Dr Neil Brownsword


School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

Neil’s artistic research examines the manufacturing histories of North Staffordshire’s ceramic industry, and the effects globalisation has had upon people, place and traditional skills in recent decades. His reactivation of associated post-industrial spaces and endangered industrial crafts has achieved impact internationally via cross-cultural exchange and curated trans-disciplinary collaborative projects.

Neil also holds a Professorial position at University of Bergen.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Appointed Trustee - Spode Museum Trust (2015 - present)
  • Charter Member Fu Le International Ceramic Art Museums, China (2008 - present)


  • Sculpture, installation
  • Site-specific projects
  • Curatorial practice
  • Clay and ceramic material knowledge and process
  • Industrial plaster model and mould making
Top 250 Young University

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Top 15 for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020