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Debbie trained in fashion design and continues to develop her career with a focus towards pattern cutting, garment construction and textiles for fashion. She joined the school of Art Design and Architecture as a lecturer in fashion in 2012 and currently teaches pattern cutting, construction and textiles for fashion. Debbie graduated from The Birmingham City Institute of Art and Design in 2005, with a BA (Hons) degree in Fashion Design. She obtained a Master’s degree, in 2017, which focused on the perceptions of sewing skills in Higher Education. Debbie continues to pursue this focus at the forefront of her current research activities.

Debbie’s previous lecturing and technical positions were gained in Further Education, working across various BTEC National Diploma courses. Teaching and technical responsibilities included pattern cutting and construction, textiles for fashion and visual communication. Debbie also worked for a number of years as a wardrobe assistant and costume maker. Her experiences in industry, alongside her enthusiasm for the creative processes involved in pattern cutting and clothing construction continue to enrich her teaching practice and research profile. 

Research Expertise and Interests

Sewing Skills and Garment Construction

Pattern Cutting

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


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