The University of Bedfordshire Business School (UBBS) is a Business School that’s serious about the impact it has on students, staff and the world around it. By evidencing this impact, it’s able to take global business education to the next level.
With a high rating from Times Higher Education (THE) for the second year running and an impressive silver achievement in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), this School is one of only 38 in the UK to hold the Small Business Charter.
Practical Business Learning
At UBBS, your learning stems from a foundation of experiential education and practical teaching techniques. In the modern age, the market for fresh business graduates is highly competitive. That’s why this Bedfordshire-based business school helps students acquire real-world practice and inspires them to upgrade their professional portfolio with extra-curricular opportunities and practice-based activities in collaboration with local, regional and international employers.
To achieve top graduate outcomes, UBBS ensures course content mirrors current industry-standards. By tailoring the undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum around the employer expectations of tomorrow, students have a higher chance of securing the job they want as they’re already prepared for the working world.
UBBS is committed to expanding your potential, placing you in stimulating learning environments. At undergraduate level, highly practical Business Pods are designed to look like a modern business environment rather than simple classrooms. Complete with brain storming areas and boardrooms, these spaces feel like a real-life business settings where you can test your ideas and learn from real businesses.
At postgraduate level, an innovative flipped classroom model with six entry points throughout the year engages students with business experts from the word go. It also offers you the chance to undertake a placement or live project rather than a dissertation, basing your choice on a real life business problem.
The postgraduate blended learning model means you can work flexibly with 24/7 access to a high quality virtual learning environment and arrange state-of-the-art learning resources, including the reuters Trading platform and the latest subject-specific databases.
Additionally, UBBS has visiting professors and Professors of Management Practice who contribute to the development, design and delivery of courses. As business practitioners engaged at Senior level their expertise includes coaching and mentoring, business improvement, leadership and lean production.
International Business, Marketing & Tourism
If you want to elevate your employability and reach new heights in the areas of aviation and airport management, advertising, marketing, PR, tourism, hospitality and event management, you should check out the Department of International Business, Marketing & Tourism at UBBS.
Tailored to your career aspirations, the department offers contemporary undergraduate and postgraduate courses. For high-flyers, there’s a practice-based Aviation and Airport Management BSc (Hons) degree that involves the latest interactive learning technologies and a committed team of teaching staff to steer you through the curriculum. The School’s proximity to London Luton airport means it’s well placed to work not only with the airport itself but also its wider supply chain to ensure the very best opportunities for students during their course of study and as they enter the world of work.
One local project that has occupied the headlines is the renovation of Luton Airport. As the Department of International Trade (UK) highlights, “Once the £150 million transformation is complete in 2020, the redevelopment will increase the airport’s capacity by 50%, from 12 million to 18 million passengers per year.”
With the increase in passengers comes an influx of activity that will influence Luton’s local economy. As such, UBBS business students have a higher chance of securing work at the airport and have exclusive access to development projects through business internships.
A prime example of the UBBS practice-based education in action is its international student internship schemes. By partnering you up with local companies and corporations, the business school brings your skills to life and exposes your talent to potential employers. Plus, to further your skills as a Bedfordshire postgraduate, the school also offers a Masters with an Internship.
As UBBS fully utilises the business ecosystem across its distributed campuses in the UK (Luton, Bedford, Milton Keynes and with study centres in London and Birmingham), this is a school that places your future first. That’s why, for aviation applicants, the university’s location is a great advantage.
New Developments and Directions
The Business School is in the process of rolling out a new brand which reflects its commitment to having an impact on the communities it serves, both in the UK and overseas. Developed in collaboration with staff, students, employers and local stakeholders, the ‘Be More’ brand will be seen across distributed campuses and in the media over coming months.
The School has added new courses to its undergraduate and postgraduate portfolios for this academic year. To see the full range, keep a close eye on the Business School news page and online prospectus. Courses for 2018-19 feature additional accreditations from Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs) and most offer placements and multiple start dates to allow you to join at a point that suits you best!
Student Satisfaction at UBBS
With so many students studying at UBBS, the business school has built a remarkable reputation for itself over the years. To explain the high rate of student satisfaction, here are a few experiences that UBBS learners would like to share:
“I’d heard about the strong teaching team and great student support at UBBS. I’m from Taiwan, where a lot of people with undergraduate degrees are unemployed, so I wanted to increase my employability by studying at a Masters level. At UBBS, I’ve begun to understand what customers are really looking for and I’m finding new ways to grow a business.”- Yu-Tsang Cheng, MSc Tourism Management.
“From the open days, I found out that the university has incredible business pods that simulate a real working environment. This really appealed to me and I was very excited to get to work on real projects. If you’re starting your journey at UBBS soon, I advise you to take advantage of all the extra-curricular activities!”-Gabriel Barbu , BA (Hons) Business Studies.
“My chosen course organizes trips to Wimbledon and World Travel Market events, as well as employability days where companies like EasyJet and Thomas Cook interact with students. By studying at UBBS, I’ve secured a placement with the University’s Careers Services and I’m learning so much!”- Daria Visnyakova, BA (Hons) International Tourism Management.