Over the last ten years I have become very identified with the University here, even although my involvement has always been part time and quite marginal. It is odd as it means I get identified as an “academic’ whereas all my career has been factory based and it is in the factory where I am [...]
For those of us who were at APLF and heard the Vice Chancellor’s major statement on the move to the new Campus the excitement of the potential for leather in Northampton has been growing.
While it is easy to get depressed by the last fifty years of relentless Northampton decline in the 20th century the [...]
Last Wednesday the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT) was packed with students listening to chemical companies from Holland and Germany, to SATRA and the BLC plus a team from Aston Martin talking about careers in leather. An additional group including Lear (who have just complete their purchase of Eagle Ottawa), Church’s Shoes, Burberry, Pittards [...]
Leather never lives in isolation. Most often we think forward to the shoemakers and craftsmen making articles of leather or even more likely to the famous brands that market those products at price levels that make us cringe when we think of the margins back in our tanneries.
Yet as a centre that researches scientific [...]
In the rush of the modern world we all argue about the importance of education but often do not actually value it enough. It is not the qualification which matters so much as the understanding that goes with it. Time and again we hear that companies do not have time and resources to support students [...]
If you are going to Lineapelle this week the visit the University of Northampton in Hall 9 Stand P5. If you are a lost alumni it is time to check in. If you think you might be eligible for an honorary degree this is getting close to your last chance to apply. If you want [...]
All of the Honorary Leather Graduates at this week’s ceremonies studied last century and some come from the days when leather teaching in the UK had three Campuses. Leeds University, Leathersellers in London and Northampton. It was in the 70s when they all got combined into the British School of Leather Technology in what was [...]
It is with sadness we were informed of the passing away of Leather Technology alumnus Akram Zaman on Saturday 19 April 2014.
The University of Northampton and the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT) would like to recognise not only his support for the University of Northampton through philanthropy but also his passion and commitment [...]
It feels like we have been trying to replace water as the vital fluid in tanning fir decades. Dyeing with the Swiss Multimac machine was just a typical example of many ideas intended to avoid leather having to processed in an aqueous bath. The patent for this was applied for in 1986. I last saw [...]
While we like to think of leather as the only worldwide business at the University of Northampton this is a long way from the truth. From podiatrists in Hong Kong to lift engineers in every country which has tall buildings Northampton trained staff are to be found. Waste management has big programmes in Africa and [...]