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Education

The Leathersellers’ Company has been supporting education at all levels since the 17th century.
As well as offering grants for university students and directly funding a number of universities, we are involved with the running of secondary schools in south London. These are Colfe’s and The Leathersellers Federation of Schools (which consist of Prendergast Hilly Fields College and Prendergast Ladywell Fields College).

Student Grants

The Charitable Fund awards Student Grants of up to £4,000 a year, to study for a full-time Degree at any UK University.

Application is via our on-line form only – quick and easy to use.

More information on Student Grants and how to make an application

Higher Education

We have a long history of directly funding universities. Some of our funding relationships go back hundreds of years, others are more recent. The charitable fund welcome applications from UK universities particularly those supporting the use of leather within the fashion industry, education in leather technology and the leather trade.

We are currently providing funding to the following universities:

Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT) , University of Northampton

Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT) at the University of Northampton is a world-leader in the provision of leather technical education. The Company’s historical interest in the School dates back to 1909, when it established the Leathersellers’ Technical College on Tower Bridge Road, London. The College was amalgamated with the leather department at Nene College in 1976 and a new centre for leather education was created with a grant of £500,000 from the Leathersellers’ Company.

Opened in 1978, the National Leathersellers’ Centre was immediately popular with overseas students, and with its growing international reputation in mind, its name was changed to the British School of Leather Technology in 1991. Facilities at the ICLT include a tannery and extensive laboratories, all equipped with state-of-the-art machinery. Courses on offer range from BTEC certificates to postgraduate research degrees, and there are short courses in specialised areas tailored to individual requirements.

The Charitable Fund provides on-going support in the form of grants and scholarships. We also provide funding for awards and internships to fashion students at the university who use leather as the primary component in their designs.

Visit The University of Northampton website

St Catherine's College, Oxford

The Company has supported St Catherine’s College and its predecessor, the St Catherine’s Society, for well over a century, beginning in 1894 with the establishment of four Exhibitions of £25 p.a each for non-Collegiate students at Oxford. As with the establishment of similar Exhibitions at Cambridge, the idea was to help students who were unable to pay College fees, it represented a widening of our support for students at Oxford University which dates back to 1603, when the Leathersellers’ Company made its first awards to poor scholars’ at both Oxford and Cambridge.

The Charitable Fund currently provides funding for a Tutorial Fellowship in Mathematics and four Graduate Scholarships for excellence in the fields of Engineering and Science.

Visit The St Catherine’s College website

Fitzwilliam College Cambridge

The Leathersellers’ Company has been supporting Fitzwilliam College and its predecessor, Fitzwilliam House, since 1894. In that year four Leathersellers’ Exhibitions of £25 p.a. were established specifically for non-Collegiate students at Cambridge. This was in order to help students who were unable to pay College fees to study at the University. It was a logical extension of our longstanding awards of Exhibitions for Collegiate students at Cambridge, which go back to 1603 – when the first of many charitable trusts to help a poor scholars’ at Oxford and Cambridge was set up, thanks to the generosity of Company benefactors.

The Charitable Fund currently provides funding for a Tutorial Fellowship in Mathematics and four Graduate Scholarships for excellence in the fields of Engineering and Science

Visit The Fitzwilliam College website

Guildhall School of Music & Drama

The Leathersellers’ Company has been supporting this City institution for well over a century. Our first regular grants were in the form of annual scholarships, awarded from 1903 onwards – originally 10 guineas per annum.

The Charitable Fund currently funds five scholarships for exceptional musicians, actors and composers.

Visit The Guildhall School of Music & Drama website

City University

City University was formed from the former Northampton Institute (which despite its name, was in London) which had existed since 1894. The Leathersellers’ Company has supported it continuously since its elevation to University status in 1966. The Charitable Fund currently award four Leathersellers’ Prizes a year to exceptional students of Engineering and Science.

Visit The City University website

London College of Fashion

London College of Fashion, UAL is a world leader in fashion design, media and business education. LCF have been nurturing creative talent for over a century, offering courses in all things fashion. The Leathersellers’ Company was instrumental in the founding of early incarnations of LCF and continue to provide significant annual funding today. The Leather Trades School opened at 42 Bethnal Green Road in 1887 and already had 290 students by 1891. Administration came under the City and Guilds Institution of which the Leathersellers’ Company were a major benefactor were giving them nearly £1,000 per annum by 1899.

In the modern era the Charitable Fund have been providing funding to London College of Fashion to support the development of leather working skills. We also fund annual awards for students demonstrating excellence and innovation in the use of leather.

Leathersellers Designer of the Year Alexandra Klimek

Leathersellers’ LCF Designer of the Year 2016 Alexandra Klimek

Visit London College of Fashion website.

De Montfort University

The Charitable Fund have been providing funding to De Montfort University since 2011 to support the development of leather working skills. We fund an annual award for students demonstrating excellence and innovation in the use of leather.

The Leathersellers’ De Montfort Designer of the Year 2016 is Nadine Annette.

Visit De Montfort University website

Central Saint Martins College

The Charitable Fund provide funding to the school of jewellery at Central Saint Martins College to support the development of leather working skills and to fund the Leathersellers’ Award for excellence in jewellery design using leather.

Nottingham Trent University

The Charitable Fund provide funding for two Leathersellers’ awards for excellence and innovation in the use of leather.

Our Schools

We are involved with the running of secondary schools in south London. These are Colfe’s and The Leathersellers Federation of Schools (which consist of Prendergast Hilly Fields College and Prendergast Ladywell Fields College).

Colfe's School

Colfe’s is one of London’s oldest schools and has been closely linked with The Leathersellers’ Company since the 17th century when the Founder of the school, Abraham Colfe, entrusted the school to the Company when he died. A copy of his Will – which runs to three large volumes – is retained in the Company archives, most of the text concerns the school and the way in which Colfe wanted it to be managed in perpetuity.

Read more about Colfe’s School
Visit the Colfe’s School website

Leathersellers’ Federation of Schools

The aim of The Leathersellers’ Federation is to provide an excellent education for children from the local community in a safe, supportive learning environment, where people are valued and make positive contributions to each of the schools, and where pupils are taught to become responsible, independent members of society.

Visit The Leathersellers’ Federation of Schools website

Map of Our Schools