Mrs Helen Burbidge

Job: Associate Professor Fashion Buying

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Fashion and Textiles

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 257 7573




Personal profile

Helen is an Associate Professor in the School of Fashion and textiles, managing the Fashion Buying area.

She is an expert in the field of design, pattern cutting and garment fit. Her experience in the clothing industry began at production level and progressed to design, pattern cutting, grading and fit diagnosis. As a consultant to the ‘high street’ and niche markets, Helen has advised companies on resolving garment fit issues on women’s, men’s and children’s wear since 2007. Her research focuses on fit and pedagogic practice and her Masters is in Education Practice.

At Faculty level, Helen has helped to set the laws for academic practice at De Montfort University and acts in a quality role on validations and periodic reviews. She is currently an External Examiner at two Institutes.

Research group affiliations

De Montfort Research Training Committee

Research interests/expertise

  • Using Creativity and Spontaneity to Learn Pattern Cutting
  • Enhancing Learning in Pattern Cutting through using Technology 
  • Using Formative Feedback to Enhance Summative Results
  • Using ‘real world’ scenarios to engage students

Areas of teaching

  • Pattern Cutting CAD (Lectra) and Manual
  • Fitting Garments and Finding Solutions
  • Garment Construction
  • Design
  • Sketchbooks with critical contextual study
  • Supervisor of undergraduate dissertation students
  • Second supervisor to postgraduate students


  • 2012 De Montfort University, Masters in Education Practice, with modules in: Leadership; Research Methods; Assessment and Technology
  • 2006 H.M.I. (Her Majesty’s Inspectors), Advanced Skills Teacher
  • 2005 South Nottingham College, City & Guilds 7822 Machine Embroidery
  • 2002 Qualified Teacher Status, Dfes reference number: 01/55261
  • 2002 Nottingham Trent University, Secondary Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Design and Technology: Textiles and Food
  • 1999 Nottingham Trent University, BA (Hons) Fashion

Courses taught

  • Fashion Buying BA (Hons)
  • Global Fashion Management MA
  • Textile Design, Technology and Innovation MSc
  • Fashion Textiles and Accessories BA (Hons)

Conference attendance

The Creative Pattern Cutting Symposium. 6 and 7 February 2013. University of Huddersfield.

Discipline Based Approaches to Pattern Cutting, H. Burbidge, paper and journal article.

Consultancy work

Pattern cutting, grading and garment fit solutions.

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Current research students

  • Gerardo Saucerado,  2nd supervisor.