Fresh thinking for business

Postgraduate students from Nottingham Business School can tackle a range of real-life business projects as part of their studies. Businesses of any size and in any sector that have any type of business question are encouraged to get involved.

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Challenge our postgraduate students with a real business problem

Could your organisation benefit from free consultancy work?

Perhaps you need a plan of action for your brand, or some fresh, up-to-date thinking. Whatever your challenge, if you have a problem but lack the resources to solve it yourself, Nottingham Business School, part of Nottingham Trent University (NTU), would like to hear from you.

Postgraduate students from Nottingham Business School can tackle a wide range of real-life business projects as part of their studies. A project usually lasts about six to eight weeks, enough time to get some really in-depth analysis for your company.

Businesses of any size and in any sector are encouraged to get involved, especially those facing change, wanting to grow, or interested in exploring the potential of overseas markets. Over the past three years, NTU postgraduates have delivered projects for over 100 local organisations, some of which return each year with a new challenge.

One such client is Seymour Research. Director Kathy Seymour spent time discussing a brief with the MSc in Management course leader. A group of five students were then selected to work on her project. Over a period of six weeks, they examined the business needs of the company and delivered a final report and presentation.

Kathy said: "The students came to visit me and they really listened to my needs and learned about my business. They examined loads of different possible solutions for me and narrowed it down to three options, which they presented to me at the final meeting. It ticked all the boxes for our business, and if it wasn't for them I'd still be marking things off on my office whiteboard. I can now collaborate with my team remotely using an online tool that's very easy to use and has loads of useful features".

When asked what she would say to other organisations in a similar situation, Kathy said: "Don't be put off and think that students don't have the answers for you. They really have a lot of ideas you may not have thought of, and they can work together as a team and bounce ideas off each other. I found the process very easy. It was a busy time for my business, but having them involved wasn't a drain. It was a good experience and I would do it again."

Another company to benefit from the scheme is Lindhurst Engineering Ltd. They have benefited from two projects from MSc Accounting and Finance students. The first examined capacity planning and cash flow, and the second a resource audit for a new piece of technology.

They really have a lot of ideas you may not have thought of, and they can work together as a team and bounce ideas off each other.

Kathy Seymour, Director, Seymour Research

CEO and Managing Director, Martin Rigley, said: "They were a very professional group and produced an excellent piece of work for us. The students' academic supervisor gave just the right amount of support, and the project report is something we still refer back to. It was very insightful."

The projects are also of benefit to the students themselves. Nottingham Business School Experiential Learning Coordinator, Angela Scott, said: "Our students really love getting their teeth in to a real business problem. It's great for their CVs to have worked on a real business issue, and they enjoy putting into practice the ideas they've been introduced to on their course."

NTU students are enthusiastic and diverse, representing a broad range of nationalities and cultures. They offer a truly global perspective on business issues and solutions, and are ready to help and give you a new perspective and unbiased advice. Expertise is available in most business subjects including the MBA, and MSc subjects in Accounting and Finance, Economics, Human Resources, Management, and Marketing.

To find out more about how your business can work with our talented postgraduates, on individual projects or in group project teams, contact Angela Scott by email or on +44 (0)115 848 3888.

Fresh thinking for business

Published on 24 June 2016
  • Category: Business; Nottingham Business School

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