Busy times

Dr Mark Wilkinson speaking in Pakistan
Dr Mark Wilkinson speaking in Pakistan

With so many changes going on travel and visits have been important lately to spread the message and spearhead the task to find new clients.  Over Christmas Dr Wilkinson was in Pakistan speaking at a National Forum on the Challenges to the Pakistan leather industry and working with partners with whom we hope to deliver our new course set up.  This is essentially based around the same courses but with new methods of delivery.

Pakistan Leather Conference
Pakistan Leather Conference

Working with colleges throughout the world is a key element for future growth, along with companies which are serious about learning programmes.  The Northampton Leather M.Sc. which remains the flagship course which will still be taught in Northampton.  This is a great course for recent graduates in science who want to enter the leather trade – which has jobs available – and for this in industry who need good solid knowledge but cannot afford time for a three year degree.

Glovers

Guild of Glovers' visit to the University of Northampton
Guild of Glovers' visit to the University of Northampton

We also had a visit from the Guild of Glovers to the University and as well as the Leathersellers centre they visited the Conservation Centre and the Fashion School and so got a full view of what is intended in the new ICLT – Institute of Creative Leather Technology.  For those who are watching Prof Niall Ferguson’s C4 series on “is the west history?” the first episode showed how important the guilds were in shaping the competitive environment and even democracy in their 800 years of history. With Guilds like the Glovers and the Leathersellers right there at the beginning we in the leather trade are well placed to understand what he is talking about. And of course this move to the East is exactly why our format of teaching, research and consultancy has to adapt to a changing world landscape.

7th March 2011

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