Simon Pierse retired from teaching in 2016. He is currently Emeritus Senior Lecturer at the School of Art, Aberystwyth University.
Over the years, many of Simon's students have won coveted art prizes: Elizabeth Greenshields award, Sir Kyffin Williams Student Drawing Prize, RCA Student Prize (2013), Royal Academy Murray Landscape Prize, BP Portrait Competition Travel Award, MOMA Wales Art Prize, the Wales Portrait Award, the Boundary Gallery Figurative Art Prize, Nationwide Mercury Awards, Threadneedle Prize (2007) Lynn Painter Stainer Young Artist of the Year Prize (2009). Others have been selected for The FBA Futures exhibition, Mall Galleries, or taken up post-graduate places at the Royal College of Art, the Slade, Wimbledon College of Art, Central Saint Martin’s, Prince's Drawing School and Courtauld Institute. MA alumnus Tom Voyce won Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year Award in 2018.