Links to Industry


Industry engagement is key at the School of Textiles & Design.

The School of Textiles and Design has many links with industry. Our graduates work across the globe with a huge range of companies across all industry disciplines. We keep in touch with the School’s alumni and frequently make connections with new industry contacts.

We have a reputation for innovative education, enterprise, leading-edge design and technology researchers. The impact and financial benefit of our research on economic development to Scotland and the UK is a proud achievement.

Where technology meets design: the School has significant expertise in both design and technology and our services to industry combine the best of both.

Have a look below at the first in a series of films, showing our alumni of the School of Textiles and Design and the impact they’ve made in industry.

This film tells the story of  Sinclair Paterson who, after working at senior level positions within the textiles industry, has come full circle and set up his own business in the Scottish Borders. The company support local family run businesses and create jobs in the area, with their products proudly displaying the ‘Made in Scotland’ label.


Sarah McCann is a more recent graduate and her story takes her all the way to sunny California. From working on a live industry project, here at the School, to landing her dream job – have a look here at her story.

Promoting enterprise and forging links between industry and the academic world is what we’re all about. Whether you’re a start-up business looking for support or an established company that could benefit from our business and research expertise in design and technology, we’re here to help you.

Our students work on live projects with industry as part of their courses.

The School has links to many of the trade bodies within the industry.

If you’d like further details about Links to Industry at Heriot-Watt School of Textiles & Design you can visit our Contact Us page.


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