Employer connections

Our vibrant research culture is embedded into our teaching. Discover how our partnerships with businesses and organisations enhance your learning experience.

Dragon's Den

Final year Business School students have the opportunity to present their business ideas to a panel of entrepreneurs and business leaders. Winning teams are awarded prizes for their business ideas, which are chosen for their innovation, viability, and team working.

My team and I cannot thank the University enough for providing us with this unique experience. It’s been a privilege to study under the brilliance and guidance of our University mentors. This opportunity has not only taught us the values of teamwork but also the ability to translate academic knowledge into a real life experience.” EMILIE PANIZZUTTI,  INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS WITH PROFICIENCY IN ITALIAN BSC
Winner and Foodscape managing director

Business Challenge

Open to all first years in the School, the Business Challenge tasks entrants with analysing case studies and presenting their recommendations to a panel of industry experts — testing participants’ teamwork and ability to work under pressure, as well as their communication and analytical skills.

Business Challenge winners
“A key reason for taking part in the Business Challenge is a need to improve my public speaking. Winning the challenge provided a stepping stone to overcoming this fear. This will benefit me in further networking events, interviews and potential job prospects.” CAMERON SHEARS, MARKETING AND MANAGEMENT BSC
Business Challenge winner

Marketing Competition

Business School Marketing Competition winnersThe annual Marketing Competition gives students the opportunity to work with an existing business on a live marcomms brief during Spring Term. ASOS, online retailer and previous collaborator, asked participants to develop their next student acquisition campaign  to achieve 50,000 new student sign-ups to the brand’s website.

Winners Kaylee Nel, Chero Omer, Alana Maria DelZotto, and Adam Doherty (all MSc International Marketing students) said: "This was a great opportunity to apply our marketing knowledge to a real life marketing campaign. We encourage other students to participate in business competitions and other opportunities, because it has given us incredible teamwork, public speaking and communication skills that we can transfer into the workplace."

Guest speakers

Business School students are exposed to a range of leading voices from local and international organisations during their studies. The department also hosts regular seminars delivered by distinguished speakers. See our Business School Research Events for details of recent seminars.

Carlotta Zorzi
“I’ve been teaching marketing as a guest lecturer for four years now and every year it gets more fun  engaged students, great questions and the opportunity to inspire young marketeers into one of the many routes they can take for their career.” Carlotta Zorzi

RubyMoon Circle Of Impact

The University of Sussex Business School collaborated with RubyMoon, a local sustainable swimwear brand, and Circular Brighton and Hove to co-create a series of masterclasses and learning resources. The project was sponsored by the University's Engagement Facilitation Fund, which provides special support to kick-start initiatives – turning research and scholarship into impactful outcomes.

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