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M&S and UKFT launch university 'masterclasses'

The UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) has announced it is set to roll out a series of manufacturing “masterclasses” to UK universities, with the support of Marks & Spencer.

The masterclasses will be run at five universities, and are part of the “Made It” campaign, which aims to give students a better understanding of the considerations around a UK manufacturing strategy.

Students at the University of Leeds, University of Salford, University of Westminster, Nottingham Trent University and Falmouth University will host the masterclasses, which will run through September and October.

Those taking part in the masterclasses will helped to produce a UK-made look, and selected students from each university will receive financial support from M&S.

The campaign is a collaborative project between Graduate Fashion Week, M&S and the UKFT, and aims to bring together graduate designers and UK manufacturers.

Commenting on the announcement, Adam Mansell, CEO of the UKFT, said: “As part of UKFT’s ongoing commitment to support UK manufacturing, we feel it is essential for students to understand the importance of commercial and technical considerations throughout the design process and the Made It campaign delivers this message.”

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