Newcastle University Business School

Engage With Our Students

Engage With Our Students

Overview

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.

Placements

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 

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.

Person giving a talk at the Business School

Placements

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.

 

Placement student at the Business School giving a presentation

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
  • exporting
  • franchising
  • an evaluation of the business
  • business planning

Suitable projects

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 sarah.carnegie@ncl.ac.uk or call +44 (0)191 212 0419.