Here is University of Chester’s response to our Freedom of Information request:
Q: Does your HE establishment have a policy on the use of fur?
A: The University does not have a written policy per se, but does have well established practice as detailed below
Q: Does real fur feature in any of your fashion or design courses, and if so, in what way?
A: Real fur does not feature and will never feature in our Fashion Design programme at University of Chester
Q: What financial support, including sponsored competitions do you receive from the fur industry?
A: None. Although, we often receive competitions from the Industry, but our students never enter. This is because we embed knowledge and appreciation of ethics, green values and sustainability as crucial components within our delivery. Our future design graduates can then make informed and cruelty free choices ,which will guide enlightened aesthetic choices in their future fashion careers. Our students choose not to use real fur through informed choice and boycott its use within their design work. and within the fashion industry in general.
Q: Does your HE establishment allow or facilitate the fur industry to promote design competitions, summer schools, sponsorships, internships, or scholarships?
A: We do receive competitions, but we do not advocate using real fur or taking part in these competitions/activities
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: Professor Darren Sproston, Executive Dean of Arts and Humanities email@example.com