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Katie Bonner

Katie Bonner

Experiential Learning Projects Officer

Nottingham Business School

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Professional Services

Role

Katie supports the postgraduate student learning experience by sourcing live consultancy projects with local businesses alongside Angela Scott, Experiential Learning Projects Coordinator. Real life consultancy projects have been an integral part of NBS’s postgraduate programmes for over 10 years. Students have successfully acted as free consultants within a wide range of different types and size of organisation.

Career overview

Katie joined Nottingham Business School in June 2021. She has worked in Higher Education across the East Midlands since 2012 starting as an Outreach Officer in University of Nottingham’s Widening Participation team. Here she worked with young people in schools and colleges to raise awareness and understanding of routes into Higher Education for under-represented pupils.

After a move into the Careers and Employability Service at the same institution, she worked on creating sector insight events for students at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as providing information and advice on CV and application form techniques.

In 2017 she moved to University of Leicester to work on the new OfS funded collaborative outreach programme in partnership with Leicester, DMU, Loughborough, University of Northampton, and local FE colleges. This project helped pupils learn more about all routes into Higher Education at L4 and above. Pupils were identified as living in specific postcodes across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland where attainment at L2 and L3 was good, but progression to L4 was lower than average.
She was an integral part of creating video content for the project’s YouTube channel to show life in universities and colleges, defining commonly used terms in HE for those with limited experience, and linking the educational routes available to local labour market information. She successfully pivoted synchronous outreach activities to an online delivery method during the pandemic and built strong working relationships with schools, colleges, LEPs and other HEIs.

The move to NTU was prompted by a desire to contribute to enhancing student experiential learning and builds on the “connecting dots” approach she has cultivated throughout her career.

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