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Fashion brands share industry insight with second year Fashion Management students

A panel of seven BA (Hons) Fashion Management graduates recently attended a special event in London to share industry insight, placement, and career advice with almost 70 current second year students.

Fashion Management logo

The event was part of a three-day, industry-focused course trip to London, which also included a visit to international fashion trade exhibition Pure London; a talk and tour of Fashion Enter, a not-for-profit social enterprise run as an ethical and sustainable factory for the development of skills in the fashion industry; and a visit to the UK headquarters of Pentland Brands, with whom Nottingham Trent University (NTU) have strong links across many creative courses.

Fashion Management alumni
BA (Hons) Fashion Management graduates

BA (Hons) Fashion Management focuses on the management of the entire fashion chain, from design development and product sourcing, to buying and merchandising, sales and marketing, and omni-channel promotion to the consumer, including digital skills. It benefits from widely established business links, and this event was testament to the strength of the long-lasting industry relationships that graduates help to foster and develop with NTU.

The guest speakers who attended work across a range of buying, product development, marketing, communication and analytical roles within fashion and lifestyle brands Asos, All Saints, Burberry, John Lewis, Dr Martens and global trend agency WGSN. Each gave a talk about their organisation, roles, and responsibilities. A question and answer session also gave invaluable advice about making the transition from student to employee, and how to channel the skills gained on the course into the reality of a fast-paced commercial environment.

Project work by Hannah Alderson
Work by Hannah Alderson, BA (Hons) Fashion Management, 2019

Jasmine Foong, Global Product Manager for Dr Martens Originals, explained: “My role is a dynamic position that requires a balance between strategic planning and analytical acumen with visionary concepts and creative solutions – for which the modules of the Fashion Management course absolutely empowered me!”

Rounding up the evening, course leader Justine Davidson said: “This has been a fantastic opportunity for our students to connect with our alumni, and we’d like to thank our graduates for being such great industry ambassadors for us. The positive feedback we have had goes to show that this kind of activity is invaluable to both students and industry partners alike.”

Information for industry

BA (Hons) Fashion Management features a year-long work placement in our students’ third year, starting early to mid-summer. There are also options for students to work shorter periods of time, and around specific business needs, such as projects and temporary organisational needs. Our students also work across many areas, include buying and merchandising, marketing and PR, e-commerce and digital, supply chain management, global sourcing, product development, garment and fabric technology roles.

Placements and work experience

To connect with students on this course, email or contact

Working with NTU in other ways

We collaborate with organisations across multiple sectors to develop opportunities across the areas of talent, skills, research, and innovation. Please email for more information on this, or if you’d like to speak to some directly about opportunities in the creative and digital sector, email

Published on 2 April 2020
  • Category: Business; Current students; School of Art & Design