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UAL Selected To Host Major Creative R&D Partnership Focused On Fashion And Textile Industry

Photography by Charles Emerson ©Heimtextil Trend Book

Photography by Charles Emerson ©Heimtextil Trend Book

University of the Arts London (UAL) has been awarded one of nine game-changing R&D partnerships as part of the Government’s investment in the UK’s creative industries, under the banner of the flagship Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund initiative. Over the next five years, the Arts & Humanities Research Council’s Creative Industries Clusters Programme will strengthen the creative industries’ position as vital to UK economic growth and resilience, and provide direct links into shaping Government policy.

Simon Ofield-Kerr, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, UAL said:

At UAL we welcome this programme as a vote of confidence in the value of creativity, and strategic recognition of the vast social and economic benefits that our fashion and textiles industries generate for the UK. As a world-leader in creative knowledge exchange and research, UAL is proud to put these strengths to work with industry to deliver the innovation and business solutions that will accelerate growth and significant long-term development in this leading UK creative sector.”

The Business of Fashion, Textiles and Technology (BFTT) Creative R&D Partnership is one of nine clusters and one policy and evidence centre to be funded under the multi-million pound Creative Industries Cluster Programme. The five-year industry-led project will focus on delivering innovation within the entire fashion and textile supply chain, with special attention given to positioning industry as agents of new technology and materials development.

The Partnership includes work streams dedicated to developing an evidence base; supporting SMEs in engaging in high-value collaborative R&D; sustainable business practice; reimagining retail and consumer experiences; tackling the industry reliance on synthetic materials; developing new sustainable materials and building critical mass in new modes of making and manufacturing for fashion and textiles.