Dr Tasneem Sabir

Senior Lecturer (Textiles Technology)

Dr Tasneem Sabir

Senior Lecturer (Textiles Technology)

Email: tasneem.sabir@mmu.ac.uk

Telephone: 0161 247 2643

Academic and professional qualifications

Senior Lecturer: Textiles Technology

Senior Lecturer within Manchester Fashion Institute, at Manchester Metropolitan University, Tasneem has 20 years’ experience of designing and delivering high quality learning & teaching material in the areas of Fashion Technology Management, applied to the Textile and Fashion Industries. Tasneem currently teaches and co-ordinates the Fashion Textiles (at Levels 4, 5 and 6). Tasneem's textile experience has extended to Units within Science & Engineering, specifically, Product Development, where she has delivered sessions on textiles testing and fabric analysis for sports apparel. She has also taught Forensic Textiles Analysis (Fibre Identification) within the Science and Engineering Department at MMU, for their Combined Honours Degrees. 

PGR Supervisor: assist the Research Degrees Coordinator with the recruitment and completion of PGR student. In addition:

  • Assist with the recruitment of PGR students within the School of Fashion;
  • 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.
  • Assist with interviews, RD1, Progression Review and RDAR.
  • 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 students.
  • Contribute to AHGS training and the Researcher Development Programme.

Development of New Programmes

Core team member in the development and delivery of a new PGT programme in MA Fashion Design and Technology. Unit Lead: Materials Innovation.

Personal Tutor

- Course focussed support for academic progress
- Community building through encouraging participation in a learning community and signposting to support services when required; and
- Career planning support towards an identified career path

Previous Employment

During 2000-2004, Tasneem 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. 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 has driven the units speficially focussing on incorporating novel, emerging and new systems 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
  • Research Project (L6)

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 tutor, she sits on all of the Programme Committee meetings to share good practice and discuss issues at student/programme level. At Faculty level, Tasneem was 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. In addition, Tasneem has delivered textiles specific courses to senior academic staff from overseas teaching institutes. 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 PGT 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

Subject Specific 

Unit Tutor - Level 4: Fashion Design & Technology
                                  Fashion Process
                                  Fashion Production

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

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

Unit Tutor - Level 6: Industry Project (Top-up Degree)

From level 4 to level 6, textile/fashion technology units have involved the mechanical and physical testing 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. Level 6 focusses on the development of garments with performance-based requirements, specific to industry. Students will take a critical approach to analyse suitability of materials through Textile Testing.

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, Tasneem has 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. 

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 the Faculty of Arts & Humanities.

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.

Projects and initiatives

Current Projects:

  • Innovative Textiles Support brace. Consumer analysis of injuries, exercise and sport. Consumer perceptions and product analysis.
  • 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) 

Consultancy and advisory roles

Research Associate member: Arts & Humanities Research Centre

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. 

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

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 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

Active researcher in the area of sustainable/health devices with wearable technology for sports performance.

Specialist interest in surface modification using atmospheric plasma processes.

Specialist interest in textile testing and product development

Specialist interest in colour analysis: colour science and classification systems

Academic collaborations

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.

2020 - Present: The project seeks to investigate an innovative knee brace 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).

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).

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

As a core member of the Textile Institute, Tasneem has been involved in the organisation of 'Textiles and Life' and Textile & Life 2 Conferences for PGR/T student bodies.

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.

Book Reviewer: Bloomsbury UK

Book Reviewer: Taylor & Francis (CRC)


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

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., 2018. 'Fibers used for high-performance apparel'. In High-Performance Apparel, pp. 7-32, Elsevier.

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. 'Fibres used for high performance apparel'. In High-performance apparel: materials, developments and applications, Woodhead Publishing, imprint of Elsevier.

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

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., 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

Tuesdays 13:00 - 15:00