Reporter 450, 3 April 2000

Tailor-made degree for print and packaging managers

Middle managers in the print sector are to be offered a specialist BSc in Communications, Printing and Packaging, in a new study programme launched by Leeds College of Technology and the University’s Department of Colour Chemistry.

This will be the first print industry-specific programme available in a flexible mode. Professor Jim Guthrie worked with College principal Dr Jim MacWilliams and Dr Tony Donajgrodzki, the University’s director of part-time education,to design the course.

Dr Donajgrodzki said the new degree had exciting national and international dimensions, with the active involvement of the sector’s main professional institutes in the UK and expressions of interest from as far as Hong Kong. The degree has been welcomed by the Institute of Printing, which believes it could provide the basis for an industry-wide qualification. Its syllabus ranges across scientific and technical aspects of the industry, with management and production skills.

Dr MacWilliams said: "The Institute of Printing has a lot of associate members who would like to qualify for full corporate membership, but they are spread all over the country and are actively running their businesses - so a flexible programme was the answer," he said.

Up to 100 students are expected to enrol in September to complete the course over four-and-a-half years, with distance learning supported by study weekends.

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