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Sean Prince

Sean Prince

Principal Lecturer

Nottingham School of Art & Design

Staff Group(s)
Fashion, knitwear and textile design


Sean Prince is responsible for the development and management of the postgraduate courses in Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear. He is the Athena SWAN Champion for the School of Art and Design and a member of the Institution Self-Assessment Team to drive initiatives forward around gender equality, diversity and inclusion, which is also the focus of his pedagogic research.

Career overview

Originally trained as a Printed Textile Design, Sean set-up his own studio producing designs for fashion fabrics, furnishings and wallpaper which were sold to a global market before enrolling onto the MA Fashion and Textile Design course at NTU. On graduation he gained a role at Paul Smith as a design assistant enabling invaluable experience through working across multiple departments involved with the whole design development process. A further 14 years in industry saw Sean progress from menswear print designer to creative marketing executive and Head of Womenswear Design.

In 2008, Sean was a guest lecturer at NTU, teaching on the BA (Hons) Fashion Design, BA (Hons) Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textile Design, and BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion courses before joining NTU as a Senior Lecturer in Fashion Design. As a final year module leader, he was lead tutor responsible for managing the Fashion Product option that encouraged alternative approaches to the communication of fashion design beyond the traditional catwalk. Between 2009 and 2015, Sean contributed annually teaching on the BA (Hons) Fashion Design top-up degree at the Hong Kong Design Institute. He was promoted to his current position as Principal Lecturer for the postgraduate courses in the subject area in 2015.

Research areas

Sean’s interests focus on the student experience, learning environments and the development of teaching and learning opportunities to promote and ensure ‘Success for All’. He is particularly interested in gender identity and gender stereotypes, equality, diversity and inclusion, and, Internationalisation.

External activity

External Quality Assurance

  • 2019-2023: External Examiner, Postgraduate Diploma Textile Design, Chelsea College of Art
  • 2018-2021: Awards Board External Examiner, Wolverhampton School of Art, University of Wolverhampton
  • 2017-2021: External Examiner, BA (Hons) Fashion & BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Pattern, University of Wolverhampton
  • 2016-2020: External Examiner, BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles, University of the West of England (UWE) & Alexander College, Cyprus
  • 2013-2017: External Verifier, FdA Fashion / FdA Creative Cutting, New College Nottingham


  • Member of RAISE - a network of staff and students in the higher education across the world who are working and/or interested in researching and promoting student engagement.


  • 2012-Present: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Sponsors and collaborators

Pentland Group


Crystal Martin International




Journal Article

HARDY, C., PRINCE, S., and WORSLEY, O., 2013. An Innocent Abroad: One UK Student’s Experience of Studying in Hong Kong and the implications for the International Classroom at Home. Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences, 5 (3)

Book chapters

HARDY, C., PRINCE, S., BORSOS, V., DEMIRJIAN, C., KIM, J., MOK, N and ROMAN-WORSLEY, O., 2013. Breaking Down the Walls: Engaging Students with the Development of their Intercultural Competencies. In: DUNNE, E., AND OWEN, D., eds., The Student Engagement Handbook: Practice in Higher Education. Bingley: Emerald, 2013, pp. 349-366

VIOLA BORSOS, CHRISTOPHER DEMIRJIAN, JI KIM, NGA WUN MOK, OLIVER WORSLEY, CHRISTINE HARDY AND SEAN PRINCE, 2014. Students as researchers: personal reflections by students of their engagement in a research project. In: Bryson, C., edit Understanding and Developing Student Engagement. London: Routledge, 2014, pp. 119-229

At the RAISE conference in Nottingham, September 2013 a paper was presented around Students as Researchers and the findings from the focus groups:

HARDY, C and DEMIRJIAN, C. 2013. Breaking down the walls: Engaging students with the development of their intercultural competencies. In: RAISE Conference: The Future of Student Engagement: Partnerships, Practices, Policies and Philosophies. Nottingham: Nottingham Trent University, 13-14 September 2013

Summary of project can be found at;

Press expertise

  • Fashion Design
  • Textile Design Innovation
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Gender equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Gender stereotypes