NTU Fashion Management students awarded joint first at the ASBCI National Student Conference

Kerry Hogg and Sarah Proud, both BA (Hons) Fashion Management 2015 graduates, are joint winners of the National Dissertation Award at the ASBCI National Student Conference 'Fashioning the Future', held at Manchester Metropolitan University in March.

Kerry Hogg and Sarah Proud, both recent BA (Hons) Fashion Management graduates, have been announced joint winners of the Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry (ASBCI) National Dissertation Award at the ASBCI National Student Conference 'Fashioning the Future', held at Manchester Metropolitan University in March.

Kerry's dissertation focused on 'The Future of Wearable' and Sarah's centred on 'Online merchandising: Recommendation for UK Lingerie Retailer'.

Sponsored by Marks & Spencer, the award was judged by a panel of industry experts, which this year included; Mark Powell from Lectra UK, Leanne Holmes from Pretty Little Thing, Paul Dumbleton from C&A, Diane Waterhouse from Berwin & Berwin and Fashion Designer & Bespoke Tailor, Samuel Dougal.

Kerry, now working at Fat Face as a Buyer's Admin Assistant for Accessories, said: "To be presented with joint first prize for the 2015 National ASBCI Dissertation Award is an absolute honour and achievement that I'm really proud of. All of the long hours spent in the library with my head in books has definitely been worth it! For anyone thinking of applying to study Fashion Management at NTU I would definitely recommend this course. The guidance and support you get from the academic team is second to none."

Sarah, who now works for Wrangler as a Junior Online Merchandiser, said: "Happy does not begin to cover how I feel about winning this award. After completing my dissertation, I really felt it was the piece of work that I was most proud of throughout my time in education. I thoroughly enjoyed working on it and I feel so honoured to know that true professionals of our industry enjoyed reading it too. I'm proud to represent NTU with this award and hope that it helps inspire the future Fashion Management students to work hard on what they love."

Stewart Milligan, Marks & Spencer's Product Technologist who presented the joint award to Kerry and Sarah at the event, said "This is the tenth year that M&S has sponsored the ASBCI Student Dissertation Award and we're proud to be working with them to give visibility and career enhancing opportunities to students' final year work.

"The judging panel were particularly impressed with quality of this year's entries, and the wide variety of subjects covered, from wearable electronics to fashion sustainability. This made for a difficult judging session but we were delighted to offer a joint first prize for the first time with the winning entrants from NTU being the most objective, original and relevant"

Julia Kininmonth, Senior Lecturer in Fashion Management at NTU and ASBCI representative who attended the awards alongside Sarah and Kerry told us: "These prize winners demonstrate the noteworthy research skills BA (Hons) Fashion Management graduates have developed and honed over their years studying on this course. Only the top dissertations are submitted from leading universities so for our graduates to be joint first prize winners is outstanding. The judging panel was made up from senior fashion industry experts and academics, so the accolade is significant."

NTU Fashion Management students awarded joint first at the ASBCI National Student Conference

Published on 16 March 2016
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