The Value of Alumni

When I was working on helping the Pakistan Government update their strategy for the leather industry a few years ago I had the opportunity to visit large numbers of tanneries and shoe factories. What was astonishing was that in factory after factory I was met by Northampton alumni; and often there would be two generations in family businesses where training at Northampton is a given at the start of a leather career.

Perhaps I should not have been surprised, as I had seen something similar on a couple of earlier trips to Ethiopia.  One to run a stand with Karl Flowers at “Meet in Africa” and later on an extended tour with Dr. Wilkinson.  In many countries spread around the globe ICLT (which includes Leathersellers, Nene, University of Northampton – and on a good day Leeds graduates) are to be found in senior positions. And that is before we start to consider the leather chemical companies, the home tanneries and the brands.

With so many alumni making big contributions to the industry it is good that the University has found a way to recognise this for at least one group. The announcement below explains it all:

Notice to holders of
the Higher National Diploma in Leather Technology
from The University of Northampton
and its predecessor Colleges

Up to 1995, the highest qualification available to leather students was the Higher National Diploma, received from The University of Northampton and its predecessors.

In recognition of their contribution to the global leather and associated industries over the last two decades and more, to celebrate the unique links between the University, the Corium Club and the business world, The University of Northampton invites applications from those qualified graduands for the award of an Honorary Degree, Bachelor of Science.

Candidates wishing to be considered for an Honorary Degree may obtain further details by applying in the first instance to:

Professor Tony Covington DSc
Institute for Creative Leather Technologies
School of Science and Technology
The University of Northampton
Boughton Green Road

The leather industry was always good at holding parties.  Now we have an excuse for some more!

Mike Redwood
5th July 2013

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