Induction and the Start of a New Year

By David Collins, Suffolk Business School

It seems to come around more quickly each year…and it’s here again. It is of course ‘induction week’; that point in the calendar when as Head of the Business School I have the very great honour of welcoming new and continuing students to the University of Suffolk. My welcome to you is genuine and heartfelt. I am very pleased to see you. Education changes lives – it certainly changed mine – and I am delighted that you have chosen to join the Business School at a very exciting and highly dynamic point in our history. In future posts I will talk more about the exciting changes that we have under development at present. For the moment however I want to take a moment to remind you of two key points that I made in my welcome address. These key points relate a) to our mission as a business school and b) to one of the key ways in which we are working to make this vision a reality.

On our mission: This is to ensure that you are not employable…but are ‘career-ready’. So our mission as a Business School is – whether you are in the first year or the third year of your UG programme – to work with you in order to ensure that you are, (metaphorically-speaking) awake for and alive to what it will take to carve out that life-long and life-enhancing project which we call ‘a career’.

And how will we make this a reality?

Good question…we will do this in a variety of ways but for the moment I simply want to draw your attention to the 5 ‘big ideas’ which now shape our curricula. These are, namely:

  • Advocacy
  • Plurality
  • Accountability
  • Empowering
  • Application

You will find these terms in each of your module guides and in your Course Handbook and perhaps more importantly you will find additional text that explains how and why these ideas underpin your modules and your degree programmes. Please study these carefully: They underpin our teaching and learning strategy and they guide our assessment. And perhaps more importantly these Big Ideas signal what makes our programmes distinctive, they are consequently the narrative materials that you will draw upon when it is time to convince future employers that you have the knowledge, skills and the attitudes that deserve a career!

And… finally I was a little perturbed to learn, during induction, that no-one recognised my reference to the novelist, Kurt Vonnegut. In response to this I am, of course, tempted to say… ‘so it goes’. But I won’t (despite the fact that I just have) but will instead ask the dear Webmistress to conjure a web link… Click away dear friends… and in case you doubt the wisdom of the 5 Big Ideas you might like to reflect upon the fact that I have called upon each of these in the course of this blog!

You’re welcome!


#HEFCECatalyst: PlacementPAL Research Project

Dr Suzanne Nolan is working with colleagues across the University of Suffolk on this exciting research project, designed to help students transition from university into work-based learning:

UoS PAL A1 poster 12.6.17

If you are interested in finding our more, please email Suzanne at

#SBSStudents: Charlotte on how her degree has helped build confidence

Graduation 2017 - Prize Giving (Charlotte Bale)
Charlotte with course leader Prof. Atul Shah. Photo (C) Suffolk Business School.

Charlotte graduated with a 1st Class BA(Hons) Business Management and Finance degree from the Suffolk Business School.

Job title, and organisation: Project Co-ordinator at Adnams plc

What will you be doing in the role?
The main responsibility of my role is to ensure that the project is running smoothly – this includes tracking the budget, managing the project calendar and Kanban board, and maintaining all project documentation. I am also responsible for all project communications.

How has your degree prepared you for the role? 
My BA(Hons) Business Management and Finance degree gave me the financial knowledge I need for my day-to-day tasks, as well as giving me the confidence to involve myself in discussions and question current ideas and processes. Communication is an incredibly important part of my role, I did not realise at the time but writing my assignments really strengthened these skills. Moreover, before university, I would get so nervous giving presentations but now I love them!

What was your favourite experience of your course?
I really enjoyed all of my time at the University of Suffolk, and I have some fantastic memories. One of my favourite experiences was working on my dissertation. My supervisor was incredibly helpful and put me in contact with several local businesswomen. I was able to meet and interview some really inspiring women and attended a Suffolk Business Women event at Seckford Hall. It was an incredible experience I will never forget.

Do you have any advice for current and prospective students?
As cliché as it sounds, hard work pays off.
But that doesn’t mean you have to hide away in books for the next three years. Stash up on snacks and work with your friends in the library – working together and bouncing ideas off each other really helps.
Go and see your lecturers if you’re struggling, they want you to do well too – they’re on the same team as you! They are also usually very passionate about their subject (once you get them talking, it’s hard to get them to stop) and they will make sure you’re on the right track.
And lastly, there will be times when it seems hard but getting your degree is such an amazing achievement – you will not regret it!