Newman University College - Proud to Sponsor the Environment Category

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Newman University College - Proud to Sponsor the Environment Category


With the economic slowdown making the employment market more competitive than ever and tuition fees of up to pounds 9,000 a year coming into force from October, investing in the best possible education is more important than ever if you want to stand out from the crowd.

Newman University College, Birmingham - which will become Birmingham's newest full university later this year - enjoys a proud history of delivering undergraduate, postgraduate and foundation degree courses, with its graduates consistently enjoying one of the best graduate employment rates in the UK*.

How have we achieved this? By making the most of our intimate size to ensure that students develop not just a sound understanding of their subjects, but also experience a more formative education: getting to know their lecturers and colleagues, taking the opportunity to explore challenges across related subject areas and, essentially, developing the skills and vision to see their subject within a wider context and adapt to changing circumstances.

This broader approach builds on an essential foundation of strong subject knowledge and includes work placements for every full-time undergraduate student taking a single or combinedhonours course.

As part of the process, students are encouraged to take responsibility for identifying and developing their own opportunities, helping them develop the more complex skills sets employers value - such as the ability to take the initiative, direct and manage projects - and apply these skills within the context of ever-changing commercial and employment markets.

While it can be tempting to focus on career-specific skills and future earnings as the be-all-and-end-all of higher education, particularly in challenging economic times, it is the broader skills graduates develop - such as initiative, problem-solving and applied thinking - that will have the strongest impact in the workplace and wider society.

With some students taking up the option to carry out research-based placements during their final year and many students going on to work for host companies once their formal work placement is over, the value of building links between higher education institutions and local organisations is clear for all to see.

At Newman, we also want our graduates to stand out for all the right reasons.

That is why we recently launched the UK's first honours degree in Business, Sustainability and Ethics. This new course doesn't just look at the component parts of business operations but infuses ethics into every part of those debates. For example, as we move into increasingly global, interdependent times, what issues do tomorrow's managers and business leaders need to understand in order to develop successful, sustainable businesses? …

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