Rebecca Skeels

Subject Leader MA Crafts & Design and Lecturer in 3DD Metal, UCA Farnham

Academic, School of Crafts and Design

Rebecca Skeels is our postgraduate subject leader in the School of Crafts & Design. She teaches students on the undergraduate and postgraduate courses, sharing her considerable knowledge and expertise through collaboration and various types of projects.

Subject Leader for Post Graduate Courses in the School of Crafts and Design involves the co-ordination and management of the School’s taught postgraduate courses at Farnham, maintaining and developing recruitment, retention, curriculum and assessment. Responsibility for effective delivery of the schools’ MA programme and to undertake a significant teaching role and manage the input of specialist tutors. Rebecca is also a member of the Schools Management Team, an ex-officious member of the School Board of Study and an active member of the teaching and learning working group.

Rebecca is also a Senior Tutor for the undergraduate Glass, Ceramics, Jewellery, Metalwork course and the Jewellery and Metalwork Pathway Leader at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham . This enabled her to teach and lecture at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, on continually developing courses, working & sharing knowledge with the Designers, Makers and Crafts Professionals of the future.

Further information:

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Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy:

Rebecca is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has completed and graduated from a Postgraduate course in Teaching in the Creative Arts for Higher Education. She completed her Master of Arts at Central Saint Martins in 2001 in Design by Project.

Rebecca contributes regularly by writing articles for publication, collaborates with various organisations to manage and contribute to symposiums, conferences and exhibitions and has built up an online profile by setting up and continually updating three Network pages for the Association for Contemporary Jewellery. Rebecca is also a regular participant on selection and judging panels such as Rising Stars, the Crafts Council Hothouse programme, Craft and Design awards, Farnham Art Society annual exhibitions and the Festival of Crafts. 

  • Executive committee Member Hand Engravers Association of Great Britain
  • Member of the Board of Trustees New Ashgate Trust
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery
  • Founding Member of the Maltings Jewellery & Silversmiths Network.


Rebecca has taken part in a variety of internal and external validations and reviews at West Dean College, The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts and at the University for Creative Arts.

Rebecca also regularly reviews publications for Bloomsbury publishers.

External examination:

Rebecca completed her PhD supervisor training with the University for the Creative Arts.  

She has recently mentored a student from Bath Spa University PhD programme.

Awards, Grants and Commissions:

Rebecca regularly exhibits locally, throughout the UK and abroad and she has exhibited in one of the largest solo shows of contemporary jewellery at South Hill Park, Bracknell, celebrating the end of a three-year Artist in Residence programme.

Awards, Grants and Commissions:

  • 2014 – Creative Residency Funding for Engraving event
  • 2012 – Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2011 – Funded by West Dean to attend Master Class
  • 2009 – Won SEAB Development grant for JSN
  • 2008 – Funded by PMC Guild to attend 2009 conference
  • 2007 – Funded by UCCA for PGC in Teaching
  • 2005 - Won SEAB Research Development Grant
  • 2003 - Shortlist, Re-focus Fusion Competition
  • 2002 - Won residency at South Hill Park
  • 2002 - Won Bursary, London Arts Board
  • 2001 - Shortlist, 100% Rubber Competition
  • 2001 - Selected for Vision100
  • 2000 - Won Ad-hoc Grant for Masters course
  • 2000 - Shortlisted, 100% Rubber Competition
  • 1999 - Shortlisted, 100% Rubber Competition
  • 1998 - ‘Gift of The Year Award’
  • 1998 - Won Exporting Award, Klienwort Benson
  • 1998 - Won Exporting Award, LentA
  • 1998 - Won Travel Award, Eastern Arts Board
  • 1997 - Shortlisted, ‘Gift of the Year Award’
  • 1995 - Won Clerkenwell Award (CGA)
  • 1994 - Won CambsTEC Enterprise Grant

Research Outputs

Key outputs on UCARO:

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