Academic Research & Innovation

Giving students the support they need to succeed, on and off the university campus.


In 2012, we helped to establish the Clothworkers’ Centre for Textile Materials Innovation for Healthcare (CCTMIH) at the University of Leeds, with a £1.75 million anchor donation. The Centre works to develop enabling technologies based on advances in textile science and engineering. From bioactive wound dressings to implantable devices aiding the regeneration of bone or skin – the application of textiles in healthcare is a rapidly developing field.

The Company has also been a principal supporter of the Textiles and Colour Science activities at Leeds since it was established. We currently provide bursaries for a number of postgraduate students. In addition, subject to access and utilisation criteria, we make capital grants to assist with the purchase of cutting-edge specialist equipment.

In 2021, we made the largest commitment in our Company history, investing £8.9 million (over 10 years) to found the new Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour (LITAC). In 2022, we worked with other textile-focused livery companies to help launch a new course at LITAC, providing support for academic and needs-based bursaries to the new Textiles Innovation and Sustainability BSc programme.

A grant of £15,000 was also awarded to Central Saint Martins in 2022 in support of an MA bursary in Material Futures.

Recent Grants