NBS Project Management students visit NBS alumnus Jonathan Bentley and his award winning business, Bentley Project Management

Our MSc Project Management students recently visited Bentley Project Management team in Nottingham as part of their course. They were given the opportunity to see the theory they’ve learnt being put in to practice in a project management setting.

One of our Alumni Fellows, Jonathan Bentley, is the founder of  Bentley project Management. Bentley Project Management is an award winning Project Management business with expertise on development management, cost management, quantity surveying, project management and they are currently developing commercial and residential infrastructures.

Annually NBS students get the chance to visit him at his office, and visit two of the sites he is been responsible in developing.During this year’s event, students had the opportunity to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of professional Project Management staff, visit the sites of two recent large scale construction projects, and hear about how they have been managed.

The visit aimed to facilitate student's experiential learning.The content covered during the visit was designed to support the module ‘Project Planning and Control’ of our MSc Project Management course.

The students were able to spend time the project management team to really get to grips with the daily responsibilities and ask any questions they had.

Our students visited their building sites, New Lubbesthorpe Sustainable Urban Development and Optimus Point Business Park, Glenfield before visiting the team at Bentley Project Management Office.

New Lubbesthorpe Sustainable Urban Development was shortlisted by East Midlands Property Dinner for Sustainable Development Project of the Year 2017 and this new Sustainable Urban Extension will deliver a complete community to the West of Leicester. Optimus Point Business Park in Glenfield is a large commercial development that Bentley Project Management has been involved with for a number of years.

Our students from MSc Project Management course commented that it's not just a visit, it's more of an experience.

Marta Walkowska said “Thank you once again for organizing this trip for us. It has given us a lot. Having an insight into a large project is what I really needed. Such trips give students confidence, as they have a chance to see and 'touch' a real Project management environment”.

Etienne Hodge said “I really enjoyed the trip to Bentley Project Management today. I felt it was a great experience to see first hand the operations of project management especially how they conduct their cash flow estimations and their stakeholder management. I felt like it was a great insight and is a great introduction into the upcoming project planning and control module.”

This visit and many other events are organised throughout the year to facilitate experiential learning of our students. In the experiential learning, the links with our alumni is one of the significant support structures. Our alumni are actively providing their valued support and facilitation to our students and their learning by volunteering to Alumni Fellowship program.

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