Business and research connections

As a student with our School, our business connections open up networking and work experience opportunities that will help you to realise your career ambitions. As an employer, connecting with us can lead to recruiting outstanding employees, raising your profile and furthering your expertise through professional development or commissioning research.

We have connections with a wide variety of organisations and governmental departments all over the world. The following companies have collaborated with us by employing students on our highly successful placements scheme:

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The Future Perfect Company logo

PWC logo

Egress logo

Upgrade energy logo

Avery logo

RSM logo

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ILG logo

Benefex logo

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GSK logo

Beta Futures logo

Prospect Soft

M&S

SKF

  E-on logo

Catalyst logo

Enterprise

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JPRO

 Proud Robinson

 

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How we work with organisations

Placements, work experience and graduate recruitment

We work with employers to set up and support work experience opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students studying business, management and economics, including:

  • funded internships
  • job shadowing
  • full-time graduate jobs
  • year-long professional placements.

‘Studying at Sussex equipped me with the knowledge for a managerial position and my placement has allowed me to put these skills into action, resulting in a Graduate Management Trainee job offer for when I graduate. Doing a placement year really differentiates you as an individual – it has been one of the best experiences of my life.’

Sam Taylor
Business with Human Resource Management BSc
Account Executive at International Logistics Group (ILG)

‘The benefits of having a student on placement is their natural academic way of thinking and that they are a blank canvas in our industry, ready to learn. Sam has been given the same responsibilities as a permanent employee – he has risen to the unique challenges with ease and maturity beyond his years.’

Sarah Uttley
Senior Account Manager at International Logistics Group (ILG)

Sam Taylor on a professional placement year at ILG, with his manager Sarah Uttley


Employer talks and recruitment events

Organisations often come to Sussex to talk to our students. This helps to raise the profile of the organisation with our students, as well as offering them invaluable information and advice to support their career development.

Sussex's flagship event is our annual Careers Fair, where hundreds of employers and exhibitors network with thousands of high-calibre students and graduates.

We also frequently host guest speakers from well-known organisations and smaller events specific to our school. For example, our School has its own Careers Festival that focuses on connecting organisations to our talented Business, Management and Economics students. We also have a Careers in Business and Finance event, which showcases successful alumni in this field.

An employer shaking hands with a business student at Sussex's Graduate Careers' Fair


Research collaboration and knowledge exchange

We have an outstanding reputation for research and have collaborated with organisations such as the World Bank, the Home Office and Cancer Research UK.

By commissioning research with the School of Business, Management and Economics, you benefit the future of the industry as well as your organisation.

Examples of our research collaborations include:

  • Professor Katie Bailey's collaborative research with the NHS investigated employee engagement drivers and outcomes, leading to improvements in management practice
  • Richard Dickens' research and work with the Low Pay Commission informs his teaching as a Professor of Economics at Sussex.

‘[Materials produced by Katie Bailey's NHS research are] addressing some complex issues in a clear and comprehensive way. They fill a gap in resources available for senior leaders and significantly expand the material for line managers. In addition they update the evidence base for HR colleagues to draw on.’

Steven Weeks
Policy Manager at the NHS


Professional development

We offer a range of professional development opportunities for both employers and students, including:

  • the Sussex MBA
  • our Masters courses - you can study one-year courses covering areas such as human resource management, global supply chain and logistics management and strategic innovation management
  • our student-business mentoring scheme - you can develop new skills, share expertise and support students in learning about the world of work to inspire their future career paths
  • conferences at the School of Business, Management and Economics - you can hire our conference facilities or attend conferences in our Jubilee Building.