The Access Platform (TAP) are an edtech start-up and they became our first incubator company earlier this year; they’re with us for 12 months and they’re working closely with our students for mutual benefit. Our interest is entirely educational, not financial. There are no costs, no equity stakes, and no unwanted interference, all we ask is for TAP to donate a small amount of their time each week, to help our students learn about the realities of life in a start-up.
Want to know what’s happened so far this term? Since competing with other start-ups to win a place as our business incubator in March 2017, the edtech start-up have provided our students with invaluable insight into what it takes to run a successful start-up company. The TAP team (George and Nik) have got heavily involved with our Business School current and prospective students, they’ve run a Hackathon, app design seminars and a scholarship workshop, to name just some of the ways that they’ve been working with us!
TAP gave our students an insight into the App Design process as they worked with a number of our first year Business School students who have chosen to study the Agile App Design for Business module; TAP held weekly 20 minute seminars and in return the students got a sneak peek into what goes into creating an app, the testing process and how to gather user feedback.
We also recently held a workshop for students who were competing for a scholarship and TAP set the group a task. Prospective students had to work in groups of 4 and they had to help the TAP team to prioritise and focus their resources in the right areas to achieve maximum business impact. The four activities that were identified as being the most important for business growth are:
- Product Development
- Business Development
The prospective students then had to justify how they would split their time between the four activities, select one activity to focus on and advise The Access Platform on how to maximise their efforts. This is what the The Access Platform team had to say about the scholarship day:
"Having taken part in my fair share of group exercises for various job interviews, it always strikes me that a huge amount of deep thought is wasted on arbitrary problems that don't need solving. Getting involved in Pearson College London's scholarship day meant that prospective students were able to work on real problems that we're facing on a day-to-day basis. This is more interesting for them and valuable for us. It's also a great way to show prospective students the industry engagement they should expect at Pearson College London and, we'll be here in September to pick up where we left off with the candidates."
The Access Platform is an online student recruitment and outreach service enabling universities to connect their representatives with potential applicants for personalised phone and video calls. TAP takes the best aspects of current peer-to-peer engagement channels to ensure that applicants can make more informed choices through a single, trusted platform. The Access Platform, was established in 2014 by George Olesen whilst in his final year of studying an engineering degree at Durham University.
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Pearson Business School
A university education, powered by industry experience.
We're transforming higher education. As a FTSE 100 company, immersed in industry, we do things differently. Industry engagement is at the core of everything that we do, and it’s what sets us apart.
We offer all full-time degree students guaranteed internships*, so they gain experience during their studies. Our degree apprentices also get to work within a company throughout their studies, so they gain valuable experience, learning on the job. We help our students to build their own professional networks; they’re taught by well-connected industry experts, and they get to make contacts at industry workshops led by some of the world’s most reputable organisations. We work with industry giants from Unilever, L’Oreal, and Sony Pictures, to WPP, Lloyds of London and IBM. Alongside their academic studies, it’s the experiences like these that help our students to develop the knowledge and skills they’ll need to succeed, as well as inspire them, so they have the drive and ambition to get ahead.
Our students are enterprising and entrepreneurial. They get to work with our in-house business incubator The Access Platform (TAP), and many have set up their own companies too, like Kickpush and Yaantu and even social enterprises like Once Upon a Doug.
Our alumni have gone on to work for brands such as Nestle, Sainsbury’s, Microsoft, Dyson, Not on the High Street, the BBC, Snapchat, Wincanton and General Mills.
Industry engagement drives us; it’s not just what we do, it’s who we are. And it is what will take us, and our students, into the future.
*subject to academic performance