Dr Tasneem Sabir

Senior Lecturer (Textile Technology)

Dr Tasneem Sabir

Senior Lecturer (Textile Technology)

Email: tasneem.sabir@mmu.ac.uk

Telephone: 0161 247 2643

Academic and professional qualifications

Senior Lecturer: Technical Textiles

Senior Lecturer within Manchester Fashion Institute, at Manchester Metropolitan University, Tasneem has 17 years’ experience of designing and delivering high quality learning material in the area of Fashion Technology Management, applied to the Textile and Fashion Industries. Tasneem currently teaches and co-ordinate the Fashion Textiles (Level 4). She also teaches Forensic Textiles within the Science and Engineering Department at MMU, for their Combined Honours degrees. 

PG Research Degrees Coordinator

  • Oversee PGR students within the Manchester Fashion Institute;
  • Provide advice and assistance to PGRs on academic matters;
  • Communicate with Research Supervisors, the Faculty Research Degrees Administration, Research Degrees Team (RDT) and with the Head of Faculty Research Degrees as appropriate.
  • Help the RDT identify academics to participate in interviews, RD1, Progression Review and RDAR.
  • Distribute applications for evaluation and feedback
  • Refer matters relating to resources (including space), and congruence with the Faculty Strategic Plan
    to RDT for consideration and/or resolution before recommendations are made to FRDC.
  • Work closely with relevant Research Centres and Groups to take account of the wider context for supporting postgraduate research students including the development of studentship proposals in line with Faculty Strategic Research Objectives.
  • Work with colleagues to enhance the Departmental management and training of post-graduate research
  • Contribute to AHGS training and the Researcher Development Programme.
  • Budget holder for Skills Innovation Fund specifically for MFI PGRs.

Tasneem's role as PG Research Degrees Coordinator is also to work with committee members to research, develop, deliver, test and evaluate a pilot DL research degrees preparation course aimed at three distinctive constituencies: international applicants, taught masters within the faculty; and industry professionals.

Core team member in the development and delivery of a new UG programme: BA (Hons) Fashion Futures & BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Technology. Her role will entail that all unit documentation are up-to-date; lecture materials are uploaded to Moodle and provide support to students with varied learning styles.

Previous Employment

During 2000-2004, Tasneem worked alongside Dr David Tyler as a Research Assistant for the North West Advanced Apparel Systems Centre, a European-funded initiative to support clothing and textile companies in North-West England. Tasneem’s role involved working with SMEs on projects concerning the textile/fashion industry. Projects involved researching sports apparel, creating and designing websites and digital printing of textiles, which instigated Tasneem’s interest in Digital Printing.

Previous role held:

Unit Leader - Level 6: UG Technology for Specific Product Development:

Level 5: Forensic Fibre Identification:

From level 4 to level 7, textile/fashion technology units have involved the classification, properties examination properties and characteristics of fibres, yarns & fabrics used in fashion garments. Furthermore, the units have concentrated on the principles of fabric colouration and fabric finishing. At level 6 and 7, technology driven unit specialised in incorporating novel, emerging and new technologies relevant to the creation of intelligent textiles.

Unit Leader - Level 7: MSc Dissertation/MA Perform:

Unit Leader - Level 6: UG Research Project:

Previous role held: Programme Leader & Deputy Programme Leader :

  • Chairing the Programme Committee
  • Acting as the Chief Executive Officer to the programme. All matters pertinent to the proper day-to-day operation of the programme.
  • Advise the Programme Committee on its proper responsibility for the continuing development of the programme.
  • Liaise on behalf of the Programme Committee with the Dean of Faculty, and other officers as appropriate.
  • Managing the organisation and implementation of the Admissions programme in accordance with Departmental, Faculty and University policies, reporting to the Programme Committee.
  • Coordinate applications, interviews and portfolio assessments and make admission decisions
    based on this.

Previous role held: Year Tutor:

  • Preparing Induction programmes and enrolment.
  • Collating student marks for presentation to the Examinations Board.
  • Pastoral and academic counselling of student groups.
  • Preparing student feedback for inclusion in the Annual Monitoring and Evaluation Exercise.

Previously taught units

  • Materials for Fashion
  • Textile Investigation
  • Fabric Quality and Evaluation
  • Textiles for Specific Product Development
  • Advanced Technology for Garment Generation

Academic service (administration and management)

Tasneem has demonstrated leadership in teaching and administration in developing high quality lecture material to both UG and PG students. She has served the University at Departmental, Faculty and University level. At departmental level, Tasneem has demonstrated leadership by overseeing research skills at both UG and PGT/R Level. She has contributed to the Department’s Peer Support Scheme where Tasneem
has observed teaching practices for newly appointed academic staff. As Unit Leader, she sits on all of the Programme Committee meetings to share good practice and discuss issues at student/programme level. At Faculty level, Tasneem is an active member of the Dissertation Working Group and was a former member of the Exceptional Factors Panel. At University level, Tasneem has organised short courses for FE Colleges in Textiles, organised and delivered one-day courses for Textile Teachers in collaboration with the Textile Institute. She has also delivered industry specific courses in Textile and Fabric Quality jointly with members from the department. Tasneem is currently working with the department to develop a new UG degree programme by writing Unit Descriptors for Levels 4 to 6. As an Academic Practitioner, Tasneem regularly update her subject knowledge by attending conferences; partake in departmental and faculty workshops and research activities to enhance her practice.

Undergraduate teaching

Unit Tutor - Level 4: Fashion Textiles: Garment Technology

Unit Tutor - Level 5: Fashion Textiles for Apparel Technologies (Womenswear/Sportswear/Menswear)

From level 4 to level 6, textile/fashion technology units have involved mechnical, physical and chemical examination of textile fibres. Furthermore, the students develop knowledge in yarns & fabrics used in fashion garments. The units have concentrated on the principles of fabric colouration and fabric finishing. At level 5, technology driven unit specialised in incorporating novel, emerging and new technologies relevant to the creation of intelligent textiles.

Postgraduate teaching

At PGT level, Tasneem's previous role as Unit Leader involved preparing students to critically appraise relevant literature, provide a detailed evaluation & application of selected methodologies and provide a sound justification & analysis of the results and conclusion. This would enable the students to create a structured piece of writing that develops a cohesive & logical argument across the various components contained within the assessment. Tasneem has supervised a number of PGT Dissertation in areas of technical textiles to fashion buying/marketing.

At PGR level, Tasneem is involved in the organisation and delivery of training and research programme for A&H.

Postgraduate research supervision

PhD Projects:

1. AQL-Based Sampling for Garment Inspection in Malaysian Garment Manufacturing.

2. An exploration of the potential of bacterial cellulose as a technical textile.

3. The Embroidered Identity of Palestine.

4. Optimised Sizing System, to include bust cup grading and percentage body increases.

5. Explores the possibility of 3D printing ‘knitted’ textiles based structures that exhibit the flexibility, stretch and
strength of tradition textiles.

Tasneem also has supervised a number of PGT Dissertations.

Projects and initiatives

Current Projects:

  • An assessment for the need of a textile-based encapsulation system for the transdermal delivery of Vitamin D
  • Medical textiles concerning individuals who are wheelchair users
  • Hydrophobicity of Olefin for Sportswear using Low Pressure Plasma Processes
  • An investigation of mycelium as a textile for use in apparel

Books/Journal Papers (currently being written)

Editors - J. McLoughlin and T. Sabir, High-performance apparel: materials, developments and applications

T. Sabir: Chapter 1: Introduction to high-performance Apparel

T. Sabir: Chapter 2: Fibres used for high performance apparel. High-performance apparel: materials, developments and applications

T. Sabir and B. Buczkowski, Textile-based transdermal delivery technology for vitamin D: Journal of Controlled Release

J.McLoughlin and T.Sabir, Textiles for advanced applications: chapter - database for stitching textile materials for advanced

Currently writing a proposal for eBook Series ‘Frontiers in Textile Technology’

T. Sabir and J. Wood, An investigation of mycelium as a textile for use in apparel. INTERSECTIONS: Collaborations in Textile Design Research, Conference and Exhibition13 September 2017, Loughborough University in London, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Consultancy and advisory roles

As a member of the Textile Research Team, Tasneem has supported research and enterprise in areas of Textile Testing, Material Science, Quality Management, Transdermal Drug Delivery in Textiles and Sports Apparel for staff research and industry projects. She has delivered specialised courses for industry in areas of Product Development, Specifications to determine Quality and Fabric/Performance Testing. Tasneem is an active member of the Apparel Research Group (ARG). This informal committee shares research ideas and proposals and research bids. Tasneem has also worked on a project which examines the constructional details of side saddle riding clothing to determine the types of fabrics worn in that era.

Prizes and awards

  • PhD: Surface Modification of Polyester with Oxygen Plasma
  • CText ATI: Chartered Member of the Textile Institute
  • PGC-AP: Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice
  • BSc (Hons): Textile Technology and Design

Other distinctions

Tasneem's teaching excellence is evidenced by the student feedback she have received, through the Internal Student Survey (ISS) and National Student Survey (NSS) with over 85% satisfaction in the quality and level of her teaching. This has been recognised through the MMUnion Student Awards where Tasneem was nominated as ‘Outstanding Teacher’ (2011) and ‘Best Supervisor’ (2012). She was also nominated as ‘Outstanding Teacher’ (2013) for the MMU Staff Award (peer-nominated), which recognised excellent contribution to teaching and role within the department. In 2007, Tasneem was awarded a Fellowship to the Higher Education Academy after obtaining a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGC-AP) along with her substantial leadership contributions to teaching and administration towards the department and faculty.

Tasneem implemented the new University’s Marking Scheme, which allowed for consistency in marking. The HoD, and External Examiners for the taught Programmes, commended her approach to verifying and moderating the work in this manner.

As an indicator of effective teaching and the effort Tasneem puts into supervision, two of her supervisees have won the Drapers Award (£1000) on two occasions for the best Technical Textiles UG Dissertation.

Membership of professional associations

Core member of the Innovation Materials Cluster Group, Manchester Fashion Institute, MMU, UK.

Core committee member of the Faculty Research Degrees Committee, MMU, UK.

Core committee member of the Faculty Research Working Group, MMU, UK

Core comittee member of the MOOC (massive online open courses), MMU, UK.

Council member of the Textile Institute, Chartered Institute for Textiles, Clothing and Footwear.

Section committee member of the Manchester & Cheshire Division of the TI, UK.

Member of the Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry (ASBCI), UK.

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) UK.

Member of the Research Centre Management Group, Apparel Research Group (ARG), Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.


Research Interests

Active researcher in the area of material/biomaterial science: currently involved in a project
concerning the transdermal delivery of vitamin D.

Active researcher in the area of medical textiles concerning individuals who are wheelchair users.

Specialist interest in surface modification using atmospheric plasma processes.

Specialist interest in textile testing and specification development

Specialist interest in colour analysis: colour science andclassification systems

Academic collaborations

2017 – Present: Innovation and Product Development Cluster Bid: An investigation of mycelium as a textile for use in apparel, (with Jane Wood, MMU) (£1,000).

2014 – Present: RKE, small project funding. Assessment for the need of a textile-based encapsulation system for the transdermal delivery of Vitamin D, (with Dr. B. Buczkowski, MMU), (£1000).

2013 -2013: Miriad, small project funding.Assessing fit and function of clothing used by competing triathletes, (with Dr S. Gill and Mrs J. Ledbury, MMU), (£1000).

Invited Papers

J.McLoughlin, T. Sabir, S. Hayes, Fabric cover-factor and its significance stitching quality seams for apparel products: Textile Institute 90th World Conference, Poland, April 2016.

T Sabir, Effects of O2 plasma on PET materials. TechnoTex Mumbai, India 2014, (poster with talking head video).

Conference organisation

As a core member of the Textile Institute, Tasneem is currently involved in the organisation of 'Textiles and Life' PGR/T student conference (Wednesday 22nd November 2017).

Expert reviewer for journals and publishers

Journal Reviewer: Reviewer for the Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management.

Consultancy Book Reviewer: Bloomsbury UK


McLoughlin, J., 2017. 'High-Performance Apparel Materials, Development and Applications', Woodhead Publishing Limited.

Sabir, T., Venkatraman, P., Jenkins, E., Trencher, L., Prendergast, J., Hayes, S., Brownbridge, K., Tyler, D., Ledbury, J., Gill, S., Chan, P., 2015. 'Materials and technology for sportswear and performance apparel', CRC.

Book Chapters

Sabir, T., Wood, JE., 2017. 'Fabrics for Performance Clothing'. In Hayes, SG., Venkatraman, P. (eds.) Materials and technology for sportswear and performance apparel, CRC.

Sabir, T., 2014. 'Introduction to High Performance Apparel'. In High-performance apparel: materials, developments and applications, Woodhead Publishing, imprint of Elservier.

Sabir, T., 2014. 'Fibres used for high performance apparel'. In High-performance apparel: materials, developments and applications, Woodhead Publishing, imprint of Elsevier.

Journal Articles

Sabir, T., 2014. 'Development of a novel system for transdermal delivery of vitamin D', Advanced Healthcare Materials.

McLoughlin, J., Sabir, T., Hayes, S., 2010. 'Fabric parameter mapping for seam sewability', International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education, 3 (2), pp. 77-88.


Sabir, T., 2014. 'The effects of O2 plasma on the printability and reproducibility on PET fabrics', TechnoTex, Bombay Exhibition Centre.

Theses and Dissertations

Sabir, T., 2014. 'The Effect of O2 Plasma on the Printability and Reproducibility of PET Fabrics'.

Office Location

Room C2.32
Cavendish South
Manchester Fashion Institute
Manchester Metropolitan University
Cavendish Street
Manchester M15 6BG

Office Hours

Monday 14:00 - 16:00