Here is Colchester Institutes response to our Freedom of Information request:
Q: Does your HE establishment have a policy on the use of fur?
A: We do not have a policy on the use of fur. However, we do introduce students to a company who supply leather and fur to the fashion industry, the range of products they promote are all by-products from the food industry. Fur does not feature in the curriculum, however the use of leather and fur in final year collections is an individual choice for students and would be ethically sourced.
Q: Does real fur feature in any of your fashion or design courses, and if so, in what way?
A: As above fur does not feature in the curriculum
Q: What financial support, including sponsored competitions do you receive from the fur industry?
Q: Does your HE establishment allow or facilitate the fur industry to promote design competitions, summer schools, sponsorships, internships, or scholarships?
This university has no clear stance on the use of fur.
Real fur is cruel and unnecessary. Please urge the University to adopt a fur free policy. Email: Mick Stubbs, Head of UCC School of Art – HE Provision – firstname.lastname@example.org