Jill Weeks

Job title
Senior Technician
01326 253641 Ext: 3641

Jill Weeks is the senior technician for garment construction on the Performance Sportswear Design course. She has over 30 years' experience as an industry specialist in stretch construction, pattern cutting and freelance technical consultancy.

Jill entered the industry working for Heathcoats in sportswear research and development. She later founded and ran the fashion and performance sports company Poldark Designerwear, a dance, gymnastic and swimwear label, as well as a manufacturing unit for many high street names, sports brands and top end designers. She has also worked as a freelance consultant on many design teams, working from initial design concept and successfully bringing the product to the marketplace, advising on production costings and garment specification.

After selling the business in 2004 Jill headed up an FE vocational industry-delivered program for Cornwall College before moving into HE. Her objective is to give students a solid technical grounding in the key skills, professional practice and knowledge required for entering industry.


YearQualificationAwarding body
Plymouth University
Diploma in Teaching
Plymouth University
NEBOSH Occupational Health and Safety
V1 Internal Quality Assurance of the Assessment Process
City and Guilds
D32 and D33 Assessment of Training and Development

Membership of external committees

Institute For Learning

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

Intuitive Resources - research to aid students with learning challenges and to inspire students to interact using mobile SMART technology. The concept idea was a 'One Stop Resource' for students and staff to access all the technical data for a piece of equipment and process.

Accessible information, enhancing the learning, teaching and training experience.


Areas of teaching

Garment Construction
Pattern Cutting
FE Fashion Design
Health and Safety
Training and Assessment
Horse Riding

Courses taught

BA(Hons) Fashion Design
BA(Hons) Performance Sportswear Design

CPD delivered

Health and Safety - CIEH Level 1 and 2
IOSH Document Writing and Record Keeping

Business engagement

Consultancy and facility services

Andrew Franklin-Miller - RAPTOR compression running suit
Enterprise - NHS Neoprene blood transport bag
AIR - MARK furniture upholstery

Professional engagement