Jonathan Carson is the interim Dean of Students for the University. He is strongly connected to the North West; born in Wigan to Liverpudlian parents, Jonathan was raised in Manchester where he has lived and worked since returning to the area following undergraduate studies in London at Chelsea College of Art and then at Winchester School of Art, from where he graduated with a first class degree in BA (Hons) Textile Art in 1998. In 2000, Jonathan was awarded a masters in Textiles at Manchester Metropolitan University, where his studies were funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council.
Joining University of Salford in 2004 as an hourly-paid lecturer, Jonathan was subsequently appointed as a Lecturer in Critical & Contextual Studies in Art & Design, becoming Senior Lecturer in 2011. Jonathan was Associate Head (Academic) in the former School of Art & Design before being appointed to the role of Associate Dean Academic (Enhancement) in 2013 in the then newly formed School of Arts & Media. He took up the role of interim Dean of Students in 2016.
Alongside the work he has undertaken in teaching and learning, Jonathan has maintained his practice as a fine artist. This work represents Jonathan’s research interests and profoundly informs his practice as an educator. He collaborates with fellow artist and University of Salford academic Rosie Miller. As Carson & Miller, they have created a substantial body of work; their work has featured in exhibitions and events in the UK, Finland, Argentina, Germany and Cyprus. In 2015, their exhibition Archive Games was at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. Carson & Miller have spoken and written about their work in a number of contexts, including presentations in Belgium, Canada, the US and the UK and texts for publications including the edited book Not A Day Without A Line: Understanding Artists' Writings (Academia Press, 2013) and the Journal of Writing in Creative Practice (2015).