Senior Lecturer (Fashion Business)
Academic and professional qualifications
Julie's background as a fashion retail buyer within the clothing industry has spanned 20 years across a variety of retailer organisations. Julie was a Senior Buyer within international fashion trading companies managing both Trainee Buyers and numerous assistants across retail, e-commerce and mail-order businesses. Julie has travelled extensively throughout the world, sourcing from existing and
This industry background, has enabled Julie to bring her vast experience into the classroom as a Senior Lecturer and has enabled the students journey be as close to reality as possible. Julie has taught at all levels from Foundation to Masters, with subjects spanning Fashion Buying, Marketing, Enterprise, People Management and Supply Chain Management. In addition to her teaching she is both a Year Manager and a Unit Leader.
Julie also has experience in teaching on a global scale, with four years teaching in Australia, China and Dominican Republic. As well as her post as a Senior Lecturer, she has established a number of pilot programme to enable a close connection between industry figures and academic institute. These programs have enabled the academic institutes to develop and provide mentoring, work experience and competitions for students. Julie has also worked closely to represent companies in negotiations for business, training courses and sourcing strategies.
Julie was a Senior Buyer within international fashion trading companies managing both both Trainee Buyers and numerous assistants across retail, e-commerce and mail-order businesses. Julie has travelled extensively throughout the world, sourcing from existing and potential suppliers.
Academic service (administration and management)
Julie is a level four manager and tutor.
Julie has taught on numerous undergrauate courses.
Julie teaches on the Fashion Buying MA course.
External examiner roles
Julie is an external examiner for Staffordshire University.
Projects and initiatives
Julie has been working with many partnership Universities/Colleges as a guest lectuer and student projects, Beijing International Fashion Technology (BIFT), Altos de Chevon Dominican Republic, Marangoni Paris. The level 5 International Fashion Promotions students and the Beijing Senior students have been working on an International project together. The project was a great success with excellent feedback from all students involved.
Media appearances or involvement
I can often be heard on BBC Radio Manchester, on the Styling Section, on a Saturday morning.
Membership of professional associations
Julie has an MA in Researcher and has written and presented numerous at conferences. An example of Julie's work:- Paper at the IFFTI Conference in Japan, on ‘An Embedding Approach Towards Highly Employable, Industry-Ready Students’. IFFTI Conference in China, 'The Future of Buyer Supplier Relationships'.
Julie has collaborated with a number of Institutions globally to enhance the students experience. Some of her collaborations have been in China, India, Dominican Republic, Japan and Australia.
Pollard, S., Herz, C., Connelly, D., Nelson, D., Hodson, J., 2015. 'Preparing Students for Battle', Grad Recruiter, pp. 27-27.
Hodson, JJ., Pollard, S., Herz, C., Connelly, D., Nelson, D., 2015. 'War for Talent', Phoenix.
Hodson, JJ., Lin, S., 2014. 'An EMBEDDING Approach Towards Highly Employable, Industry-Ready Students', IFFTI, Japan, 25/1/2014 - 30/1/2014.
Manchester Fashion Institute
Manchester Metropolitan University
Manchester M15 6BG