Enhance our curriculum

We offer a wide range of opportunities for you to share your professional knowledge and experience with our students, from contributing to course design to guest speaking. Involving business experts in our curriculum supports our students’ learning and ensures that their skills reflect your business needs.

You will have the chance to make links with teaching and academic staff, collaborate and advise on academic research activities, and support student and graduate employability.

Industry Advisory Boards

Industry Advisory Boards provide opportunities for you, the industry experts, to shape the strategic direction and content of our courses. This ensures that our degree programmes reflect current industry developments and trends, as well as meeting sector skills requirements.

Panels typically comprise industry professionals and alumni from the University and meet a few times a year. To find out more about how you can contribute your expertise and experience as an Industry Advisory Board member, contact our Enterprise & Engagement Team

HSBC Commercial Banking

Iain Hawthorn holds a Diploma and a Master's in Management Studies from Christ Church, and is Chair of our Business School’s Advisory Board, helping to ensure the curriculum remains relevant to the current business world, as well as mentoring a number of our students on a one-to-one basis.

Iain Hawthorn

I'm hugely proud to be an alumnus and really looking forward to continuing to help the Business School, staff and students as the Chair of the Business School Advisory Board. The future looks terrific!

Iain Hawthorn, Regional Director, Food & Drink Sector for South & East Corporate Banking at HSBC Commercial Banking

Guest lectures

Del Brown, freelance TV Director and Vision Mixer

Since 2011, Del Brown, freelance TV Director and Vision Mixer has been a guest lecturer for (BA) Film, Radio and Television, helping third year students with their final project. Del enjoys being able to give something back, and by sharing his wealth of technical expertise and knowledge he helps ensure that when students leave they already have experience in the industry.

Taking place within the timetable, guest lectures from industry professionals provide students with valuable insights into your sector, and give you an opportunity to share your expertise, as well as to highlight employment opportunities and skills needs within your sector or organisation. Many of our guest lecturers are alumni, but we are always looking for new speakers.

Our Enterprise & Engagement Team can discuss opportunities for you to contribute to our curriculum, or to share your experience with students more informally.

Develop new apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are offered by employers to meet their skills and needs now and in the future. They are full-time jobs where employees spend 20% of their time on off-the-job training, paid for by the employer. We offer higher and degree apprenticeships for qualifications at Level 4 or above, up to degree/Master's level.

We are currently working with local and regional employers including the NHS, local government, and private sector to deliver recognised qualifications to help apprentices succeed and enhance their career within their chosen sector.

To discuss how you might contribute to the development of new apprenticeships for your sector, please contact our Enterprise & Engagement Team

Apprenticeships are offered by employers to meet their skills and needs now and in the future.

Explore our business services



Recruit our enterprising, professional graduates and students to support your business, and develop your people through training, short-courses, masterclasses or postgraduate qualifications.



For innovation, evaluation, advice and solutions, commission our experts to help you find solutions and new opportunities for product or service development.



Access specialist facilities supported by our highly skilled staff, or host your conference, workshop, training, team building or celebration events in our amazing spaces.



Collaborate with us to design future graduate skills for your industry or sector, to unlock funding for your business idea or innovation, or to join our major strategic developments supporting regional growth and success.



Enterprise & Engagement Team

01227 923625

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