Burberry funds university to develop sustainable materials
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.