HUDDERSFIELD University has been recognised for the excellence of its textile-related courses.
The university is one of only six colleges to receive a grant from the historic Worshipful Company of Weavers.
It follows a visit to the Queensgate campus by John Hodges, chairman of the Company’s textile committee.
The funding provides scholarships ranging from £1,000 to £4,000, which students can apply for, to help with expenses or materials and travel.
The university will also get a share of £30,000 to support education at the six schools of excellence. They can bid every year for the next three years to receive up to £10,000.
The Company of Weavers is the oldest of the City of London Livery Companies, dating back to the 10th Century.
It is a registered UK charity involved in granting scholarships, awards and bursaries related to the textile industry.
The Company aims to promote the craft and manufacture of textiles and weaving, encourage excellence in textile education and support exceptional students.
Mr Hodges visited the university’s textile department last November to see what it had to offer in terms of weave design, education and facilities.
One of many Huddersfield students likely to benefit from the company’s support is 23-year-old Gemma Brown, of Lincoln.
The final-year student spent her placement year at Marks and Spencer’s headquarters in London in the womenswear department – coupled with an exchange period at a university in Kuopio, Finland, where she further expanded her textile skills.
Nicola Redmore, senior lecturer in textile design at Huddersfield University, said the grant underlined the town’s continued reputation for fine quality woven textiles – with Made in Huddersfield still very much a sought-after label.
She said: “With the majority of woven fabric manufacture moving overseas, we make sure that students get first-hand experience of designing for production looms as well as exploring their creativity on the latest handlooms.
“We are delighted to still offer fantastic facilities that give our graduates the skills to excel in their future employment.
“The funds which the Company have given us mean we can improve and update the materials and machinery already in the university weave area and ensure students continue to have the opportunity to learn this skill.”