Prof. Becky Earley – FIREup (Fashion, Innovation, Research and Enterprise) is a one-year initiative based at University of the Arts London (UAL), funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and lead by Professor Sandy Black.

FIREup intends to unlock the potential of industry and academic collaboration, and is designed to help designer-fashion businesses in London access knowledge based in the university’s research centres and academic staff across three prestigious colleges: Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion and Chelsea College of Arts.

TFRC’s Professor Becky Earley is a co-investigator, along with CSM’s Adam Thorpe. During the year Earley has designed and delivered workshops, and mentored a seed funded project between Kate Goldsworthy and SME Worn Again. The SocioLog workshop enabled UAL researchers and lecturers to share insights and ideas for the sector, using an online platform workshop space. The Project Passports workshop brought SME’s into UAL to review: fashion and textiles design research; available funding; bid writing; and networking.


The project ends in March 2014, with an industry-facing London event. Watch the TFRC blog for details nearer the time, and if you would like to join the network, sign up on the project website.

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