One of our key focuses within Business & Community Engagement is building lasting relationships within our community. We have developed bonds with a wide variety of businesses, organisations and individuals which enhance not just the work we do but our student experience and network offerings.
Over a number of decades we have worked hard to build established networks. These relationships support us in delivering a diverse programme to our students and businesses. Each of our relationships have helped us by supporting our events, delivering sessions, presenting workshops to our network, and by providing us with the resources to expand our delivery.
We value all of our collaborations as they add value to what we deliver to our students. The businesses we engage with offer their own expertise and professional perspective on what we do. They allow us to expand our network and offer more to our local communities. They also improve the student experience and allow us to continually develop programmes, deliver events and to be innovative.
The case studies below showcase just a few of the many relationships we have that help us to support our networks.
The School of Management also continues to work with local organisations which help to inspire our students and communities. We're passionate to deliver the best for our local community. Through our shared goals, we continue to collaborate with industry and build on their successes. Our community drives the work we do whilst giving us access to their networks.
We have collaborated with Bradford Council to deliver sessions during the International Masters Summer School, and by Mercy Mission and the National Zakat Foundation for our ASEP (Accelerated Student Entrepreneurship Programme) to support refugee entrepreneurs.
Open Innovation also continues to deliver work to our students and provide support to entrepreneur's and businesses in the region by offering collaborative work spaces and mentoring opportunities.
Drive and passion
Over the years we have seen a variety of relationships blossom with individuals who continue to support the School of Management. We develop and sustain personal relationships with alumni, academics, and other valued community members.
We regularly work with Alumni of the University who help to deliver key note speeches and events to our networks and students such as Kevin Gaskell who helped to deliver the International Guest Speaker Series and engaged with our Knowledge Transfer Network podcast series.
We continue to collaborate with valued individuals such as Lorraine Lucas, Paul Donovan and others who continue to sponsor valued graduation prizes such as the Lucas Prizes, MBA Prizes or Hannah Collins Memorial Book Prize.
Each of these individuals has provided the University with years of passion, drive and inspiration to those around them and that's why our individual relationships are so important to us.
How you can get involved
At the University of Bradford School of Management, we have a range of programmes, events and schemes available for you to get involved. Each of these offer you a unique experience in contributing to our student experience or to our business and community networks.
You could get involved in session delivery, whether you want to join us and support an event such as the Entrepreneurship Festival or Career Booster or take the time to help deliver our curriculum by providing real life examples.
We also have mentoring programmes available across a range of activities. Whether you want to connect with students to provide professional advice and career guidance, or be involved in our community work helping to mentor businesses on the Help to Grow programme.
Get involved with our Knowledge Transfer Network either by joining the network and becoming a regular leader in the community or helping to deliver sessions to our established networks.
Support our placement programmes delivered to our students which give them the chance to build valuable experience through year long placements, summer internships or set hours.
For more information on how you can contribute to our work explore the rest of the website and the opportunities available to you across Career Booster, KTN, Help to Grow, Entrepreneurship and Student Experience.
What we can offer you
One of the key concepts we build our relationships on is mutual benefits. We're aware that our partners and contributers provide a lot of benefits to our networks whether it be our current students, graduates or our business networks. With this in mind, we aim to provide you with opportunities to build your success and networks through our resources.
You can attend and listen to our restructured Knowledge Transfer Network which explores responsible management themes offer the upcoming academic year. The KTN offers you the chance to gain new knowledge and skill sets from the sessions we offer whilst also acting as a networking experience where you can meet like-minded businesses in the Bradford region.
Our Help to Grow Management programme gives SMEs the chance to access expert teaching and mentoring across a 12-week programme. The programme costs £7,500 in total but the government subsidises this fee meaning you get access to the resources, teaching, mentoring and alumni network for just £750.
We offer a range of training to those in the community including our Community Career Booster aims to offer free courses to those in the community allowing them to build up a range of skills and knowledge which wouldn't otherwise be available to them.
Our placement and internship opportunities provide you with the chance to gain a willing and engaged student to help meet your business needs. As you work with them, they will develop the skills and experience required to give your business a boost. After completing the placement, you have the opportunity to hire them as a graduate knowing they already have the skills and experience required to thrive.
Our recruitment and careers team also support you in developing your recruitment opportuntiies. You can access a large pool of talent and knowledge by joining us at careers fairs, advertising your job opportunities and hiring our graduates.