To help you feel prepared for your university studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Open the links below to find out more:
Your class sessions are designed to trigger your learning by giving you the central structure and framework in each topic and driving your learning through direct reading that will then underpin class discussions.
You will be given far more information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access, when you begin your studies in September.
In the meantime, just one textbook which will be required reading to help you to prepare for your Year 1 modules:
- Slack, N and Brandon-Jones, A (2013; 2019). Operations Management. Any eddition: Pearson.
Detailed and updated reading lists are issued out in the module handbooks, which are provided in the first session of each module.
You may also want to get a head start by reading up on general business subjects and ensuring that you are aware of the current economic and world developments taking place. Good quality daily newspapers and business supplements are an ideal starting ground for this knowledge.
Do something innovative
- Create a product or service you think you could launch; you may have to opportunity to create a limited company in our Graduate Enterprise module!
- If you enjoy graphic design or developing presentations, why not create some marketing material for a fictional company, maybe a logo or an advertisement?
Things to do over summer
During such unprecedented times there are many opportunities to take advantage of live and current research, especially in the field of business and management. By having the opportunity to research during this time, you may be able to expand your knowledge which will prove crucial throughout your degree, and maybe even at points within your future career. Below are some quick activities that will help you feel more prepared for your next step into Higher Education.
What does the pandemic mean for business?
Research how global, national and small businesses have responded to the Coronavirus outbreak. Whilst you are reading consider the following questions:
- Which types of businesses closed first?
- What measures are large corporations taking to ensure the safety of their staff?
- What does ‘lockdown’ mean for a) non-essential businesses, and b) essential businesses?
Coronavirus and supply chains
COVID-19 has impacted the function of supply chains in the following ways:
- Transportation and distribution restrictions due to lockdown and other measures to prevent spread of diseases.
- Reduced production cost and warehousing capacity due to suspected or detected virus cases.
- Risk of exploitation of foreign workers already in the UK and foreign workers flown into the UK to cover staff shortages in food industry.
The challenges stated above and many more are affecting various supply chains in the UK and around the world. However, some firms have managed to identify opportunities amidst the crisis as shown in the links below.
- EHU ISR Blog: Covid-19, Brexit and a ‘Gust of Wind’: The Perfect Storm for Global Supply Chains
- Industry Week: Will covid 19 hasten the adoption of intelligent robots?
- Mckinsey: Supply chain recovery in corona virus times – plan now and for the future
Why not conduct some research using the sources provided and others of your choice to provide recommendations on how supply chains can mitigate the impact of the pandemic?
Listen to some podcasts and watch some videos
- Business Wars
Sometimes the prize is your wallet, sometimes your attention. Sometimes, it’s just the fun of beating the other guy. This podcast explores how feuds between businesses can shape what we buy, and even the world we live in.
- The Marketing Companion
Dubbed as “the world’s most entertaining”, this marketing podcast combines celebrity spots, comedy and innovative marketing advice to educate and teach, with laughs along the way.
Trade Talks is a lively and popular podcast about the economics of trade and policy.
Why not create a podcast of your own, discussing your interests that link to our degree topics?
Videos to watch to get you thinking about pitches:
- Peter’s Threatened By Tech Tycoon | Dragons’ Den
- “Wait, You’ve Got a 90% Shareholder That Isn’t Here?” | Dragons’ Den –
Why not create a YouTube or similar recorded pitch as if you were on Dragon’s Den?
Additional ways to prepare
Preparing to start
This session examines how to make a successful transition to university. From planning your results day, accommodation and commuting tips, extra support available to you and general advice on uni life.Watch the session
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The following information provides an insight into what to expect when coming to university along with some good advice on how to navigate some of the potential challenges you may face.Start preparing yourself