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Sue Walton

Sue Walton

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham School of Art & Design

Staff Group(s)
Fashion, knitwear and textile design


Sue is Module Leader for Year Two (Level 5), Human Centred Design Module and the schoolwide CoLab2 Module.

CoLab2 focuses on cross discipline collaboration, research exploration and risk-taking recognising the skills students need to develop to become creative changemakers that can build a better future for all. These projects align to the Nottingham School of Art and Design pillars of social justice, regeneration and sustainability, innovation and entrepreneurship, and community.

Sue plans and develops module content, assessment activities, scheduling and timetabling. She designs and delivers innovative, aligned learning, teaching and assessment activities to support both School and Course objectives recognising the changing HE environment.

She develops and strengthens industry links to provide collaborative opportunities for ‘Live’ projects and competitions, as well as building work placement and internship opportunities.

Sue creates and leads industry mentoring initiatives for students in year 3 (Level 6)

She is also Year One (Level 4) tutor. She delivers lectures, design tutorials and practical workshops as well as carrying out assessment duties for the Curiosity: Creative Development and Application Module.

As year tutor and personal tutor, her responsibilities include providing pastoral support for the students, many of whom are international, and working closely with the Student Support Team.

Sue is Wellbeing Champion supporting the wellbeing of students within the Fashion Design department.

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

Sues research involves collaborative activities both cross subject, cross school and with external partners and include inclusive/adaptive fashion design for disability and looking at the future of the design school to support new thinking, increase diversity, and build social and environmental responsibility.

Her Postgraduate research papers have previously centred on Technology Enhanced/Informed Learning and Teaching in relation to pedagogies employed for design subjects and the potential to enhance current practice and student experience.

External activity

2010 – 2017

  • External Verifier for Pearl Academy of Fashion
  • BA Fashion Design – Delhi, Chennai and Jaipur Centres
  • BA Fashion Styling and Image Design – Delhi

Sponsors and collaborators

  • Nigel Cabourn
  • The Very Group
  • River Island
  • Asos
  • All Saints
  • Bolongaro Trevor
  • Christopher Raeburn
  • Ted Baker
  • Albam
  • Topman
  • George at Asda
  • Next

Course(s) I teach on

  • Fashion Design student showcase work
    Undergraduate | Full-time | 2023

  • Models posing in fashion design student work at graduate fashion week
    Undergraduate | Full-time | 2024

  • MA Fashion Design
    Postgraduate taught | Full-time | 2023