Post Graduate Bursaries
Leeds and Manchester are the two leading centres of academic excellence in textile technology and colour science.
Up until 2008, we awarded MSc bursaries at both universities; this support totalled £120,000 over a five year period. However, our current focus is on PhD bursaries.
Over the past few years, we have made eight grants totalling £480,000 to PhD students in textiles and colour science at Leeds and Manchester.
These include four bursaries under an initiative to foster closer collaboration between the two universities in non-wovens, where the students are jointly supervised by Professors at both universities, and have access to facilities across the two campuses.
The initial projects were in the field of sustainability, examining the feasibility of developing paper-based materials from textile apparel waste and in recycling high performance fibre waste. The latest projects are looking at the development of new non-woven materials for the medical technical textiles sector, and the capability of forcespinning to produce continuous filament nanofibres.
Other projects supported include examination of the extraction and identification of natural dyes; research into crease and wash-resistant electrically-conductive inks; the application of LEDs inside fibres to create instant colour change; and waterless dyeing technology.