Sport Science team up with the Manchester Fashion Institute to discuss product development

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On Tuesday 25th October, the Department of Exercise and Sport Science (ESS) in partnership with the Manchester Fashion Institute hosted the second visit with the Pentland Group. The day offered Manchester Metropolitan staff the chance to meet the brand leads from Speedo, Berghaus, Canterbury, Lacoste and Mitre to explore potential partnership opportunities and projects.

The original project was instigated following the Textile Institutes Annual event at the House of Lords in Autumn 2015. Barbara Shepherd, Head of Business Engagement from Manchester Fashion Institute in discussion with Katie Greenyer, Design Director – The Pentland Group agreed to demonstrate how the University could work with the Pentland the Group.

Academics from Sport Science and the Manchester Fashion Institute presented their research areas to the group and proposed potential ways their research can support current and future product developments within leading brands such as Speedo, Berghaus, Canterbury, Lacoste and Mitre.

The group were shown around the Sport and Exercise laboratories and viewed specialist equipment and techniques. Equipment such as the Weiss Technik Environmental Chamber, Vicon Motion Analysis System, Kistler Force Platform, Dexa Scanner and SensoMotoric Instruments Eye Tracking Natural Gaze tracking system were seen in action. This provided the Pentland Group a clear understanding of the specialist equipment that the University currently has and ways it may help develop projects with the group.

Prof Neil Fowler, Head of Exercise and Sport Science, said: “The visit by the Pentland Group allowed Manchester Metropolitan the chance to showcase what our Sport Science team has to offer and how our expertise could be integrated with a holistic offer with the sport engineering work in Science and Engineering as well as the textile, design and manufacturing elements in the Manchester Fashion Institute.’’

A future visit is planned for early 2017 to progress the partnership.