Two students from the University of Derby have been recognised by the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters for their innovative knitwear designs.

Kate Myerscough and Megan Scott-Jenner, who are both in their final year of studying BA (Hons) Textile Design at the University, faced strong competition from textile design programmes across the UK, including post-graduate courses, in the Worshipful Company’s Student Bursaries and Awards scheme. The winning pair will receive a total of £4,000 in funding and will also benefit from mentoring from an industrial consultant through the company.

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Fabrics by Kate Myerscough
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Kate Myerscough, winner of the Howard Russell Ellis Award

The scheme, which began in 1985, aims to encourage students in further and higher education to take an interest in the knitwear industries by entering an annual competition for bursaries and awards funded by Liverymen and the Company’s associated industries.

Kate received the Howard Russell Ellis Award which includes a bursary of £1,500, and Megan won the HATRA (Hosiery and Allied Trades Research Association) bursary worth £2,500. Both will be invited to the Company’s Livery Banquet to receive their certificates later in the year.

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Megan Scott-Jenner, winner of the HATRA bursary

John Angus, Principal Lecturer in Design at the University of Derby, said: “We are thrilled that two of our students have been awarded Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters bursaries and awards. The level of competition for this scheme is extremely high, so to be selected as one of the winners is a fantastic achievement and demonstrates the hard work of these students.

“Although the financial support that these talented designers have attracted is a tremendous boon, the strategic guidance and endorsement from industrial experts of the highest level is absolutely priceless.”

To find out more about the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters Student Bursaries & Awards scheme, or to apply online, click here.

To find out more about studying textile design at the University of Derby, click here.

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As a practicing knitwear designer based in Nottingham, UK, Charlotte works as a freelance knitwear consultant for designers, brands and manufacturers, having trained extensively in knitwear and knitted textile design at Nottingham Trent University. With a deep, historical love of and background in textile and knitwear design, Charlotte is inspired by the engrained traditional context of textiles across the world and takes her greatest inspiration from immersing herself in new places and cultures. Charlotte approaches knitwear design holistically, working collaboratively with suppliers and mills to ensure sustainable and ethical design and manufacturing practice.

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