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Gilly Staples

Principal Lecturer

School of Art & Design

Staff Group(s)
Fashion, knitwear and textile design

Role

Course Leader BA (Hon) Fashion Design

Principal Teaching Duties and Responsibilities:-

  • Manage the design, development and delivery of a range of teaching programmes
    both home and overseas.
  • Established teaching experience and relevant professional experience at a senior
    level within fashion design
  • Manage overseas collaborative provision at Hong Kong Design Institute –
    Hong Kong
  • Module Leader for 120 credit final year design module FASH30103/04,
    preparation and delivery of lectures, seminars, practical sessions and assignments
  • Develop / maintain external collaborations – live projects, completions,
    Sponsorship, employability initiatives etc.
  • Play a key role in developing new teaching learning materials
  • Active role in the development of new degree course – BA (Hons)
    Accessory Design ( September 2012 second year of intake)
  • MA Supervison
  • Manage and lead admissions policy / procedures for fashion design
  • Manage academic Standards and Quality for the fashion course
  • Organiser and producer of Graduate Fashion Week exhibition and catwalk show
  • Committee member - British Fashion Council
  • Applying to be a committee member for Graduate Fashion Week

Career overview

  • 2003 - present Principal Lecturer/ Programme Leader - BA Hons Fashion Design,Nottingham Trent University
  • 2002 - 2003 Senior Lecturer BA Hons Fashion Design (FT), Nottingham Trent University
  • 2001 – 2002 Senior Lecturer BA Hons Fashion Design (0.8), Nottingham Trent University
  • 2000 – 2001 Senior Fashion Lecturer (PT), Nottingham Trent University
  • 1996 – 2002 Course Leader / Lecturer (0.8) HND Fashion Design, York College of Further and Higher Education
  • 1991 – 1996 Lecturer HND Fashion Design, York College of Further and Higher Education
  • 1982 – 1990 Lecturer Fashion Design HND / ND Fashion Design (PT), University of Derby
  • 1982-1990 Lecturer Fashion Design HND / ND Fashion Design (PT), York College of Further and Higher Education
  • 1982 – 1990 Freelance Design Business
  • 1977 – 1980 Assistant Designer / Designer

Research areas

Very early stages of collaborating with a colleague to develop a possible book aimed at 2D to 3D within fashion design which would support teaching and learning within the course.

External activity

External Examiner/ Verifying roles:

  • 2010 - present External Examiner - BA (Hons) Fashion, Leeds College of Art
  • 2009 - present External Examiner - Foundation Degree in Fashion and Textile Design, Foundation Degree Fashion and Surface pattern, BA (Hons) Fashion Design, University of Bedfordshire
  • 2007 - 2010 Verifier - Nottingham Trent University Collaborative Partner New College Nottingham - Foundation Degree in Fashion Design and Foundation Degree in Fashion, Interpretation & Practice
  • 2005 –2009 External Examiner - BA (Hons) Fashion, Design & Technology, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • 2006 BA (Hons) Fashion Design - Hong Kong Design Institute, Hong Kong
  • 2005 BA (Hons) Fashion, Design & Technology - Manchester Metropolitan University

Validation experience:

  • 2012 Foundation Degree (FdA) Textile Technologies, University of Wales
  • 2006 BA (Hons) Fashion Design - Hong Kong Design Institute, Hong Kong
  • 2005 BA (Hons) Fashion, Design & Technology, Manchester Metropolitan University

Sponsors and collaborators

Industry links for student competitions:

External collaborations with regional, national and international partners in the development of live projects, competitions and employability initiatives. These directly inform the curriculum ensuring students are exposed to a variety of real life design simulations in preparation for employment.

Actively involved in recruitment events such as British fashion Council, Graduate Fashion Week etc.
Examples such as:-

  • Hawes & Curtis- setting up of a student ‘design a shirt’ competition – involving an industry briefing, feedback, and the production of the winning shirt in the Nottingham and Regent Street, London store.
  • Abercrombie & Fitch – competition involving industry briefing, interim visit, feedback, and interviews for design position in company.
  • FAD – link for competition and chance to show 2 outfits on a London catwalk show- networking link for further international competitions (such as Bilboa last year).
  • Golden Shears- competition – opportunity for fabric sponsorship for student.
  • Sports Direct- competition involving industry briefing, interim visit, feedback, and work placements in view of possible design positions in company

On-going fabric research to purchase quality fabrics for course fabric store, this is time consuming but crucial since the demise of British manufacturing. It’s essential for the student learning experience that they have access to quality fabrics at affordable prices in support of teaching and learning liaising with companies such as Paul Smith, Cobro Associates – ( supply new season fabric swatches for students from Italian mills), Clissolds and Taylor and Lodge wools merchants.