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Nottingham Business School launches virtual student challenge to help organisations become more resilient

Nottingham Business School (NBS) has launched a virtual challenge to enable organisations to become more resilient and benefit from the bright ideas of soon to be graduates.

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NBS students will work on the challenge during term one

#NBSBright - Business Resilience and Innovation Graduate Highlight – will see final year NBS students offer fresh perspectives to real challenges, helping organisations of all sizes to prosper in an uncertain climate and successfully navigate major issues such as the Coronavirus pandemic and Brexit.

Organisations are invited to submit one or more business challenges, which could involve students conducting market research or addressing business issues including project management; staff well-being; recruitment and /or retention; home-working; corporate social responsibility; cutting costs or growing profits; finance and budgeting; or creativity and innovation challenges.

Groups of students, supported by NBS academics, will work on the live challenges throughout the Autumn. Later in the term participating organisations will receive succinct analysis, findings and recommendations in the form of a PowerPoint presentation with voiceover, supporting notes and a costed action plan.

Amanda Thompson, head of Personalisation and Experiential Learning at NBS, part of Nottingham Trent University, said: “NBS has a strong track record of supporting organisations and this initiative come at an opportune time. It will help organisations to adjust to a new normal in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic and support them to innovate and become more resilient longer term. We’re looking forward to seeing how our students apply what they have learned on their degrees and so contribute to organisational success in this new virtual challenge.”

As part of a Civic Agreement recently launched by NTU, the University of Nottingham and city and county partners, all student enterprise activity in the new academic year will contribute to local Covid-19 recovery.

The challenge is free of charge and deadline for applications is 7 September 2020. Find out more and submit a challenge here.

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    About Nottingham Trent University

    Nottingham Trent University (NTU) was named University of the Year 2019 in the Guardian University Awards. The award was based on performance and improvement in the Guardian University Guide, retention of students from low-participation areas and attainment of BME students.

    NTU was also the Times Higher Education University of the Year 2017, and The Times and Sunday Times Modern University of the Year 2018. These awards recognise NTU for its high levels of student satisfaction, its quality of teaching, its engagement with employers, and its overall student experience.

    The university has been rated Gold in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework – the highest ranking available.

    It is one of the largest UK universities. With nearly 32,000 students and more than 4,000 staff located across four campuses, the University contributes £900m to the UK economy every year. With an international student population of more than 3,000 from around 100 countries, the University prides itself on its global outlook.

    The university is passionate about creating opportunities and its extensive outreach programme is designed to enable NTU to be a vehicle for social mobility. NTU is among the UK’s top five recruiters of students from disadvantaged backgrounds and was awarded University of the Year in the UK Social Mobility Awards 2019.

    A total of 82% of its graduates go on to graduate entry employment or graduate entry education or training within six months of leaving. Student satisfaction is high: NTU achieved an 87% satisfaction score in the 2020 National Student Survey, above the sector average of 83%.

Nottingham Business School launches virtual student challenge to help organisations become more resilient

Published on 11 August 2020
  • Category: Business; Press office; Nottingham Business School

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