Research Steering Group

Sharon Prendeville

Dr Sharon Prendeville, Institute for Design Innovation, has been invited to join the Design Museum’s Future Observatory steering group.

We are delighted to announce that Dr Sharon Prendeville, Senior Lecturer at the Institute for Design Innovation and Loughborough University London's Deputy Associate Dean for Research and Innovation, has been invited to join the Design Museum's Future Observatory Research Steering group.

The Future Observatory, launched in 2021, is the United Kingdom's leading initiative for cutting-edge design research and innovation in response to the urgent climate crisis. With a focus on supporting the country's green transition, the programme is responsible for allocating £25 million in research funding over three years, generously provided by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

In her role, Dr Prendeville will contribute her expertise and insights towards shaping the direction of UK design research funding, particularly in relation to green transitions. So far, the role has involved actively participating in appointing, supporting, and mentoring grantees, ensuring that the future of design research aligns with the pressing environmental challenges we face.

Reflecting on her appointment, Dr Prendeville expressed her enthusiasm, stating:

"Joining the steering group presents an opportunity to influence the direction of UK design research funding on green transitions at the highest level. The Future Observatory is precisely the type of leadership we need from our cultural institutions on tackling the ecological crises that we are facing today, and I'm honored to continue to support this initiative."

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Dr Sharon Prendeville on this appoinment and look forward to her invaluable contributions to the Future Observatory's mission.

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2020 QS World University Rankings and top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2020, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and 8th in The UK Complete University Guide 2020.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Specialising exclusively in postgraduate-level study, Loughborough University London is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers cutting-edge master’s and PhD degrees, as well as business collaboration, research and enterprise opportunities.

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.