Student engagement - Lord Ashcroft International Business School

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We've a dedicated Student Engagement and Placements team responsible for providing opportunities to get involved in business related extra-curricular activities.

Events, initiatives and programmes run throughout the year to complement your studies and allow you to put your academic knowledge into practice, network with business professionals and enhance your employability skills. You also get to spend time with other students from our Business School and, most importantly, have fun!

Employability skills

By working closely with our Employability service, we deliver an Employability Conference for our level 4 and 5 students, and a dedicated employability module for level 6 students, to ensure time is allocated to help you develop your CV and reflect the added value skills and experiences obtained during your time at ARU.

Practical opportunities

We also provide the chance to sharpen your 'hire-ability' skills by providing many opportunities to meet contacts from the business industry, arranging business based trips, careers fairs, events and guest lectures. All of this helps to build your business contacts and secure that dream graduate job when you leave us.

Intern programme

Around 40 enthusiastic and eager Business School students are offered a place on our Internship Programme, from a mixture of courses, levels and backgrounds. For more information about this, please visit our Intern Programme web pages.


As a full-time, undergraduate student, you'll have the opportunity to undertake a placement year as part of your degree, which gives invaluable business experience. You'll gain confidence and motivation, and potentially come back with ideas for your dissertation. It can also help you achieve a better class of degree in your final year. You'll receive a reference and can start making business contacts and networks which can help you get ahead of the competition in the graduate market.

Some of our placement students have been offered graduate roles with their placement companies when they leave. Previous students have worked for a broad range of large multinational organisations and small and medium-sized enterprises, across the UK and internationally, including Airbus, Disney, Pepsico, Rolls Royce, Proctor and Gamble and Tesco. Find out more here.


National competitions

As a Business School student, you'll be able to enter competitions which run at different times of the year. These include the Universities Business Challenge where our students form teams and take part in a simulated business strategy game.

We have an excellent track record of success, as our students have reached the finals, and won, in many previous years. Finals are hosted in cities all over the UK, with sponsorship from organisation headquarters such as Regus, IBM and Jaguar LandRover.

You'll also have the chance to test your presentation skills pitching a business in the NACUE Varsity Pitch and CIM's creative marketing competition The Pitch. Or you could try your financial skills with the Holt Valuation Challenge and convince banking experts and finance professionals to invest in you.

International competitions

Business School students have represented ARU on an international scale by getting involved in Peaktime, a competition where you operate a simulated business competing against students from all over the world.

ARU competitions

In addition to these, there are other business, finance and marketing focused games, including The Little Pitch and The Big Pitch where cash can be won to help a start-up business - the top prize being a whooping £10,000. Experience in these local, national and international competitions give you great new skills, can improve your employability and is excellent to put on your CV.

Bloggers and vloggers

During your time you'll also have the opportunity to blog or vlog your experiences of life as a Business School student. Find out what some of our current students are saying here

Want to find out more

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