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Helen Hill

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Art & Design

Staff Group(s)
Fashion, knitwear and textile design


Lecturer / Senior Lecturer

Teaching 3D form and garment development / construction / manufacture from 2D to 3D across all levels of the programme. Helen has undertaken a variety of roles within the programme including module leader, personal tutor (for first years) and placement tutor. Currently Module leader and personal tutor for final year and placement tutor.

Career overview

Helen Hill has over 25 years’ experience of working within the garment industry. After studying Fashion Design at Loughborough College of Art and Design she began working in the clothing industry. She has been employed by a number of clothing manufacturers and retailers either as a designer or garment technologist. She has worked with companies that manufacture on-site and others that import garments from Eastern Europe and the Far East.

Her design roles have predominately been in Fashion Knitwear, supplying major retail stores in men’s, women’s and children’s wear.

Helen has expertise in garment construction and thus understands how to operate garment manufacturing machinery and how to use appropriate machinery for particular garments. As a competent pattern cutter she has an excellent understanding of fabric properties, having worked in both the woven and knitwear sector. She has taught in FE and HE across a range of levels and programmes.

Research areas

Helen has worked on the SERVIVE research project on customised knitwear, developing design ideas for sizing and shape customisation using 3D whole garment knitwear.

More recently Helen has worked on a project for WRAP researching into garment Longevity. Helen was part of a small team led by Professor Tim Cooper commissioned by WRAp to produce a technical report and guidance notes for product develop teams within the clothing industry providing guidance on Designing for longevity of clothing.

She has a strong interest in Sustainable Clothing and is a member of the university’s research group SCRG.(Sustainable Consumption Research Group).

Press expertise

Knitted garment manufacture.