Liz Gee is Programme Director of Fashion Management,overseeing the Integrated Masters course MSc International Fashion Management and the long established BA (Hons) Fashion Management course.
Liz is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and as a Chartered Manager is a member of the CMI. Liz has fashion industry financial experience as Treasurer of Debenhams plc and as a Corporate Banker with Barclays plc. Liz completed her MA in Academic Practice at UAL in 2014 with a thesis on the pedagogy of enterprise and employability and recently received a UAL award for Teaching Excellence. Liz’s subject related research interests lie in new funding paradigms for fashion businesses and she is currently writing several chapters of a textbook of Strategic Fashion Management.
What makes your course unique?
There are so many things that make this course special. The relatively small cohort sizes means that the tutors will seem to be more accessible to you as they get to know each student personally. The cultural blend on this course makes it really unique with plenty of opportunties to work in teams and learn from each other.
You all have the very special experience of learning a foreign language together - a language that will help you be more confident on your travels. You also have two potential opportunities for gaining work experience within the course. All students have Period 2 Year 2 to take on a credit bearing internship. Then there is the optional chance to take a year to study or work abroad. The course as a science award also has a distinct focus on data analysis, financial management and digital.
What, if anything, have you found surprising about teaching on this course?
This course is taught by a blend of industry professionals turned academics in addition to traditional academics. As a consequence you get the best of both worlds from tutors with real life experience of the subjects they teach, bringing the theory to life. We place huge importance on exposing you to industry from Year 1 term 1 so you can build your network. This, along with a focus on building your CV and planning your career, will help you secure your dream role in the fashion business.
What inspires and excites you in terms of your area of practice?
Having initially gained my professional qualifications as a "bean counter" I truly believe that all successful business leaders need a good grounding in finance. Just look at Stuart Rose, Philip Green and the like. My passion is giving you a personal understanding of the importance of cashflow for business. The way I teach finance in the first year on this course gives you a chance to start your own business and experience the importance of that cashflow!
What do graduates of the course go on to do?
MSc Fashion Management graduates go on to varied careers in the exciting world of fashion business. If you can see yourself winning a highly prized place on the Graduate Trainee scheme at Zara, working as an Export Manager at Ted Baker or Topshop, working in a branding and marketing agency, working at the Business of Fashion, merchandising at JD or in an ecommerce or international role at ASOS then this is the course for you. The first graduates from the MSc have achieved these positions as well as general management positions and management consultancy aspirations. I am very proud of them!
And briefly, how would you sum up the LCF experience to prospective students.
The Fashion Business school at LCF gives you a great opportunity to study all the traditional management disciplines and theory but constantly applied to the fantastic, fast moving context that is the global fashion industry.
So you want to be a fashion manager and you want to study the fashion business? Where better that in the heart of London, THE fashion capital at The Fashion Business School - really why would you choose anywhere else?