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  • The Cotton Sense Social Enterprise project in India

    by Will Holt

    Will Holt, Business Programme Leader

    Will Holt, our Programme Leader for our Business Degrees, is also out with us in India, and has shared his view of the first few days:

    One of the things I have become acutely aware of whilst here is the impact of genetically modified cotton on farmers lives, and the damage it can do to the land and people's livelihoods across the world. The chances are that most of you reading this, and your writer, are wearing garments containing GM rather cotton. The benefits of organic cotton are far reaching, which makes this initiative so important. The students are aiming to make this a global cause in time, and big things come from small beginnings.

    Good progress has been made by the students. They have a target market, a list of potential organic cotton based products, and a clear external message about their initiative, which they will be sharing with you shortly...

    I'm sorry to report that one of the students, Ryan, has come down with a bout of gastroenteritis. We took him straight to hospital and he is now well on the mend!

    It's not all been hard work, the weather is lovely and we've eaten very well (curry for breakfast was delicious). The students took a well earned break this evening to swim in the sea under the sunset. India is a fascinating country, cows roam the streets and beaches like kings, and I had to remove a frog from one of students bathroom this evening.

    The students have also been shopping today for practical business dress over the coming days. They now have a multicoloured array of kurtas - a very light indian long shirt - pictures to follow.

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  • The end to a fascinating week in India

    by Will Holt

    PCL Students in India

    Will Holt, Programme Leader for our Business Degrees, shares his thoughts during the final days of his trip to India with some of our students, as part of their entrepreneurship module:

    It's nice to have internet connection again, although I'm sad to be heading back to the UK today (Sunday) after a fascinating week in India.

    The students completed the first part of their project in Goa, and now have a clear strategy for taking the organic cotton/up cycling initiative forward. In brief, they have created a "cotton cloud" campaign with local organisations to promote awareness about the damage caused by GM cotton, which in time we hope will be a global initiative.

    The next part of the trip has been in Nagpur, right in the middle of India. We flew there from Goa on Friday and were immediately hit by the heat after stepping off the plane - it's a fiery 43 degrees in the midday sun here! After a good night's sleep on Friday, we drove into rural Nagpur to meet some of the beneficiaries of this project at Chetana Vikas, a local organisation that provides support to women in agricultural communities.

    As soon as we arrived we were ushered out of the heat into a room where 34 women from the villages greeted us with singing - proud songs about their strength and independence. There then followed a couple of hours of introductions, where each women told us a little bit about themselves. It was inspiring to hear these stories and we were all struck by the drive and initiative that they all had. Many of them already run their own businesses on a micro scale - the students hope to create a brand that will open up bigger markets to these women both in India and in the UK.

    Exhausted, we returned back to the hotel late last night. A few hours sleep later and I hopped in a taxi to Nagpur airport. The students have five more days there to work with the beneficiaries to start implementing their strategy, but my trip has now come to an end. I've been incredibly impressed with the students this week - their initiative and approach has been inspiring. I'm really excited to see what the next week will hold in store from them!

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  • Induction Weekend 2013

    by Will Holt

    Will Holt

    Programme Leader, Will Holt, reports on all the action of the weekend

    We are very proud to welcome our second cohort of students to Pearson College. The Induction Weekend on the 28th and 29th of September saw our 2013 intake of BSc (Honours) Business and Enterprise students join us for the first time.

    Teamwork challenge

    The weekend kicked off with the spaghetti tower challenge, testing our students’ team-working skills as they competed to build the tallest tower, strong enough to withhold the judges “hurricane test”. Later the students put their newly founded teams to the test as they took part in a branding challenge, proposing and presenting their ideas for a rebrand for Spar supermarkets.


    Inspirational talks and career development

    Every element of study at Pearson College resonates with the business world. Our degrees are designed by leading employers and academics, and the induction weekend set the scene perfectly.

    The weekend culminated in an inspiring talk by Mohan Mohan, former Vice President and general manager of Proctor & Gamble Worldwide. Students also began thinking about their individual Personal Development Plans, planning where they hope to be on graduation and working with our Talent Coach to start developing their action plans for the term ahead.

    The fun stuff

    The students also got chance to find out about the extra-curricular opportunities available at Pearson College through our Students' Association. Our second year students have worked hard over the past few months to set up a number of societies at Pearson College including charities, sports, social, talks and lectures and peer support. It has been a great opportunity for our students to get involved and shape the societies that they’re excited about, for the benefit of their year group and future students. Plus of course it has given the students a fantastic highlight for their CVs, making sure they stand out from the crowd.

    The societies were introduced to the students before they were given the opportunity to participate in our societies fair in the café; our sports society tested the students skills with a mini basketball hoop, whilst the peer support team set up a fun photo booth to capture photos! Businesses from the local area including Hotel Chocolat, Virgin Active Spa and the Top Secret Comedy also store joined in the fun, setting up stands and giving out vouchers and samples to the students.

    I am extremely impressed by the way our new students have embraced all of the academic, industry-related, and social aspects of Pearson College life that we have thrown at them over their induction week. It's going to be a fantastic year!

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