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  1. 1. Northampton Business School Transforming lives, inspiring change
  2. 2. Introduction Northampton Business School (NBS) is renowned for high quality teaching and research, supported by strong links with industry and commerce. “With expertise in accounting and finance, business computer systems, marketing and entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, management development, leisure management and languages and strong links to professional bodies and companies we provide excellent, vocationally orientated, accredited learning at undergraduate, postgraduate and professional levels. The School is a regional centre of enterprise providing funded business start up support, enterprise advice, research and consultancy. Through a strategy combining internationalisation, the continued development of relevant employment focused courses and leading edge enterprise and research, NBS will further enhance its competitive advantages and maintain its top quartile student satisfaction*.” Ian Brooks Dean, Northampton Business School * National Student Survey 2009, 2008, 2007: NBS comfortably ranked in the top quartile of around 110 UK business schools for overall satisfaction with the programme – an 85% approval rating. “I went to several presentations and exhibitions in Pakistan about studying in the UK and found there was a wide range of options available to me. After a lot of research I chose The University of Northampton because of its excellent facilities and the generous scholarship scheme. In my country it is regarded as important to get a degree and once I get my qualification I will be in a position to improve my career prospects in the corporate world where it is important to have knowledge of different cultures and nationalities. The methodology of teaching here compared to South East Asia is totally different. Here you have greater opportunity to interact with the tutors and study the subjects in more depth.” Muzammil Hanif, MA Management (Marketing)3 Northampton Business School | Transforming lives, inspiring change
  3. 3. 9thfrom 123 UK business schools in the National Student Survey (2010) based on the percentage of final year students who were satisfied with the quality of teaching on their course.85% In the National Student Survey (2010), Northampton Business School received an overall course satisfaction rating of 85% from its final year students.“Outstanding” The international standard achieved in some research areas in the UK Research Assessment Exercise (2008). Cottesbrooke, Park Campus. Home to Northampton Business School Transforming lives, inspiring change | Northampton Business School 4
  4. 4. History Since its formation, The University of Northampton has seen over a 500 percent increase in the student population from 2,000 in 1975 to well over 13,000 students from all around the world today. This would not have been possible without the tremendous advances in both the range and the level of courses we offer, and in the quality of performance in nationally benchmarked teaching and research assessments. To cater for this increased demand, a multi-million pound university wide investment in our estates and facilities was needed. The result of which is that we can now offer a fantastic learning and research environment for our future students. Northampton opens new era of education, 1932 Facts and Figures Growing Financial Strength of NBS: Turnover Year £Turnover 2005/06 £8.5 million 2006/07 £9.4 million 2007/08 £10.6 million 2008/09 £12.8 million 2009/10 £15.3 million Positive Student Feedback: National Student Survey (NSS) Year % Overall Satisfaction Rank in UK Business Schools 2007 84% 17 / 110 2008 90% 13 / 110 2009 82% 10 / 1045 Northampton Business School | Transforming lives, inspiring change
  5. 5. “It’s a good feeling to be able to put into play the skills learnt over my three year course by using them in real life situations. The course in Business Computing gave me a fantastic foundation to build upon within my current role and definitely gave me a head start in finding a job.” James Hiscott, Bureau Technician at Aeriendi, BSc Business Computing 2006Student DemographicsStudent Numbers 2007 - 08 2008 - 09 2009 - 10Full time, undergraduate 982 1145 1374Part time undergraduate and postgraduate 891 901 974Full time, postgraduate 336 260 335Gender Geographical Make Up Ethnic Make UpMale 49% UK 69% White 45%Female 51% International 28% Asian / Asian British 20% European Union 3% Black / Black British 14% Chinese 15%Age Breakdown Other / Mixed 6%Under 21 28%Over 21 72% Transforming lives, inspiring change | Northampton Business School 6
  6. 6. Our place in the Community At Northampton Business School we are immensely proud of our contribution to the economic wellbeing of Northamptonshire. We: • Have strong links with local employers, helping them to improve their businesses; • Work with local authorities and public sector organisations, developing their people and improving their efficiency. Regional Development / Funded Projects Northampton Business School has established the Northamptonshire Enterprise Skills Agency (NESA) to support new business and improve the local and regional economy. Over the last 5 years NESA has: • Assisted 2,250 people to set up new businesses • Assisted 3,540 people to get jobs with these businesses • Led in the development of three new undergraduate and three new postgraduate programmes • Set up and operated two entrepreneur incubation centres • Established the largest University Enterprise Club in the country • Spun off its own Social Enterprise • Organised hundreds of paid work placements for students and graduates To find out more about the work of NESA, please contact Professor Simon Denny at: simon.denny@northampton.ac.uk7 Northampton Business School | Transforming lives, inspiring change
  7. 7. The University of Northampton Enterprise Social EnterpriseClub – bringing entrepreneurs together • NBS has set up its own social enterprise, 3e, to help unemployed people develop new skills and secure new jobs.Managed by Northampton Business School (NBS), the Enterprise Club: • We lead the universitys research into, and support of,• Supports entrepreneurs throughout Northamptonshire social enterprise.• Gives new businesses the opportunity to interact with • We deliver unique and practical undergraduate and postgraduate established organisations social enterprise qualifications.• Brings students into contact with businesses• Facilitates joint working and sharing of best practice• Provides grant funding to individuals to start a business through the Enterprise Inc programmeEntrepreneurial activitiesNBS offers a range of support services designed to promote andencourage individuals to explore self employment as a career option.Whether you are just thinking about the possibility of setting up abusiness or are a long way down the road of turning your ideas intoa real business we have services that can help. Althorp House, Northamptonshire Guildhall, Northampton Royal and Derngate theatre, Northampton 8
  8. 8. Links with local employers We work with employers and professional bodies to develop and support our curriculum and students. Bespoke corporate programmes: what makes us different? • NBS employs a team of successful academic and business practitioners • We provide award winning and value added bespoke management training • All of our programmes are fully accredited • Our study packages offer maximum flexibility to make it easier to combine work and study • We work in close partnership with clients around the world • Our bespoke programmes deliver measurable, value added outcomes • We implement rigorous evaluation strategies to constantly monitor and review effectiveness • Clients receive unique and exciting training programmes that are tailored to their specific needs • NBS incorporates cutting-edge theoretical knowledge with industry leading best practice “We have found the Foundation Degree in Leadership and Management to be a very effective way of providing the right development for our people. The work-based nature of the programme is ideal for us and our company is already benefitting from better skilled managers.” Chris Dolby, Learning and Development Manager, Norbert Dentressangle Silverstone, Northamptonshire To discuss how we can assist your business with a bespoke corporate programme, please call our team today on 01604 892036.9 Northampton Business School | Transforming lives, inspiring change
  9. 9. Sir Digby Jones Gary Hoffman - visiting professorFormer Director General of the CBI CEO Northern Rock, Former Group Vice Chairman, Barclays plcSpeaking at NBS, Sir Digby Jones said: “If we are to keep therole of Universities at the value added, quality end of the “What is it that turns a competent manager into agame, businesses should use and benefit from the facilities great leader? A leader should create and champion theirof their university to commission work and research.” organisation’s vision, and convey an inspired sense of purpose behind it.” Allan Fraser-Rush - visiting industry professor Global Planner, Lowe International “The simple reason for me involving myself more with the academic programme at NBS is to bring to the students a little of the real world. NBS does a great job in teaching the theoretical base of any discipline and bringing as much of the real world into their courses as possible, but the reality is that it is different out in ‘Agency land’; we use our own phraseology, we have our own processes and potentially for a young graduate entering our business will be quite terrifying. Without the partnership between Lowe International (and formerly TequilaLondon) and NBS, students could only imagine what life was like in an agency, what we have done is shown them, not only how we work, but how we think, the disciplines we cover and how we work with one another. All of which should better position them to have a better chance of securing that elusive marketing role they want.” Transforming lives, inspiring change | Northampton Business School 10
  10. 10. Centre for work-based learning We have a strong commitment to work based learning. Over 300 students annually take the opportunity to integrate their ‘live’ work/business experience into their academic learning. Many of our courses offer students the opportunity of a placement year in industry. MAC Tools employed their first ever “During my placement year I developed a business placement student around seven variety of new skills; I am a lot more years ago. Harry Lakhani had a highly confident when meeting people and have successful placement year and returned really improved my communication and to work part time during his final year. After organisational skills. Having been in a work joining them as a graduate, he progressed environment the theory I’d been learning through the company and is now Marketing now makes total sense and I have a variety Manager for MAC. This initial trial has lead to the recruitment of of skills that I can use for my final year and dissertation. I would placement students every year from this point with two additional describe my placement year as invaluable; I’ve paid off my student students being offered permanent positions on graduation loan, gained lots of good friends and have job prospects when I as a result. finish university.” MAC Tools (Part of the Stanley Group) Shelley Rowland, BA (Hons) Business Milton Keynes Council11 Northampton Business School | Transforming lives, inspiring change
  11. 11. “At Hotel Chocolat we hosted Catherine Freestone, a placement “The tasks I undertook during my year student for a year and from the very beginning proved to be a very enabled me to develop valuable time valuable asset to the team. The Buying and Merchandising team management and organisational skills, was looking for someone who could ‘hit the ground running’, I have built my confidence significantly understand the Hotel Chocolat brand and be able to take on tasks and feel confident in many business and run with them, with very little direction from the Buyers. situations including presentations. Catherine managed to achieve all of this very effectively. Taking a placement year was one of the best things I could have done, I earned good money whilst Having a placement student working in the department has proved gaining a wide variety of skills." to work really well. We get a fresh set of eyes every year to bring new ideas and creativity!” Catherine Freestone, BA (Hons) Business Studies Hotel Chocolat Teresa Peck Buyer, Hotel Chocolat Ltd"I worked at Cisco Systems in Dubai as a FinanceAnalyst training to become a Finance Manager.During my time there I gained internationalbusiness exposure, developed my presentationskills, worked with people across the board froma variety of different cultures and learnt theimportance of governance and collaborationwith a multi national corporation."Vishal Shah, BA (Hons) Business Studies Transforming lives, inspiring change | Northampton Business School 12
  12. 12. Research We boast two thriving research centres at Northampton Business School, and can offer our expertise to businesses and the public sector through both consultancy and knowledge transfer. The quality of the research we contribute is considered to be of international standard, with some fields ranked as outstanding by the UK Research Assessment Exercise (2008). The Centre of Entrepreneurship, Enterprise and Governance (CEEG) Research Centre specialises in the study of: “Studying at The University of Northampton was one of the most memorable years of my • Corporate governance life, I achieved so much. As a student at The • International relations University you are treated as an individual • Entrepreneurship and the advice I was given was specifically • Human Resource Management tailored for me. Coming from a background in fashion and running my own business in • Leadership Sri Lanka, I decided to enrol on the MBA programme to build on the The investment has enabled us to support enterprise through: experience I already had as a business woman. • Business creation Since completing the course I have improved my decision making • Social enterprise skills and feel more confident in exploring new business ventures, turning failures into new beginnings and facing new challenges. • Business incubation I am putting into practice the skills I have learnt into my business The China and Transitional Economics Research Centre is dedicated to in Sri Lanka and I’m already seeing the results.” research in: Niroshani Leanage, MBA • The political economy of China • Chinese environmental protection • Agriculture and rural development • Issues of property rights • Corporate governance in the transitional economies of Eastern Europe, Russia and China The Centre provides consultancy and research to both public and private organisations in the region as well as a number of international collaborations with universities in China, Russia and Poland.13 Northampton Business School | Transforming lives, inspiring change
  13. 13. Sir Bobby CharltonPatron of the China & Transitional Economies Research CentreInternationally renowned footballing legend Sir BobbyCharlton was installed as the new Patron of The Universityof Northampton’s China & Transitional Economies ResearchCentre at a special ceremony in March 2006.“As a nation that is increasingly leading the world’smanufacturing and export/import agenda, China isa country that interests me greatly and one to whichI am particularly attached.” Transforming lives, inspiring change | Northampton Business School 14
  14. 14. International reach Northamptonshire is serviced by six international airports. The county is home to a large number of global companies and over a quarter of the schools students and many staff come from India, China, the Middle and Far East, Africa, the Caribbean and Europe.15 Northampton Business School | Transforming lives, inspiring change
  15. 15. NBS values the richness and diversity thatinternational students bring and we regularlyreceive applications from students in over70 countries.In addition to attracting students to Northampton, the BusinessSchool works with partners overseas in teaching and researchincluding:• China (Shaoguan and Beijing)• Sweden• Australia• USA• Poland Ian Brooks, (Dean of Northampton Business School) with a cohort of students who completed the MA International Human Resource Management course in Dubai. “My quest for an MBA institution providing good facilities, an educational atmosphere enriched with recreational activities and suiting my financial needs ended when I logged onto The University of Northampton’s website. The helpful International Office staff guided me through the admissions procedure and before I knew it, I found myself at the University, staring at the emblem above the front gate of the reception. I had made it and I could not believe it. The University is amongst the finest institutions in the UK. It has a beautiful campus with lush green gardens, sports facilities, state of the art IT labs and numerous communities that I could join and keep myself busy. The town itself provides a fantastic atmosphere with occasional events and carnivals and a variety of part-time jobs for students. The MBA degree was very challenging and it tested us at every stage. A team of dynamic and highly professional lecturers helped us throughout our course with their own practical experience. The result is that I am now working in a leading global energy firm, AREVA, as a Regional Sales Performance Analyst in Dubai, UAE and I can proudly say that my MBA from The University of Northampton was the best decision in my life so far.” Shahneel Baray, Business Analyst, AREVA T & D, Dubai, UAE, MBA Transforming lives, inspiring change | Northampton Business School 16
  16. 16. Our core teaching We know that there are demands on the time of ambitious people, which is why our study packages offer maximum flexibility; it couldn’t be easier to combine work and study. Full time undergraduate courses are Full time masters Part time /Distance Learning/ offered in the following subjects: courses are offered in: professional courses are offered in: Business and Management Accounting Accounting Business IT Service Management Business Economics Human Resource Management Business Computing Human Resource Management Management Human Resource Management Management Marketing IT Service Management International Development Leadership and Management Management Accounting and Business Computing Marketing Accounting and Finance Financial Services Business Computing Systems Marketing and Leisure Advertising Marketing Travel and Tourism Events Management Languages French German English as a Foreign Language Full course listings can be found on our website at www.northampton.ac.uk17 Northampton Business School | Transforming lives, inspiring change
  17. 17. “Leaving my full time job to improve my education was the best decision I have ever made. I completed a HND, followed by a top up year to BSc Business Computing, at The University of Northampton. I thoroughly enjoyed my career and am continuously learning and building on the theoretical and practical skills I learned at University.” Heidi Lightfoot, Applications Developer at East Northamptonshire Council, BSc (Hons) Business Computing “I knew the great reputation of the University when I made the decision to study at Northampton. The University has a first class undergraduate and postgraduate provision, and the campus is such a great place to be - almost in a countryside setting but within a few minutes of Northampton town centre.” Jason illiams, Information Systems and Sports Studies undergraduate and Business Computing postgraduate “I really enjoyed my course, especially the modules on retail which were very comprehensive and interesting. My degree has helped me to get an amaLing job in the fashion industry. I joined FULLCIRCLE, a London based fashion brand, as a Marketing Assistant. I’ve always wanted to work in the fashion industry and now I live in London, work for a great company and am doing really well.” Clarissa Atkins, Marketing Assistant at FULLCIRCLE, BA (Hons) Fashion MarketingTransforming lives, inspiring change | Northampton Business School 18
  18. 18. Where we are Situated in the heart of England, Northampton is a lively and vibrant town with excellent sports, leisure and entertainment facilities. EDINBURGH Northampton is only one hour travel time from London and Birmingham and is served by six international airports and excellent road and MANCHESTER rail links to all parts of the UK and Europe. BIRMINGHAM NORTHAMPTON CAMBRIDGE LONDON NETHERLANDS GDANSK, POLAND MOSCOW, RUSSIA VANCOUVER, CANADA NORMANDY, FRANCE BEIJING, CHINA SHANGHAI, CHINA HONG KONG SINGAPORE SAO PAULO Park Campus, Northampton Sol Central, Northampton Northampton Countryside All Saints Church, Northampton19 Northampton Business School | Transforming lives, inspiring change
  19. 19. Northampton Business SchoolPark CampusBoughton Green RoadNorthamptonNN2 7ALUnited KingdomTelephone: ( 44) 1604 892036Fax: ( 44) 1604 893537Email: business northampton.ac.ukeb: www.northampton.ac.uk