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Lecturer, Fashion Design, School of Design


Hunter Building


Emily is a Lecturer of Fashion at Edinburgh College of Art and a Flying Academic at The Shanghai International College of Fashion and Innovation. Her award-winning research explores accessibility in fashion with people who are blind or visually impaired. Emily has worked in various education roles for over 15 years and has a wide knowledge of further and higher education, with a particular interest in accessible and inclusive teaching methods in design education.


Educational awards

May 2012 Birmingham Young Professional of the Year Winner

November 2011 Outstanding Innovation inTeaching, Training or Learning

November 2010 Edge Award for Practical Teaching and Learning

November 2009 Beacon Award: Innovation in Delivery of Curriculum

Work history

Falmouth University

July 2019 - Current

  • External Examiner BA Hons Fashion Design

Edinburgh University - Edinburgh College of Art

Jan 2016 - Current

  • Fashion Lecturer & Course Organiser Year 1
  • Coordinator of Adjustments and Disability Contact
  • Flying Academic at Shanghai International College of Fashion and Innovation

Fashion Retail Academy, London

Sep 2013 - Dec 2016

  • Senior Manager & Course Director Fashion Design

Birmingham Metropolitan College

  • Nov 2011 - June 2013 Head of Design School
  • June 2010 –June 2013 Programme Director Design Foundation
  • June 2008 - June 2011 Curriculum Manager Fashion, Art & Design
  • April 2006 - June 2011 Programme Director Fashion Design


Fashion in the Dark I & II

Clothing is fundamental to our identity; how we dress allows us to form non-verbal connections with others. Fashion in the Dark is a starting point for questions to be raised around how sight impairment affects our sense of style or identity and how access can be improved in the industry.  Fashion in the Dark aims to bring personal stories to the forefront of the research in a collaborative, creative and accessible way.

EXHIBITED at National Museums Scotland - Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk  2019
EXHIBITED at Textile Museum Sweden in February 2020.
AWARD WINNER -'Best New Fashion Film' Fashion Film Festival Milano 2019
SHORTLISTED -Cinematography Award -UnderWire 2019
FINALIST -AHRC Research In Film Awards
AWARD WINNER -'Finalist Award' Focus On Ability Film Festival Sydney 2019
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Fashion Film Festival Milano 2019
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Focus On Ability Short Film Festival Sydney 2019
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Underwire Film Festival 2019
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2019
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Scottish Queer International Film Festival 2019
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Wide Angle Film Festival, Sydney 2019
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Video Art and Experimental Film Festival, New York
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Cinema Touching Disability Short Film Fest’ 2019
NATIONWIDE DOCUMENTARY - Focus on Ability Documentary, Australia

Current PhD students

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