Lacoste secure Sponsored Masters Project with the new MSc Industrial Digitalisation programme at Print City

08 January 2019

The current project involves 4 students on this new Masters programme – Georgina Baker, Mark Chester, Brett Turner and Connor McAleer (shown below with the team from Lacoste) 

Through an established on-going business partnership between the Pentland Group and Manchester Fashion Institute the creative team from Lacoste footwear have secured a Sponsored Masters Project with the new MSc Industrial Digitalisation Programme at Print City.

The project requires the students involved to research and investigate the ability of 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies to enhance tennis shoe design and reduce athlete injury.

The team from Lacoste included Product Director Marc Hare, Operations Director Stuart Cass and HR Director Nicky Bliss

 “We visited Manchester on a typically rainy day but were offered a very warm welcome and had an eye opening tour of the amazing facilities on offer to Students and Businesses alike before heading to Print City to meet the Students.

On meeting Gina, Mark, Brett & Connor we were immediately struck by the diversity in their interests and areas of expertise, something that was particularly interesting to us because of the depth and breadth it gave to the possibilities for the outcome of our brief.

This is our first year of operation as PCL and to partner with an establishment with as much to offer in terms of diversity and resource as Manchester Met is very exciting and this partnership is a great opportunity for both Lacoste and the students themselves to influence the footwear market for years to come.”

The Lacoste project will be delivered in partnership with MSc programme Leader Peter Gough, Dr Keith Winwood and Dr Carl Diver.

The Sponsored Masters Programme, developed by Barbara Shepherd and Dr Joanna Blanco from Manchester Fashion Institute, links external organisations with institutional research and student projects. This resource has facilitated the development of projects using skills and equipment that are highly targeted and specific. This approach is unique and offers a blueprint for future research and industry based collaboration.

This programme supports a variety of ways that students can apply knowledge including professional practice for students, live projects and the development of their future employability skills, and brings together the worlds of industry and academia in a way that is reciprocal and mutually beneficial.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities are currently sponsoring a number of internally funded student masters projects across numerous subject disciplines and faculties in the University.

The Manchester Metropolitan University specialist project advisors on this project include;

·         Prof Marc Jones –Psychology

·         Tom Allen –Science & Engineering

·         Islay McEwan –Exercise & Sports Science

This project - like all on the current programme - aligns with the University’s strategy for excellence in Research, Teaching and Knowledge Exchange and showcases postgraduate employability opportunities at their best across Manchester Met University.

Find out more about MSc Digital Industrialisation at:

Other news

Recent graduate captures young designer prize

Fri 22 Mar

Postgraduate students' study trip to Stockholm

Wed 20 Mar

Fashion Promotion do Milan

Wed 13 Mar

Making the Cut 2019

Wed 13 Mar