Earlier this year, the university announced it would enter a consultation period to decide the future of the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT), originally planning to reveal its plans in October.

Now, the institute has decided that teaching of the leather courses will end after the 2024/25 academic year, while a Student Protection Plan will be in place to support already enrolled students.

The decision came down to the ICLT’s inability to attract sufficient income, having been cross subsidised for several years.

University of Northampton Vice Chancellor Anne-Marie Kilday said: “There are strong and long-lasting associations between Northampton and leathercraft, and our research is world-leading. However, the costs of teaching declining student numbers can no longer justify cross-subsidy from other areas of the University, especially at a time that the whole sector is struggling financially.

“Fashion and footwear courses at UON will remain and adapt to any changes in leather provision, and the students currently enrolled on courses specific to leathercraft will be able to complete their studies.”