New business students take to city streets to discover the shape of retailing in Nottingham

More than 1,000 Nottingham Business School (NBS) undergraduate students will be taking to the streets of Nottingham to review and reimagine retailing in the city as part of an exciting school-wide induction programme.

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Students will be asked to explore places such as Cobden Chambers

More than 1,000 Nottingham Business School (NBS) undergraduate students will be taking to the streets of Nottingham to review and reimagine retailing in the city as part of an exciting school-wide induction programme.

#NBSdiscover will see all first year NBS students head out into the city to explore different retailing zones, taking in all forms of retail from units in shopping centres and large stores on well-trodden streets, to independents in hidden arcades and alleyways.

Their task will be to observe, interpret and rethink the retail offer in their allocated segment of the city. Collectively the group work the students undertake will provide a rich overview of retailing across the city.

#NBSdiscover is designed to get students out and about exploring the city that will be their home for the next three or four years.

Amanda Thompson, Head of Undergraduate Programmes at NBS

The week-long project begins on Monday 3 October 2016 with an introductory lecture at the Albert Hall, presented by retail expert and author of The Grimsey Review – The Vanishing High Street, Bill Grimsey, and NBS' Professor Kim Cassidy, who are both directors of the National Retail Research Knowledge Exchange Centre based at NBS.

The city exploration will take place on Wednesday 5 October and Thursday 6 October, with support on offer from NBS tutors and second and third year students. Throughout the task the students will be encouraged to consider how the project relates to their chosen areas of business specialism, so that learning can be taken forward into seminar discussions in the first few weeks of term.

Nottingham Business School at Nottingham Trent University is in the top 5% of the world's business schools and is a European pioneer in personalised learning. Each and every one of its 4,500 students has their learning experience tailored to their aspirations through the use of academic and industry mentors, analytics, and a comprehensive range of personal development and real world learning opportunities.

Amanda Thompson, head of undergraduate programmes at NBS, said: “#NBSdiscover is designed to get students out and about exploring the city that will be their home for the next three or four years. It also sets the tone for their time at NBS straight away – we have strong industry connections in Nottingham, the UK and further afield and we're committed to ensuring all of our students are exposed to experiential learning, so that they leave us with a sound knowledge of how the business world operates.”

Alex Smith, owner of Ideas on Paper, based at Cobden Chambers, said: “Nottingham is a really exciting city for retail and some fresh thinking by the next generation is welcome. Students are very internationally minded, they won't just compare Nottingham to Derby, but to global cities they've travelled to. I think they will have some very pertinent insights compared to people who are immersed in just one place.”

Councillor Nick McDonald, portfolio holder for Business, Growth and Transport at Nottingham City Council, said: “Nottingham's retail offer is strong, with a mix of large shopping centres and brands enhanced by a unique offering of independent retailers. We welcome this great initiative from NBS, which can harness the power of creative thinking to examine the best new direction for the future of shopping in the city.

Students are very internationally minded, they won't just compare Nottingham to Derby, but to global cities they've travelled to.

Alex Smith, owner of Ideas on Paper, based at Cobden Chambers

“These students will be living and shopping in Nottingham for the next three years or more and we encourage them to look at how supporting local business and continuing to develop the independent presence alongside cultivating major brands can drive a new approach to retail in the city.”

Retailers and local Councillors will have the chance to meet the students at an exhibition of their work in the Newton Building, Nottingham Trent University on Friday 7 October from 10am – 12pm.

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    Nottingham Business School
    Nottingham Business School is internationally recognised as a business school which combines academic excellence with impact on business and society and is considered amongst the top 5% of the world’s business schools. It holds international AASCB and EPAS accreditation, and has held 4* overall QS Stars rating since 2013, with 5* in five categories for the quality of its curriculum, teaching, research, business connectivity and international links. NBS courses are also accredited by all relevant chartered professional bodies.

    NBS is the leading business school in Europe for personalised and experiential learning. Each and every one of its 4,500 students has their learning experience increasingly tailored to their aspirations through the use of academic and industry mentors, analytics, and a comprehensive range of personal development and experiential learning opportunities.

    A leader in integrating experiential learning into the fabric of all courses at all levels, NBS' pioneering in-company degrees benefit some 200 students through direct sponsorship by blue-chip companies.

    NBS has recently been shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Business School of the Year award for its pioneering work. For further information visit the NBS website.

New business students take to city streets to discover the shape of retailing in Nottingham

Published on 27 September 2016
  • Category: Business; Nottingham Business School

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