Welcome to the course

Welcome to the second course in the Innovation series. In this course we consider the innovations in the fashion industry.

This course is just one of a series designed by the University of Leeds for school-based learners and their teachers. As this is an open course, we do also welcome other learners; as you will have seen from the welcome area, we have a diverse cohort signed up. However, it is important to recognise that this course, and the content and activities within it, has been specifically designed to help those studying at school or college make the transition to studying at university or the work place.

We have provided a course map to help you navigate your journey through the course: click on the image to access, or you can download the map from the Downloads section below.

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It is anticipated that it will take around two hours to complete the tasks during the week. This includes watching the videos, joining discussions, reading articles and completing any exercises. If you have more time, we have also provided some links to additional reading and resources.

Photograph of a girl sewing

In this first week you’ll consider and discuss with your fellow learners what innovations have influenced the fashion industry. We then introduce a case study showing how Marks & Spencer has been a key innovator in fashion, introducing new fabrics that make our lives easier and more comfortable. You will see how M&S continues to drive innovation to bring consumers new and better products.

In week two you’ll have the opportunity to consider the innovation story of an item of clothing you own. You are encouraged to produce and share your research and findings on how a favourite item of your clothing has benefited from innovative developments in the industry.

There’s plenty to keep you busy and interested, and we really hope you enjoy the course and the activities that we’ve planned.

Have your say:

Please use the comments to share your reasons for joining this course. Please also let us know where you are from; this course is open to learners world-wide.

Take some time to read the posts from other learners. If you come across someone with similar interests to you, you may choose to ‘follow’ them; you can then filter the discussions to only view the comments from those you are following. This can help to make discussions easier to manage.

Next steps

Before moving on we would like to extend our thanks to the staff from the M&S Company Archive and Head Office who have been instrumental in helping to design and develop this course. Please note that these course materials and videos were first prepared in 2014.

When you are ready to move on, click ‘Mark as complete’. You can monitor your progress through the course by selecting ‘Progress’ at the top of the page. This will show you the steps you have completed and will provide your score for the end of course test.

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Innovation: the Fashion Industry

University of Leeds