Each year, an ASBCI sponsor funds prizes for the best dissertation on a topic related to the fashion and textiles industry. At the end of the academic year, after dissertations have been assessed, member colleges and universities are asked to submit its best work to be put before an academic and industry reading panel. Some of the larger institutions may submit entries from different courses if the situation merits it.
The reading committee assess the nominated entries against the criteria of topic relevance and value, depth and breadth of research, clarity of analysis, and quality of presentation. Final debate and judgement is made in conjunction with the competition sponsor, which in recent years has been Marks and Spencer.
The winner for 2014 was Sophie Nolan, a graduate from the London College of Fashion (pictured left) with Paschal Little from M&S.
Cash prizes are awarded to one winner and two runners up at the Student Conference in November each year. The overall winner is also asked to give a short presentation on their research topic at the ASBCI AGM held every April, and attended by the Association's corporate members. On past ocassions jobs have been offered to nominees by reading committee judges.
2014 1st Prize: Sophie Nolan, London College of Fashion. Runners up: Olivia Pye, Nottingham Trent University and Yvonne Jeziorska, De Montfort University.
2013 1st Prize: Gillian Latter, De Montfort University. Runners up: Holly White, London College of Fashion and Vishika Patel, Nottingham Trent University.
2012 1st Prize: Ashlee Stringer, Nottingham Trent University. Runners up: Kimberley Milne, London College of Fashion and Charlotte Lester, De Montfort University