As a business school, we collaborate with organisations locally and internationally to better teach our students about real world scenarios. We collaborate in order to give back to business and offer a cooperative, research led approach to business consultancy and project management.
Every business has a story to tell. We want to hear about their challenges, their successes and what they've learned along the way. We feed this insight back into our teaching through the exploration of case studies and by welcoming guest speakers. For us, the best way to understand organisations and business operations is by connecting and collaborating.
Our academic staff examine topical business case studies with our students in the classroom, while offering consultancy services to local businesses. We are at the forefront of business innovation and our students and staff are actively involved with business development through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs).
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 courses in accounting, finance, management, marketing and entrepreneurship are developed with this in mind and informed by a panel of business practitioners.
Essex Business School's Colchester home sits proudly within the Knowledge Gateway, the University of Essex's growing research and technology park. Students can tap into the expertise at Studio X, the home of Essex Startups, and write their own success stories. Start-up businesses and SMEs can find low rent space in the Knowledge Gateway's stunning Innovation Centre, while more established SMEs and businesses have set ups their offices in the Parkside Office Village.
The University of Essex's Southend Campus is home to Essex Business School's Strategy, Operations and Entrepreneurship group which has a particular interest in practical business education, with a particular focus on researching best practice and operational strategies for start-up businesses and SMEs. The campus is located in Southend city centre, the heart of the Thames Gateway, one of the Government’s key areas for economic growth and a fitting location for entrepreneurial study. Here, the University of Essex's Business Incubation Centre helps expose students to the reality of launching a business.
The University of Essex is designated a University Enterprise Zone, which means we have access to Government funding for nurturing new digital and creative enterprises. We are dedicated to commercialising ideas which will benefit the local and UK economies.
"I know how exciting setting up your own company can be, but also how nerve-wracking. I know the mistakes people can make, and think I can help students avoid the regular pitfalls. Studio X is a fantastic home for students - we are here for any student, on any course, with any business idea."
Dean of Essex Business SchoolProfessor of Banking Finance, University of Essex
Claudia is Dean of Essex Business Schoool and Director of the Essex Finance Centre (EFiC). 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.
Head of Operations and Strategic PlanningEssex Business School, University of Essex
Reader in Organisation Studies and Human Resource ManagementEssex Business School, University of Essex
Dr Danielle Tucker's research interests focus on evaluating complex change management initiatives for public sector organisations (including Police, Local Authority, Local Government, NHS Trusts and health and social care providers). She has published research on the interpretation of communication during organisational change, the use of organisational change agents and middle managers to facilitate change. She is particularly interested in the flow of information and ideas across boundaries, partnership working and collaboration arrangements (e.g. integrated care). Danielle is an Academic Associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Professor of AccountingEssex Business School, University of Essex
Ileana Steccolini is a Professor of Accounting and the Director of Research at Essex Business School. Her expertise develops at the interface among accounting and public administration and management. She has published on public sector accounting, budgeting, performance management and accountability, reform and change processes, governmental financial resilience, inclusion, participation and gender in public services. She is the President of the International Research Society of Public Management, the chair and founder of the Public Service Accounting and Accountability Group, the Chair of the EIASM conference on Public Sector Accounting and Accountability, and the Chair of the Standing Scientific Committee of the European Accounting Association. She is a member of the Italian Public Sector Accounting Standard Board and of the Advisory board of CIPFA International.
Senior Lecturer in Management and MarketingEssex Business School, University of Essex
Dr Noelia-Sarah Reynolds is a Senior Lecturer in Management and Marketing and the Director of Education of Essex Business School, where she is also part of the Senior Management Team. Her research interest is rooted in strategic change and growth with a particular interest around company mergers as well as sustainability and strategic change. She has published work in world leading journals such as Organization Studies, International Business Review and Sustainability.
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.
Investment Fund SpecialistNon-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.
Karen is an experienced and qualified economic development and marketing practitioner, with experience in five industries across the private and public sectors in both business to business and consumer markets.
She has many years' experience in partnership working, placemaking and place marketing (particularly around developing Colchester as a visitor destination).
She is often called upon to provide an economic perspective for Planning colleagues, external consultants and business support agencies. Her analytical skills are drawn upon to develop economic strategy and policy development, which she then works in partnership with stakeholders to implement and monitor. Her overall aim is to make a real difference to the quality of life for people in Colchester's communities and to make Colchester an attractive proposition for investors.
Managing DirectorDepartment/Centre, Portcullis Legal
With over 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.
Previous Advisory Board MemberDepartment/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.
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