Essex Business school 

Business collaboration 

How we collaborate

Every business has a story to tell - we want to hear about their challenges, their successes and what they've learned. We think the best way to understand UK and international firms is by connecting and collaborating.

We examine topical business case studies in the classroom, and academic staff offer consultancy services to businesses. Our students and staff are actively involved with Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

Don’t preach, practise! 

It’s not enough just to teach the theoretical side of business; we want our students to understand business in practice. We help them understand how real businesses operate so they graduate workplace-ready. Our business courses in accounting, finance, management, marketing and entrepreneurship are developed with this in mind and informed by a panel of business practitioners.  

Located for innovation

In Colchester our School sits proudly within the Knowledge Gateway, our growing research and technology park.  Students can tap into the expertise at the Start-up Hub and write their own success stories, with some joining the many new firms hiring Essex Business School graduates that are based in the brand new Innovation Centre

Our Southend Campus is located in the heart of the Thames Gateway, one of the Government’s key areas for economic growth and a fitting location for entrepreneurial study. Here our own Business Incubation Centre helps expose students to the reality of launching a business. 

“There’s no better time to start a business than being at university. With amazing resources and staff available – for free! – you’ll never find this kind of support any other time. Our philosophy is a simple one – any student, any course, any business – if you have an idea or interest in starting a business, we want to hear from you.” 
Andy Mew Head of start-up support

How you can collaborate 

Essex Start-Ups and Studio X

Essex Start-Ups aims to provide every student and recent graduate access to resources that help them accomplish their entrepreneurial goals. From one-to-one advice, mentoring, workshops, bootcamps and pitching for investment, Essex Start-Ups provide expert services that inspire the next generation of business owners to both dream – and achieve – big ideas.

Studio X is a dedicated, vibrant space in the Innovation Centre for students to develop business ideas and  for entrepreneurs to connect with the University. Here we are showcasing research in the creative and digital sectors. Offering drop-in sessions and advice, you can get involved by contacting Essex Start-ups and joining their Facebook pageWhy wait to start writing your own business story? 

Are you a local business wanting to collaborate? Perhaps you would like to host a challenge, become a mentor or participate in the varied events programme at the Innovation Centre. Get in touch with Andy Mew, Head of Start-Up Support, to find out how you can become involved. 

Executive education   

Executive education at Essex Business School consists of a range of core and customised programmes to transform the ambition of businesses. Focused around leadership and innovation we encourage employees at all levels to explore opportunities and create valuable networks.

We work with businesses of all sizes, from local SME's to global firms, and with all sectors, from technology to healthcare. Collaborate with us and take charge of your own or your employees' professional development.


Executive Education

The Essex MBA

The Essex MBA seeks to develop socially responsible entrepreneurs and working professionals who can deliver sustainable business. We offer part-time or degree apprenticeship programmes to fit around your lifestyle and professional commitments. 

The programme is designed to immerse you in the real world of business. We collaborate by bringing practitioners into the classroom and arranging company visits. Both enable you to develop an understanding into the values and mechanics of a variety of firms, handpicked so you can gain specialist knowledge and foster links with business. 

If you want to be a part of our AMBA accredited flagship programme, or enable your staff to benefit from an exceptional business education alongside employment, explore our dedicated MBA webpages. 


The Essex MBA

Successful Futures

One of the highlights for Essex Business School students, the Successful Futures Conference is now in its fifth year, with this year’s theme being 'Why responsible business matters (more than ever) in 2020'.

We welcome keynote speakers, many of whom are Essex Business School alumni, from all sectors including banking, digital marketing and artificial intelligence. They present both their own experiences of work and the latest innovations in their field. From robots to crypto-currencies, Successful Futures encourages Essex Business School students to expand their ideas and apply themselves to a world where they will be the difference. 

If your company has insights to share or you are an Essex graduate with a story to tell, why not get in touch?  Please contact our Student Development, Careers Services teamYou could join this vibrant event and help inform and inspire our future business graduates. 

“I know how hard it is to get a new business off the ground, and equally how hard it can be to make the transition from working in coffee shops and at home to your first office. My aim is to make sure that we supports a seamless transition for any new customer and add value to our future community.”

Our graduates in business

Our Advisory Board 

Meet our board members

Professor Nicolas Forsans

CHAIR, Professor of Management and Marketing and MBA Director

Essex Business School, University of Essex

Nicolas joined the University of Essex in 2018 as Professor of Management and MBA Director. He previously held academic appointments at the University of Exeter (2013-1018) where he repositioned and led the growth of the MBA. Prior to that he worked as a FME Research Fellow, Lecturer then Associate Professor at the Centre for International Business, University of Leeds (CIBUL).

Professor Neil Kellard

Interim Dean of Essex Business School and Professor of Finance

Essex Business School, University of Essex

Neil studies the commodities markets and whether it is possible to model and forecast the price of commodities in order to predict global crises in food supplies, often considered the trigger for wider political conflict. Neil is currently acting Dean of Essex Business School for the second time.

 James Norman

Head of Operations and Business Services

Essex Business School, University of Essex

As Head of Operations and Business Services at Essex Business School, James is responsible for the successful leadership and delivery of all professional services activities, and help to shape our future direction, drive forward change, and contribute to the delivery of excellence and success in the department.

Professor Claudia Girardone

Professor of Banking Finance

Essex Business School, University of Essex

Claudia is Director of the Essex Finance Centre (EFiC) and the School’s Director of Research. She is currently on the editorial board of several journals including the Journal of Financial Economic Policy and The European Journal of Finance. Her current research areas are on banking sector performance and stability, bank corporate governance, the industrial structure of banking and access to finance.

Dr Magda Abou-Seada

Senior Lecturer in Accounting 

Essex Business School, University of Essex

 Philippa Stokes

Director of Global Relations and Compliance

Department/Centre, Rolls Royce

Essex Alumna and HR professional Philippa has been leading the HR team at Rolls Royce for nine years and previously rose through the ranks of HR at British Airways for the previous nine years.iography in the context of the person module

 Trevor Worth

Managing Director

Department/Centre, Portcullis Legal

With 30 years experience in the legal services profession, Trevor specialises in estate planning bringing the expertise needed to protect clients and their families, after creating the business as a 23 year old. 

 Oliver Drury

Head of Corporate Affairs, Adnams

Oliver made a name for himself as a PR and marketing professional, rising to Director of External Communications at Marshall Aerospace before joining Adnams as Head of Corporate Affairs in April 2019. Essex Business School has a long standing relationship with Adnams, who have been hosting company visits for five consecutive years. As well as sitting on our Advisory Board, Oliver shares his expertise with our MBA students through Director's workshops.

 Kevin Meehan

Investment Fund Specialist

Non-Executive Director, Independent Director and Senior Business Adviser , Various Alternative Asset Funds

Essex alumna Kevin is an Alternative Asset Specialist, guiding the delivery of global, commercial business strategies for the Financial Services sector. He built a NED/Independent Director/Advisory portfolio leveraging 25+ years' experience across all verticals of the hedge fund sector including asset management, fund admin, legal and prime brokerage.  

 Nick May

Executive PA

Essex Business School, University of Essex

Nick is an experienced administrator and co-ordinates the activity of the Advisory Board for the School.  

"When the job market is highly competitive, it is important to have a strong differentiator in the eyes of recruiters and employers."
Philippa Stokes advisory Board member  director of gloal relations and compliance, RolLS ROYCE