The UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT) is to roll out a series of masterclasses at five UK universities to help give students a better understanding of sourcing, production and manufacturing, with support from Marks & Spencer.

Part of UKFT's 'Made It' campaign, the masterclasses are designed to educate students on the business considerations of a UK-based manufacturing strategy.

The tailored sessions will be delivered by UK production and sourcing expert Daliah Simble at the University of Leeds, University of Salford, University of Westminster, Nottingham Trent University and Falmouth University.

Students will have an opportunity to use what they learn to design, develop and produce a 'UK Made' look. Based on the designs submitted, selected students from each participating university will receive financial support from Marks & Spencer, along with industry introductions and mentoring throughout the process from UKFT experts and manufacturers.

UKFT's Made It is in collaboration with Marks & Spencer and Graduate Fashion Week, with the aim of bringing together graduate designers and UK manufacturers.

"As part of UKFT's on-going commitment to support UK manufacturing, we feel it is essential for students to understand the importance of commercial and technical considerations throughout the design process and the Made It campaign delivers this message," says UKFT CEO Adam Mansell.

The Made It Masterclass will be held at the University of Leeds tomorrow (22 September); at Falmouth University on 16 October; the University of Salford on 18 October; and at the University of Westminster on 20 October.