Dr Sarah Kettley

Sarah is a Senior Lecturer in the Product Design subject area at Nottingham Trent University, and is a Fellow of the HEA. Sarah received her doctorate from Edinburgh Napier University in 2008.
In 2008 she joined NTU as an Interdisciplinary Research Fellow, becoming a full time lecturer in October 2009. In 2010 she contributed to the development of the postgraduate Smart Design programme, leading the innovative Horizon Scanning module, and in 2012 became Course Leader for the MA Product Design Futures framework. Sarah maintains her research activity in collaboration with the School of Art & Design, working with specialists in textile and fashion design to interrogate current practices and develop creative research methodologies as craft engages with emerging technologies and smart material. She is a member of the Design for Health and Wellbeing, and the Digital Craft and Embodied Knowledge research groups at NTU, and represents the university on the international Arcintex research network for Architecture, Interaction Design and Textiles. She is an elected council member of the Design Research Society. Her research interests focus on the representation of the individual in the design process, wearable technology, craft theory and design ethnography, interaction design and design for wellbeing.

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Richard Kettley

Richard holds a MSc in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Sherwood Institute, Nottingham, and is a member of the BACP and UKCP. In addition to his role as Research Fellow on ‘An Internet of Soft Things’. He practises as a counsellor with individual clients and with groups, and has a particular interest in working with trauma and abuse. He has previously worked with Mind in Nottinghamshire and has many years’ experience in pastoral care in education.

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Prof. David J Brown

David is Professor in Interactive Systems for Social Inclusion. He is a highly experienced project manager (£2M as Principal Investigator), and over 70 high quality journal and conference publications. He is a member of the International Programme Committee for the International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technology and the European Conference on Games Based Learning. He is a founding member of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability Special Affinity Group on Assistive Technology, and Conference Chair for Interactive Technologies and Games: Education, Health and Disability held annually at NTU.


Dr Amanda Briggs-Goode

Dr Amanda Briggs-Goode received her Phd in Digital Textile Design in 1997 and has since this time been working in this field as an academic as both a lecturer and researcher.  Having led the course for Textile Design for five years she has recently become head of department for Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear  and published a text book ‘Printed Textile Design’ in 2013 with notable publishers Laurence King as well as in 2011 an edited publication on Textile Design with Woodhead Publishing.  Her research work has covered a number of textile related disciplines; printed textile design, lace and the Nottingham Trent university archive and smart textiles.  In 2012 she led on a season of events in Nottingham called lace: here now which sought to challenge perceptions around lace and demonstrate the creative potential of archives for contemporary textile practice – this resulted in a book which she co-edited and published in late 2013 through Black Dog publishing.  Her work and collaboration with researchers into new technologies led to work with stretch sensors and creative practice and now through the internet of soft things project to use textile practice and material to consider person centred design and the therapeutic impact of both making and the products themselves.

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Dr Martha Glazzard

Martha is a practitioner in knitted textiles design and printmaking, who completed her PhD ‘Re-Addressing The Role Of Knitted Textile Design Knowledge: Auxetic Textiles From A Practice-Led, Designer-Maker Perspective’ in 2014. Alongside her Research Fellow role for ‘An Internet of Soft Things’, has experience of teaching practical textile design and design context at Nottingham Trent University, as well as running printmaking workshops for the public.

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Dr Matthew Bates

Matthew is a lecturer in multimedia applications and computer-assisted learning. His research interests include the positioning of games-based learning applications which encourage collaborative learning through the construction of new materials. He was awarded a Ph.D. in 2011 by Nottingham Trent University for his thesis entitled ‘Student Participation in Serious Games Design’. His research has collaborated with several educational programmes in Nottinghamshire to investigate how both children and adults can form part of multi-disciplinary design initiatives to create new interactive systems.

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Dr Steven Battersby

Steven has over 15 years’ experience in the field of computing engineering and related academic research. During this time he has worked on a number of projects (Commercial & Research) developing App’s (Desktop & Mobile) Games, Assistive Technologies and Natural User Interfaces. His roles as both a Software Engineer and Research Fellow have resulted in an extensive and proven track record for the research, development and realisation of computing software and hardware.Steven undertook an Engineering Multimedia MSc in 2002 and completed his PhD in 2013 with a thesis entitled: A Flexible Object Orientated Design Approach for the Realisation of Assistive Technology.

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Rachel Lucas

Rachel practices as a psychotherapist at Nottingham Women’s Counselling Service and Counselling Xtra, where she works in both long-term client work and occupational health. She has also worked as a counsellor for Nottingham Trent University student counselling service. Rachel trained on the MSc in Person-Centred Psychotherapy at the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute. She is currently working as a research assistant for the Iost project, which partners Nottingham Trent University with MIND, looking at ways to support mental health difficulties through the use of smart textiles and experiential workshops. Rachel previously worked in textile design and couture embroidery for many years, was employed at London College of Fashion and later moved to New York where she worked in women’s-wear for 12 years.

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