Having worked in the Fashion and Retail Industry for the past 15 years in roles ranging from Visual Merchandising Manager to Product Development Manager, Laura has witnessed first-hand the problems arising from a lack of relevant skills for industry. Laura strongly believes that ‘Fashion Design’ courses should be all encompassing and should cover more aspects of the industry than just the ‘glitz and glamour’ which are frequently sold to students as a package with their Fashion Education. Laura’s enthusiasm for this matter has brought her back from industry into education after six years, now studying for her Master of Arts in International Fashion Design Management at The University of Huddersfield with the vision to help Fashion Students and Industry reunite and succeed collectively. Her work involves a variety of written and practical elements investigating the topic with inquisitiveness from the beginning of Fashion Education to present day. Ultimately her project explored novel and thought provoking ways to address the ‘Fashion Skills Gap’ proposing a solution to facilitate the enigma including a free mentoring platform for Fashion Students and a Podcast aiming to cover all of the unique roles within the industry.