Shaping the business leaders of tomorrow at York Business School

Shaping the business leaders of tomorrow at York Business School

York Business School, formerly known as York St John Business School, is looking ahead to an exciting year.

The name change ushers in a new chapter for the school which was founded in 2008. The recruitment process for a new Dean to head the school is underway, with interviews taking place earlier this month, and a wider restructure across the whole University means a renewed focus on priorities and student experience ready for September 2016.

Employers from across Yorkshire and the North East are invited to be part of this next stage of the Business School’s success and join with York Business School to benefit from their
placement scheme.

York Business School is strongly rooted within the region and continues to develop strong progressive relationships and partnerships with local, regional and international businesses.
Existing links with companies such as MINI, Hiscox and Yorkshire Bank provide great opportunities for students to engage with real world business issues.

Following the recent launch of the new MINI Clubman, a group of postgraduate marketing students were tasked to work on a live project to examine key branding issues. The students, who were all studying the strategic brand management module, were introduced to key people from MINI and the Cooper Group and visited the MINI factory in Oxford.

Catherine Wilcox, Regional Brand Manager, MINI commented: “I started working with York Business School back in May 2015 when I was asked to do a Masterclass on MINI marketing. This was the start of a partnership that has forged a positive relationship between the University and MINI. We have worked closely together on a number of projects including discussions on student outcomes and how best to prepare students for business life after they graduate. In addition we have collaborated over engagement in the local community including competitions and sponsorship of a local school’s new sports kit.

“Our partnership – which has grown thanks to the innovative and forward-thinking philosophy of the University – is one which I hope will continue!”

Pete Sumners, Specialist & Acquisition Finance Director at Yorkshire Bank has also been impressed with the work of York Business School: “There is a firm commitment to developing graduates that not only understand the theoretical aspects of business, but the role business can play in shaping a better society. Having had an input into the development of York Business School’s undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum design, I see a good balance of theory and practical application in a business context. York Business School’s work in this regard is - in my view - sector leading.”

York St JohnThe School, and wider University, has developed a close working partnership with Hiscox, involving academics, students and graduates in several exciting initiatives. These include design projects, integral involvement in the development, promotion and recruitment for the Hiscox Business Club and, most recently, a futures partnership; providing Hiscox with research expertise and student creative and innovative input into the development of their future products.

The University also works very closely with the Make It York team on a number of initiatives including UNESCO, Illuminating York and the York Culture Awards. It has collaborated to promote graduate employability through graduate internships and to provide businesses across the creative, digital and bioscience networks with access to the business masterclasses and professional development opportunities across the University.

Noel Dennis, Acting Dean, York Business School, said: “We welcome interest from all businesses who want to know more about working with our fantastic staff and students. Whether this be on a short term live project, internship and placement opportunities, or research and consultancy projects. York Business School has a wealth of staff expertise in a number of areas from leadership to digital marketing. We have an excellent track record of delivering high quality consultancy and research projects for the business community.”

York Business School currently has over 1,800 students from more than 60 countries and expects to grow further in the new academic year. Following a restructure of the whole University the Business School’s portfolio will include management and business programmes including Accounting & Finance, Business Information Technology and Business Management (with placement).

York Business School has been an approved CMI Centre since June 2015 and can offer students additional qualifications in management and leadership.

The CMI (Chartered Management Institute) is the only chartered body in the UK that awards such qualifications which are highly regarded by employers as evidence of a manager’s practical skills. York Business School offers an opportunity for Undergraduate Management students to gain the CMI Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership (QCF) alongside their academic award. A CMI Level 7 course will be available at the end of Easter 2017.

Embedded within the methods of the Business School’s management education is the ever increasing importance of the role of business in a contemporary society. York Business School demonstrates its commitment to this need as a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact initiative – Principals for Responsible Management Education (PRME). And earlier this month the University was awarded the Social Enterprise Gold Mark which reflects the institution’s commitment to social enterprise excellence.

It is only one of two UK universities to have achieved the gold accreditation and reflects the way York St John works in terms of governance, business ethics and financial transparency. The gold mark also demonstrates the University’s commitment to the wider social impacts of its work within the community and how it makes a difference.

And in May, the Business School was approved to join the Central Eastern European Management Network (CEEMAN). CEEMAN is closely aligned to PRME and will offer great opportunities for the Business School, including: networking and mentoring opportunities, access to best practice relating to teaching and learning for management educators, collaborative research opportunities, possible partnership working and, ultimately, School accreditation. 

Perhaps most importantly, though, this affirms the Business School’s commitment to internationalisation and gives it an opportunity to influence future debates and developments in management education Mr Dennis said: “Here at York St John we’re passionate about the role of business in society, social enterprise and the wider impact of the University on the local and, wider, regional area. So we’re appealing to the business community – come and help us shape the next business leaders and be involved in this exciting phase of our development.”