Pearson College London has been shortlisted for two Times Higher Education (THE) awards - Business School of the Year and Outstanding University Entrepreneurship Award. The Times Higher Education awards are widely recognised as the Oscars of the higher education sector and every year attract hundreds of entries that exemplify the talent, dedication and innovation of individuals and teams across all aspects of university life.
The shortlisting for two of these prestigious awards recognises Pearson College London's commitment to immerse its students in business, to ensure that they graduate ready for the world of work.
Full-time students within Pearson Business School are guaranteed at least one internship, so they gain practical experience during their studies; 100% of eligible students were offered an internship in 2016. Some of the companies that Pearson Business School students have interned at include: Goldman Sachs, Saatchi and Saatchi, IBM, Direct Line Group and Sainsbury’s; students have also taken part in international placements in America, Spain, India, China and Malaysia.
All academic staff at Pearson Business School have worked in industry for companies like PwC and Deloitte, which means that students get to learn first-hand about business. Pearson Business School has also run a number of industry-focused events, such as a hackathon with Direct Line Group, opportunities for students to pitch to senior managers and sometimes the CEO’s of global organisations like L’Oreal, Salesforce, Unilever and Pearson and workshops at places like IBM’s Innovation HQ and Savills, so that students get to hear directly from industry experts.
Pearson Business School is a boutique institution and is the only business school in the UK, to be based within a FTSE 100 company; to be shortlisted as a finalist in two categories is a significant achievement. Entrepreneurship and innovation is at the heart of everything that Pearson College London does and the institution adopts a student-centred approach. Students are encouraged to set up their own businesses and having a business incubator - The Access Platform (TAP) - on campus helps give students to develop a strong foundation for their future, to encourage them to be entrepreneurial, innovative and to think outside the box; it also helps to support TAP with their startup, as they grow their business and is therefore a mutually beneficial relationship.
THE editor John Gill said:
"Once again these awards have attracted hundreds of entries from the length and breadth of the nation, and from institutions of every hue. All those shortlisted can be immensely proud to have made it through this first phase, and we at Times Higher Education look forward to honouring the winners for their talent, creativity and commitment at a time for the academy when these qualities are increasingly essential."
The gala ceremony will take place on 30th November at Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.
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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, 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 Nestlé, 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