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First British universities receive fashion industry accreditation

Seven universities celebrated their accreditation for fashion courses this week, marking the first step in Creative Skillset’s ambition to improve links between the sector and students.

At an event held at central London’s Somerset House this week, courses run by Birmingham City University, Kingston University, the Manchester School of Art, Northbrook College, Nottingham Trent University, the University of Huddersfield and University of Westminster were all officially recognised.

They are the first courses to have received the official stamp, called Tick in Fashion Design, which has been put together by Creative Skillset’s industry panel that includes Betty Jackson CBE, Anne Tyrrell MBE, MaxMara creative director Eric Bremner, John Lewis’ head of design Iain Ewing, designer Nicole Farhi, Jigsaw product director Barbara Horspool, John Lewis’ head of buying womenswear Jo Hooper, Topman’s creative director Gordon Richardson, Roland Mouret’s head of production and sourcing Daliah Simble and  Sandy Vernon, creative director at Hobbs.

Sara Coakley, head of PR and external affairs, told Drapers: “This is just the start- from here we will go into other things like production and textiles, and in the long-term we will look at post-graduate courses.

“Other sectors have more mature links between the universities and the sector but we hope more people will be interested in it.

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