The Student Partnerships mission is to connect students in higher education with individuals and organisations in order to help solve their business problems. A problem can be quite clear and well-defined or something to explore. Organisations can be large or small, well established or still in their infancy, for-profit or not-for-profit; educational or community based.
There are three areas in which Student Partnerships makes these connections:
The restriction is that projects can only be run during the teaching periods of the educational institution and for a student the project will be one of several subjects that they are studying. The great majority of these projects have had very satisfactory outcomes.
This could be a great opportunity for micro, start-up & small businesses and community groups.
Paid projects are far more flexible especially with timing but also in terms of the types of projects. There are many smaller or less critical projects that you might not even consider because of the cost of hiring professionals. A team students or recent graduates closely supervised by an experienced professional could be a very cost-effective solution. And we won’t take on projects if we don’t believe we can provide an effective solution.
The employment platform provides an opportunity for students and recent graduates to advertise their knowledge, skills and experience and for businesses to hire these candidates for any casual or short term work they may have. Businesses negotiate the work and payment rate with the candidate at arm’s length. The upfront fees for businesses to join the platform and submit jobs are extremely small. A third party manages the invoicing, payment and professional indemnity so relieving you and the candidate of all this administration. Administration fees are transparent and paid on pay as you go basis.
Why might I be interested in a project?
Students and recent graduates have a great deal of up to date knowledge, enthusiasm and creativity. All our project teams are closely supervised by experienced people who maintain a professional approach to the work and to client interaction with a view to achieving great outcomes for everyone.
At this point in time our students are typically from the Business, Marketing, Finance, Design and Digital Technology areas which is reflected in the types of projects shown below:
How to start a student or paid project
Got an idea?
If you have a fair idea of your problem and objectives, then go to step 2. If you would like some help getting started, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Put in an application
Decide on whether you want free or paid project. All applicants will be contacted to arrange an interview. No project will be accepted without an in-depth interview. You can swap between a paid or free project in step 3.
At the interview we will review the problem, scope, deliverables and suitability of the project. We will let you know if your project meets our criteria at interview or shortly after. A costing will be provided for paid projects after the interview.
Let’s get started
When a project is conducted depends on the resources available. We will contact you regarding the expected start date for your project.
So far we’ve completed
Our Project Philosophy
Our students are often praised for the fact that they are taught to listen and really understand your problem. Key concepts that we promote are client collaboration and agility. Students will work with you on refining your requirements and goals and then research and explore solutions with you until they find the one that best suits you.
Past Student Partnerships Projects
Now is the time to submit a project or contact us now to discuss how this unique opportunity might assist you and your organisation in solving some of your business problems.