Mrs Karen Hickinbotham

Job: Senior Lecturer Fashion Buying

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Fashion and Textiles

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

T: 0116 207 8527



Personal profile

After studying at DMU and a successful career in many East Midlands retailers, across Kids, Womens and Lingerie, Karen joined DMU as a Senior Lecturer in Fashion Buying. Teaching from her experiences in Fashion Buying, she is student oriented, part of a dedicated team and is the Design pathway leader for the BSc(Hons) Fashion Buying degree. Eager to complement her experience in industry, Karen continues to enhance her teaching by completing a PGCert in HE, and is currently studying for an MA in Education Practice.

Research interests/expertise

Fashion Buying
Commercial Retail Design
Education Practice 

Areas of teaching

Fashion Buying cycle
Commercial garment Costings and negotiation
Strategy and Inspiration research
Range development
Range building
Range justification
Critical path
Research methods


BSc(Hons) (1992) Textile and Knitwear Technology, DMU.
PGCert HE, (2018) DMU.
MA Education Practice (2019-2021) DMU

Courses taught

Fashion Buying BA(Hons); FBUY1000 Core Buying I; FBUY2000 Core Buying II; FBUY2006/7 Design Realisation; FBUY3003 Dissertation tutor; FBUY3006 Design Major Project

Membership of professional associations and societies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


From BA to AB - Harnessing reflexivity and reflection to bridge the gap between academic and employability skills