Edward Austin

Senior Lecturer

School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

I am a Senior Lecturer and the Course Leader for MA Ceramics. I am responsible for all aspects of curriculum, management delivery and development, and fostering links with industry through collaborative projects.

I attended the University of Wales, Staffordshire University, Savonia Polytechnic, and the Royal College of Art before becoming a tableware designer in France and Stoke-on-Trent. I have over 10 years’ experience designing for mass manufacturing in the hospitality industry, including creating best-selling ranges for global brands.

I am currently an External Examiner at Central Saint Martins.

Professional memberships and activities

  • FRSA, Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts Manufacturers and Commerce 

Academic qualifications

  • Advance HE Professional Development Course for External Examiners
  • MA Ceramics and Glass, Royal College of Art
  • BA Ceramic Design, Staffordshire University
  • Foundation Art and Design, University of Wales Institute Cardiff


  • Ceramics manufacturing
  • Tableware
  • Computer Aided Design
  • 3D Printing and CNC machining

Research interests

  • Clay Printing
  • Sustainability
  • Collaborative research with Chris Wayman and Neil Brownsword.


Course Leader MA Ceramics


2019 – Externalising the Archive, British Ceramics Biennial, Stoke-on-Trent
2020 – Spode Museum Trust 250th Anniversary Exhibition, Stoke-on-Trent

UK University

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

for Job Prospects

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

for Student Satisfaction

Complete University Guide 2022

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

for Course Content

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021