SPS has signed up a number of new business school members, offering a unique proposition to help schools build their relationships with practitioners on a number of levels. It also enables students to become Associate members, which is their first step on the ladder of recognition established by the SPS.
Leaders at the business schools recognise there are definite benefits for faculty members. Stuart Archbold, associate dean and head of business school faculty management at Kingston University explains: “Part of our remit is to engage with the business community, which we do in a variety of ways. We bring individual employers on to campus. So, for example, some employers run mentoring programmes which our students can take advantage of. We also engage with business groups which have links to universities in a collective way. And we hold membership of a variety of professional bodies which we think will be important to our students. We recently joined SPS as we could see a number of possible benefits for the students. We are one of the first schools to sign up under the new arrangements, and we hope this will give us first-mover advantage.”
Newport Business School has been a long-term business school member. Head of the business school, Sian Rees, explains: “Access to industry is vitally important, and it enables us to join a body of practitioners for networking and research opportunities.”
There are also key benefits for students. Archbold says: “As well as membership for ourselves we have Associate membership for our MBA students. They stand to gain from the networking opportunities and the chance to attend a variety of events. We are also talking to the SPS about hosting events here which would bring companies onto campus. The post graduates in particular are highly aware of the benefits of networking on the corporate scene. I would hope that there would be a strong Kingston alumni presence within the SPS in future.” Rees adds: “For full-time MBA students there is a requirement to have a work-based element to their studies, so access to business and industry for projects, internships or as subjects for dissertation can be invaluable.”
Note: Business school membership includes the full benefits of individual membership for nominated members of the faculty, Fellowship for qualifying faculty members at a nominal additional cost, support in establishing a Strategic Planning Society Strategy Club for students and faculty members, Associate membership to students on qualifying undergraduate courses, regular membership at a discounted rate to qualifying students on post-graduate courses and to the alumni, and Fellowship at a discounted rate (year 1) for qualifying post-graduate students.
Business schools interested in membership should contact Paul Barnett on firstname.lastname@example.org