Student Consultancy and Support

Collaboration between students and organisations

Becoming involved in student projects is a fantastic means for businesses, enterprises and organisations of all types to access the creativity and fresh perspectives that students bring forward. Working in a professional capacity with real and relevant organisational challenges also helps develop students’ skills and boosts their employability in the graduate job market.

We have an array of business programmes at Oxford Brookes University with students eager to learn and apply their theoretical knowledge to provide targeted and practical recommendations to current business and organisational challenges presented.

Register your interest

Ways to connect

1. Share a current business challenge

Do you have a challenge in your organisation that needs addressing with a fresh perspective?

You are welcome to pose a live consultancy brief for our student(s) to work on as part of their degree. You will need to work with our academics to provide a clear project brief. Clients may also be expected to allocate an employee within the organisation as a point of contact for the student(s) and supply access to the necessary data (if applicable). Contact time will depend on the nature of the project ((it can vary from an intensive in class session or week long challenge to a 3 month project). At the end of the project, you will have the chance to review the students’ research and recommendations, and possibly provide feedback on the work presented. 

A previous live client project included Oxford Brookes Business School partnering with tech giant JVCKENWOOD UK where our marketing students worked with JVC’s sub brand Gumy as part of a market research initiative.

University lecture

2. Tell your story

Do you feel you’d like to share your expertise and what you and your business has learnt thus far? 

Do you have a great story, or are you happy to share insights into the journey that led to your career or business’ success? 

Guest speakers are invited to share their experiences and engage with a group of talented, motivated students. 

3. Host a site visit

Are you happy to showcase your organisation to the next generation or do you think your organisation might benefit from connecting with students interested in learning more about your organisation, the roles within it and possibly even as a place to work in the future?

As students prepare to enter the workforce, they see immense value in visiting business sites to better understand specific roles in the organisational structure, different types of businesses and how you function/compete in today’s business environment. From your perspective you might gain new insights from them or even identify new talent for placement or graduate jobs.

4. Help shape the student experience

Would you like to contribute in other ways?

Our business programmes endeavour to include a strong vocational focus where live projects and practitioner involvement can be incorporated into the delivery and assessment of modules. This can range from input into assessment task design, assessing and feeding back to students on their problem-solving approaches and the practical viability of the solutions they devise.

5. Receive accountancy services (for local community organisations)

Could your organisation benefit from a volunteer providing accountancy services? 

Through our Accounting for Communities: Engaging Students (ACES) scheme there is the opportunity to take on a second or final year Accounting student on a voluntary basis. This scheme is an opportunity for co-operatives, community interest companies, charities and voluntary organisations in Oxford to benefit from a student’s accounting skills. Our students can help with basic book-keeping, setting up systems for book-keeping, claiming Gift Aid, producing management accounts for board meetings, producing end of year statements and independent examinations. 

Contact WAVES for more information at waves@brookes.ac.uk.

“JVCKENWOOD UK are extremely proud to be working with a team of bright young minds at Oxford Brookes Business School on an exciting new project exploring consumer trends and new concepts. On a recent return visit, we were very impressed with the level of presentations, and the knowledge shown in this area. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Oxford Brookes University, and keeping our ears and eyes open to new ideas which will help us deliver better value to our customers and retailers.”

Adam Handley, Sales and Marketing Director at JVC

6. Sustainability and Responsibility

Sustainability (in its widest sense) and responsible leadership are embedded priorities in all Business School undergraduate and postgraduate curricula. They demonstrate the School's commitment to putting into practice our longstanding signatory status to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education initiative. For our students sustainability and an ethical track record are increasingly important criteria in their career choices. We welcome student consultancy projects, student research projects, guest speaker and other offers that will help us create authentic teaching and learning in these areas. These might emerge from many different organisational contexts e.g. corporate, SMEs, social enterprises, charities, public sector and social movements.

Contact us

OBBS Business & External Engagement

+44 (0) 1865 534800 (OBBS Reception > Option 4 > Option 1)

obbs-bee@brookes.ac.uk