The Textile Institute Medals and Awards
A number of Medals and Awards are conferred upon individuals and organisations in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the textile industries and/or the work of the Textile Institute itself, under the authority of the TI Council.
The Textile Institute awards to both members and non-members although only members are able to submit nominations.
The Textile Institute’s awards have a number of categories in key industry areas, such as: sustainability, international research, innovation, young talent, design and more.
Do you know of any aspiring talent or feel someone needs to be recognised for their creative contribution to the textile industries? If you think an organisation or individual should be applauded for their innovation, please complete the Medals and Awards nomination form below.
Nominations for the Medals and Awards 2019 are now open until 15 March 2019 and should be returned to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is list of Member and Non-Member Awards which the Institute currently awards. Those marked with an asterisk* are currently presented. For a full list of previous winners, click Member Awards
Companionship of The Textile Institute Membership*
Instituted in 1956 and limited to 50 living members. Council may grant the status of Companion Member of the Institute to any member who has attained the age of 40 and who has, in the opinion of the Council, substantially advanced the general interests of the textile industry. This award is made to an Institute member only.
First awarded in 1928 and the highest honour within the Institute’s gift for creativity and the advancement of knowledge achieved by an individual as a result of ingenuity and application over many years. It covers all occupational areas of the Institute’s work including science, technology, marketing and management. This award is made to an Institute member only.
Honorary Life Membership*
First awarded in 1979 and the highest award granted for service to the Institute. It recognises outstanding, exceptional, and sustained service to the Institute in the furtherance of its Charter objectives and to the textile industry generally. Award to be made at the discretion of Council.
The Institute Medal*
The oldest award of the Institute, inaugurated in 1921. An award which recognises distinguished service to the industry and to the Institute in general. This award is made to an Institute member only.
The Textile Institute Warner Memorial Medal
Inaugurated in 1930 to perpetuate the memory of Sir Frank Warner. The medal is awarded in recognition of outstanding work in textile science and technology, the results of which have been published, and particularly for work published in the Journal of the Textile Institute. This award is made to an Institute member only.
The Textile Institute Service Medal*
First awarded in 1940. Granted for valuable service to The Textile Institute. This award is made to an Institute member only.
Institute Medal For Design*
Inaugurated in 1971 to recognise professional designers or groups of designers who have devoted themselves to, and made substantial contributions in, the field of textile design and design management. Candidates’ contributions are assessed not only for aesthetic appeal but also for commercial success. This award is made to an Institute member only.
Holden Medal for Education*
The Holden Medal for Education is awarded in recognition of an outstanding contribution to technology-based education at all levels. Originally inaugurated in 1992 by the Clothing and Footwear Institute (CFI) International. This award is made to an Institute member only.
Section Service Award*
The Textile Institute Section Service Award recognises distinguished and active service by a member over many years to a particular Section or National Committee. This award is made to an Institute member only. It is not intended that purely nominal service on a Committee or as an Honorary Officer of a Section should be recognised by the award, nor would mere length of service in any capacity be an automatic criterion for making an award.
The Textile Institute Carothers Medal*
First awarded in 1992 in memory of Wallace H Carothers who discovered nylon. The award is made in recognition of creativity in the production or use of fibres. This award is made to an Institute member only.
S G Smith Memorial Medal*
Inaugurated in 1964 and awarded to persons who are recognized as having devoted themselves to the furtherance of scientific knowledge concerning the physical and structural properties of fibres, whether or not such work has been published.
The Weavers’ Company Medal And Prize
First awarded in 1979. Each year the Weavers’ Company, the oldest of the Livery Companies of the City of London, awards a medal and prize to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the weaving sector of the textile industry.
The Lemkin Medal was established by CFI International in 1960, and is awarded by the Council in recognition of exceptional service to the Institute in the areas of clothing and footwear.
Established in 1960 to commemorate the Institute’s Golden Jubilee, The Textile Institute Centenary Award is presented for successful research and invention by teams or groups of research workers, working within any appropriate organisation.
Established in 1960 to commemorate the Institute’s Golden Jubilee. The award is presented for successful research and invention by teams or groups of research workers, working within any appropriate organisation.
The Textile Institute Sustainability Award*
Established in 2010 to celebrate the centenary of The Textile Institute, the award is presented to a business or organisation that has had a demonstrable effect on sustainability policy and practice in textiles, clothing and footwear and in one or more of the following – sourcing, production, use, recycling and disposal. This award is open to both members and non-members.
The Textile Institute Innovation Award*
Inaugurated in 1990, The Textile Institute Innovation Award is given to organisations for outstanding achievement in enhancing international textile interests through creativity, commerce, marketing or economic development. This award is open to both members and non-members.
The Textile Institute New Materials Award*
Established in 2010 to celebrate the centenary of The Textile Institute, the award is presented to an individual or organisation demonstrating outstanding advances in technical textiles and their application. This award also perpetuates the memory of SG Smith, after whom a memorial medal was inaugurated in 1964. This award is open to both members and non-members.
The Textile Institute Research Publication Award*
Established in 2010 to celebrate the centenary of The Textile Institute, the award is presented to an individual author or group of authors for the most outstanding paper published in The Journal of The Textile Institute during the calendar year preceding the year in which the award is offered. This award is generously sponsored by Taylor & Francis. All authors and group of authors who have had a paper published in 2016 and 2017 will automatically be submitted for this award therefore no formal application will be necessary.
Inaugurated in 1990, the award is given to individuals, groups or organizations for outstanding achievement in enhancing international textile interests through commerce, marketing or economic development.
The Textile Institute Young Persons Award*
Established in 2010 to celebrate the centenary of The Textile Institute, the award is presented to a student member enrolled in a postgraduate programme accredited by The Textile Institute to assist attendance at any international conference at which she/he will deliver a paper based on their postgraduate research, or any students registered on a further education course at a Corporate Member university.