Jane Wood

Senior Lecturer (Textile Technology)

Jane Wood

Senior Lecturer (Textile Technology)

Email: j.e.wood@mmu.ac.uk

Telephone: 0161 247 2664

Academic and professional qualifications

I am currently a senior lecturer in textile technology within the department of Apparel.

I studied as an undergraduate at the University of Leeds gaining a BSc(Hons) in Textile Chemistry. After a period of time in industry (over 15 years!) I came to MMU and gained my MSc in Clothing Product Development.

I am currently studying for a PhD in a project involving biofabrics and electronics across two faculties; Hollings and Science and Engineering.

My current acadeimc role enables me to be involved in many of the programmes in the department of Apparel, particularly Fashion Design and Technology and International Fashion Practice, supporting students in their learning of basic textile technology all the way through to cutting edge developments.

I am also heavily involved in the development of the new programme, BA (Hons) Fashion Futures, recruiting in 2017.

As part of the core team working with the Associate Dean for Enterprise (Barbara Shepherd) I also deliver bespoke training programmes for industry and oversee consultancy projects in the textiles lab.

Previous Employment

My time in industry was varied - starting from fabric and finish development for car airbags, to childrens nightwear, to ladies casualwear and everything in between! 

I have worked off shore for a number of years in the Far East and North Africa in garment manufacturing operations and fabric development roles.

Academic service (administration and management)

I am deputy programme leader for BA (Hons) Fashion Futures.

Projects and initiatives

I teach short courses for industry in the field of textile technology.


Research Interests

Current research interests include:

  • Technical and high performance textile applications, particularly in the region of ‘smart textiles’ 
  • Bio fabrics
  • Wearable electronics
  • Learning and teaching technologies, particularly the role of the VLE in higher education.

Academic collaborations

I am currently studying for a PhD in a cross faculty project (Apparel & Science & Engineering) in biofabrics and electronics.

Invited Papers


Invited Discussions

European City of Science - Manchester July 2016

'Microbiology and Art' - a presenation and panel discussion evening discussing the collaborations between teaching, research and development in the fields of microbiology and art.


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.

Wood, JE., 2017. 'Smart Materials for Sportswear'. In Hayes, SG., Venkatraman, P. (eds.) Materials and Technology for Sportswear and Performance Apparel, CRC Press.

Wood, JE., 2017. 'Chapter 16: Revolutions in wearable technology for apparel, High-performance apparel: Materials, development and applications'. In High-Performance Apparel Materials, Development and Applications, Woodhead Publishing Limited.

Journal Articles

, 2018. .

Wood, JE., 2017. 'Are Microbes the Future of Fashion?', The Microbiologist, 18 (2).

Conference Papers

Wood, JE., Simpson, B., 2018. 'Bacterial Cellulose: A new material for millinery?', Transitions 2, University of Huddersfield, 11/4/2018 - 12/4/2018.

Wood, JE., 2016. 'AN EVALUATION OF SEWN SEAMING TECHNIQUES TO FACILITATE THE USE OF BIOCULTURES IN APPAREL', The 90th World Conference of the Textile Institute, Poznan, Poland, 25/4/2016 - 28/4/2016.

Office Location

Room C2.30
Cavendish South
Manchester Fashion Institute
Manchester Metropolitan University
Cavendish Street
Manchester M15 6BG