Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Design


Philippa Hill

PhD Research Student

1st Class BA(Hons) Textile Design, Pass with Distinction MSc Advanced Textiles and Performance Clothing

Postgraduate researcher: Durable Water Repellent Treatments in Outdoor Apparel


I studied Textile Design at Edinburgh College of Art (2008-2012) graduating with a 1st class BA(Hons) degree. My final project looked at traditional fishermen’s’ jumpers, ‘ganseys’ or ‘guernseys’, the heritage and technical structure. I also collaborated with both Fashion and Performance Costume students in highly commended collaborations, which were exhibited at Graduate Fashion Week.  Realising my personal strengths, and interests, in the technical aspects of textiles and my love for the outdoors I came to Leeds to study on the MSc Advanced Textiles and Performance Clothing course, receiving a University scholarship. I am now a PhD research student (October 2014) continuing my Masters research on repellent finishing treatments specifically for outdoor apparel.

Research Interests

outdoor and performance apparel, physiological comfort testing, CSR


Postgraduate Student Rep 2015-16

Research Projects & Grants

Water@Leeds SPRING postgraduate funding (2016)

University Postgraduate Research Scholarship (2014-2017 for PhD study)

University Postgraduate Research Scholarship (2013/14 for MSc Performance Clothing and Advanced Textiles)

Worshipful Society of Dyers Bursary (2012, for undergraduate work)

Andrew Grant award for Best Work in Student Textiles (Edinburgh College of Art, 2012)

PhD Thesis

Publications (to date)

Hill P, Taylor M, Goswami, Blackburn RS (2016) The route to fluorine-free repellent coatings in outdoor apparel: Consumer use, maintenance and physiological comfort. 20th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (conference paper)

Contributing author to the European Outdoor Group’s ‘Building Knowledge about PFCs’ public document (2016)


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