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Innovating knowledge transfer in the fashion textiles and related technology industry using digital fabrication and finishing processes

Project Description

Application details:
Reference number: AEDTX2019
Start date of studentship: 1st of January 2020
Closing date of advert: 30th of September 2019
Interview date: Week commencing 21st of October 2019

Primary supervisor: Dr Tincuta Heinzel
Secondary supervisor: Prof. Tracy Bhamra

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Full Project Detail:

The fashion textiles and related technology industry is calling for innovative research-led solutions to support business growth, as well as sustainable design and development. Approximately 80% of this sector comprise of small firms operating in fashion design, designer-making, manufacturing, textile, product, and medical design.

An exciting opportunity exists to undertake a detailed programme of work with the aim of innovating knowledge transfer in the fashion textiles and related technology industry through the use of sustainable design and manufacturing platforms such as digital fabrication, as well as finishing processes and laser-based processes. The aim of the research is to identify ecosystems that facilitate circular economy with a focus on synthetic and performance materials and applications. The research project should review the circular design, materials, sports apparel or any related activity as a case study. Reduce waste, extend the life and value of synthetic and performance materials through recycling, reprocessing and repurposing are some of the strategies that are encouraged.

For this exciting opportunity applicants are requested to submit a one-page (A4-sized) proposal outlining their vision for the three-year studentship, with clear emphasis on a specific application (fashion, protection, sports technology, etc.), and suitable digital fabrication, finishing processes and laser-based processes.

While based within the School of the Arts, English and Drama, the successful candidate will be expected to work alongside colleagues within Loughborough University’s Design School, Business, and Engineering Schools, as well as research and enterprise partners within a larger Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) project – project reference ‘AH/S002804/1’. The student will also join Textile Design Research Group.

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Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Textile Design, Fashion Design, Product Design, Technical Textiles or a related subject. A relevant master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Digital Manufacturing, Material Sciences, 3D Printing, Fashion Design, Textile Technology & Innovation, 3D CAD, Sustainable Design.

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at Under Art

Please quote reference number: SAEDTEX19

Contact details

Name: Dr Tincuta Heinzel
Email address:
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 228968

Funding Notes

This School of Arts, English and Drama funded studentship is for a total of 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £15,009 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. International (non-EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will cover the International Tuition Fee Only.

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