BSc Business students

The Business School in Cornwall

The University of Exeter Business School’s BSc Business course launched in September 2015 at our Penryn Campus, Cornwall, attracting fantastic students from all over the world.

The BSc Business programme is a unique three year degree programme that blends a career-focused business and management programme with an ethos of ethics and sustainability, incorporating extensive work placements. The programme is designed to address business challenges in the current era of climate change, ensuring that students develop a set of graduate skills and attributes which are hugely relevant to 21st century businesses.

BSc Business students have many opportunities available to them in engaging with the local community and businesses. In the third week of their first term the students undertook a BSc Business Bootcamp at Hendra Holiday Park in Newquay which involved two and a half days of tasks set by the business and presenting their findings back to key members of staff. Jon Hyatt, Director of Hendra Holiday Park gave the students an overview of the organisations use of alternative energy, such as solar and led a tour of their Biomass facility.

Jon said: "Hosting the BSc Bootcamp was a very rewarding experience - the students’ enthusiasm to learn about our business and market was matched by the eagerness in which they tackled the challenges set, and the depth of detail sought. Their group presentations offered a refreshing perspective on our market with a number of innovative insights and suggestions raised."

The students also undertook team building activities on the beach to draw out some fundamental transferable skills including leadership, time management and communication while also getting to know each other better.

Many businesses have engaged with the Business School based in the new Science and Engineering Research Support Facility (SERSF) which is part of the new £5.5 million development on the Penryn Campus. Within the SERSF Business School students have exclusive access to the new Insyght Lab, the Cornwall Collaboratory, and opportunities throughout the programme to engage directly with businesses using leading edge video conferencing technology, together with web-based collaboration tools.

Businesses have contributed towards modules throughout the first year of the programme by delivering guest lectures, providing the students with case studies and problems to resolve as well as offering short-term placement opportunities. This input ensures the students receive distinctive and relevant content that will help them demonstrate confidence and creativity in the workplace.

In addition, every couple of months the Business School host a ‘Hot Choc & Chat’ evening which offers the students networking opportunities with employers in an informal setting whilst importantly gets the cohort out into the local business community. Last November the first Hot Choc & Chat evening was held in a local café in Falmouth; the evening enabled students to learn about different business, sectors, job roles and recruitment practices.  It also gave the students the opportunity to promote the work and studies they are undertaking as students.

The skills gained throughout this future facing degree programme gives the students the opportunity to gain many transferable skills applicable to many job roles and numerous businesses.

To find out more about the BSc Business programme please visit our website.  

Date: 18 February 2016

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