BNU's Business and Law students showcasing work from their Consultancy module

Business and Law students showcase consultancy work for local businesses

Earlier this month students in Buckinghamshire New University's School of Business and Law showcased their work for local businesses as part of the Consultancy in Practice module.

The Consultancy Module throws learners headfirst into the world of business consulting, where students get the opportunity to take on real projects with real clients. 

BNU's Business and Law School students showcased their work for the Consultancy module

Throughout the module students presented research to businesses and clients, developed their analytical and problem-solving abilities; gained valuable experience in real-life business settings; and made valuable industry links. 

Exhibiting on the link bridge on the High Wycombe campus, students from across Finance, Business Management, Business and Psychology, HR and Marketing courses showcased the work they have been undertaking in small consultancy teams. 

Head of the School of Business and Law, Sarah Williams, attended the showcase

Head of the School of Business and Law, Sarah Williams, attended the showcase

Working for a number of different local businesses, students responded to a specific brief and developed solutions for a defined business problem.  

A few of the examples of the brilliant projects undertaken this year include an HR project at Dreams; implementing an AI model at Missenden Abbey; improving facilities at Wycombe Museum; looking at improving student recruitment in the School of Business and Law and working with Bucks Students’ Union. 

Students worked with Missenden Abbey on how to implement AI within the hotel

Students worked with Missenden Abbey on how to implement AI within the hotel

Students working with Missenden Abbey said: "We were asked us to find ways in which the Hotel can implement AI for their day to day. 

"We came up with short-term fixes and long term solutions. The main idea we came up with were to introduce chatbots, in the sense of the easier customer questions that don't take much time to answer, chatbots can help with. But when there are more detailed questions relating to the customer, that's when the reception desk can help."

Students also worked with Bucks Students' Union on increasing student engagement

Students also worked with Bucks Students' Union on increasing student engagement

Business and Management student, Rowshan Ridita, said: “My group’s project looked at Bucks Students’ Union engagement with students. We met with the Union and proposed solutions they can implement for the next academic year to increase student engagement. 

“It’s been a great opportunity for me to put to use the knowledge and skills I’ve gained from the classroom within the professional workplace.”

B&L students from across a number of courses showcased their work at the High Wycombe campus

Senior Lecturer, Suzanne Doria‍, said: “There was a great turnout of visitors who came along to the student's exhibition including students who had previously taken this module, external visitors and many staff from all around the University." 

“I am extremely proud of the work completed by the students this year and it was great to celebrate this achievement with them.”