Here is Midddlesex University’s response to our Freedom of Information request:
Q: Does your HE establishment have a policy on the use of fur?
A: Middlesex University does not have a published policy about the use of fur
Q: Does real fur feature in any of your fashion or design courses, and if so, in what way?
A: There are no mandatory or optional modules in the fashion programmes that specify the use of real fur.
Q: What financial support, including sponsored competitions do you receive from the fur industry?
A: Middlesex University does not receive any financial support from the fur industry. If students opt to enter competitions organised by fur associations they are free to do so, in which case lecturers will ensure they are appraised of the ethical and sustainability issues surrounding fur so they can make their own value judgements
Q: Does your HE establishment allow or facilitate the fur industry to promote design competitions, summer schools, sponsorships, internships, or scholarships?
A: Middlesex University does not facilitate members of the fur industry to promote any of these activities, with one exception. GH Leathers [http://www.leathermerchants.com/about] give introductory talks about leather tanning and dyeing processes to final year fashion students at the beginning of each academic year, and offer preferential prices for leather and some fur for student’s final collections. This is balanced with information and samples about available faux-fur and leather substitute products held in our institutional Materials Library, in order to give students options.
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: Professor Gareth Williams, Head of the Design Department, firstname.lastname@example.org, Scott Ramsay Kyle, Director of Fashion Programmes, email@example.com