Here is Leeds Arts University’s response to our Freedom of Information request:
Q: Does your HE establishment have a policy on the use of fur?
A: Leeds Arts University does not have a policy on the use of fur. All Level 6 students are required to submit a proposal for their Collections, which is to be approved by the Course Team. The Course Team explore any issues or concerns posed by the proposal, and would escalate to the Ethics Committee should it be deemed necessary. Our fashion course has a strong foundation in ethics and sustainability, which is reflected in the curriculum and student outputs.
A proposed use of fur would be flagged as requiring escalation to the ethics committee. Any instance of this would be reviewed on a case by case basis, however it should be noted that Leeds Arts University does not own or provide access to the specialist equipment required to work with fur. The ethics committee was formed in 2012, and there has been no proposals involving fur brought to it in that time.
Q: Does real fur feature in any of your fashion or design courses, and if so, in what way?
A: No, fur does not feature in any of our fashion or design courses.
Q: What financial support, including sponsored competitions do you receive from the fur industry?
A: Leeds Arts University does not receive any financial support 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?
A: Members of the Course Team receive an annual email from the BFTA inviting students to take part in a competition. This email is unsolicited, and to the best of our knowledge, there is no dissemination of this email, either formally or informally.
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. https://www.leeds-art.ac.uk/about-us/contact-us/