Senior Technician

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.

Contact details

Telephone 01326 253641



Year Qualification Awarding body
2009 CertEd Plymouth University
2009 Diploma in Teaching Plymouth University
2007 NEBOSH Occupational Health and Safety NEBOSH
2005 V1 Internal Quality Assurance of the Assessment Process City and Guilds
1998 D32 and D33 Assessment of Training and Development LCCI

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

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

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

Independent professional practice

Two day workshops for the BBC Blast Road Show when it came to Penzance. The aim was to inspire and motivate young people to develop their creative talents and showcase their T-shirt art and up-cycled fashion.

Professional esteem indicators

Year Description

Learning Support Excellence Award - For the Intuitive Resources program - Vimeo Video Tutorials of technical make and equipment processes uploaded to the Learning Space, and as an additional learning resource.