Knitwear designer Jane uses her expertise to help students piece together their fabric ideas. As a Senior Technician specialising in knitwear at Nottingham Trent University, Jane thinks of her students and peers as a constant source of inspiration.

“In my current role at NTU I have two hats. One is teaching and the other is working with students to realise their fabric and garment ideas.”

After doing a degree in textile and knitwear technology Jane thought about teaching, completing a PGCE in secondary education. Over the years she has perfected her skills and gained bags of technical knowledge which she now applies as a Senior Technician.

“I’m really interested in the technical aspects of knitwear and textile design. I have expertise in using specialist knitting machines and design software, and I was even lucky enough to complete a two week training course in Japan.”

Jane shares her knowledge with students daily. “The majority of students are not able to programme the machines, so I encourage them to do as much as they can in design software. I then take over and create the programme that controls the knitting machine.”

The result? Expertly knitted fabrics. “Some fabrics are very simple to programme and knit such as jacquard, whereas others can be very complex and time consuming.”

Jane loves the variety her role has to offer. “Such variety keeps me on my toes. I am always learning and developing my programming skills. Every day is full of inspiration and creativity.”

Jane - Career Pathway

  • 1988 - 1992
    BSc degree in Textile and Knitwear Technology with Design
  • 1992 - 1998
    Worked in a knitwear manufacturer as a knitwear designer
  • 1998 - 2001
    Re-trained as a textile and food technology designer
  • 2001 - 2010
    Senior Technical Instructor in knit at the University of the West of England
  • 2010 - 2016
    MA Fashion Knitwear Design at Nottingham Trent followed by a PhD. She learnt to programme Shima Seiki industrial knitting machines as part of her studies, and won a bursary which enabled her to go to Japan for 2 weeks of training
  • 2015 - Present
    Senior Technician at Nottingham Trent University

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Full Time Employed: 38,230
Part Time Employed: 8,161
Self Employed: 31,016
Total Employed: 77,407

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Female: 47,154

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