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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), Commerce, Technology and Innovation module.

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 leads the module team and plans and develops module content, assessment strategy, scheduling and timetabling. She designs and delivers innovative, aligned learning, teaching and assessment activities to support School and Course objectives.

Sue is heavily involved in the team working aspects of the course and delivers team working workshops  within the curriculum to support development of this fundamental graduate attribute.

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

Sue is also Year One (Level 4) tutor. She delivers lectures, design tutorials and practical workshops as well as carrying out assessment duties for the Colour in Fashion project.

As Supervisor on M.A. Fashion Design Sue supports postgraduate development of Learning Agreements, establishing aims and objectives for advanced research activities. She provides mentorship and coaching to support successful realisation of final 2D and 3D product though application of advanced research and design methodologies. Final NTU exposition and showcase at New Designers event.

Sue is Employability coordinator for the Fashion Design Department, works with the Employability Team building Industry links and develops and implements effective strategies to build students’ employability related skills responding to the needs of local, national and international employers.

She is School coordinator for the International Exchange Programme and Scholarships including Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Pearl Academy, India and Shanghai International College of Fashion and Innovation, China.

Sue is Fashion Design Open Day Coordinator and delivers promotional events for Course and subject.

As eGuide for the Fashion Department Sue supports the team in adopting flexible and innovative models of delivery through the use of technology, leading, strengthening and supporting T.E.L.T. / T.I.L.T. provision.

Management of external industry led competitions including GAP Summer Internship Programme and Puma Design Sprint.

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

Member of TILT Innovative Pedagogy Group. Currently exploring possible research areas involving collaborative activities with other HEI’s across subject areas focusing on pushing creativity and innovation in delivery.

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 and as a first stage to exploring the possibilities of creating specialist O.E.R.

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

  • River Island
  • Asos
  • Bolongaro Trevor
  • Christopher Raeburn
  • Ted Baker
  • Albam
  • Topman
  • George at Asda
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