Sarah Collins

Senior Lecturer (FDT Pathway Leader - Sportswear)

Sarah Collins

Senior Lecturer (FDT Pathway Leader - Sportswear)


Telephone: 0161 247 2638

Academic and professional qualifications

I am a Senior Lecturer on BA (Hons) Fashion Design & Technology programme within the Manchester Fashion Institute. I am also the Sportswear Pathway Leader responsible for leading and defining the pathway to deliver creative design processes, understanding of sports specific performance needs, use of innovative technology and reflects current industry practice.

Previous Employment

Prior to joining the Manchester Fashon Institute I held academic positions on the BA (Hons) Fashion Design programmes at the Manchester School of Art and University of Central Lancashire. I have over 15 years  experience within the fashion industry, including design consultancy roles with Kangol, Doc Marten's and Henri Lloyd and senior design positions with international sportswear brand Reebok, Adidas Group where I specialised in technical performance wear.

Academic service (administration and management)

Sportswear Pathway Leader

Undergraduate teaching

Sportswear Pathway Leader on BA (Hons) Fashion Design & Technology and teach:

  • 1st Year Fashion Design
  • 2nd Year Sportswear Design Concepts and Fashion Communication
  • Placement Year - Visiting Tutor
  • Final Year - Sportswear Design Innovation

Prizes and awards

BA (Hons)



Other distinctions

Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (FHEA)


Research Interests

My research interests include:

  • Sportswear Design
  • 3D Body Scanning
  • Compression Garments
  • Education for Sustainable Development

Academic collaborations

Collaborative research project between the Manchester Fashion Institute and the School of Engineering focused on the development of smart bio-sensors in monitoring health using compression garments.

Internet Publications

Collins, SK., 2018. 'Why retro kits are in vogue',

Conference Papers

Venkatraman, PD., Velusamy, V., Kharel, R., Collins, S., 2016. 'Smart wearable biosensor for non-invasive real time detection of sweat lactate using compression garments.', 90th Textile Institute World Conference, Poznan, Poland, 26/4/2016 - 28/4/2016.


Collins, SK., Shepherd, B., 2018. 'User Centred Design: Framework for Student Practice', Manchester Metropolitan University.

Office Location

Room C2.29
Cavendish South
Manchester Fashion Institute
Manchester Metropolitan University
Cavendish Street
Manchester M15 6BG

Office Hours

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday