Here is University of Leeds response to our Freedom of Information request:
Q: Does your HE establishment have a policy on the use of fur?
Q: Does real fur feature in any of your fashion or design courses, and if so, in what way?
A: Our Fashion Design programme/ BA Textile Design does not in any way promote fur in any of our modules nor do we receive sponsorship or enter competitions sponsored by fur producers. In terms of fashion marketing, we might discuss the use of fur in relation to ethical/sustainable practices; but we don’t physically use real fur or promote the use of it. However, we also do not restrict students from entertaining the idea of using fur in their development. Any student wishing to use fur would be discouraged but we do not have a formal policy against the use of fur.
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?
A: No. We haven’t advertised anything from any of the specific organisations listed, or, promoted opportunities from members of the fur industry. However, we don’t have a specific policy against advertising any such opportunities on behalf of employers, as our stance is one of impartiality.
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: email@example.com