LSBU funds students to take up Institute of Directors’ membership
17 July 2013
The IoD represents the interests of more than 37,000 business leaders across the UK, giving the LSBU students unprecedented access to some of the most senior company heads in the country as mentors, potential employers and even investors in start-up businesses.
LSBU students have been chosen from across the University's Faculty of Business, and also include those taking part in LSBU's Enterprise activities, and recent award-winning graduates.
The student membership offers a range of valuable benefits including personal, confidential support from a 'guru panel', and a placement and internship notice-board advertising work experience opportunities.
The Chairman for the IoD Central London along with the Branch committee will work alongside LSBU to enhance students' skill sets and overall employability.
LSBU hosted a launch event at its Southwark campus on Monday 21st January, led by LSBU's Pro Vice Chancellor (External) Bev Jullien, and Richard Farleigh, LSBU Chancellor and famed entrepreneur.
Bev Jullien said: "LSBU is delighted to be funding 100 of our students to become student members of the Institute of Directors.
"As a member of the Institute myself, I know the many advantages that membership affords you, and our students will enjoy a host of benefits including networking events, and access to internship, employment and mentoring opportunities. IoD membership will really help LSBU students to stand out with potential employers and to prepare them for the workplace."
Also speaking at the event were Kate Brackenbury, Head of Membership at the IoD, and existing student members. The speeches were followed by a networking event.
Kate Brackenbury of the IoD said: "I am very pleased to be working with LSBU for our student membership scheme.
"I see student membership as having advantages for both our existing members and the new student members. It can provide excellent opportunities for current employers to meet their future employees and for the entrepreneurs in our membership to engage and share experiences with those students wanting to start their own businesses."
Anna Howard, Course Director for Foundation Degree in Accounting at LSBU, who organised the launch event, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for LSBU students to mix with potential employers. Upon graduation it will be a great talking point at interview and an incredible learning curve when attending events.
"Not to mention the opportunities for students to gain a real understanding of the working environment and have the ability to transfer this new knowledge into their studies, classroom activities, coursework and projects."
Further student membership places to the IoD will be available to LSBU students later in the year.