Dr Tasneem Sabir

Senior Lecturer in Textiles Technology

Dr Tasneem Sabir

Senior Lecturer in Textiles Technology

Email: tasneem.sabir@mmu.ac.uk

Telephone: 0161 247 2643

Senior Lecturer within Manchester Fashion Institute, at Manchester Metropolitan University, with over 20 years’ experience of designing and delivering high quality learning & teaching in the areas of technical textiles and high-performance apparel. I currently teach and co-ordinate Fashion Textiles to both UG and PGR students. My textile experience has extended to delivering tailored workshops to the wider University in textiles testing for sports apparel to forensic analysis of fibres. Fellow member of the ‘Textile Institute’ and fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Academic and professional qualifications

Senior Lecturer in Textiles Technology

PGR Supervisor

Personal Tutor

I obtained my PhD, May 2013 from Manchester Metropolitan University. The Thesis title was ‘The effect of oxygen plasma on the printability and reproducibility of PET Fabrics’. I also completed my Postgraduate Certificate in Academic practice and a Fellow member of the Higher Education Academy (PGC-AP). I am also a Fellow member of the Textile Institute (FText ATI). My ethos for the taught environment strongly encourages students to become autonomous learners and to express their ideas and skills through research. At the forefront of my teaching, it is important that students have an underpinning of textiles along with how technology can inform the creation of intelligent and smart textiles. At present, my research interests are within sports apparel, investigating the use of engineered textiles to support the health & wellbeing of female athletes.

Previous Employment

During 2000-2004, I worked alongside Professor 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. My 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.

Previous role held:

Departmental Reseatch Degrees Coordinator

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

Level 5: Forensic Fibre Identification

Unit Leader: Level 7: MSc Dissertation/MA Perform

Unit Leader: Level 6: UG Research Project

Programme Leader & Deputy Programme Leader 

Year Tutor

Previously taught units

  • Materials for Fashion
  • Textile Investigation
  • Fabric Quality and Evaluation
  • Textiles for Specific Product Development
  • Advanced Technology for Garment Generation
  • Research Project (L6)

Academic service (administration and management)

I have demonstrated leadership in teaching and administration in developing high quality lecture material to both UG and PGT/R students. I have served the University at both Departmental and Faculty level. At departmental level, I have demonstrated leadership by overseeing research skills at both UG and PGT/R Level. I have contributed to the Department’s Peer Support Scheme where I have observed teaching practices for newly appointed academic staff. As Unit tutor, I have previously engaged in all of the Programme Committee meetings to share good practice and discuss issues at student/programme level. At Faculty level, I was an active member of the Dissertation Working Group and was a former member of the Exceptional Factors Panel. At University level, I have organised short courses for FE Colleges in Textiles, organised and delivered one-day courses for Textile Teachers in collaboration with the Textile Institute. In addition, I have delivered textiles specific courses to senior academic staff from overseas teaching institutes. I have also delivered industry specific courses in Textile and Fabric Quality jointly with members from the department. As an Academic Practitioner, I regularly update my subject knowledge by attending conferences; partake in departmental and faculty workshops and research activities to enhance my practice.

Undergraduate teaching

Subject Specific 

Unit Tutor - Level 4: 
Fashion Process
Fashion Production

Unit Tutor - Level 5:
Fashion Product (Womenswear/Sportswear/Menswear) 

Unit Tutor - Level 6:
Industry Project & Major Project (Womenswear/Sportswear/Menswear)

Unit Leader - Level 7:
Materials Innovation

RISE: part of the wider Student Centred Curriculum (SCC) project and supports the project’s objective to create ways of enabling students to tailor their studies.

RISE Project 1: 'What have textiles ever done for us?' 90min interactive taster session online. Overview of textiles and the lab in MFI and what we do - and why its important to us all. Open to whole university.

RISE Project 2: Fabric Modelling. Student to test a variety of sample fabrics to create a digital library for applications of garment realisation within digital environments.

Postgraduate teaching

At PGT level, I have assisted the Unit Coordinator with the planning and preparation of materials for the Dissertation unit to assist students to critically appraise relevant literature, provide a detailed evaluation & application of selected methods 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. 

I have supervised a number of PGT Dissertation in areas of technical textiles to fashion buying/marketing.

At PGR level, I am currently involved in a number of supervision.

Postgraduate research supervision

Research Degrees Supervision Experience (Completions):

1. Human-Focussed Quality Management (HFQM) Framework towards performance excellence for Malaysian ready-to-wear Garment Industry (1st Supervisor). Project was fully funded by Malaysian Government. PHD

2. The Application of Auxetic Structures for Rugby Shoulder Padding (Principal Supervisor). Project was funded by MFI. PHD.

3. The Collaborative buyer and supplier relationship (BSR) applied to the product development stage in the contempory UK fast fashion and rapid fashion market (1st Supervisor). Project was fully funded by MMU.

Masters by Research.

4. Investigation of Insect Bite Hypersensitivity IBH and Pruritus in Equids and Research into the Concept of a Smart Textile Delivery Systems to Treat the Condition (1st Supervisor & joint Principal Supervisor duties). Project was self-funded. Masters by Research.

5. The impact of fast fashion, consumer behaviour and fashion brands communication on sustainability (Principal Supervisor). Project was funded by MFI. Masters by Research.

Research Degrees Supervision Experience (In Progress):

1. An exploration of the potential of bacterial cellulose as a technical textile (3rd Supervisor) PHD.

2. Development of modernised wedding costume capturing Palestinian heritage (1st Supervisor) PHD.

3. Development of an Optimised Garment Sizing System with Bust Cup Size integration (1st Supervisor) PHD.

4. Design and Development of Functional Sportswear for Football in Botswana (1st Supervisor) PHD

5. Development of an organic textile horse blanket with inherent medicinal properties to treat pruritus (1st Supervisor) PHD.

Tasneem also has supervised a number of PGT Dissertations.

Appointed PhD Internal Examiner:

Science & Engineering Department: Finite Element Modelling Of Padded Clothing in Rugby

Projects and initiatives

Current Projects:

  • Innovative Textiles Support Knee brace. Consumer analysis of injuries, exercise and sport. Consumer perceptions and product analysis.
  • World Rugby Project. Assessing the implementation of breast padding for female athletes
  • Low Pressure Plasma Processes for colour saturation on textile materials
  • To contribute to the development of a virtual fabric library within CLO3D. The virtual library may also sit alongside other creative software, namely Browzwear and Optitex.

Book Completed

Tyler D, Wood J, Sabir T, McDonnell C, Sayem ASM, Whittaker N. (2020) Wearable electronic textiles, Textile Progress 51(4):299-384

Journal Papers (currently being written)

  • Changes to the Surface Topography of Polyester using O2 plasma treatment (paper to Plasma Processes and Polymers) 
  • O2 Plasma to improve colour saturation of PET fabrics (paper to Plasma Processes and Polymers) 

Conference Presentation (current)
'The effects of O2 plasma treatment to increase colour saturation in polyester'
AATCC/PRINTING United Alliance 2021 Digital Textile Printing Conference: December 8-9, 2021

Consultancy and advisory roles

Research Associate Member: Manchester School of Arts & Humanities Research Centre [MSARC]

Previously: As a member of the Textile Research Team, Tasneem has supported research and enterprise in areas of Textile Testing, Material Science, Quality Management, 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. 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.

Practioner roles

Research Associate Member: Arts & Humanities Research Centre

Core Member: Wearables Group, Manchester Fashion Institute

Associate Member: Sports Engineering Group, Science & Engineering

Academic Mentor: in innovative teaching practice between July 2011 to April 2012. 

Media appearances or involvement

MMU News & Event - Opinion Piece: Thursday, 3rd November 2022
RLWC2021: How the design of rugby kits has evolved over time: https://www.mmu.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/story/15511/ and https://fashioninstitute.mmu.ac.uk/news/ 

MMU News & Event - Opinion Piece: Friday 25th November 2022
World Cup 2022: Football fabrics and the battle against the Qatari heat: https://www.mmu.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/story/15607/ and https://fashioninstitute.mmu.ac.uk/news/  

Prizes and awards

  • PhD: Surface Modification of Polyester with Oxygen Plasma
  • FText ATI: Fellow Member of the Textile Institute
  • PGC-AP: Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice
  • BSc (Hons): Textile Technology and Design
  • Nominated for the Staff Awards 2021 - L5 Fashion Practice unit team
  • Shortlisted in this year's Annual Teaching Awards 2012 in the following category: Best Supervisor
  • Shortlisted in this year's Annual Teaching Awards 2013 in the following category: Overall Teacher
  • Nominated - MMU Annual Staff Awards Outstanding Teacher 21st June 2013
  • Apparel (Fashion) - Fashion Design and Technology Level 6, has been nominated for the category Best Team, the criteria for which are: MMU Staff Awards 2015

Other distinctions

My teaching excellence is evidenced by the student feedback I have received, through the Internal Student Survey (ISS) and National Student Survey (NSS) with over 85% satisfaction in the quality and level of my teaching. This has been recognised through the MMUnion Student Awards where I was nominated as ‘Outstanding Teacher’ (2011) and ‘Best Supervisor’ (2012). I 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, I 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.

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

As an indicator of effective teaching and the effort I have put 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 Wearables Group, Manchester Fashion Institute, 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.


Research Interests

Current research interests include:

1. Functional and performance materials to improve rehabilitation from sports injuries using wearable technology.

2. Material analysis - for both functional and performance wear

3. Specialist interest in surface modification using atmospheric plasma processes.

4. Textile testing and product analysis

5. Colour analysis: colour science and classification systems

Academic collaborations

2021 - Present: The project seeks to investigate an innovative device for female athletes in high-risk sports after suffering from ACL injuries. The aim is to design a sustainable prototype with health benefits to support pre/post ACL recovery (joint project with Professor James Self - of Health Professions, Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care and Professor David Tyler, Faculty of Arts & Humanities).

2021 - Present: Panel member to review the body padding requirements of World Rugby Regulation 12 and the associated Performance Specification Padding for Females Athletes (World Rugby, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Sheffield)

2021 - Present: Core Member of the ‘Sports Engineering Research Team’ within Science and Engineering.

Invited Papers

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

Yusof, N.J.M., Hayes., S., Sabir, T. and McLoughlin, L. (2014) Quality Management in the Malaysian Garment Industry: Empirical from the pilot study.' In making an impact with Research. Proceedings of 7th Annual Manchester Metropolitan University Postgraduate Research Conference, 4th November, 2014. Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, pp.57.

Yusof, N.J.M., Hayes., S., Sabir, T. and McLoughlin, L. (2015) 'Quality Approaches for Mass-Produced Fashion: A Case Study in Malaysian Garment Manufacturing.' World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology. International Journal of Mechanical and Aerospace, Industrial, Mechatronic and Manufacturing Engineering, 9 (10), 1675 - 1681.

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.

Conference organisation

The Textile Institute (Manchester and Cheshire Section): involved in the organisation of:

1. 'Textiles and Life' Conference for PGR/T student bodies, Wednesday 22nd November 2017

2. 'Inspire' why fashion research matter - Lead Organiser at Manchester Fashion Institute, Wednesday 9th May 2018

3. 'Textile & Life' 2 Conferences for PGR/T student bodies.Wednesday 21st November 2019

4. Manchester and the North-West - 'Textile Institute 3rd Student Conference' - Wednesday 23rd November 2021

* Textile Institute Conferences are aimed at both national and international postgraduate students to share their research.

Expert reviewer for journals and publishers

Jounal Reviewer: Sports Engineering Journal (The journal is primarily interested in original contributions which concern the effect of equipment on athlete performance and safety)

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

Journal Reviewer: for Journal of The Textile Institute.

Journal Reviewer: for Textile Research Journal.

Book Reviewer: Bloomsbury UK

Book Reviewer: Taylor & Francis (CRC)


2017 – 2018: Innovation and Product Development Cluster Bid: An investigation of mycelium as a textile for use in apparel, (with Jane Wood, MMU) (£1,000).

2014 – 2016: 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).


McLoughlin, J., Sabir, T., 2018. 'Preface', Elsevier.

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

Hayes, SG., Venkatraman, P., 2015. 'Materials and Technology for Sportswear and Performance Apparel', CRC.

Book Chapters

Sabir, T., 2019. 'Routledge Handbook of Sports Technology and Engineering'. In Textiles and fabrics.

Sabir, T., 2018. 'Fibers used for high-performance apparel'. In High-Performance Apparel, pp. 7-32, Elsevier.

Venkatraman, PD., 2015. 'Materials and Technology for Sportswear and Performance Apparel'. In Hayes, SG., Venkatraman, P. (eds.) Materials and Technology for Sportswear and Performance Apparel, CRC Press.

Venkatraman, P., 2015. 'Fabric Properties and Their Characteristics'. In Hayes, SG., Venkatraman, P. (eds.) Materials and Technology for Sportswear and Performance Apparel, pp. 53-86, CRC Press.

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.


Sabir, T., 2022. 'World Cup 2022: Football fabrics and the battle against the Qatari heat'.

Sabir, T., 2022. 'RLWC2021: How the design of rugby kits has evolved over time'.

Journal Articles

Tyler, D., Wood, J., Sabir, T., McDonnell, C., Sayem, ASM., Whittaker, N., 2019. 'Wearable electronic textiles', Textile Progress, 51 (4), pp. 299-384.

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.

Conference Papers

McLoughlin, J., Sabir, T., 1999. 'Introduction', Conference on Portuguese Oceanic Expansion, 1400-1800, Brown Univ, Providence, RI, 11/6/1999 - 13/6/1999, in PORTUGUESE OCEANIC EXPANSION, 1400-1800, pp. 1-3.


Sabir, T., 2021. 'The effects of O2 plasma treatment to increase colour saturation in polyester', Durham, NC, USA.


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

Mondays 13:00 - 15:00