Here is UWE Bristol’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 specific policy on the use of fur.
However, you may find our overall sustainability plan useful, which includes use of resources. It can be found via the following link: https://www1.uwe.ac.uk/about/corporateinformation/sustainability.aspx
The University’s Animal Welfare and Ethics Committee provides advice and has a role in setting policy in relation to the use of animal by-products, which would, in principle, include fur. The University’s policy statement on the use of animals in research can be found at http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/research/researchgovernance/animalsinresearchstatement.aspx
Q: Does real fur feature in any of your fashion or design courses, and if so, in what way?
A: The use of fur is not a specified requirement of any of the programmes within the design area
Q: What financial support, including sponsored competitions do you receive from the fur industry?
A: Nil return
Q: Does your HE establishment allow or facilitate the fur industry to promote design competitions, summer schools, sponsorships, internships, or scholarships?
A: Nil return
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: Deborah Southerland, Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer, firstname.lastname@example.org