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  • Writer's pictureHaulwen Nicholas

Packaging Education Newsletter 1 23rd October 2017

Hello - well it's finally here, a more professional way to share news on packaging education.

Apologies for taking so long to bring you all the latest update. A lot has happened for me personally in 2017 and also with packaging education. There has been many meetings with various organisations over the last few months and I can say its been a really exciting time.

So there are a number of things to inform you about;

1) I have now launched a Packaging Education website. - there are a number of reasons for this;

i) Email - I have been sending email out from my personal email address, this means I could send to about 20 people at a time, so I had to send updates via 3 emails to get everyone. This has been very time consuming for me, it's not been that professional and it means its been hard to stay on top of latest email addresses and ensuring email data security.

You will now receive emails from - please check your spam folder to ensure they don't get lost in there. It also means there is a unsubscribe button so you can click this when you want to. Also if anyone wants to subscribe to the mailing list they can just go to the website.

ii) A one stop shop - many of us are often asked for information on the latest news on packaging education. As there are so many parties now involved, I decided it was easier to have a website where all the courses can be accessed and its easier for us all to point people to one place.

iii) I am sponsoring this website from my own businesses, this is my contribution to the industry for the future.

2) An update on all the latest news;

i)University of Chester - Advances in Food & Beverage Packaging - The first cohort graduated with PGCert's in this qualification in June 2017. There was really good up take from the industry for this course and its great to hear that we gave the University so much support with guest lecturers and attendance on the course. Thank you to all involved.

The lead lecturer Graham Bonwick has left University of Chester and we are struggling to get any information from the University on what the current status of this course is or whether the other lecturer Cath Birch is still leading this course. Please contact the university direct should you wish further information.


ii) Newcastle University - we're pleased to announce that Graham Bonwick has moved across to Newcastle University and they are launching a new packaging CPD course form January 2018 - further details can be found at the link below.


iii) Leeds Beckett retail Institute - The BA (Hons) Business Management Practice Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship has been designed to offer levy paying organisations flexible and optional pathways to develop skills, knowledge and competences to match business and industry needs.Apprentices will be in full-time employment whilst studying towards this degree. Modules will be delivered in blocks and through work based learning and two way knowledge transfer between industry and academia. The modules and the business projects undertaken allow the student to apply learning directly to their organisation.In addition to the existing provision, The Retail Institute is looking to develop a degree apprenticeship tailored to the needs of the packaging industry. If you would like more information on this, please contact the Retail Institute on 0113 8123309.

Joanne Brice | Office & Projects ManagerThe Retail Institute | Leeds Business School | Leeds Beckett University109 Queen Square House, City Campus, Leeds, LS2 8NU, Email:


iv) The National Skills Academy for Food & Drink are developing a packaging trailblazer - Employers are currently in the process of developing a new Apprenticeship Standard for Packaging Professionals. The employer group are looking to engage more packaging companies to support and develop the Standard and to ensure it is appropriate for the training and development of apprentices in the industry. - If you wish to be part of this please contact Dawn Howden for further information -

This website and newsletter will be a work in progress for a few months, if you have any ideas for content do let me know and if anyone has anything they wish to add for future newsletters please contact me at

Thanks as always for your support.


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