Distant learning in leather technology available from University of Northampton26 January 2011
From September 2012 The University of Northampton, UK will offer their undergraduate programmes in Leather Technology internationally by flexible modes of learning. This will be achieved through the new Institute for Creative Leather Technologies.
Northampton courses will be delivered in collaboration with key strategic partners around the world allowing students to gain a quality assured University of Northampton qualification in their home country. Agreements are already in place with the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences in Lahore and the Associazione Culturale Olga Fiorini in Milan. Negotiations are underway with institutions in India, China and Brazil.
This new flexibility will support modular, accredited CPD, making Northampton courses and qualifications much more accessible to those already working in the leather and leather-using industries.
As these exciting new programmes are being rolled out, the University’s portfolio of traditional, full-time courses in Leather Technology will be slimmed down, allowing the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies to focus its physical resources on accredited CPD for industry, leading to formal qualifications, and multi-disciplinary research and development.
To support this, following the £800k ($1.2 million) upgrading of the tannery and public areas of the Leathersellers’ Centre (co-funded by the University and the Leathersellers’ Company), a new research laboratory will be created in the Centre during the summer of 2011.