Ms Deborah Southerland

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  • Position:Programme Leader BA Hons Fashion Textiles
  • Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries, and Education (ACE)
  • Telephone:+4411732 84707

About me

Deb Southerland is a Senior Lecturer + Programme Leader of BA Hons Fashion Textiles.

Deb is a Senior Fellow of the HEA. (SFHEA.)

As Programme Leader Deb oversees all areas of the Programmes design and delivery; this includes strategic, and curriculum development, as well as operational planning and management. During her time at UWE she has delivered in a number of Academic and Leadership roles as Module Leader, Programme Leader and Interim Associate Head of Department. (fixed term). Deb has an extensive track record of innovative curriculum development across UG / PG programmes and has led new programme curriculum development teams at UG + PG level and was a Dept lead in the 22/23 Pass / Fail pilot for UG students at L4.

As Industry lead for the programme Deb has brokered sponsored and collaborative opportunities for students that include live briefs with John Lewis, Henri Lloyd, French Connection, Max Mara, Superdry, Shield 360 and Phoebe English. In addition to Industry liaison work, Deb leads on the design and delivery of the Programmes annual Showcase and networking events which have included London Fashion Week Digital, Graduate Fashion Week, New Designers, Premier Vision Paris as well as Fashion events at Arnolfini and the annual Degree Show.

Deb is the Teaching and Learning lead on the Steering Group for the Fashion Textiles Subject Association (FTC), and whilst in this Role established and continues to deliver an annual series of 'Teaching and Learning Breakfast Events' curating high talks from Speakers from across Industry and HE. The series aims to respond to emergent shifts within Industry practice and Subject pedagogy; and to provoke reflection, debate and development in response to these.   

Deb's Studio pedagogy focuses on the following broadly defined areas: Research methodologies and ideation, design thinking and alternative modes of Fashion production.

Within these areas, Deb works with Students to facilitate an exploration of critical and expanded Fashion Practices wherein Students can synthesise their individual strengths, creative vision and professional ambitions.


Deb is L3 lead for the Fashion Textiles programme and leads the following modules

Professional Practice in Fashion Textiles 1

Preparation for Extended Study in Fashion Textiles 15c + 30c

Extended Study in Fashion Textiles 30c + 45c

Fashion Textiles Professional Development on Placement 30c


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