Dr Kerri Akiwowo, Lecturer in Textiles | BE Achiever

Kerri is a lecturer in textiles and pathway leader for Integrated Digital Practice specialism on the undergraduate programme, Textiles: Innovation and Design at Loughborough University. With Jamaican heritage, she was born, bred and schooled in London.


Kerri formerly held both technical and academic posts at various higher education institutions including: Research Associate at the Textile Futures Research Group, University of the Arts London; Dye Technician in the School of Fashion and Textiles at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design; Print Technician at London College of Fashion; and Senior Lecturer in Printed Textile Design at De Montfort University. She currently holds an External Examiner post for the MSc Textile Design, Technology and Innovation postgraduate programme at De Montfort University.


As an educator, Kerri is interested in race and gender diversity in textiles higher education and engaging students in design research activities for an enhanced educational experience.


“For me, I know that I always need to work that little bit extra and harder to get the recognition…”

Kerri believes that although the odds are still stacked against black people, we should always be proud of being black regardless.

“As a black person, it is important not to use this as a negative, and actually focus on where you want to go and where you want to be, having the faith, belief and confidence that you can get there if you put in the hard work, are determined and persevere”

Kerri’s advice to others is that you need to be bold, tenacious and willing to put in the extra work to get where you want to be.


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