University celebrates partnership with lab dedication

"Staffordshire University has been an excellent partner for LEONI – they are professional, flexible and can offer a range of training support for our business."

Greg Mills, HR Director from LEONI Wiring Systems

A NORTH Staffordshire company has cemented its partnership with Staffordshire University at an event which saw two specialist laboratories named after it.

Employees at Newcastle-based LEONI Wiring Systems UK Ltd, have benefited from the Staffordshire University's teaching over the last seven years.

And in September this year, the University welcomed the first cohort of part-time BEng (Hons) Electrical Automotive Engineering and Distribution Systems students on to campus for a new degree programme created for LEONI.

Award leader Dr Chris Gould said: "We are very proud of the relationship that we with have developed with LEONI, which started in 2010 with a jointly developed short course in electrical engineering, and has now grown into a successful partnership, and the delivery of the new degree course for LEONI's employees.

"We will continue to grow and expand our relationship, and find new opportunities to work together and benefit from our collective experience, skills, and resources."

LEONI are now sponsoring the main electrical teaching labs in the University’s Mellor building and are donating funds to help support Staffordshire University students over the next three years. The company, who supply electrical distribution systems for the automotive sector, has also supplied two Aston Martin doors for teaching purposes as well as photographs to be displayed in the lab.

Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Ieuan Ellis said: "We are grateful to LEONI for their continued and generous support. As a Connected University, it's vitally important that we work very closely with employers and engage them in the design and delivery of the courses and awards we offer."

Greg Mills, HR Director from LEONI Wiring Systems added: "Staffordshire University has been an excellent partner for LEONI – they are professional, flexible and can offer a range of training support for our business."

At the dedication ceremony attended by students, academics and representative from the University’s Employer Partnerships team, Greg Mills presented Senior Lecturer Neil Packer with a new University award, sponsored by LEONI, to recognise the high levels of student satisfaction on Neil's taught module 'Environmental Impact', which is based on feedback from students. 

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