Here is Heriot Watt University’s 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 at present, but will consider developing one as the School appreciates the ethical dimension of design as a key area for students to be aware of, and compliant with.
Q: Does real fur feature in any of your fashion or design courses, and if so, in what way?
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 discourages the use of fur but has no written policy to support this.
Please urge the University to adopt a written fur free policy. Email: Lee Miles, Associate Professor – School of Textiles and Design, L.J.Miles@hw.ac.uk