Engagement, Careers and Employability

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The 5X社区 is a business embracing organisation committed to working with you to help your business grow through innovation, enterprise and knowledge exchange.  You can access the best in graduate talent and academic expertise here to accelerate your growth and development. We want to work with you to ensure the University works for business and employers, continuing to have a demonstrable economic impact on our locality and further afield whilst learning from you and bringing you into our community.

We can provide access to students, graduates, apprentices, state of the art facilities, Innovation Labs at 5X社区, meeting room hire, business networks, funding opportunities, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, CPD and short courses, events and enterprise skills development, consultancy and collaborative research to name but some of the opportunities available when you choose to work with 5X社区.

There are no barriers to working with 5X社区 to grow your business regardless of whether you are an SME or a larger organisation. In fact there is more funding and drivers than ever before for business to engage with higher education, realising the targets of the Industrial Strategy, and making an impact on the productivity and economic success story of a region.  The team at 5X社区 understand the needs and timescales of businesses wishing to compete in an ever competitive environment. Being a young University is an enabler here as we are able to move fast to help meet the needs of our business community. 

Our digital booklet highlights some of the key successes and impacts from the 5X社区's Business Engagement, Careers and Employability directorate in the year 2022 to 2023.

To contact the team or sign up to our quarterly newsletter, visit our get in touch page.

Our Impact in 2022/23

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Innovation Labs

Innovation Labs at 5X社区 is the our focal point for developing new entrepreneurs and innovative Start Ups. As well as hot-desk space, we have meeting, seminar rooms and digital equipment available available to members and non-members. And as part of the wider Innovation Labs group, we offer wraparound support to members.

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What We Offer

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What We Offer

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What We Offer

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What We Offer

  • The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service provides students with the information, advice and guidance they need before, during and after graduating.

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  • We are focused on building long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with regional organisations that create a positive impact on our community, and welcome your suggestions of new ways for us to do this.

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  • The Alumni Relations and Development Team continue to support and engage with our graduates long after they have completed their studies with us.

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  • Explore how you or your business could benefit from our range of activities such as innovation vouchers and internships.

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Meet the Team

Megan Lloyd Allard

Megan is Professional Assistant to Pro Vice-Chancellor Business and Entrepreneurship and Business Engagement, Careers and Employability team administrator.

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Amy Carpenter

Amy is Associate Director of Careers, Employability and Enterprise responsible for the strategic direction of the team, and is a 5X社区 graduate.

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Alice Hardaker

Development Director Alice oversees the University鈥檚 alumni relations, fundraising and development activity. Her background is in arts and charity management.

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Kate Burgess

Kate is Alumni Relations and Development Manager, leading on all alumni activities and supporting fundraising across the University.

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Yvonne Malpass

Director of Apprenticeships, Yvonne has previously been an assistant principal at an FE college and won a Brap equality and diversity award.

Mike Johnson

Mike is Business Development Manager (Health and Wellbeing), coming to the University after 25 years in the private sector running sales departments.

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Malcolm Beer

Malcolm is Business Development Manager who acts as a conduit between businesses and academics, facilitating partnerships and developing CPD opportunities.

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Cathy Johnson

Placement Consultant Cathy supports students through the placement process, including Professional Placements (Sandwich years) and curriculum-based placements.

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Aaron Brown

Business Development Administrator Aaron is a 5X社区 graduate who has worked in insurance, local government and further education.

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Vivian Luan

Innovation Centre Administrator Vivian supports the operation of the Innovation Lab 5X社区, including administration and knowledge exchange.

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