Audit confirms high standard of courses at ICLT

United Kingdom
Published:  13 February, 2015
Rachel Garwood, Director of ICLT

An audit has confirmed the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT) at the University of Northampton is providing courses of the highest standard. The ICLT has just passed its five-yearly periodic subject review (PSR) – a Higher Education quality enhancement audit all universities undergo to ensure their courses are of a high standard and are sustainably resourced for the next five years.

Rachel Garwood, Director of ICLT, said: “This reaffirms that everything we are doing is right, that we are maintaining a high level of quality teaching and are constantly improving the way we do things.

“Passing the PSR gives us credibility within the industry and means those studying with us, or considering doing so, are assured that we are one of the foremost centres for leather education in the world.”

The ICLT leather education programmes are constantly aligning with industry needs and the success of its Leather Technology (professional) MSc course was a significant contributor to the success in the PSR. There are also plans to offer a shortened BSc course for tannery employees who cannot afford to be away from work for a year to study.

ICLT was commended by PSR auditors for its use of a virtual learning environment, with examples of best practice which are currently being extended to other parts of the University.

Auditors also commended ICLT for the embedding of its research into taught programmes, highlighting the internationally recognised doctoral research being undertaken there.

The University of Northampton is one of the few universities in the world offering degree courses in leather technology, with the ICLT boasting a 100% employability record. The ICLT sits within the University’s School of Science and Technology.

The ICLT engages in cross-disciplinary research that responds to the scientific and technological needs of the leather, fashion and footwear industries, with students benefiting from a fully operational on-site working tannery.

The combination of leather technology degree courses and the University’s fashion and design courses reflects the whole of the supply chain in the creation of leather products. 

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