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PhD Studentship: Innovating Knowledge Transfer in the Fashion Textiles and Related Technology Industry Using Digital Fabrication and Finishing Processes

Loughborough University - School of Design and Creative Arts

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Loughborough
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £15,009 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 23rd August 2019
Closes: 30th September 2019
Reference: AEDTX2019

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 

Intro (standard):

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you will work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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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 textiles waste management. The aim of the research is to identify ecosystems that facilitate circular economy with a focus on synthetic and functional 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 approaches.

While based within the School of Design and Creative Arts, the successful candidate will be expected to work alongside colleagues within 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 the 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, Fashion Design, Textile Technology & Innovation or Material Sciences and Material Engineering. 

Funding information:

This Loughborough Design School 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.

Contact details:

Name: Dr. Tincuta Heinzel

Email address:

Telephone number: +44 (0) 1509 228968 

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at  Under ARTS 

Please quote reference number: AEDTX2019

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