Sue Walton

Sue Walton

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Art & Design

Staff Group(s)
Fashion, knitwear and textile design

Role

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

Sue Walton is Module Leader for second year BA (Hons) Fashion Design. She actively develops links with industry partners to enable successful 'live' projects and collaborations. These focus on developing students' skills through design technologies and processes, addressing design issues relating to industry and preparing students for employment alongside securing new opportunities for student placements.

She is also an MA Fashion Design supervisor and first year tutor.

Sue is the eGuide for the Fashion Design Department. This role involves strengthening current T.E.L.T provision within the department and taking an active part in new School and Institution wide initiatives as well as providing on going TELT support for Fashion Design Department.

She believes that innovative product design through 2D and 3D investigation and practice are key strengths of the Fashion Design programmes, and she is engaged in exploring technologies that can successfully meet the demands for increased flexibility and accessibility in HE whilst addressing the challenges relating to fashion design processes.

Career overview

Sue has a solid background in the fashion industry having been employed as a designer for 17 years and having her own freelance design business prior to joining NTU in 2006. She has a wide breadth and depth of experience in the fashion industry having significant commercial design success within a wide variety of businesses from multiple high street retail chains to designer brands.

Research areas

Technology Enhanced Learning and Teaching in HE focusing on:

  • Pedagogy for design
  • Enhancing current practice and student experience
  • Mobile technology
  • Audio visuals

Distance learning:

  • Use of online discussion tools
  • Use of Live Meeting/Lyncs for design tutorials
  • Live feed and recordings of workshops and demos
  • 3D virtual modelling/3D representation, manipulation and interaction

OER

  • Videos of specialist workshops/demonstrations
  • 2010 – 2011 Sue was the Champion of Academic enterprise for the School of Art and Design
    Within this role Sue investigated Web technologies as a means of addressing sector demands for accessibility and flexibility in learning and teaching in HE and specifically within the context of Fashion Design. This project aimed to support the development of online/distance learning provision in Fashion Design and also intended to provide opportunities to enhance Undergraduate practice and curriculum, with more flexible and creative models of delivery. This work formed a case study to report on the challenges and opportunities in developing online/distance learning provision, specifically for design research practice. Sue is currently continuing to engage in research focusing on the value of T.E.L.T. for Fashion Design within a pedagogic framework positively recognising values of student experience and sustainability. She is presently investigating student views of using live video feeds to support the delivery of specialist manufacturing workshops as a step to creating effective online support and as a first stage to exploring the possibilities of creating specialist OER.

External activity

2010 – present

  • External Verifier for Pearl Academy of Fashion:
  • BA Fashion Design – Delhi, Chennai and Jaipur Centre’s
  • BA Fashion Styling and Image Design – Delhi

Sponsors and collaborators

Previous collaborations with:

  • George
  • Christopher Raeburn
  • One True Saxon
  • This year collaborating with Albam Clothing.