Survitec Birkenhead has been working closely with the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) to introduce the students to the complexities of functional clothing design within a commercial manufacturing environment. This is the second year that Survitec’s centre of excellence for Pilot Flight Equipment has set the students a design brief. This has culminated in the presentation of a Survitec Group annual award for Functional Clothing Design, to the student judged to have best met the design brief, introducing design innovation and new material technologies. Melissa Barker was the student who received the award this year for her development of a Cold Weather Jacket for use by military aviators and is shown with Bryan Kennedy (Left, Financial Director) and Paul Oliver (Middle, Chief Designer) both from Survitec Birkenhead
Survitec has found the association with the MMU to be beneficial in that the students bring a new perspective to garment design and materials and it enables the students to experience the difficulties in designing functional garments as opposed to garments purely designed for fashion.
The MMU has extensive facilities geared towards cutting edge garment technologies and high performance materials and is recognised as a leading organisation in student development within clothing and garment design.