Innovation in Wool Award

The Worshipful Company of Woolmen, The Company of Merchants of the Staple of England and The Campaign for Wool join in a unique collaboration to support a UK prize for innovation in the use and application of wool.  This is open to any individual who works with wool to showcase wool in new, inspirational applications which can be either apparel, interior, novel or other scientific wool applications.

For further details please visit the Innovation in Wool Award web page by clicking here

Heriot Watt

Five students supported with scholarships and medals: two post graduate (masters) course students with financial assistance; one bronze medal and financial assistance to the best second year student on the BSc course for Fashion Technology; a silver medal and financial assistance for the best final year Honours graduate on the BSc/BA Textile and Fashion Design Management course; a silver medal and financial assistance (Roger Flemington award) to the best Honours graduate on the MSc Fashion Textiles Management course.


Five students supported with scholarships and medals: one silver medal and financial assistance to each of the best final year BSc student in Technical Innovation and Design, the best final year BA/BSc student in the Manufacture of Wool products; a silver medal and financial assistance to the best final year BA/BSc Fashion Design student producing a collection using wool based fabrics; a silver medal and financial assistance (the Peter Valpy Millenium Memorial Bursary) to the best final year BA/BSc Student involved in Manufacturing or Fashion Design, Marketing & Promotion; and financial assistance to support a British born and based BA/BSc student undertaking an industrial placement year overseas (this award may be shared between 2 students).

Scottish Agricultural College

Five students supported: two financial awards each to support either a M.Sc or Ph.D student for research work towards their degree, which must be associated with sheep or wool; one award of financial assistance to support a student with their project to obtain their BSc; two awards each of a silver medal and some financial assistance to ‘top of the class’ BSc students on two different sheep related courses.

Lord Barnby

One student supported: a silver medal and financial assistance awarded to the most promising young person already employed full time in the West Yorkshire textile industry.

University of Lincoln

Support offered to two students, graduate or undergraduate, who are doing outstanding work which in the broadest terms relates to innovation in the production or use of wool. In 2020 the University of Lincoln was named Modern University of the Year in  The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.  Students are at the heart of everything that happens at the University of Lincoln.  As part of an outstanding student experience they benefit from high quality teaching reflected in a Gold Award in the National Teaching Excellence Framework, while the ‘Student as Producer’ approach to research emphasises the role of students as collaborators in the production of knowledge.  Research themes include Rurality, Sustainability and Heritage. Projects related to wool have been undertaken by a student investigating the deterioration of tapestry material, while another student has looked at ways a gel product can be customised to clean wool.  The University of Lincoln has been recognised as one of the Top 10 UK universities for reducing its impact on the planet, encouraging sustainability and working together as one community to make a difference globally.

Univerity of the Arts London (UAL)

Financial support for one student awarded with the new Worshipful Company of Woolmen Award ‘Wool for the Future‘. In 2020 UAL was ranked number 2 for Art and Design in the QS World University Rankings.  UAL is a collegiate university specialising in arts, design, fashion and performing arts.  It consists of six colleges : Camberwell College of Arts, Central St. Martins, Chelsea College of Arts,  London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts. UAL has over 19,000 students from more than 130 countries in locations across London. It offers more than 100 courses which help to shape many creative industries. The traditional or innovative use of wool can impact the work and research of students in many ways. A recent project explored the possibilities of bringing together seeds and textiles (using wool) to eventually make a fabric that becomes part of ones surroundings rather than ultimately going to landfill.

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