The Importance of the Symbiotic Relationship between Higher Education and Industry

The Importance of the Symbiotic Relationship between Higher Education and Industry

02:00 - 03:00 pm (UTC +4)
Main Stage, Hall 1, DWTC

“The Symbiotic Relationship between Higher Education and Industry” Prof Shan Wareing, John Sinclair, Vicki Dean and undergraduate and post graduate students from The University of Northampton


Universities around the world perform a major role in developing and disseminating new knowledge, developing talent and preparing young people for challenging and rewarding careers.  Increasingly over the past few decades, Universities have also worked closely with industry to both help bring new ideas and products to market and to develop existing work forces.  This presentation will consider some recent examples of successful collaborations, highlight the University of Northampton’s existing successful relationships with employers and will outline our plans for development of Leather and Fashion education over the next few years, including showcasing the work of some current students.


Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology
University of Northampton
Deputy Vice Chancellor
University of Northampton
Subject Leader
Fashion & ICLT (Institute for Creative Leather Technologies)

About APLF

We bring leather, material and fashion businesses together: an opportunity to meet and greet face to face. We bring them from all parts of the world so that they can find fresh partners, discover new customers or suppliers and keep ahead of industry developments.


We organise a number of trade exhibitions which focus on fashion and lifestyle: sectors that are constantly in flux, so visitors and exhibitors alike need to be constantly aware both of the changes around them and those forecast for coming seasons.

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