DMU named among 'the best fashion schools in the world'


De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) has gained ‘badges of excellence’ in a new ranking of fashion schools around the globe.


The accolade comes from internationally renowned fashion website The Business of Fashion (BoF), which annually assesses top undergraduate and graduate fashion programmes.

Professor Carolyn Hardaker, interim head of DMU’s school of design said the BoF recognition was a great achievement which will help cement the university’s global reputation in fashion education.

“Business of Fashion is a highly influential website used by industry professionals around the world on a daily basis. We are really delighted,” she said.

“The education section is relatively new so being featured on it is amazing. Now that our name is up there with well-known international schools, it’s a fantastic opportunity to promote what we can do on a global stage.”


BoF’s latest educational report awards courses with badges of excellence in recognition of a school’s strengths. DMU has been named best in Learning Experience for its Fashion Design BA (Hons) and best in Learning Experience and Long-term Value for its Fashion Buying BA (Hons).

The assessment is informed by data gathered from institutions, industry professionals and a committee of global experts. It also takes in to account feedback from surveys completed by more than 13,500 students and alumni around the world.

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The Learning Experience badge evaluates the provision of a rewarding fashion education, reviewing factors such as available resources, breadth of curriculum, teaching quality and opportunities for professional development. The Long-term Value badge assesses how well students are supported into a successful career.


Carolyn credits DMU’s ‘fabulous technical facilities on campus and extensive industry links’ as key factors in creating a stimulating and inspiring learning environment.

She added: “Our curriculum incorporates external client projects and speakers from companies like Hugo Boss, Hugo Boss, ASOS and Joules.

“Many students also take the opportunity to undertake a placement year, all of which has resulted in 100% employability of our graduates as measured by the Destination of Leavers in Higher Education survey 2018.

“I’m really proud. The staff, academics and technicians across the faculty all work incredibly hard and it is amazing to see their commitment reflected in this achievement.”


The ranking is one of a number of recent successes for DMU's undergraduate fashion programmes.

Footwear Design students Dimitri Gabellier and Keri Thornton walked off with top prizes at this year’s Graduate Fashion Week and Fashion Design student Tara Dickson has secured a sought-after internship with Givenchy in Paris.

Meanwhile, Contour Fashion student Sian Hickey created a storm in the national press with her stylish, environmentally conscious period-proof designs.

Read about DMU’s Fashion Design course on the BoF website.

Read about DMU’s Fashion Buying courses on the BoF website.

Posted on Thursday 4th July 2019

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