IoD Launch Event

Professor Robin Mason, Dean; Mr Gerry Jones, South West Chariman of IoD; Mr Simon Face IoD SW Regional Director; Jaquie Bagnall, Senior Lecture with students who have joined the scheme. 

Business School pilots new student programme with IoD

Business leaders’ organisation the Institute of Directors (IoD) has developed a groundbreaking partnership with the University of Exeter Business School. The university is the first in the region to pilot a student level membership that will strengthen links between South West enterprise and the next generation of entrepreneurs.

At a time when students are contemplating an increasingly competitive jobs market, the University of Exeter Business School has taken an important step to support their students in making real life connections that will help them to become both innovative and entrepreneurial. Sponsoring student membership of the IoD provides Exeter’s business students with the opportunity to access a professional network of the highest calibre. It gives them access to a wealth of resources as part of their membership and importantly enables them to host their own business network events on campus.

Professor Robin Mason, Dean of the Business School commented “We believe that by investing in an initiative like this, we are equipping our students with the enterprise skills necessary to develop their future careers as business leaders.”

Jackie Bagnall, senior lecturer in Leadership adds “Partnerships with professional bodies such as the IoD is an important part of connecting our students to the business world. Enterprise and innovation are crucial skills for our future graduates and the IoD network offers a wealth of inspiration and guidance that students can benefit from.”

One of the first students to sign up Daniel Foster said “I believe that there is so much to learn from those already in the corporate world. I would therefore love to have the opportunity to network with professionals and leaders from the business world. The long-standing, prestigious nature of the IoD makes it an organisation which I would enjoy being associated with, and as a businessperson myself, I believe that the practical business skills which I could obtain as an IoD student member would be invaluable for my own organisation.”

The IoD is the UK’s longest standing organisation to support business leaders, with over 100 years of service in raising professional standards. It holds the world's largest network of senior level professionals, with hundreds of members across the South West. Members meet regularly at events and on training programmes; officers lobby at all levels of government.

IoD South West chairman Gerry Jones said: “This partnership is an effective way of identifying, cherishing and nurturing the next generation of leaders; it’s something our members are eager to do.”

Date: 19 June 2012

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