News

Our news stories highlight all the great things going on at Pearson College London, including our students’ achievements, so they’re a great way to keep up to date with life here.

  • Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS), Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

    by Helen Morgan

    Michele Russell

    Our Vice Principal for Education and Research, Professor Michele Russell, has been developing our academic community out in the United States by attending the Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (17-20th August 2015).

    She was invited as an industry and academic expert in emergency medicine and clinical education and provided a UK perspective on a range of clinical and education topics. Her own clinical background and research interests are in myocardial infarction (heart attacks) and cardiac arrest, particularly in training and simulation of the management of patients with critical heart conditions. 

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  • A Sporting Success

    by Helen Morgan

    Sophie Preece, Pearson College London student

    By Sophie Preece, first year Pearson Business School student

    Pearson College London are an associate member of the University of London; this has enabled me to get involved with some of their sports teams and events.  I signed up to the Athletics and Cross-Country team at the University of London Fresher’s fayre before starting studying here in September 2014. Since then I have competed for them in the British Universities and Colleges Outdoor Championships (BUCS) in the 400m where I qualified for the semi-final.  It has been a great experience getting to know other students at different London universities.

    Therefore when the positions opened for the new athletics team committee I thought I would apply for the position of the Women’s team captain. It's a great way of getting more involved with the University of London, meeting new students and getting PCL’s name on the map.

    I’m happy to announce that I was successful in my application! I am the women’s athletics team captain for the academic year 2015/16.

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  • Pearson College London's new Professor

    by Helen Morgan

    Dr Michele Russell Westhead, Pearson College London

    Vice Principal for Education and Research Dr Michele Russell-Westhead has just been honoured with a Professorial Chair from Northumbria University.

    Michele will be a Professor of Clinical Education of the University and provide consultative expertise on academic staff development, NHS engagement/workforce development and student experience in the clinical disciplines, mainly nursing and midwifery. This will involve developing academic staff skills in pedagogic research (study into teaching and learning) and collaborative projects with healthcare providers and other institutions such as Pearson College London. This provides a platform of possibilities for Michele and Pearson College London to develop our academic community and provide learning and research opportunities for staff and students.

    Find out more about our academic team and our senior management team.

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  • Research and the Pearson College London Academic Community

    by Helen Morgan

    Dr Michele Russell Westhead, Pearson College London

    Our Vice Principal, Education and Research, Dr. Michele Russell-Westhead gave a lecture on Thursday 2nd of July on Student Affairs at Pearson College London as part of the Pearson Higher Education Global Delivery seminar series.

    The purpose was to further develop our academic community by engaging with other Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and share best practice across Pearson HE delivery. Dr. Russell-Westhead focused on industry engagement as a way of enhancing our student experience across academic and student services. Our Strategic Partnerships team provided relevant case studies for the event.

    There was excellent feedback from the session and several academics from global universities have expressed interest in joining our academic community more fully and looking at joint projects with us and our students. They were particularly interested in the way in which we involve both industry and students in the design, delivery, assessment and evaluation of our programmes and input into wider Pearson College London life.

    Find out more about our academic team and our senior management team.

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  • A view from the inside

    by Helen Morgan

    Rachel Ruff, student at Pearson College London

    By Rachel Ruff, Pearson Business School student

    Whilst walking through Covent Garden, listening to an operatic singer and noticing the street entertainers, it doesn’t quite feel as if I am on my way to university. The atmosphere in London, no matter where you are, is always exciting. That isn’t the only exciting thing about London, with Pearson College London emerging and being based at 80 Strand, home to Pearson and many other huge companies it is very different to a traditional university. The working offices mean that studying here has a much more professional atmosphere which is a great thing to experience, but also means you’ll stand out like a sore thumb if you rock up to lectures wearing your hangover clothes!

    Being part of a FTSE 100 company means that studying with Pearson College London has a totally different feel – it means that those around you fully understand how to prepare students for a life in business as they themselves are part of a great one. This difference to traditional university also means that business minded lecturers of a high calibre have joined to lecture alongside running their own business, ensuring the knowledge passed on is up-to-date and relates to the real world.

    With the opportunities that Pearson College London has to offer, such as industry days with some of the biggest companies, networking is not just another key word, it is genuinely a part of student life! Some of the industry days that have taken place this year are with L’Oréal, Unilever, Salesforce and Direct Line. I attended Direct Line which was a two day event and consisted of a ‘hack’, where we had to revolutionise insurance! This also consisted of twenty boxes of Domino’s pizza to keep us going! Salesforce let us into their head office for a day which included an inspiring talk from Jeremy Waite, explaining who and what Salesforce are, this then prompted them to return to PCL and offer internships to a group of 6 lucky individuals! Their offices are home to a HUGE fish tank in their lobby and transparent lifts facing London that take exactly 15 seconds to reach the ground - perfect for an Instagram video!

    Alongside industry days, Pearson College London has great links when helping students gain amazing internships and with the support of Talent Development, it gives you a fantastic head start on the career ladder.  

    But don’t worry, it’s not all so serious! As well as working hard, there is also the chance to play hard, and although London is known for its high end restaurants and bars, which may make you worry your student budget might not stretch that far, fear not! Pearson College London have teamed with University London and have some great student unions on board – I recommend Kings, the burger and beer deal can’t be beaten! If you are feeling a little more up market, All Bar One has a perfect happy hour on cocktails, again, easy on the purse!

    If you’re thinking of going to university then I have the following five top tips to consider:

    1. Location, Location, Location! Now you may think that this is the be all and end all of student life! Don’t worry, loads of people commute from home or live in different areas of London in halls of residence. With London transport nothing is too far and there are bars, restaurants and nightclubs all over! Get chatting to current students on Open Days to find out where most people are living and then check it out!

    2. Make sure you visit the premises you’ll be studying in to make sure it’s somewhere you think you’d want to be every day – again Open Days or personal visits are a great opportunity to do this!

    3. Check out previous graduates LinkedIn profile title’s to see the types of careers that students have gone on to secure after graduating from that university! Just search under ‘people’ ‘graduates from…’ and this will give you an idea of the sort of prospective jobs open to you if you chose that particular university.

    4. The course!!! This seems obvious but find out as much as you can about it from a wide range of sources, don’t just stick to the prospectus. Ask for a break-down of how the academic term plans out, how many contact hours is the course a week and are these compulsory? Importantly find out how you’ll be assessed to make sure there are no hidden surprises!

    5. Last, but by no means least - what do they offer you that can form part of your unique selling point when you leave university? There are tens of thousands of graduates each year, and good grades alone don’t always cut it anymore!  

    Interested in studying Business from within a FTSE 100 Company? Check out the Pearson Business School section of our website.

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  • Studying at Pearson College London - what's it really like?

    by Helen Morgan

    Pearson College London students

    By Luke Hope-Robertson, Pearson Business School student 

    When I applied for Pearson College London it was very much a jump in the deep end! I’d not heard of it before - nor had my teachers or parents. One of my friends had applied which lead me to do some digging into what this mysterious university was! It didn’t take too much digging to realise that it was everything that I wanted – and more. I knew that I wanted to work in a large corporation, and Pearson College London would be a great place to start!

    For a start off, walking into the offices of a FTSE100 company every day gives you a great insight into what the world of business is like. You experience the buzz of being a part of a large, multi-national company. As a result of being a part of Pearson you gain so many advantages. Pearson PLC has so many ties with such an array of businesses which we are lucky enough to take advantage of! We have so many great guest lectures from highly successful business people who take time out of their busy schedule to teach us. As an example, we had a number of guest lectures from employees at Lloyds of London. Not only were they highly insightful, but they lead to recruiting one of our classmates as a four-month intern. Gaining such insight from such successful and intellectual people has helped teach me crucial business knowledge which, I hope, will help me in getting a graduate job. It is also invaluable gaining such people as personal contacts, they are more than happy to help us out with any queries we may have. They also are happy to help us gain crucial internships, which look great on our CVs!

    In the eight months I’ve been here I’ve visited some of the largest corporations not only in the UK but also the world. We went to a two-day event with Direct Line and also a day at Unilever’s headquarters. These are all experiences you don’t get at traditional universities and such experiences, I believe, will open doors for many years to come.

    I had originally applied for four Russell Group universities as well as Pearson College London. I decided to have two of them as my firm and insurance choices. I soon changed my mind! What was great about the process during Clearing was the fact you always had a personal contact if you had any queries or needed any help. I spoke to Steven Wallace (Manager of Admissions and Student Funding) numerous times and was amazed at how professional and helpful he was throughout the whole process. He made not only I, but my parents, feel so at ease throughout the process!

    I’ve worked on a number of projects in my first year. Two have been a real highlight. Firstly, we had a 10 week project of creating a consumer good that was not yet out on the market. We had to then present our idea to the ex-Vice President of HR at Unilever! That 20 minute presentation taught me so much as we were able to gain such great feedback from Geoff McDonald, not only on our presenting styles but also the project as a whole. Another project which I’ve just completed was one in India. We worked with India’s first 100% certified Fairtrade, organic clothing company. We were tasked with trying to find 15 new stores that would stock our brand ‘No Nasties’. In India, one farmer commits suicide every 30 minutes due to debt forced by monopolistic seed suppliers. By using Fairtrade standards, no such debt exists. It was vital we spread the word of Fairtrade, organic clothing as this doesn’t have to happen! I felt a personal responsibility for this task, and by gaining just one sale I knew I’d be making a difference to somebody’s life. Not only did I make a difference to somebody’s life but I learnt so many great business lessons. Being a part of a start-up was such a change from being part of a corporation like Pearson – but the lessons were so great and I’ll keep them with me for years to come.

    My top tips for students looking for a place at uni this September are:
    Don’t just decide on the nightlife (London would still win though)! You’re making a huge decision that will affect your career for the rest of your life. Make sure you’ve done as much research into your chosen university as possible. You’re making a huge life choice, and you don’t have to do it alone! If you have a question, ask the university or find one of their students – past or present. We’ve made the decision you’re making and would love to make it an easier one. From a financial position, make sure you work out a budget and make sure you have the required funds in place – London is expensive, but it doesn’t have to be!

    Finally, enjoy it! It really is ‘the best time of your life’!

    Interested in studying Business from within a FTSE 100 Company? Check out the Pearson Business School section of our website.

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  • New paths to bright futures

    by Helen Morgan

    Students at Pearson College London

    Dominic Collard, Global Communities Manager, Pearson plc, recently attended our annual Business School student residential and met with a number of our students.

    "In a small English village, big futures are being made. Cookham is an aptly named place for a gathering of bubbling young students, all boiling over with ambition. Just an hour outside of London, its rustic setting might as well be centuries away. This is the England of expansive green fields and lazily winding roads, a far cry from the hustle and bustle of the stuff of business.

    Yet this is where a new generation of business people are being made."

    Read more of Dominic's blog - New paths to bright futures.

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  • Pitching to Salesforce

    by Helen Morgan

    Salesforce

    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.

    We had the pleasure of welcoming senior members of the Salesforce team 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 students that secured an internship have provided us with an insight into the unique event!

    Chloe Hewett
    The opportunity to pitch at salesforce was really the culmination of reasons why I chose to come to Pearson College London. Never having done a pitch before, I was really nervous but I made sure I practiced lots so I could portray to the Salesforce team how much I wanted to work on a project with them. I never dreamed I would get an opportunity like this so early on into my degree and I aim to fully embrace it. The pragmatic and innovative nature of Salesforce ties in really well with the ethos at Pearson College London and I know that I am going to thoroughly enjoy the challenge.

    Francesca Ferguson
    The Salesforce event was exciting, challenging and nerve-racking. Presenting has never been my strong suit, however, allowing an opportunity like this to pass by was not an option. I am very glad I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and competed for an opportunity I deeply wanted. Jeremy, Fletch and Marian have a creative, professional and energetic aura about them, qualities that were infectious and relaxing to those in their presence. Having the opportunity to work with Salesforce is a privilege. It will be inspirational to gain insight into the operations of one of the most innovative companies, work on a project that is related to my career aspirations and to see first-hand how they continue to reinvent CRM in the cloud.

    Sophie Preece
    The Salesforce event was thoroughly exciting and challenging. It was an amazing opportunity to present to Jeremy, Fletch and Marian and to listen to the outstanding presentations by the other candidates.  Having the chance to work with Salesforce is a unique opportunity and one I can't wait to begin. Being at the forefront of the industry, being able to widen my knowledge of CRM software and how Salesforce helps their clients make their processes more efficient, understand and utilise their data better is an exciting prospect. Having visited Salesforce back in November I am very much looking forward to returning.

    Tino
    Personally this experience has been invaluable. I struggled with just choosing an area to focus my pitch on; in the end I went with my passion, mobile technology and I fine tuned my presentation. When they announced my name it almost didn't register and I think it's still settling in!  The chance to work on a project with Salesforce relating to my personal passion barely five months into my first year at university is just mind blowing, ‎I believe it truly captures the essence of what Pearson is trying to achieve and I plan to make the most of this opportunity both for my personal growth and as an example for the Pearson College London students of the future.

    Adam West
    "Having visited Salesforce last term, and having gained an insight to what they do and how they do it - the challenge was pretty much un-missable. It was a hugely valuable experience to prepare, pitch and present in front of some of the leading minds in their field. Although incredibly nervous, the scale of the opportunity was a driving force that motivated me to prepare well and hopefully that was visible in my pitch and answers. The feedback they gave to everyone was really helpful and i’m sure we’ve all come out the challenge confident, inspired and ready to face the world in front of us. The innovative nature of the company as well as their success with so many day to day companies presents an opportunity which as a first year student, is a real privilege. The event itself is indicative of Pearson College London's excellent industry engagement and ability to provide students with amazing opportunities with the world's best, so I thank them and the willingness of Salesforce for the great opportunity that lies ahead."

    Interested in studying Business from within a FTSE 100 Company? Check out the Pearson Business School section of our website.

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  • Meet Our Students

    by Helen Morgan

    Reel Time Art, Pearson College London students

    By Sophie Preece, first year Pearson Business School student

    What I love about Pearson College London is the diverse range of students that we have. Some people have come straight from school whist others have been working or running their own businesses and some are even parents. As for me, I decided to take a year out after leaving school and worked with IBM on their Gap Year scheme where I was based in Preston with the Department for Work and Pensions.

    This blog provides just a flavour to demonstrate the diverse backgrounds and ambitions our students have. I asked 4 current students what they were doing before coming here, why did they decide to join Pearson College London, how they’ve found their studies so far and what they hope to pursue once they graduate…

    Jordan (19) Business Management with Global Industries

    What were you doing before Pearson College London?
    I came straight from completing my A-levels at Harton Technology College in South Shields.

    Why did you decide to study at Pearson College London?
    I decided to take the challenge and move into the big city, Pearson College London offered me their support in helping me take this huge leap from the North East of England to London. I chose Pearson College over other universities in London as it offered me amazing industry opportunities, and the chance to meet many connections. I had the mind-set that pursuing a degree at Pearson College London would give me the best chance at pursuing my dream job in marketing.

    How have you found your studies so far?
    Pearson College London has exceeded my initial expectations, the course content has balanced the modern business world such as App Design and Analytics with the traditional principles within Business. I have enjoyed learning about each aspect within business studies then applying what I have learnt during industry events and workshops. Since starting in September I have been fortunate enough to work with senior employees at L'Oreal, Direct Line, British American Tobacco, Salesforce, Bell Pottinger, and Lloyds.

    What do you want to do after graduating?
    I would like to pursue a career within a global marketing team, I would love to work abroad and within a country in the developing world.

    Mimi (28) Business and Enterprise Top-Up

    What were you doing before Pearson College London?
    I was studying for a Diploma in Business Management at the University of Wolverhampton.

    Why did you decide to study at Pearson College London?
    I found Pearson College London during clearing. I was looking for a Top-Up course and they seemed to be the only place offering one.

    How have you found your studies so far?
    I find the expectations are higher here because they want you to work hard and attend classes but there are so many extra activities available to boost your learning. It feels like an affordable buffet of Michelin star food! I came in not knowing what I want to do, now I have many ideas from attending industry days and workshops with external businesses. Pearson College London practice what they teach by providing us with lecturers who know their subject inside and out, and their passion shine through and rubs off during the learning experience making it so much easier for knowledge to stick. An amazing place to study!

    What do you want to do after graduating?
    I hope to train and work as a careers advisor and eventually become a career coach or work in talent development.

    Ben (26) Business Management and Finance

    What were you doing before Pearson College London?
    I studied Horticulture and Design at the University of Lincoln. Whilst I was there I also worked as the Commercial Manager at the city’s largest leisure centre. After my degree I designed and built gardens in the UK and Czech Republic and successfully won a gardening contract with the UK’s leading deaf and blind charity ‘Sense’, building sensory gardens. Inspired by the Red Arrows at home in Lincoln, I was also working towards achieving my private pilot’s license.

    Why did you decide to study at Pearson College London?
    I decided to study with Pearson over other Universities as I genuinely felt they cared about me and my career prospects and that I wasn't just a number.

    How have you found your studies so far?
    My studies so far have really exceeded my expectations! Lecturers are extremely passionate about what they teach and really do bring sessions to life whilst preparing us for the opportunities in the outside world.

    What do you want to do after graduating?
    Use the experience and skills from my time at Pearson to pursue a career in the finance sector but I’m open to many other opportunities. I also hope to complete my private pilot’s license.

    Paloma (19) Business and Enterprise

    What were you doing before Pearson College London?
    I came straight from Bolton Schools Girls’ Division Sixth Form, Manchester, after my A-levels.

    Why did you decide to study at Pearson College London?
    I decided to study at Pearson College London as I wanted something far beyond what the traditional university has to offer. I was attracted to the corporate environment that comes with studying at 80 Strand and the formality and professionalism that was encouraged of the students, a far better student experience in my opinion.

    How have you found your studies so far?
    Now in my second term here at Pearson College London it is clear that choosing to study here was absolutely the best decision for me. The Business & Enterprise course covers such a wide spectrum of all aspects of business, ideal preparation for starting a company in the future. Pearson College London is everything I expected and more and I would love to encourage more students to choose something different and study here.

    What do you want to do after graduating?
    I’m driven by entrepreneurship but also have a strong interest in Property Development which I would like to pursue.

    Interested in studying Business from within a FTSE 100 Company? Check out the Pearson Business School section of our website.

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  • The Student View: How to get ready for University

    by Helen Morgan

    PCL Students in London

    Getting ready for University can be a traumatic experience, especially if you are moving away from home for the first time. Some of the students, here at Pearson College London, have made some suggestions about how to prepare for the next stage in your academic career.

    1. Join the Facebook Group and get to know some of the people you will be living and studying with. Be active and ask any questions you have. Try not to be shy and get involved in the conversation.

    2. Make sure you have all your paperwork you were asked to take in one folder so that you don’t have to stress about forgetting anything.

    3. Definitely learn to cook (at least simple dishes) before you go. otherwise you will be paying through the roof for ready meals!

    4. Be motivated and willing to get involved in everything. This is a great way to make friends and meet people with similar interests.

    5. Pack pictures and belongings which will remind you of home and add to these through your time at Uni. Plenty of people miss home so remember that this isn’t unusual!

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