Research

The School of Jewellery is a vibrant, burgeoning research collective. We interrogate some of the most vibrant, diverse and ambitious research and professional practice activities in the subject area.

The Craft Cultures research cluster provides a forum to explore the multidisciplinary characteristics of craft and its praxis. A core objective is to encourage research and understanding into all aspects of craftsmanship, from the creation of the object through the design, technology and material to the role of the object and how it engages and communicates with maker, wearer and audience. Craftsmanship is explored through two main themes: Craftsmanship as the creative endeavour - in the context of: heritage, contemporary practice, traditional and digital innovations, and the sciences; and Craftsmanship and its impact on - individuals, relationships, shared experiences and the wider society.

Creative problem solving is the constant thread running through the School and our Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre, where the edgelands and boundaries are explored at the interface between materials, technology and application, and where subject constraints and self-expression are embraced in equal measure.

Our networks, both personal and professional, extend across mainland Europe and Scandinavia, America and increasingly, towards the Far East. Our extensive connections include: galleries and professional organisations, artists, makers and curators, academics and research fellows, exchange and overseas students. These research and professional practice activities are unmatched in the UK and recognised at an international level.

Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre

The JIIC assists companies within the high value added goods/small products industry, and allied trades. It offers client centred consultancy, expertise and problem solving in a range of industry related techniques.

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Craft Cultures

Exploring the multidisciplinary characteristics of craft and its praxis. Craftsmanship is explored through two main themes: Craftsmanship as the creative endeavour and the impact of Craftsmanship.

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Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

AHRC funding for UK/EU doctoral students

The Midlands4Cities DTP will include at least 40 Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) co-designed with non-university partners.

The partnership will give students access across all eight institutions to a customised programme of research and employability training, which will enable students to gain vital arts and humanities skills.

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