Introduction to the CIE

The Pearson College London Centre for Industry Engagement (CIE) lies at the heart of our mission to integrate the worlds of industry and academia for the mutual benefit of all our stakeholders - our students, our partners in industry and our academic community.

It aims to become a hub of collaboration between education and employers, to explore, debate and research issues, and to share and disseminate the knowledge and understanding we develop together more widely. The Centre for Industry Engagement builds on the core strengths and activities of Pearson College London, taking the best of what is already being done at Escape Studios and Pearson Business School, and making it part of our institutional DNA.

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“Winmark has worked on a successful project with Pearson College looking at the future of business with a focus on the Digital C-Suite.  The Winmark team has been impressed by the academic staff who have healthy commercial backgrounds and relevant experience.  The business leaders participating have commented on how great it was to have Pearson College students involved and were impressed by how professionally they engaged.”

John Jeffcock, CEO Winmark (August 2019)

Some of our industry partners

Our central activities

The Centre for Industry Engagement will fulfil this mission through four central activities:

  • Collaboration between industry and our academic community in the design and delivery of innovative new degree and apprenticeship programmes.
  • Development of collaborative research projects that explore issues at the interface of higher education and the world of employment or are otherwise of relevance to our academic community.
  • Creation of authentic learning opportunities for our students that enable them to engage academically and professionally with industry (including international partners) through a variety of activities, such as: participation in industry projects, internships, apprenticeships, and conferences.
  • Organisation of thought leadership events bringing our stakeholders together to explore, discuss and debate current topics at the intersection of industry and education, with the aim of encouraging a deeper awareness of different perspectives and experiences and sharing findings and innovative practice for the benefit of the wider community.
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I've had two interns from Pearson College London join my team in consecutive years and they've quickly become invaluable, to the extent that I'd happily recommend them to colleagues or peers for roles once they graduate.

Gary Andrews, Social Media Editor, Direct Line Group


The benefits to Pearson College London of the Centre for Industry Engagement's activities are self-evident, but it must also benefit our industry partners if it is to be sustainable. The Centre for Industry Engagement will therefore offer our collaborating partners in business:

  • A platform to access and collaborate with other businesses and educational organisations.
  • Access to a talent pool through our extensive network of contacts, students and alumni.
  • Participation in group learning sessions in emerging areas of business alongside academic experts in the field, students and fellow industry professionals.
  • Bespoke CPD programmes for their staff facilitated through our network of academic experts and fellow industry professionals.
  • Opportunities for CSR activities in partnership with our students and fellow collaborating businesses.

Learn more about what we offer employers

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