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.
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.
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.”
“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.”
CHAIR, Professor of Management and Marketing and MBA DirectorEssex 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).
Interim Dean of Essex Business School and Professor of FinanceEssex 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.
Head of Operations and Business ServicesEssex 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 of Banking FinanceEssex 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.
Senior Lecturer in AccountingEssex Business School, University of Essex
Director of Global Relations and Compliance, 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
Managing Director, 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 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.
Executive PAEssex 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."