Darren is Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Graphic Design and Senior Lecturer with the School of Arts and Media at the University of Salford. Darren is a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellow, and has been an educator at London College of Communication, Staffordshire University and the University of Huddersfield.

His current EdD research at Staffordshire University explores how graphic design educators form their academic identities and how they negotiate the liminalities between the institution and embedding their own professional experience.