We create business thinkers who strive for excellence. You can benefit from our students' knowledge of the latest business thinking, through guest lectures, a short term consultancy project or a 12-month undergraduate student placement.
On some of our undergraduate degrees students can opt to take a 12-month work placement. Offering a student a placement can bring many benefits to your organisation. Find out more about our placements.
Undergraduate consultancy projects
As part of a consultancy project, a group of six final year students will work with your organisation to find a solution to a business or marketing need.
If you have a project that could benefit from consultancy advice without the high fees, find out more about our undergraduate consultancy projects.
Guest lectures are a great way to bring the real world of work into a student's studies and ensure the theory they learn can be shown to work in practice. These lectures also give alumni and other visiting guest speakers the opportunity to refine thoughts in front of a curious and sometimes quite demanding audience.
If you would like to find out more about becoming a guest lecturer, email the Director of Engagement.
On some of our undergraduate degrees students can opt to take a 12-month work placement. Offering a student a placement can bring many benefits to your organisation:
- latest theories and techniques
- energy and enthusiasm
- fresh thinking
- future talent pool
You'll get the latest business knowledge as our students apply their learning to your business projects. Our students will offer you valuable ideas to help boost your business. They can also bring a new and unbiased perspective.
Our students have a thirst for learning and strive for excellence. As you assess student capabilities throughout their placement, you may consider offering a permanent or graduate role in the future.
If you have an opportunity you would like to discuss, email Nicola Burnip.
Undergraduate Consultancy Projects
As part of a consultancy project, a group of approximately six final year students will work with your business to find a solution to a business or marketing need. The students act as consultants to your business.
They will provide a progress update half-way through the project and a full written report and presentation at the end. Previous projects have looked at:
- marketing strategies, including a company re-brand and website design
- an evaluation of the business
- business planning
Any project has to be of value to your organisation. Ideally, the project will allow the students to complete research; within your organisation or for you to provide guidance on where they may obtain relevant information.
The research approach taken is flexible and would always be agreed, within the terms of reference, to make sure it:
- meets with your organisational requirements
- respects any commercial relationships
- takes account of any operational pressures
Projects should be related to real and current practical business issues, allowing the students to define the areas for improvement and identify appropriate solutions. Although there is a degree of flexibility and any project ideas would be considered, issues related to any sensitive or urgent problems would not be appropriate.
If you have a project that could benefit from consultancy advice, submit a short expression of interest by email to email@example.com or call +44 (0)191 212 0419.
Project timetableProject timetable
By early September, initial discussions and meetings will be held with University staff to determine suitability of projects.
In early October, a ‘networking’ meeting will be arranged to allow you to meet with the students. This is hosted at the University. Students are asked to attend with current CVs to allow us to form teams to work with each organisation.
We allocate the students to groups to achieve a representative mix of students, based on an analysis of their team skills. We will take account of preferences expressed by:
- the host organisations, as a result of the open networking meeting
- the students, which projects are of particular interest to them and any specific existing skills and experience
By mid-October the teams allocated to each client are confirmed.
Each group is responsible for contacting the organisation they are working with by mid-October to have at least one initial meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to scope out the project, so clear terms of reference and project objectives can be established
In early November, a formal presentation will be given by the group to you to confirm terms of reference, project objectives and initial research plan. This will take place at the University.
In early December, the students will give a second formal presentation to you to show initial progress, make sure they are on the right track and confirm plans for research and activity to be completed in the new year.
From late December to the last week in January, the students will be on vacation and then revising and undertaking exams.
In February, the students will complete agreed research activity and develop plans and solutions based on the agreed objectives.
In early March, the final report is delivered to the you with a detailed presentation delivered by the team to explain their recommendations. This presentation is marked by Business School staff as this is also an assessed part of their degree.
Project termsProject terms
There are a number of terms and conditions for businesses participating in the programme of engagement with our students.
Your support is crucial in helping the group to gain an understanding of the context of the issue, especially in providing information and allowing the students access to your organisation so they can complete their research.
There are no charges made to you for the work undertaken, but we do ask that, if possible, the students are reimbursed for any travel expenses incurred outside central Newcastle.
Business School support
A designated member of academic staff is responsible for reviewing the work of the group and providing advice and guidance as they progress. They are also there to help support your organisation throughout the project.
The Business School appreciates that projects may involve the students dealing with confidential information and the importance of this is stressed to the students.
A Confidential Disclosure Agreement is used, which is a three-way agreement between the student, the Business School and the host organisation. It requires each party to treat any information received in confidence.
The formal assessed reports and presentations will be marked by two members of academic staff and may be required for review by external examiners. They will not be used for any other purpose by the Business School without permission.
Health and safety
In line with the University’s health and safety regulations, if the student group is on your premises for a sustained period, ie more than half a day, or undertaking work on your behalf, they are the responsibility of your organisation and need to be covered under your employer/public liability insurance.
Each student group is therefore required to complete a simple health and safety checklist.
Professional indemnity insurance
A key outcome of the project will be for the student group, based on their research, to provide you with recommendations and an action plan.
If your organisation chooses to implement any of the recommendations made by the students, you should note that these are not covered by the University’s professional indemnity insurance and you would do so at your own risk.