Staff profile

Fiona Hawthorne

Senior Lecturer


Fashion and Textiles


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


School of Arts


Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



I am a full time Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Fashion Studies degree. Teaching Undergraduate students at level 4,5 and 6.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach undergraduate Fashion and Textiles Students Second Year Tutor BA (Hons) Fashion Studies Directed Projects in Fashion 5FH500 Module Leader Independent Study in Fashion 6FH997 Module Leader Level 4 Introduction to Fashion & Textiles Technical Fashion Level 5 Fashion Exploration Level 6 Fashion Direction

Professional interests

My main interest is using new technology amalgamated with traditional skills for fashion presentation and creative pattern cutting.

I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), and has also completed a Post Graduate Certificate, Work Based Learning in Higher Education.

Research interests

New technologies within the Fashion industry

Membership of professional bodies


Experience in industry

I studied Fashion at Kent Institute of Art & Design specialising in design, pattern construction and manufacture. On graduation I gained a position within the Central Buying Office for the House of Fraser in London supporting the buyer and merchandiser in the Men's Casual Wear department. Here I also designed the in house range for the Men's 'Weekender' range. Before leaving the HOF I had gained the position of Merchandiser within the Men's Knitwear, Designer wear and Ralph Lauren departments for the company's 62 stores nationwide. I then completed a post graduate course in Learning and Teaching at Nottingham Trent University whilst working within further education as Fashion Course Leader, as well as undertaking freelance design work.