International business leaders help shape curriculum, to meet future needs.

Posted on 16th February 2017

The University of Chester’s Business School has launched a Professional Faculty, to play an important and strategic role in developing the development of banking, accounting and finance programmes.

Attendees at the launch of the Professional Faculty.
Attendees at the launch of the Professional Faculty.
The vision for the International Professional Faculty is to create strategic partnership between the University’s Business School and the most prestigious organisations from the Banking, Accounting and Finance sectors.
Professor Clare Schofield, Acting Dean of the Business School.

The International Professional Faculty for Banking, Accounting and Finance is an elite group of progressive and proactive business leaders, based across the globe. This exclusive partnership has been established to serve the Business School to give advice on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in these fields. 

The panel consists of the most senior decision makers in banking, accounting and finance across the world and will provide top level connections and collaborations. The group includes business leaders from: Handelsbanken; Virgin Money; RSM UK; Santander; MBNA, M&S Bank; Ellis and Co; Bank of America Merrill Lynch and KPMG. 

The business leaders involved will be invited to give guest lectures; collaborate with academics to shape the curriculum to ensure that future workforce development needs are met; provide current case studies to give business case studies exposure to ‘real world’ problems and mentor students and support their progress. 

In turn, the business leaders will gain access to academic experts in the sector, have access to students for placements and graduates for recruitment. 

Professor Clare Schofield, Acting Dean of the Business School, said: “The vision for the International Professional Faculty is to create strategic partnership between the University’s Business School and the most prestigious organisations from the Banking, Accounting and Finance sectors. The purpose is to collaborate to meet the needs of the Banking, Accounting and Finance professions now and in the future. 

“We will be actively identifying opportunities for engagement between the University and member organisations. We are ambitious to attract and develop the best and brightest students and to offer a relevant and contemporary curriculum that prepares students for the workplace or further study. We are delighted that to have launched the scheme and we look forward to working together in the future.” 

Mark Jamieson, Chairman, International Professional Faculty: Banking, Accounting and Finance, said: “It was highly appropriate that the International Professional Faculty: Banking, Accounting and Finance was launched on Monday evening with a splendid working dinner hosted by the University of Chester. This project is focused on creative and innovative thinking about the development of the next generation of business leaders and after a brief presentation, ideas flowed, partnerships developed and friendships grew. 

“The key to this project is meaningful collaboration and I was particularly pleased that the University was represented by students as well as academic staff. The event really brought the idea to life and there was lively agreement all round and a high level of anticipation of things to come.”