Study UK Alumni Awards Finalist - Culture and Creativity Award

Dr Ayesha Wickramasinghe has been named a finalist for the 'Culture and Creativity' Award at the Study UK Alumni Awards, an event organized by the British Council, Sri Lanka, in collaboration with UK Universities. This award recognizes outstanding UK alumni who have left a significant impact in their respective fields. The 'Culture and Creativity' Award specifically acknowledges alumni who have excelled in arts and culture, showcasing their artistic talent, influence, and creativity across various domains such as arts, design, media, video, TV, music, sports, blogging, YouTube, and the humanities.


Dr Ayesha pursued her studies at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London, from 2007 to 2009, where she obtained a Master of Arts (MA) in Fashion Technology with a specialization in Women’s Wear in 2009. This achievement was made possible through a full scholarship from the Ministry of Textiles, Sri Lanka, aimed at promoting fashion education in the country. Upon her return to Sri Lanka, she completed her doctorate at the University of the Visual and Performing Arts in 2016.


For nearly 18 years, Dr. Ayesha has been dedicated to serving the university, focusing on fashion and textile design within the Fashion Design and Product Development degree program in the Department of Textile and Apparel Engineering. She graduated from this degree program as a graduate of its inaugural batch in 2005, earning first-class Honours. Dr Ayesha's publication, 'The Dress of Women in Sri Lanka,' was honoured with the Best Research and Academic Prize at the State Literary Awards in 2022.


Driven by a passion for heritage and a desire to promote Sri Lankan crafts on a global scale, Dr Ayesha has introduced postgraduate fashion studies, guiding students in their research endeavours. Her efforts underscore her unwavering commitment to advancing education and research in Sri Lanka.