Nottingham Business School & Experian PLC: BA Management and Leadership

Nottingham Business School & Experian PLC: BA Management and Leadership
Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University

Case study by Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Business School, part of Nottingham Trent University has a long tradition of applied studies and a strong track record in terms of the employability of graduates. In 2011 NBS and Experian worked closely together to develop a new work based degree – BA Management and Leadership. Growing organisations like Experian recognise that attracting and retaining new talent into their organisations can be critical to their ongoing success.

Working closely with HR professionals from Experian, tutors at Nottingham Business School developed a three year work based degree programme, where students would work full time in the company, and attend a series of short and intensive study blocks throughout the year. The resulting BA Management and Leadership was a full honours programme, equivalent to other business degrees, but allowing the students to utilise their experiences in the company and apply their learning very immediately in the work place. The students were paid a salary and had their tuition fees paid by the company.

At the time of the launch Robert Seacombe, head of Talent and Resourcing at Experian said “This is an innovative way to attract talent to our organisation and at the same time being able to offer exceptional career opportunities to students embarking on the next stage of their education. The combination of vocational and theory-based learning will give students a significant head start in their careers and we are delighted to be launching this in partnership with Nottingham Business School.”

Throughout the course NBS continued to liaise with managers at Experian, and students benefited from senior guest speakers in their study blocks. By the end of the programme they were familiar with a wide range of the company’s operations and had roles with significant responsibility. Several of their modules included elements of consultancy and business improvement projects which brought genuine benefits to the organisation. This combination of intensive study and contemporary real world experience proved very valuable and undoubtedly supported their academic achievement.

In July 2014 all eleven of the first fully-sponsored students graduated with top degrees and the offer of permanent employment at Experian. The group successfully graduated with eight first-class honours and three upper second-class honours. Dr Polly Pick, course leader at Nottingham Business School, added:

"The first group of fully-sponsored graduates have worked very hard and done exceptionally well. The experience they’ve gained during their time at Experian is invaluable."

Experian has always been at the forefront of nurturing potential talent within its business and the BA Management and Leadership course was an important part of this continuing strategy. Chris Clark, managing director, Experian UK&I, said: “We’re delighted by the success of our sponsored in-company degree scheme with Nottingham Business School. Our people are one of our most important assets and this scheme helps us find, support and develop new talent, which is great for Experian and for the local economy. This is the first crop of graduates to come through the scheme and they have certainly excelled by gaining excellent degrees, while at the same time laying the foundations for what we hope will be long and happy careers at Experian.”

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