Dr Tom Ainsworth is a researcher, lecturer and designer with a particular focus on design for well being. His doctorate followed work as a Research Assistant at Brighton and Sussex Medical school, while his own research interests seek to achieve social benefit through activities in design for health, design innovation and interdisciplinary teaching and learning.
Alma Boyes is a sculptor whose work is currently focussed on figurative studies and work that explores the expression and evocation of social (and cultural) relationships, predominantly as expressed between animal species. She teaches in material practice and design specialising in ceramics.
Tanya Dean is co-founder of acclaimed design consultancy BoBo Design Ltd and Area Leader for Plastics. Her interests stem from an intuitive and enquiring relationship with materials and making which have been tuned to enable the exploration of the potential of materials in a range of designed contexts.
Patrick’s specialisms include woven and printed textiles design and manufacture, laser-cutting, jewellery and 3D design/making in a range of technical and traditional materials. He works with colleagues and students across a diverse range of design, fine art and engineering disciplines, advising on the potential of textile structures.
An expert in the history of plywood technology in furniture design. Jyri Kermik has gained an international reputation for furniture designs for small scale and volume production. He is interested in technology and design process development, spatial and 3D design.
President of the Chartered Society of Designers, and a key figure in the development of education in fashion and textiles, Jake Leith's interests lie in printed textiles and business practice in fashion and design. He co-founded the design consultancy Fantasy Finishes and the interior design company The Jake Leith Partnership.
Patrick Letschka is area leader for the wood department and visual research in 3D Design & Materials Practice. He runs a small workshop, has collaborated with several leading craftspeople. His work is primarily concerned with researching through moving image and making objects that function within ritual.
Designer James McAdam creates products which explore the emotional interaction and technological innovation. These have been internationally recognised, exhibited and featured in various media/press features. Designing products that affect emotions, his designs aim to help overcome fear and insecurity.
Gareth Neal’s acclaimed furniture design practice was established in 1999 and has since gained international recognition. His unique style seeks a reconsideration of contemporary furniture design, questioning our perceptions of history and the contemporary, the material and immaterial.
A lecturer of ceramics, Louisa is especially interested in colour permutation. form and function. 18th Century dining vessels. and rituals of dining. She runs her own practice producing, among other things, an aclaimed stacking tableware range for shops, galleries and collectors in the UK and internationally.
Avril Wilson is joint Area Leader for Metal with specialist knowledge in blacksmithing and steel fabrication as well as experience of working in a wide range of materials. Her work explores identity of place through commissioned work in the public realm and gallery exhibitions.