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Institute of Directors opens its doors to UCLan students

23 November 2012

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University one of first to join national business organisation

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has become one of the first Universities to offer the newly established Institute of Directors (IoD) Student Membership Programme.

The IoD Student Membership Programme will boost students’ employability levels, prepare them for the business world and build stronger links with employers as well as IoD members.

Through the membership UCLan students will be able to access the Guru panel, which includes experts from various fields who will respond personally to students’ questions, support their business ideas and ventures.

An internships and placements service will provide students with the latest information about available work experience.  In the exclusive IoD Student Networking Group attendees will be able to build their professional network, promote themselves and receive feedback on suggested group discussions.

Students will also receive the latest news and invitations to IoD events which will provide the opportunity to hear insightful case studies and inspirational speakers.

Third year Business and Management student Alaena Dowling is already a member of the prestigious UCLan LaunchPad leadership and career development programme.  It is open to Lancashire Business School students and provides them with personal mentoring and coaching from industry specialists. 

"The membership is a valuable asset because it provides the opportunity to gain insight and knowledge from those who have been there and are doing or have done the job you are aiming for.”

Talking about the Institute of Directors Student Membership Programme Alaena said: “The IoD membership allows us to meet professionals that otherwise we may never have had the chance to meet. The membership is a valuable asset because it provides the opportunity to gain insight and knowledge from those who have been there and are doing or have done the job you are aiming for.”

Another LaunchPad member, Shakeel Desai, said: “By becoming a member of the IoD I hope to gain recognition from the companies I apply to for graduate positions. I hope to make new contacts with a view to bettering my career prospects.”

The IoD is a non-party political organisation based in the United Kingdom and overseas, offering a wide range of business services including business centre facilities, conferences, networking events, virtual offices, issues-led guides and literature, free access to business information and advisory services. Its members include directors from right across the business spectrum – from media to manufacturing, e-business to the public and voluntary sectors.

"It will assist students in a number of essential ways, such as development of employability skills, internships, live projects and future employment opportunities including advice on potential business start-up.”

Dharma Kovvuri, Dean of Lancashire Business School, commented: “Lancashire Business School is delighted to be one of the first partner Universities offering IoD’s student membership package for the leaders, entrepreneurs, and directors of the future.

“The scheme is ideal for students on the Business School’s innovative LaunchPad Programme, in that it offers high-calibre students an opportunity to build contacts and networks with inspirational business leaders. It will assist students in a number of essential ways, such as development of employability skills, internships, live projects and future employment opportunities including advice on potential business start-up.”