The university’s Institute of Management is stepping up its drive to build strong relationships with the business community.

It has formed an Industry Advisory Board (IAB) with the aim of promoting the Institute’s mission to develop programmes that will prepare students for the world of work.

The IAB is made up of leading members of the local business community – from the commercial, professional, industrial, charitable and public sector – to bring a breadth of knowledge and skills.

They will work closely with the Institute to help develop relevant programmes to further improve student employability.

A major focus will be helping to secure internships and work experience opportunities for students in local businesses.

Kai Beswick, a Lecturer in Business and Management at the Institute of Management building in Great Moor Street, said: “Business Schools should be about getting students ready for the world of work. We have many staff with a huge amount of experience in business to supplement the academic talent.”

The IAB will meet three times a year – February, October and May.

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