Lecturer leaves £50k to help students become international fashion designers

A FORMER fashion lecturer has left a £50,000 legacy to help University of Salford students on their careers as international clothing designers.

Barbara Baldwin, who taught at Salford in the ‘70s and ‘80s, has left the money to the University’s Fashion Design programme in the will she left with her husband Stuart.

Barbara Baldwin

The Barbara Baldwin Fund will mean students on the programme will be able to apply for up to £5k a year over the next decade, to help finance projects such as placements and research visits to develop their skills. Past students have had placements in New York and Italy and have undertaken research visits to Japan and China.

Barbara taught the Fashion Design HND in the former Salford College of Technology, before a fashion degree programme became part of the University.

Her sister-in-law Lynn Hall presented the money last week when she visited the New Adelphi building – the University’s new home for art and design programmes.

Nigel Howe, Associate Dean of the University of Salford’s School of Arts and Media, who worked with Barbara, said: “I remember her as an energetic woman who was absolutely passionate about what she did, who knew her subject inside out and who loved her students.

“As this legacy shows, she was totally committed to Salford and really wanted all students to be able to benefit from the opportunities available.”

The University’s Fashion Design programme has seen huge success in recent years, with student Val Kristopher Galbo winning a global competition by denim giant Levi’s last year, and graduates going on to work for companies such as H&M in Stockholm, Zara in Spain, Peter Pilotto in London and Maxmara in Italy.  

The University’s fashion department was also recently shortlisted in the teaching excellence category of last year’s Guardian University Awards, after judges were impressed with a project in which fashion students spent one day working with their counterparts in a Chinese institution.

Bashir Aswat, Fashion programme leader at the University of Salford, said: “We always encourage our students to get as much as possible from our international partnerships during their time here. This very generous legacy will help even more of our students to take advantage of the opportunities we have on offer.”

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