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How are Pearson College London students getting involved in this exciting event and why?
One of our second-year BSc (Hons) Business & Enterprise students, David Porter, has previously participated in a Start-up Weekend (read all about David’s previous blog article on Pearson.com); here, he explains why he believes that they are an invaluable learning experience for students.
Firstly, what exactly is Education Entrepreneurs London?
Education Entrepreneurs is London’s second edition of Start-up Weekend entirely devoted to education (April 10 – 12th). The only brief being that ideas should be centred on improving education, whatever form that may take (the more creative, the better!).
The event is sponsored by Pearson and has an exciting line-up of mentors, alongside a high-profile judging panel from across all facets of the education sector. With students, educators, developers and designers all encouraged to participate; the weekend will be packed with talent.
You can read all about it (and purchase any remaining tickets) on the Education Entrepreneur's website.
Why do you think Startup Weekends are such great experiences for students?
Personally, I learnt so much from the FinTech Startup Weekend that I attended last year. It gave me a unique opportunity to truly understand and experience the entrepreneurial world first-hand. Whilst it was undoubtedly one of the most intense and challenging weekends I’ve ever experienced, that’s also what made it so inspiring.
In addition, the weekend allowed me to put into practice many of the principles and tools that I’d been taught at Pearson College London – everything from building a business model canvas to using a scrum methodology of team working.
It’s definitely inspired me to ensure that other students have the opportunity of a similar experience.
How are Pearson College London students getting involved?
We were lucky enough to be able to secure sponsorship for four tickets through Pearson, and the Pearson College Students’ Association. The only challenge was deciding who they should be awarded to! Luckily, the perfect opportunity presented itself in the recent ‘Marketing Mix’ competition.
For this, first year business students spent a semester developing an innovative business idea in small teams; including an advert and full marketing proposal. They then pitched their ideas to a panel of esteemed experts from academia and industry, who had the difficult task of judging the teams and deciding on a winner!
Ashley, Alisha, Barbara and Jasmin delivered an extremely professional pitch with an intriguing idea for storing apps in the cloud, called ‘cloud cupboard’. As the winning team, they will all be attending Education Entrepreneurs London in a couple of weeks.
Be sure to keep an eye out for Alisha’s blog on their experiences at Education Entrepreneurs London…read more
This week saw the release of the new Pearson College London website pearsoncollegelondon.ac.uk, bringing together two existing websites onto one platform. The launch marks a big and exciting step into the future for Pearson College London and a clear opportunity to show how our brand is leading the way in H.E with ‘The New Way’.
Our degrees are designed, developed and delivered with industry to give our students the best possible chance of career success in the real world; our new website focuses on these partnerships drawing on case studies, quotes and programme involvement from our industry partners such as Unilever, WPP, Sony Pictures, Lotus F1, Direct Line Group, Wragge Lawrence Graham and Co, Framestore, Double Negative, BlueBolt and The Mill.
The site is fully responsive so can be viewed on the go on various devices from iPhones to iPads, Android devices to tablets, or even on phablets! It is now even easier to see the full breadth of our programme portfolio by simply navigating to the Business School to view our business, accountancy and law programmes, or the School of Creative Industries to locate our VFX, games and animation courses.
The new website gives prospective students an insight into life at Pearson College London; whether they are interested in studying one of our full-time, part-time or online degree programmes or short courses, they’ll be able to find blogs from current students on facilities, life in London and what it’s like to attend our industry events through to examples of current student’s work as we’ve profiled student showreels for our Creative Industries programmes.
All our programmes are powered, developed and delivered by innovative employers and enterprising academics, so we’ve profiled our academic staff on the new site to give students an insight into the people that teach on our programmes, so they know what to expect if they choose to study here. Our academic partners include Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London, Ashridge and the University of Bradford and prospective students can also find out much more information about each of them within the Discover section of the new site.
Find out more about ‘The New Way’.read more
Universities have long collaborated with larger companies, but a recent report by The All Party Parliamentary Small Business Group got me thinking about the current opportunity for HE and small businesses to really help each other out. The report proposed that more translational funding should be provided by the government in order to support greater collaboration between small businesses and universities.
Translational research is certainly one way that HE institutions and SMEs can work together, but there could be a more direct role for postgraduates and even undergraduates to complement their academic learning by being an extra pair of hands for a business.Our experience is that there is a plug between under-resourced start-ups who are crying out for talented manpower, and a large pool of intelligent, enthusiastic learners who are squeezed towards a funnel of brightly lit large companies.
Many HE learners would love the opportunity to put their budding professionalism to use in a way that would meaningfully enhance their CV. Opportunities to practise a wider set of skills are likely to be far greater in a small business, and if you consider that only a small percentage of UK graduates join a large employer then it becomes a very attractive proposition for learners. Of course there is an obvious risk in using inexperienced individuals in a business, no matter how willing or talented they might be. But we believe this risk can be managed so that everybody wins. For example, at Pearson College London we have just launched a new scheme called the 8th Day. The idea is simple - most entrepreneurs would love an extra day in the week to work on important, but not necessarily essential, projects that could add future value to their business. Participating start-ups tell us what they need help with, and our learners pitch online (often competitively against one another) for the projects that interest them. If there is a mutually agreeable match then the learner(s) and start-up can start working together. Initial feedback has so far been very positive from our students and start-ups. Beyond research there are lots of innovative ways that smaller companies and education institutions could work collaboratively. It's exciting to think how these could develop over the next couple of years.
Find out more about The 8th Day.read more
Whether you use their CRM software, have heard about the plethora of awards in their trophy cabinet, or have been told about the legendary fish tank at their London HQ, you'll be aware that Salesforce are one of the most innovative and progressive technology companies on the planet today, and just a fortnight ago we had the pleasure of welcoming their very own Head of Digital Strategy and Creative Director for EMEA to 80 Strand; as 27 Pearson College students presented for 60 seconds each, to prove themselves the best fit for one of five coveted internship positions at the company.
The internships offered a great opportunity for Pearson students to get a glimpse of the world of digital marketing and big data analysis, as well as gaining an insight to the idea of responsible leadership in real world practice, an attitude that is already embedded within the Pearson College Business Management degrees.
After the presentations, much discussion was had between the Salesforce representatives and five interns were eventually decided upon. On top of this, two candidates were offered one to one careers guidance from the Salesforce team, and all of the students in attendance were encouraged to network with the Directors via Social media.
The event was a truly successful one for all involved, and if you'd like to hear how our new interns are getting on, keep an eye out on our blog as we will be documenting their progress in the world of digital marketing!
- Interested in finding out more?
- Take a further look at our industry partnerships
Pearson College London's neighbours on the River Thames, British American Tobacco (BAT) recently played host to a number of our Business School students, who visited for a day of presentations, discussion and a Q&A with people in various positions within the business.
They were introduced to the inner workings of BAT and spoken to about the sustainability issues the organisation faces in such an evolving market. Ethical topics were confronted as well as key business advice, and after a very thorough Q&A students were left well informed on the operations of this global corporation.
As well as listening to various speakers from within the business, the students were thrown into a networking session with some of BAT's top names, (their Group HR Director, Global Head of Brand and Global Head of Talent Development included!) and a training event to build teamwork and decision making skills - a lot of fun for the students and organisers alike.
All in all, a truly successful day was had, and with Pearson students having done their research ahead of the visit, big issues were raised and discussed with the leaders of the business.
- Interested in finding out more?
- Take a further look at our industry partnerships
Hayley, one of our Student Co-creators, tells us about her experience of studying at Pearson College London, and what she enjoys most about studying here.
An average week at Pearson College London…
My average week is made up of a seminar, lecture and workshop for each of my four modules. These are spread across four days with Tuesdays left for independent study. Seminars are held at Birkbeck, University of London, in a traditional student setting; contrasted with the professional working environment at the Strand- where lectures and workshops are held. Workshops offer a fantastic way to put academic theory into practice; these are sometimes run by lecturers and sometimes run by external professionals. This term we are undertaking an exciting project in Marketing Principles; working with Direct Line to market a new product we have created and are also preparing to compete in the CIMA global challenge.
How do you split your social and study time?
During my first term I have been able to create a balance between my academic work, extra-curricular activities and social life. I effectively spend 8-10 hours per week preparing and reviewing course material and increase my study time during exam periods and coursework deadlines. This leaves time in the week to catch up with friends, visit London’s cultural hotspots and continue practicing my hobbies.
What you do in your free time?
There is a great variety of entertainment on offer whilst studying in London from viewing exhibitions at museums to taking a spin on the London eye. London also offers some fantastic locations to go shopping such as Oxford Street, Westfield and especially Covent Garden where I always use my Pearson discount card. Nightlife in London is very diverse; I love student nights in the many renowned bars and nightclubs as well as more unique experiences such as ghost walks and roller discos. This year I have also got involved in the Pearson College London societies such as Poker Club, Grub Club and Selective Perspectives – where inspiring people such as the CEO of Rock corps (Stephen Greene) talk and debate about the world of business. I also spend my time practicing my journalism skills through co-writing and editing the Pearson College magazine, Blurb.
How do you find studying in London?
Studying in London is perfect for a Business course as it is a business centre of the World. There are so many accessible internships and work experience opportunities as it is a popular location for large corporate companies as well as small start-ups. There are loads of free events to get involved with and places to visit; this is useful for me as a student.read more
Nethmi is one of our second year BSc (Honours) Business and Enterprise students
The societies within the Pearson College London Student Association (PCSA) are growing, enabling students to take part in activities outside the classroom and gain an overall memorable student experience.
Currently, Pearson College London has the following societies:
Snow Business – this is the Pearson College London snow sports society. The annual ski trip in 2014 is taking place in Val Thorens and is suitable for skiers and boarders of any level.
RAG (Raise And Give) - Living proof that helping others and doing good cannot only be rewarding but can is also a laugh! We recently took part in the British Heart Foundation Love Locks installation in Covent Garden and raised £1286 for The BHF.
All Access - This society is all about London nightlife, from cocktail bars to roller discos! This is the society to join to ensure your social calendar is always filled with new and exciting events!
Bright Futures - Bright Futures empowers students with the ability to stand out in the competitive job market by building essential skills through networking events, workshops and activities designed to bridge the gap between study and work.
Selective Perspectives – you’ll hear from some unique and influential speakers at SP! Events are held monthly offering many chances to expand your network and learn from highly knowledgeable individuals in a relaxed environment.
Pearson College London Footie - Don’t worry if you are no Cristiano Ronaldo, this society welcomes all skill levels. Friendly 5 a side tournaments are held regularly and future plans for this society include introducing an 11 a side game.
Grub Club - Good food and good company can be found at Grub Club! Grub club is a monthly dinner date for foodies. London has an unlimited amount of tantalising cuisines to choose from, and it’s our mission to experience it all! Grub Club manager ‘Hungry Harry’ uses his business skills to ensure we always get a healthy discount, keeping our wallets, as well as our stomachs happy.
Pearson Poker - Tournaments are held every two weeks with each member paying £3 to go towards the cash prize for the top three winners. This club is suitable for people of all skill levels. A professional poker dealer is on hand to offer tips and assistance to less experienced players as well as strategy classes for those wanting to advance.
It's a great opportunity to be part of a student society and I have thoroughly enjoyed playing an active role in both RAG and Bright Futures. It's helped me to get to know students in all levels.
Recently, for the second year running, RAG took part in the British Heart Foundation Love Locks Installation in Covent Garden and we managed to beat last year's total and raise an amazing £1286! Bright Futures, a student led career focused society, are currently preparing for their very first event in April based around developing core interview skills. It's been a brilliant experience organising events and developing these societies for PCSA. I know that as the college grows, so will the number and type of societies, giving students an even broader selection to choose from!
- Interested in finding out more?
- Learn more about student life at Pearson College London visiting us at our open days
Nicholas studies our BSc (Honours) Business and Enterprise Top-up degree
Why did you choose to study a top-up degree?
After my A-Levels I decided to study a HND course in Business Studies to expand my learning prospects. From the beginning I knew I wanted to go on and study a top-up degree. For me, education is important. I wanted to expand my knowledge and communication skills. I knew studying a top-up degree and getting the full BSc, would go towards helping me with endless possibilities in the job market.
Why did you choose to study at Pearson College London?
Learning within a business environment is a bonus. An extra bonus is the fact it is a FTSE 100 company. Of course everyone has doubts, but when I contacted Pearson College to find out more information, I could instantly feel the relaxing, yet professional atmosphere. Top lecturers, top resources, industry events, networking, location... I can go on and on. I absolutely know I made the right choice with Pearson College London; there’s no competition.
How you have found the course so far?
I’m not going to lie, some modules have been challenging, however if something is too easy, then what’s to learn? With the continuous support from lecturers, the Programme Leader, Head of Career Development and everyone else at Pearson College London, I feel Pearson College London has given me the positivity and confidence to succeed on this course and in life.
Is there any general advice that you’d give to students considering a top-up degree?
I honestly can’t stress this enough…
Ask QUESTIONS!! As many questions as necessary, because that is what Pearson College London are there for.
Get a diverse perspective from family and friends – this helps answer questions that you may not have thought about, but are important.
Ultimately, this has to be YOUR choice. If your head isn’t in the game or your not happy with your choices, then you won’t succeed. Do a top-up because you want to, not because you have to.
Some people may have to take a longer route to get to where they want, but it’s worth it!
- Interested in finding out more?
- Click here to find out more about studying our Top-up degrees
Ed, one of our final year students, tells us more about the Snow Business Society and their annual ski trip to Val Thorens.
Welcome to Snow Business. We were born out of the need for snow sports in everyone’s lives. If you have ever spent time on the piste, you would understand this burning desire, and if you have not, then I highly recommend you getting out there and experiencing it. This is the foundation and mantra that Snow Business was built on - to give the opportunity to all Pearson College members to discover their inner mountain maestro.
The initial interest for the society, especially from total newbies, really left there no choice but to give the people what they wanted and so Snow Business was born. In our first year we have built a society of likeminded and passionate individuals who are devoted to maximising the accessibility of snow sports to all. For those that have been pulling 360s since they were knee high to those that could not tell their gondola from their chairlift, we have got you covered.
The first season of the society is being capped off by the inaugural tour, Pearson College London's first overseas, to Val Thorens in Easter 2014. Striking a perfect balance between quality of skiing for all abilities and après, it presented itself as the prime destination to kick off the Snow Business international journey. As Founder and 2013/2014 President, I can honestly say that it has been a blast to be at the helm of the society and I know it will be taken to the next level when I depart. After all, there is no business like Snow Business!read more
Nethmi, one of our second year students, told us what Raise and Give (RAG) have been up to, and what their future plans are.
Setting up Pearson College London's very first RAG society was both an exciting and challenging experience! We wanted to launch the society with a bang and raise as much interest as possible right from the start. The ideas we presented at the Fresher’s Fair sparked interest in many students and it is exciting to see how the society is slowly growing!
In the two years PCSA RAG has been running, the society has been very committed to working with and supporting the British Heart Foundation. Being an industry partner of the college and an amazing charity, we have had the privilege of working very closely with them on their Love Locks Installation event that takes place every February. It has become an annual Pearson College tradition and this year we managed to raise an amazing £1286, beating last year’s total!
So what’s next for PCSA RAG you may ask? Hopefully a lot more variety from the usual to the extraordinary! We are currently liaising with some great local pubs in London in the hope that we can sort a few termly pub quiz nights to generate some (friendly) competition between students and staff. In addition to that, we will also be working with a charity called True North that Pearson also work very closely with to help support children’s education in South Africa.
Charity work has been a keen interest of mine and something I wanted to take part in more so it has been a fantastic experience being part of this society right from the very beginning. It’s given me the chance to really understand and appreciate the amazing work different charitable organisations undertake and what could be better than taking part in all of this alongside a fantastic group of people! It’s so exciting to see PCSA RAG grow and I’m proud I was able to be part of it!read more