Business School recognised as ICAEW Partner in Learning

Edge Hill Business School has recognised as a ICAEW (The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) partner in learning. This partnership means that the school can offer ACA and CFAB exams as part of its programmes and in addition students have access to specialist learning materials and access to graduate recruiting activities.

To find out more about the ICAEW and the benefits from the Partnership in Learning scheme – click here.

 

 

Grant winning student plants seeds via social enterprise

Greg busy dealing with customers at a recent trade event.

Greg busy dealing with customers at a recent trade event.

First year Business & Management student Greg Anderton has successfully won a £2000 grant from UnLtD to support his small business in undertaking social enterprise work with local schools and other community groups.

Greg’s started his company Leafy Lytham when he was a Sixth-former at Lytham High School, he notes that “I did my first plant store in year 6 at a summer fair and it has slowly been expanding since then”. He will using the funding to do outreach work with local schools and communities groups to providing training and support around their own gardening plans and activities.

Greg is being mentored by members of the Business School staff in both the growth of his business and his social enterprise activities. As part of that mentoring activity, Greg will be coached on business development and given advice about the best ways to extend and grow his client base.

Edge Hill students provide recipe for success for local business

Edge Hill students discussing marketing (courtesy Roger Blaxall)

Edge Hill students discussing marketing (courtesy Roger Blaxall)

As part of the development of Employability and professional practice, Edge Hill students from the Business School are often given an opportunity to undertake live client projects for local and national businesses. As part of a retail marketing module, Second year marketing students have been working with local businesses to help them promote their businesses. As part of this work, students visited business owner Gary O’Brien from O’Brien’s tea room on Park Road, Ormskirk. During the visit, students discussed with the owner his business and operating model.

Students will then work in groups to develop retail marketing plans and the best two will be passed onto the company to consider and hopefully help him grow his new business further.

Joan Pearson, senior lecturer in marketing who runs the module notes that “This has given the students an opportunity to complete their first live project and to make a contribution to their local University town”.

To find out more about our Marketing degrees, click here.

 

National Student Survery comments used to improve student experience

business school roof

Since it was launched, the National Student Survey (NSS) provides all students with the opportunity to feed back their experiences of the degree they have completed.

Since it was launched, the Business School has consistently had some of the most satisfied students in the country in a number of areas. Students are taught through lectures and student led seminars in the state-of-the-art £8m Business and Law Building which provides excellent teaching and learning facilities.

Staff make good use of audio visual and web based sources to support, enhance, and complement student learning in and outside the classroom. Findings from the NSS are used to strengthen areas where there is room for improvement. Since the last results, the Department has improved in a number of ways some of which are listed below:

Accountancy
In the NSS, 100% of students agreed with the statement that ‘Staff are good at explaining things’ and 96% agreed that ‘staff are enthusiastic about what they teach’ and that ‘the course is intellectually stimulating’. This might be part of the reason that according to KIS data, 100% of last year’s graduates are in employment or further studies.
In terms of responding to issues raised in the NSS, progress has been made in a number of areas:

  • We were asked for more contact with their lecturers, so all staff have office hours;
  • Students asked for more access to common accountancy programmes such as Sage. Not only did we provide access to Sage across the university computer network, we went further than this and now all students undertake specialist modules to develop their skills in those areas and are able to study for a CIMA accredited certificate alongside their degree;
  • Students asked for more access to textbooks, so we increased our spending on physical books and also have increased the availability of electronic books that can be accessed anywhere and at any-time.

Management
In the NSS, 84% of students agreed with the statement that ‘staff are good at explaining things’ and as with our Accountancy programme, KIS data indicates 100% of last year’s graduates are in employment or further studies.

In terms of responding to issues raised in the NSS, progress has been made in the following areas:

  • Students asked for access to textbooks in key subjects and all module leaders are now ordering additional copies of key texts;
  • Students asked for it to be made easier to make appointments with lecturers, we are currently trialing an online appointment booking system which allows students to book appointments from their mobile phones or any internet connected devices.

 

Trading their way to regional success?

Members of the Uniform team trying to attract customers

Members of the Uniform team trying to attract customers

As part of a Graduate Enterprise module, Second Year Business School students held a trading event within the University’s custom built student hub. Supported by the University and Young Enterprise, the businesses that the students run are registered at Companies House and like any other going concern, each is keen to make a profit and grow their business. Graduate Enterprise is available to all students in the school regardless of their degree pathway.

The students have set up a range of businesses ranging from companies selling custom T-shirts and posters, others selling premium designer cups and a company that specializes in on-line marketing.

Members of the Graduate Enterprise teams gathering to find out who had won a prize for 'best trader of the day'.

Members of the Graduate Enterprise teams gathering to find out who had won a prize for ‘best trader of the day’.

Two of the groups have been selected to represent the University at the regional finals for Young Enterprise on the 20th February at Liverpool John Moores University.  The student enterprises will compete against 14 other teams for a chance to represent the North West at the UK final in London.

The two teams representing the University are ‘Spectrum Soaps’ who sell premium hand-made soaps and other luxury items and ‘UnibooksSOS’ who provide a trading service for students wishing to exchange or sell their old textbooks.

The Edge Hill Students students will pit their entrepreneurial skills against student teams from the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University,  University of Salford, University of Central Lancashire and others.

Managing success with the Chartered Institute of Management

Louise Dolan, Business Development Manager for the Chartered Institute of Management talking to Business and Management students

As part of their Personal Development and Professional (PDP) module, first year business school students attended a talk from Louise Dolan, Business Development Manager for the Chartered Institute of Management. The CMI has more than 90,000 members and is the only chartered body in the UK that awards management and leadership qualifications.

Louise spoke about issues in management and noted that only Romania spends less than the UK on management development within the European Union and that overall productivity levels in the UK are 25% lower than in the United States of America. She also spoke to the students about the benefits of having professional status with CMI and the professional engagement, networking and professional development it allows for.

Every student undertaking the PDP module must complete a skills based portfolio that demonstrates their ability and competence in a number of academic and practical areas. Those skills range from the ability to prepare a CV to academic skills on finding and making use of academic literature. The aim of the module is to equip Edge Hill Business School students with the essential skills needed to succeed both in their academic studies but also in the workplace.

Business school student wins employability award

Jayne Harris, a third year Business and Management (with International Management) student has recently placed as a runner-up in a University wide scheme which highlights the value of student employees to businesses in the North-West.

Jayne Harris - third year student

Jayne receiving her award.

Jayne works at Marks and Spencer Limited in Southport as a customer assistant – she was nominated because in addition to her own duties, Jayne is keen to take on additional responsibilities.

“I don’t see my time at work as separate to my studies – the more tasks I get involved in at work, the more I can see how the theory I learn on my course applies in the workplace. Equally, when I am at the University, my work experience helps me better understand aspects of the theories and concepts we cover in class”.

After completing her studies, Jayne is keen to work in the area of strategic management.

Accounting for success with RSM Tenon

Second year Accountancy students considering sandwich placements and graduate careers received a visit from RSM Tenon staff members.

Staff from RSM Tenon during their recent visit to the University

Amy Ostridge explained how RSM Tenon’s graduate scheme provides a good mixture of practical experience and support for gaining professional qualifications such as chartered accountant status. Furthermore she discussed how undertaking summer work placements or a sandwich year can provide benefits to students trying to enter the highly competitive financial services sector.

The students were also introduced to Nathan, a recent university graduate who had benefited from taking a sandwich placement with the organisation. After spending a year working in their auditing department, he is now employed as a trainee accountant and currently studying for his ACCA qualifications. Nathan talked about his experience as a recent graduate and gave tips onto how best to impress at the interview and selection stage.

As part of their studies, BSc Accountancy students are regularly visited by members of professional accountancy bodies or other relevant professionals. The intention is to help prepare them for the transition from student to successful professional.

Students learn about Enterprise and motivation

Abul “Sham” Shama of Enterprise talking to first year PDP students about motivation and talent development.

As part of their Personal Development and Professional (PDP) module, first year business school students attended a talk from Abul “Sham” Shama, a talent acquisition specialist for Enterprise PLC. The multibillion-dollar industry leader has over 550 locations in the UK and has a long-standing graduate recruitment scheme.

Sham talked to the students about success in their careers lies in their own hands and talked about the skills and competences that they need to develop to get on and success in the workplace.

Every student undertaking the PDP module must complete a skills based portfolio that demonstrates their ability and competence in a number of academic and practical areas. Those skills range from the ability to prepare a CV to academic skills on finding and making use of academic literature. The aim of the module is to equip Edge Hill Business School students with the essential skills needed to succeed both in their academic studies but also in the workplace.

Matalan – How a passion for fashion can turn into a career

Melissa Hughes of Matalan’s Talent Team speaks to 2nd year Business School students.

As part of their work based learning and graduate enterprise modules, second year business school students attended a talk from Melissa Hughes, part of the recruitment team at Matalan PLC. The company, which has its head office in Skelmersdale, is one of the UK’s leading clothing and homewares retailers with over 200 stores.

Last year the company took 64 graduates last year in various roles and also provides a range of industrial and sandwich placements for current undergraduate students. Melissa spoke about industrial placements in a range of areas including finance, retail, merchandising and HRM. The scheme has been of great benefit to previous students who have gained valuable work experience and made useful industrial contacts. Furthermore, Melissa outlined the investment the company makes in its graduates via further training and the opportunity to undertake relevant professional qualifications.

Melissa also provided tips to the students about how to make their CVs standout and the ways in which a candidate can impress companies at the interview stage. Staff from the Edge Hill careers centre were also present to provide advice to students on the best ways to create a good first impression.

Every student undertaking the work based learning module must undertake at least 15 days of placement. The aim of the module is to ensure that students develop practical skills to complement their academic development and ensure that they have the best possible chance to stand out from other graduates. Graduate Enterprise students form their own companies and must create a product or service that they can sell for a profit. This is not a paper exercise and students form real companies that they register at Companies House.