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9 May 2012 | PR 12/86
Loughborough Students continue to excel at Textile Society design awards
Anna Birtwistle’s hand-woven work won first prize at the awards
Once again students from Loughborough University have excelled at a prestigious industry competition.
Several students from the School of the Arts entered the Bradford Textile Society 2012 design awards, which celebrate achievements in weave, print and multi-media textiles.
Anna Birtwistle won first prize in the Clothworkers’ Foundation Award for a woven fabric for mens or womenswear, with fellow Loughborough student Rachel Wallis winning the second prize in the same category. Amelia Gibbs also won second prize in the Clothworkers’ Foundation Award for an innovative combination of textile processes for the fashion market. They are all second year textile innovation and design students.
A further six University students received commendations in the competition.
Jan Bowman, a lecturer in Woven Textiles is delighted with her students’ success.
She added: “It is great that the hard work of our textiles students is being recognised by such a highly regarded industry institution. To win or be commended at this event is a fantastic accolade and is well deserved recognition of the high standard of creativity and innovation of the work produced by our students.”
First prize winner Anna Birtwistle said: “The Bradford Textiles Society is extremely well known and I feel honoured to have been awarded first prize in the womenswear section for my hand-woven work.”
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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.
It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.
Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.
It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.