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Richard Arm

Senior Research Fellow

Nottingham School of Art & Design

Staff Group(s)
Fashion, knitwear and textile design


Richard works on several live defence projects revolving around the use of new technology or methodologies to support medical device design and configuration of technology as well as education of emergency medical treatments. Explore how Richard is using his background in visual effects to help save lives.

Career overview

2015 – to date: Flexural Composites Research Fellow, Nottingham Trent University.

2011 – 2015: LA School Governor, Nottingham City Council

2009 – 2015: Lecturer/ Senior Technical Advisor, Nottingham Trent University.

2005 – 2009: Senior Technician, Nottingham Trent University, Nottinghamshire.

2003 – 2005: Prototype Engineer, Morphy Richards, South Yorkshire.

1999 – 2003: Visual Effects Model maker- BBC, HSBC, ITV, Lamborghini, RAF ‘SB Modelmakers’, ‘Kane Gadsby Modelmakers’, Nottinghamshire. ‘Cutting Edge Effects’, Elstree Film Studios, London.

Research areas

Research areas include:

  • Bio-medical engineering and prosthetics
  • Biomimetic materials
  • Synthesising living human tissue
  • Wearable technology
  • Functional and flexural composites
  • Future technology
  • Bio-thermal energy scavenging.

External activity

  • The Royal Society of the Arts Fellow (FRSA)
  • The Higher Education Academy Fellow (FHEA)
  • Member of the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare
  • Member of EGE University, Scientific Committee
  • Advanced Bio-medical and Prosthetics Researcher and Inventor
  • Senior Technical Advisor/Design Fabrication Consultant
  • Website Author and Producer

Sponsors and collaborators

  • Royal Centre for Defence Medicine
  • Cranfield Defence Academy
  • Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
  • Trauma FX

Press expertise

  • Creating realistic models of human organs
  • Combining art and science
  • 3D printing
  • Bio-mimicry
  • The creation of an artificial / simulated human