Burberry funds univer­sity to de­velop sus­tain­able ma­te­ri­als

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A fund of £ 3 mil­lion has been granted by the Burberry Foun­da­tion to Royal Col­lege of Art (RCA) to start Burberry Ma­te­rial Fu­tures Re­search Group, jointly es­tab­lished by the two to in­vent more sus­tain­able ma­te­ri­als, re­duce waste, ad­vance manufacturing and trans­form con­sumer ex­pe­ri­ence. It will be the first ex­plicit ‘STEAM’ re­search centre at a tra­di­tional art and design univer­sity.

The grant also in­cludes £ 750,000 to ex­pand the ex­ist­ing Burberry Design Schol­ar­ship at the RCA, to help more stu­dents from the UK and the EU to reach their full po­ten­tial re­gard­less of their fi­nan­cial cir­cum­stances.

The Burberry Ma­te­rial Fu­tures Re­search Group will de­liver the aca­demic vi­sion for ma­te­ri­als sci­ence re­search out­lined in the RCA’s strate­gic plan 2016-2021. It will act as a vir­tual centre un­til it moves to a per­ma­nent home in the RCA’s new build­ing in Bat­tersea, de­signed by Her­zog & de Meu­ron, sched­uled to open in 2020.

“The Group will cover a broad scope of work, from re­search­ing and de­vel­op­ing more in­no­va­tive sus­tain­able ma­te­ri­als to de­sign­ing new manufacturing meth­ods, as well as nur­tur­ing and sup­port­ing even more Bri­tish­trained design tal­ent,” com­mented Christoper Bai­ley, Chief Cre­ative and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of the com­pany.

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