SBS Events: Go Solo

This month, Suffolk Business School teamed up with PolicyBee Ltd to offer students the opportunity to explore careers as freelances and in self-employment.

We were excited to welcome a great range of organisations to UCS who were on hand of offer practical and helpful advice to students who are thinking about going freelance after graduation (or even during their studies). Ensors, Larking Gowen, Ashtons Legal, Eastern Enterprise Hub, Menta, and Browser Media were among those involved.

 

This event was the first of it’s kind at UCS. As Suzanne Nolan, Lecturer in Employment Development, said:

“Freelancing is a growing trend, so it makes sense that our students want to find out more about what could be a rewarding career choice for many of them. UCS students are serious about their futures, so we are glad to be able to offer them exactly the help and support they asked for in the student survey.”

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PolicyBee worked with the Suffolk Business School at UCS to survey students about their opinions on becoming self-employed, and the support they wanted to receive at the Go Solo event. They found that 75% of UCS students surveyed were interested in becoming self-employed in the future. Nearly 90% of UCS students wanted the opportunity to speak with people who are self-employed, and over 85% of students wanted advice on the legal requirements involved in setting up their own business.

Working alongside PolicyBee and UCS to help organise and facilitate the event was Events Management student, Natasha Hook. Natasha is using the experience as part of her work-based learning module for her degree. Not only that, but she hopes the opportunities offered from the event will help with her ambitions to start her own business after graduation. Good luck Natasha!

You can read Suzanne’s ‘5 Tips to Go Solo’ here.

Suffolk Inside Out Conference

A great press release for our upcoming conference:

A desire to showcase all that Suffolk has to offer and a rise in the ‘staycation’ market trend has inspired students at University Campus Suffolk (UCS) to create a new concept in business networking events during ‘English Tourism Week’.

 

‘Suffolk Inside Out’ is the brainchild of five enterprising students studying a degree in Event, Business and Tourism Management. The team intends to build upon the success of the ‘Suffolk Unlocked’ conference that took place in March 2015 with the support of VisitSuffolk and a range of partners.

One of a series of annual events ‘Suffolk Inside Out’ is planned to take place on Friday 11 March 2016 at Trinity Park Conference Centre, Ipswich. The vision of the project is to celebrate the wealth of business opportunities in the county of Suffolk, with a focus on the county’s thriving tourism industry and how trends such as ‘staycations’ have contributed to local success stories.

According to the World Travel Market Industry report 2015, the UK was named in the top three holiday destinations for 2015 and remains in the top three for consumers considering holidays in 2016. Barclays Business stated that the: “…thriving staycation economy is boosting small businesses around the country”, and estimated £22.5billion is spent on UK staycations every year. The research suggests that three quarters of UK adults (77%) have been on, or are planning a UK staycation. VisitEngland reported that British consumers took 18.3million holiday trips in England from January to June 2015 – up by 2% year-on-year – and expenditure increased by 6% to £4.4billion.

 

Laura Locke, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader of the programme at University Campus Suffolk says “The growing tourism economy within Suffolk along with the growth in ‘staycation’ holidays nationally, provide a wealth of small to medium enterprises in the county leading to many business opportunities. These businesses include accommodation providers, event venues, leisure and hospitality businesses, cultural arts and heritage organisations alongside many agricultural businesses that have diversified to provide visitor attractions and food tourism. The challenge to support and sustain these industries, in a difficult economic environment, provides the focus for the ‘Suffolk Inside Out’ event on Friday 11 March.”

Suffolk Inside Out team

The academic team of the BA (Hons) Event and Tourism Management programme have worked to develop the annual business-to-business event project since 2006, and are delighted that Trinity Park Events and White Space Design alongside Affinity PR and Ipswich Town and Waterfront have once again offered their valuable support for this year’s project.

Laura adds “Live projects such as this and others that are developed in partnership with Suffolk businesses mean that our students gain very valuable experience to support their high quality employability skills. Collaborative learning experiences contribute to the success of the course which achieved 100% satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2014/15.”

Kesha Allen, a student on the Event and Business Management degree and project team member of ‘Suffolk Inside Out’ says “Being a part of the student team providing a platform for Suffolk’s tourism business’s to network is a real privilege. ‘Suffolk Inside Out’ will bring tourism business’s together to showcase sustainable growth opportunities within the sector and how trends such as ‘staycations’ influence continuity and impact the tourism market. We hope it’ll be a must-attend event this spring!”

For more information on ‘Suffolk Inside Out’, and for opportunities to become involved in the event on Friday 11 March 2016, please contact: suffolkinsideout@ucs.ac.uk

Learning & Teaching Day @ UCS

Last week, UCS held its annual Learning & Teaching day in Ipswich. It was a fantastic opportunity for all members of staff – academic and professional alike – to get together and share good practice.

We had a fantastic first keynote speaker, Anthony Seldon, who spoke about the importance of connecting academic education with mental health and wellbeing, and talked about using digital technology to encourage inclusivity.

Christine Hockings also spoke, on student perspectives and experiences on independent learning, and the importance of creating a culture of independent learning among the student body.

There were a number of informative and interesting workshops, on inclusive learning and teaching, assessment and feedback for learning (facilitated by Will Thomas), towards graduate employability, and on scholarly and research-oriented teaching (facilitated by David Gill).

Laura Locke and Sarah Harris presented their excellent work on work-based learning within the Events and Tourism Management routes, and Suzanne Nolan presented the Graduate+ Programme.

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Here at the Suffolk Business School, we would like to thank Christine Smith and her team for all their hard work in putting together another thoroughly successful event. We look forward to next years!