Dr Dilusha Rajapakse
Lecturer in Textile Design
Dr Dilusha Rajapakse is a lecturer in Textile Design, and a SEDA recognised Doctoral Supervisor with over eight years of professional experience in providing Fashion & Textile Design education for undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students.
Dilusha’s multi-disciplinary practice-based research aims to investigate the potential of fusing existing textile design practices with emerging material properties and technologies for the development of dynamic and responsive textile surfaces. Dilusha has extensive research experience in the area of photochromic textiles, where he exploits new design approaches to integrate animated multi-colour and pattern-changing aesthetics onto textiles without compromising core textile characteristics. Dilusha has successfully disseminated the outcomes of this research at national and international levels, making a contribution to the progression of his area of investigation. Moreover, Dilusha is actively engaging in establishing higher education partnerships within key overseas regions and securing funding to conduct cross-institutional research, staff development programmes and student placement initiatives.
Dilusha completed his PhD in 2017, and his Doctoral research was fully funded by the Nottingham Trent University Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship Award. He is also a recipient of the Harold Tillman Scholarship Award, which enabled him to obtain an MA in Digital Fashion from the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. Dilusha also holds a BA (Hons) in Fashion Design and Product Development Degree from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. Dilusha is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and holds a PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from Birmingham City University.