Ruth Cochrane

Ruth Cochrane

Mrs Ruth Cochrane

Lecturer in Design, Employability and Commercialisation


Ruth has over 20 years’ experience as a professional designer and has worked in Higher Education since 2009. While maintaining a professional practice she now works full-time at Edinburgh Napier University as a lecturer in Product Design and the Enterprise Lead for the School of Arts and Creative Industries.
With a background in premium consumer products, she was the Chief Product Designer for Linn Products and Tannoy Ltd, having completed flagship work for Aston Martin. Ruth’s Professional Practice now focuses on Design Thinking and Design for Social Change in which she has advised both the Scottish and UK governments.
She has a 1st Class Honours Degree in Industrial Design from the University of Teesside and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Teaching, Learning and Assessment from Edinburgh Napier University




Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Consultant to Scottish Government on Design for Social Change
  • Adviser to UK Government on Design for Social Change
  • An Innovation Civic Challenge: Healthy Ageing
  • Scottish Innovative Student Awards Programme
  • Leadership of industry advisory panel
  • Adviser on the implementation of Equal Marriage in Scotland


Editorial Activity

  • Using a simple feedback stamp to provide incremental feedback on work-in-progress in the art design context


Fellowships and Awards

  • Aurora Leadership Foundation
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)


Invited Speaker

  • Guest speaker at Zhenzhou University of Light Industry, China


Public/Community Engagement

  • Wills and Executries Design Thinking
  • Botanics Fairy Doors
  • Women and Whisky
  • Creative City Challenge


Spin-outs and Licences

  • Dx - Napier Design Exchange



10 results

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • Designer of award winning speaker package
  • Aston Martin Vanquish in car hi-fi