LITAC - From Crisis to Opportunity: Re-Positioning Leicester’s Garment Manufacturing Image


   Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour

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  Dr Rubab Ashiq, Ms Edel Moore, Prof Jonathan Winterton  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Doctoral research students in LITAC will develop the ability to pursue research that advances the disciplines of textile technology, textile and fashion design, polymer science, and colour science and technology to find solutions to global challenges using advanced research tools and techniques. They will learn how to derive implications from their research results and communicate their findings to policy makers, practitioners, academics and industrial partners.

Are you passionate about fashion, sustainability, and driving social change?

If you have answered yes to the above, you can become a catalyst for change in the fashion industry through our ground-breaking PhD Programme at the University of Leeds’ School of Design. 

The project aim is to develop a roadmap for regeneration, transforming Leicester into a socially responsible hub for British Textiles and Fashion by identifying and addressing current industry challenges. The research will address pressing real-life issues facing the UK fashion and textile sector and offer sustainable and socially actionable business and policy recommendations. Through engaging with key stakeholders, including businesses, policymakers, workers, trade unions, and the broader community, the research will develop a guideline to re-brand Leicester; with the potential to be applied to other struggling manufacturing regions in the UK. 

The successful candidate will possess knowledge of management and marketing from a fashion industry perspective, and ideally, an understanding of social sustainability. Through your PhD studies, you will develop the skills needed to be at the vanguard of change, restoring this historic city's manufacturing glory, and fostering a more socially conscious fashion industry. The expected outcomes of your research will not only contribute to academic discourse relating to sustainability and social regeneration through business development practices, but will also provide a real-world impact, directly informing policy development in fashion, culture, and community sectors which can be applied in various challenged urban business settings.

The supervisory team consisting of Dr. Rubab Ashiq, Prof. Jonathan Winterton and Ms. Edel Moore, bring a combined wealth of School of Design and Business School research expertise which provides a unique perspective on socially driven business strategy within the fashion and textile sector.

Join us in shaping the future of British textiles and fashion; apply today to be a part of this impactful roadmap for positive change.

Industrial Collaborations:

The successful applicant will join the Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour (LITAC), a collaborative international research Institute that applies academic expertise, working together with external partners, both industrial from across the world, to address global challenges and sustainable development in textile and colour industries. We are focused on the development of innovative science and technology, materials, methods and processes. Technology-driven sustainable development is a major part of our work, hosted by the School of Design at the University of Leeds. 

The School of Design is a world leading research centre with a focus in creativity and developing innovative materials and manufacturing solutions with interdisciplinary researchers and industrial partners.

We have a strong industrial collaboration with UK and international based textiles and natural polymers manufacturing industries. These industrial collaborators will work closely with the PhD student.

Other Conditions:

  • Applicants must not have already been awarded or be currently studying for a doctoral degree.
  • Applicants must live within a reasonable distance of the University of Leeds whilst in receipt of this scholarship.

How to apply

Stage 1

First, apply for a research place of study, through the online application form. Please state clearly that the funding you wish to be considered for is LITAC ‘From Crisis to Opportunity: Re-Positioning Leicester’s Garment Manufacturing Image to a Socially Responsible Hub for British Fashion & Textiles’ with Dr Rubab Ashiq, Prof. Jonathan Winterton and Ms Edel Moore as your proposed supervisors. You will be expected to meet our eligibility criteria for PHD candidates.

In order to be considered for the Studentship you must submit all the required supporting documents for your application for PhD study.

Please note that you will not need to submit a Research Proposal as part of your application for this project. In place of a Research Proposal please can you submit a statement which convey’s your motivation and enthusiasm for the project as outlined in the Scholarship advert. See stage 2 below.

Once you have received your student ID number (a 9-digit number) move onto stage 2.

Stage 2

Apply for the LITAC Project – ‘From Crisis to Opportunity: Re-Positioning Leicester’s Garment Manufacturing Image to a Socially Responsible Hub for British Fashion & Textiles’ by completing the Scholarship Application Form. You must submit your scholarship application by 17.00 p.m. 4th of January 2024.

The scholarship application includes the supporting statement referenced in Stage 1. This statement should demonstrate your suitability for your intended PhD Project and not be longer than two pages. The statement should specifically include details on your interest in the project and why you have chosen to apply for this in particular. The statement should also include how you will apply your current skills, knowledge and experience to undertake the PhD and the approach you would take to develop the project.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have at least a first class or an upper second-class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in Fashion Marketing and Management (another appropriate undergraduate or Masters discipline -Marketing and Management). Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for this research degree course are advised to contact Dr Rubab Ashiq prior to making an application.

English language requirements

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study in the School of Design is an IELTS of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid.

Contact details

For further information related to the application process please email the Faculty PGR Admissions Team.

For further information related to the project please contact Dr Rubab Ashiq.

Business & Management (5) Creative Arts & Design (9) Law (22) Materials Science (24) Politics & Government (30)

Funding Notes

LITAC (Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour) hosted by the School of Design, is offering a number of highly competitive PhD scholarships consisting of the award of tuition fees and an annual maintenance stipend that matches UKRI rates (18,622 GBP in 2023/24) along with a significant element of training and development expenses also incorporated within the Scholarship package. The scholarships are available to start in 1st April 2024 or 1st October 2024 at the latest. All candidates must be UK applicants and will be assessed and selection is based on academic merit.

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