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; Manchester Fashion Institute and Science and Engineering.

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

As part of the core team working with the Head of 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.

Projects and initiatives

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

Prizes and awards

'Best BioInspired Material' award: 1st BioInspired Materials Conference, Manchester, 2017

Expert reviewer for external funding bodies

Brussels - April 2019

Horizon 2020 - call H2020-ICT-2018-2 (Flexible and wearable electronics)

Membership of professional associations

The Textile Institute

Fellow of the Textile Institute (FTI)

Honarary secretary of the Manchester and Cheshire section

American Association of Textile Chemists and Colourists


The Microbiology Society



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.

Conference organisation

Manchester - November 2017

'Textiles and Life' - a Textile Institute (Manchester and Cheshire section) conference aimed at both national and international postgraduate students to share their research.

Manchester - November 2019

'Textiles and Life 2' - a Textile Institute (Manchester and Cheshire section) conference aimed at both national and international postgraduate students to share their research.

Expert reviewer for journals and publishers

The Journal of the Textile Institute

The Journal of Biomaterials


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

Book Chapters

Allen, T., Shepherd, J., Wood, J., Tyler, D., Duncan, O., 2021. 'Wearables for disabled and extreme sports'. In Digital Health, pp. 253-273, Elsevier.

Wood, JE., 2020. 'Bio-Based Materials in Sportswear Applications'. In Encyclopedia of Renewable and Sustainable Materials, pp. 683-687, Elsevier.

Wood, J., 2018. 'Revolutions in wearable technology for apparel'. In High-Performance Apparel, pp. 325-339, 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.

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.

Ledbury, J., Jenkins, E., 2015. 'Composite Fabrics for Functional Clothing'. In Hayes, SG., Venkatraman, P. (eds.) Materials and Technology for Sportswear and Performance Apparel, pp. 103-152, CRC Press.

Journal Articles

, 2021. .

Bennett, R., McDonnell, C., Tyler, D., Wood, J., 2019. 'A Wearable FES Compression Garment', International Conference on the Challenges, Opportunities, Innovations and Applications in Electronic Textiles, 32 (1), pp. 17-17.

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

, 2018. .

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

Non-Peer Reviewed Articles

Wood, J., Parkinson, J., 2020. 'Weaving Tales and Spinning Yarns', Textiles - The magazine of the Textile Institute, 2020 (3), pp. 12-14.

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 RG.19
Righton Building
Manchester Fashion Institute
Manchester Metropolitan University
Cavendish Street
Manchester M15 6BG