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Mrs Samantha Elliott-Coles

School Director Learning & Teaching


I am currently Director of Learning and Teaching in the Design School within Kingston School of Art and have previously taught at Central St.Martins (I am now external assessor on the BA Fashion, Menswear and Knitwear pathway), at RCA and FE institutions. With extensive experience in knitted fashion design, I have run an international accessories label (stocked in Barney's, Isetan, Takashimaya, Browns Focus, Liberty's and Selfridges) and worked with both up-and-coming designers and long-established brands to realise knitted garments (Giles Deacon, Gareth Pugh, Bella Freud, Sibling).

I am also an author - my most recent book titled 'Knit: Innovations in Fashion, Art and Design' was published by Laurence King 2015 - and my pedagogical work includes conference presentations through the media of papers and film, the latest being 'Assessing the Un-Assessed: a case study exploring issues around employability and professional practice through active learning' presented at the HEA conference. 

Areas of specialism

  • Learning & Teaching
  • Knitwear (Fabric construction)
  • Fashion
  • Outreach


  • Postgraduate Certificate of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • MA Design
  • BA (Hons) Textile and Surface Pattern

Professional membership

I hold Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)


My research interests include design specific:

'Knit, innovations in Fashion, Art, Design' published by Laurence King 2015, sole author.

'Use, Adapt, Design, a guide to using designing and adapting knitwear' co-authored with Sid Bryan 2013.

and pedagogic

'Peer Assessment: A case study' Kingston ADC journal 2013.

I have a sustained interest in widening participation and outreach work, which has led to projects with a focus on engaging mature learners and the teaching and learning benefits which can be accessed by a diverse cohort.

'100 years of craft, Kingston University and the Women's Institute' winner of the Rose Award 2015


Number of items: 2.


Elliott, Samantha (2015) Knit: innovations in fashion, art, design. London, U.K. : Laurence King Publishing Ltd. 237p. ISBN 9781780674728

Conference or Workshop Item

Elliott, Samantha (2017) Assessing the un-assessed, a case study exploring issues around employability and professional practice through active learning activities. In: HEA Annual Conference 2017 - Generation TEF : Teaching in the spotlight; 04 - 06 Jul 2017, Manchester, U.K.. (Unpublished)

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