University of Leeds launches textile technology BSc to meet industry demand
The University of Leeds is launching a new textile technology course to start in 2024, in response to industry demand. UKFT members and the wider network indicated a growing need for a textile technology undergraduate course in the UK, which has led to the development of the Textile Innovation and Sustainability BSc.
The course will help students to discover and drive sustainable and innovative textile solutions to unravel the global environmental and societal challenges faced by textile and related industries. It will also offer an advanced understanding of the role that technology plays in the development of innovative and sustainable textile materials, processes and products of the future.
It will offer students the opportunity to investigate new sustainable raw materials and manufacturing methods, as well as circular processes, utilising lab-scale manufacturing, testing, and characterisation facilities, with an optional placement year in industry.
The course is being supported by the Textile Livery Group including The Weavers Company, The Worshipful Company of Woolmen, The Clothworkers’ Company, The Worshipful Company of Drapers and the Merchant Taylors’ Company, as well as the Cotton Textile Research Trust and the Cotton Industry War Memorial Trust.
Adam Mansell, CEO of UKFT, said: “Following calls from industry and an in-depth survey of our network last year, we are delighted to see this course become a reality. This type of training is urgently needed here in the UK and we believe it will provide a comprehensive set of skills and experience for anyone wanting to enter the vibrant UK textile industry.”
The University of Leeds is a UKFT Education Partner. Find out more about UKFT Education Partner membership here.