Christ Church Business School has demonstrated a commitment to facilitating engagement between local SMEs and the student body. The school offers a range of Work Based Learning Modules, which embeds real life case studies into the curriculum. Students from the Business School are also mentored by SMEs, while SMEs gain the benefit of having the student talent set working on briefs within their businesses.
The School provides evidence of their engagement with SMEs through the Academic Enterprise Champion scheme, implemented to allow the school to align the needs of the local SME community with the work being carried out at Christ Church Business School. The scheme offers business advice and financial support to allow business School academics to collaborate and build relationships with local SMEs.
The panel were particularly impressed with the way the Christ Church Business School engaged with its advisory board. Comprised of senior business leaders, many of whom are from SMEs, the board has worked closely with the school to influence and shape School strategy and curriculum, with many board members working to embed student employability into the framework of the School's offering.
It is clear that Christ Church Business School is dedicated to embedding entrepreneurship and employability into the curriculum, demonstrated through initiatives such as GradForce, an OfS funded programme which gives students and graduates access to support to progress into employment in the SME sector.
The Small Business Charter Award is a national accreditation, assessed by small business leaders, to recognise business schools which demonstrate excellence in supporting small businesses, student enterprise, and the local economy. Christ Church Business School will hold the award for 3 years. There are 63 business schools that hold the SBC Award in the UK and Ireland.
Anne Kiem OBE, Executive Director of the Small Business Charter, and Chief Executive of the Chartered Association of Business Schools, congratulated the University, said: “We’d like to congratulate Christ Church Business School on its Small Business Charter Award, given in recognition of their support for student entrepreneurship, small business and their local economy.
"It is clear that SME engagement and support is part of the framework of the school, and we look forward to working with them as they continue to develop their offering.”