Student engagement - 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.


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 our current students are saying.

Want to find out more

For more information about all of the student experience opportunities available for Business school students please visit our testimonials page or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.