Pearson College London awarded for its ‘Outstanding Industry Partnerships’ in the 2019 Independent HE Awards
by Rachael Jones
We’re proud to announce that Pearson College London received the Independent HE Outstanding Industry Partnerships 2019 award, sponsored by Pinsent Masons, in recognition of our industry partnerships and initiatives.
This award is given in recognition of independent higher education providers working with industry, facilitating industry standards and providing life-long learning opportunities for students. Independent HE recognised the different ways in which we work with our industry partners including course design, our degree concept teams (DCTs), industry workshops, internships, degree apprenticeships, our annual creative showcase ‘The VFX Festival’ and our business incubator, to name just a few initiatives.
Over the years we have formed partnerships with some of the biggest companies in the world including: Unilever, L’Oreal, Mondelez, Sony Pictures, WPP, Lloyds of London, IBM, and leading creative studios including Framestore, MPC, Cinesite, Double Negative, Dreamworks Animation and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. Our academic staff have also worked in industry, for companies like Citigroup, JP Morgan, PwC, Deloitte, and creative organisations including Sony Playstation, Disney, Cinesite, Framestore, Double Negative and some of the most successful games studios in the UK: EA, Jagex, Rebellion and Climax. As a result, our students get to learn first-hand about working in business and the creative industries. We run industry-focused events where students have pitched to senior managers and CEOs of global organisations and our creative students have participated in an end of term showcase, to present their work to leaders in the creative industries too.
We also make sure our full-time Pearson Business School students are guaranteed at least one internship, so they gain additional experience whilst studying. The landscape of higher education, the growing variety of higher education institutions, the cultural environment and the competitive ecosystem are all changing rapidly and disruptively. We believe that the future of education lies in greater collaboration between education and industry. By working closely with our industry partners we’re able to ensure our students have the skills and knowledge to start their careers from day one.
Quote from Will Holt, Dean of Pearson Business School
“We are thrilled to win this award for industry partnerships and we are very grateful to Independent HE and its partners for recognising the innovative work that we do in this area. Industry engagement and workplace learning sit at the heart of everything we do and we will continue to try to lead the way in developing initiatives that bring employers and higher education closer together.”
Pearson College London Mission Statement
Our mission is to become one of the UK's leading universities for in-depth industry engagement which helps our students develop the knowledge, intellectual capacity and professional experience they need for their long term careers. Our courses are designed to be academically demanding, industry informed, and to inspire students with a real interest in how their chosen discipline plays a role in the modern professional world.
Pearson College London Values
Student centred – We put our students first and keep their interests at the centre of our thinking. Our aim is to do all we can to give our students every opportunity to develop a strong foundation for their future, and to include them in the design, delivery and enhancement of their degrees.
Engaged – We fully engage with and treat as equally important the input of students, industry and academics as we believe they all have a key role to play in the design and delivery and ongoing improvement of programmes and the student experience.
Career-Focused – A university education undoubtedly cultivates the mind, broadens interest and awareness, and develops critical thinking – but for most students the ultimate outcome is a foundation for a successful career and therefore a sophisticated understanding of the professional world is also an essential component we embed into the student experience.
Global – These days no place is an island – even when it is. It is important that students understand the role of the UK and their discipline in an international context and as Pearson is truly global with university and corporate relationships all over the world we are committed to ensuring our students are given the opportunity to develop this.
Integrity - A university education is not just about individual careers or the joy of learning, it is also about preparing to play a role as citizens of a complex world. To engage with that world, to help solve problems and forge relationships, to understand other points of view, all this requires integrity, creativity and the ability and willingness to take responsibility and we embed this into our approach at Pearson College London.