100% of placed Newcastle University Business School students are rated as effective team members by employers

Commercial placements helped 98% of placed graduates to a first class or 2:1 degree

Students from Newcastle University Business School have been given top marks by a range of employers based worldwide, and have gone on to achieve first class or 2:1 degree classifications. A recent survey of employers working with Business School placement students revealed that 100% of students were conscientious, showed initiative, were effective team members and over 70% of employers indicated that the students exceeded their expectations.

New statistics from the Business School also reveal that a staggering 98% of recent graduates who undertook a 12-month placement between their second and third year of study received a first or a 2:1 degree classification. 

The Walt Disney Company, Nissan, Estee Lauder, and Microsoft are just some of the global giants that welcomed students from the Business School on a 12-month placement opportunity, and the recent figures are among the strongest ever received since the Business School’s placement initiative was launched.

Placement opportunities promoted by the Business School give students the right type of environment and support to apply their academic theory while gaining valuable employability skills.

The types of roles available to the students vary, depending on what the organisation requires, and the skills and interests of the students.

Business School student, Sakshi Grover, commented on her placement at international organisation IBM:

“I believe the time on my placement helped me to develop as a strong individual and I’ve seen many positive changes in myself.  The year has been a great success; the steepest learning curve I have experienced so far!”

Marketing manager at Bel Valves, Alison Ennis, commented on the Business School students that were placed with them:

“We have been extremely encouraged by the aptitude displayed by the marketing placements we have taken on recently. Within a very short period of time the students contributed significantly to the departmental goals demonstrating not only a ‘no nonsense’ approach to applying marketing theory but also an impressive level of confidence and initiative.

“In return we aim to offer the students opportunities to experience international marketing practice in all its guises from research and statistical analysis to creative design, customer liaison and event management.”

Ernst & Young’s Nigel Burgess counselled Business School student Tom Holroyde during his commercial placement and commented on his time with the company:

“Tom has shown great “people” skills and has built an excellent working relationship with his clients.  He performed his work to a high standard; remained professional at all times and was an ambassador for Ernst & Young and our values.”

Nicola Burnip, placement officer at Newcastle University Business School said:

“In the increasingly competitive higher education and labour market we want to ensure that, as a business school, we are doing all we can to prepare our students for the world of work.

“These recent statistics reveal the hugely positive impact a placement can have on a degree: a rounded experience of both theory and practice enables students to respond to academic questions with a commercial outlook. Something you cannot learn from a textbook. 

“Students get the chance to go anywhere in the world, however we ensure regional businesses benefit from the initiative, with a quarter of all placement opportunities taking place in the North East.

“The enthusiasm and positivity that a placement student can bring to a work-place can be invaluable. As students adapt to their working environments, they provide a refreshing new perspective to solving problems, displaying creativity and using their initiative.

“The majority of companies that have offered placements in the past continue to work with the Business School on an annual basis as they know that they are gaining a person who is knowledgeable, driven and, most importantly, eager to learn.”

If you think your organisation could benefit from employing a highly competent Business School student for 12 months please contact Nicola Burnip by phoning 0191 208 1632 or emailing nicola.burnip@ncl.ac.uk.