Our expertise

All of our staff come from an industry background and bring a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience. 

All of this gives you access to the latest thinking, creativity and professional networks.

Our expertise reflects the two areas within our school: fashion and textiles.


We have a diverse team of lecturers, all from an industry background. Our team have a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience.

Expertise includes buying, merchandising, design, marketing, trend forecasting, PR, event management and business. We have a real world focus, which prepares students for a career in the fashion industry.


Our staff members have high-end industry experience in design and manufacturing and help students to learn and develop design expertise that is industry focused and commercially aware – increasing their employability and outlook.

Our in-house staff team is complemented by Visiting Tutors who are successful designers and makers.

Staff focus

Professor Colin Gale

Colin is Director of Postgraduate Programmes in Fashion and Textiles. From a career journey beginning in Fine Art, his experience has covered nearly every art, design and media discipline imaginable. His research interests include technology, business, cultural studies and specialist design and craft in East and South East Asia.

Jasbir Kaur

Jasbir is Deputy Director of Postgraduate Programmes in Fashion and Textiles and has extensive experience in commercial textile design and magazine production. Her work is published internationally and she has specific research interests in South Asian fashion.

Rebecca Russell-Turner

Rebecca Russell-Turner is a fashion designer, stylist and entrepreneur based in London. She has her own company and has extensive creative industry experience.

Business Links

We maintain excellent links with design and manufacturing organisations, and working in close partnership with businesses on live projects, commissions, placements and internships.
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We support and encourage research opportunities for our students and staff, covering areas including sustainability, fibre and materials, photography, curation and specialist printing.
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