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Maker Club

The Maker Club at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) offers staff and students the opportunity to be part of a creative community of learning and sharing, through practical craft-based activities.

About the Maker Club

The Maker Club offers 'on-demand' extracurricular workshops in an informal setting with support from staff and student mentors.

Staff and students can take advantage of activities that develop specialist skills and techniques within a variety of practical workshop sessions such as:
  • model making and general workshop practice;
  • furniture joinery;
  • willow weaving;
  • spoon carving;
  • bowl turning;
  • traditional green woodworking and pole lathe turning;
  • pen turning and wood lathe techniques; and
  • vacuum bagpress and laminate furniture;

Established in 2016 by Kerry Truman, Senior Technician from the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, the sessions are delivered during term time, and vary from lunchtime sessions and one-day workshops to five-week projects.

“Setting up small projects like this offers a great opportunity for students to personalise their learning and develop confidence and skills alongside students from other courses across the University.” - Kerry Truman

Alumni funding

In 2016 the Maker Club was awarded £1,500 of alumni funding, securing the purchase of an XCarve CNC machine and associated equipment. The new equipment and the opportunity for an interdisciplinary approach to learning, has enabled students and technical staff from across the School to collaborate and develop new skills.

Year Two BA (Hons) Product Design student, Chloe Fish said “the Maker Club has given me the opportunity to do something I wouldn’t have done as part of my course. It has broadened my confidence and has given me an advantage in my course projects.”

How can I get involved?

To find out more about the Maker Club and how you can request a session, please email for more details.

Follow Kerry Truman on Twitter for more information and insights into how these sessions progress.

Maker Club

  • Subject area: Art and design
  • Category: Learning tools and spaces
  • Location: City Campus

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418