Sam Vettese

Sam Vettese

Dr Sam Vettese

Senior Lecturer


I am a Reader in Applied Art and Design with eleven years of experience in Higher Education and seven years as an award winning practicing jewellery and metalwork designer. My research is wide ranging in approach, encompassing diverse areas of art, design and heritage but with a particular emphasis on digital craft. I was returned in the RAE (2008) at Heriot-Watt under the ‘Art and Design’ unit of assessment and in the REF (2014) at Edinburgh Napier University for the ‘Communication, Cultural and Media Studies’ unit of assessment. My grant funding and awards total over £150,000 and I have published a number of peer reviewed journal and conference papers.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and deliver high quality teaching and learning in visual, critical and contextual studies for multi-disciplinary, under and post graduate design students. In 2010 I was awarded the Graduates Teaching Prize for lecturer of the year and was nominated for the 2010 Teaching and Learning Oscars, ‘Guiding Hand’ award at Heriot Watt University. I was appointed as external examiner for the BA (Hons) in Fashion Communication at Southampton Solent University (2013 – 2017).

I have been recipient of several prestigious prizes as a practicing jeweller including the Platinum Awards and the Goldsmiths Metal Bursary in 1990 and the New Designers/Goldsmiths jewellery prize in 1991. After receiving my first degree, I spent a year as ‘artist in residence’ within the Jewellery and Silversmithing department of Edinburgh College of Art. I have exhibited extensively throughout the United Kingdom and my work in platinum and gold form part of the Museum of Scotland’s permanent collection.

Research Areas




Conference Activity

  • Submission Chair, Research Through Design Conference, 2016


External Examining/Validations

  • External examiner for BA (Hons) in Fashion Communication, School of the Creative Industries, Southampton Solent University


Grant Reviewer

  • Reviewer for Train@Ed Research Fellowship Programme - Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions COFUND project


Invited Speaker

  • Inspiring Innovative Sustainable Materials : An Applied Arts Scotland event in association with Interface
  • Liberty Lates - Arts and Crafts from 1900 to Now
  • Edinburgh Open Doors Day '3D Printing in Heritage'
  • Invited speaker at Edinburgh Tourism Action Group ‘Shine a Light on Technology’ conference, March 2015
  • Invited speaker at Textiles Future Forum ‘Trading Zone’ event, Edinburgh, March 2015
  • Invited speaker at Textiles Future Forum ‘Trading Zone’ event, Glasgow, September
  • Invited exhibitor at Edinburgh Tourism Action Group ‘Digital Tourism’ conference, November 2015
  • Digimakit at E-Textiles Summer Camp, 2015, Ponce sur le Loire, August 2015 (funded by Edinburgh Napier University)
  • Featured in ‘Prototype Today’, April 2015



  • Digital Culture and Society Journal
  • Research Through Design Conference 2019
  • Peer reviewer for The Design Journal (Taylor and Francis) 2009
  • Book Reviewer ‘The Visual Dictionary of Fashion’ (Bloomsbury Publishing Plc) 2009
  • Reviewer for CITAR Journal of Science and Technology of the Arts


Current Post Grad projects