Roles and Responsibilities
I have been lecturing in Textile Technology, specialising in knitting technology and physical testing of textiles, since 1996. I teach undergraduate courses in textiles and am heavily involved in teaching on our masters programmes where I coordinate the Research Methods courses as well as textile technology courses. I am also an active researcher and research supervisor.
I graduated from the Scottish College of Textiles in 1994 with a first class honours degree in Textile and Clothing Technologies. I was awarded the Ede and Ravenscroft prize for highest marks. I worked for the John Lewis Partnership as a graduate trainee and staff trainer before taking up a lectureship in Textiles in 1996 at Heriot-Watt University. I undertook my PhD part-time, whilst employed as a full-time lecturer. In 2004, I graduated with my PhD in pressure garments for the treatment of hypertrophic scars and was awarded the Macfarlane Prize for outstanding contribution to the University’s research. I continue to teach textiles and research medical compression products. I won the University’s ‘Learning and Teaching Oscar’ for being ‘Switched on’ (most engaging lecturer) in the award’s inaugural year (2010) and was shortlisted for the same award in 2012 and 2014. I was shortlisted for the ‘refreshing’ Learning and Teaching Oscar in 2016 and won the Graduates Teaching Award in 2017.
My main area of research has always been evaluation and optimisation of the functionality of compression garments for medical applications. I have led projects for a number of different medical compression companies, am an active member of the NHS Pressure Therapy Interest Group and sat on the British Standards Committee for medical compression hosiery. I regularly review articles for international research journals and grant applications for an international grants council. I have led research funded by the Technology Strategy Board, Innovate UK, Arts and Humanities Research Council and projects part supported by the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters and the Clothworkers Company. I have recently been co-investigator on an MRC CiC grant on anti-embolism stockings. I have been a Programme Director, Research Student Coordinator and the Director of Research during my time at the School of Textiles and Design.
I have published in international research journals and pre-print versions of these papers are available for download on my Research Gate page.
Current research interests
- The impact of design variables and pattern cutting techniques on pressure distribution around irregular body parts for medical compression garments.
- Developing new sensor technologies for low pressure measurements at garment/body interface and evaluating them for use in medical compression applications.
- Ongoing evaluations of commercial fabrics for compression product construction.
- The implications of hospital textiles in infection prevention and control.
- Textile properties required for treatment of lipodema.
- New structures and materials for improved pressure delivery in anti-embolism stockings.
I have supervised one MSc by research, one MPhil and six PhD students to successful completion and am currently supervising two PhD students and two masters by research students. I am happy to consider applications for self-funding or funded/sponsored students wishing to undertake PhD, MPhil or Masters by research projects in medical or sports compression. Potential students interested in undertaking such research should email me in the first instance. I have also examined research students internally and externally at MSc, MPhil and PhD level.
I have undertaken a range of consultancy projects including delivery of training to industry, product evaluation and technical report writing. Current consultancy activity is focused on developing bespoke pressure garment design tools for five international businesses. I am also working on a project to source and evaluate fabrics for a new compression product line with Jobskin and Ilka Paling.