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 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 School 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.
Oliver has worked extensively in the automotive and aerospace industry for Marshall where he was Global Director of Communications, he then joined Adnams PLC as Communications Director and now is responsible for communications at the East of England Co-op. Oliver has an MBA and MSt in Sustainable leadership from Cambridge University, is a Freeman of the City of London and its on our Advisory Board and share his knowledge through the 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.
Risk Management SpecialistNon-Executive Director, Triodos Bank UK
Alessandra Mongiardino is a Non-Executive Director at Triodos Bank UK and a risk management specialist. Alessandra has more than 25 years of international Risk Management experience developed in Banking, Asset Management and Rating Agencies. Her expertise include enterprise-wide risk management, oversight of climate, financial and strategic risk, and credit portfolio analysis and modelling. She has extensive experience of working in multi-cultural environments, having studied and worked in five different countries across three continents. Alessandra holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Warwick and an M.Sc. in Economics and Econometrics from the University of Southampton.
Leila Thomas is the CEO and Founder of Urban Synergy, an award winning, accredited Mentoring Charity, founded in 2007. Leila has over twenty years in the tech industry building IT networks, Leila is currently seconded from the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG), to lead the charity’s expansion and development of programmes, in London and ethnic diverse cities in the UK. Leila pivoted the charity’s strategy and developed online e-Mentoring, e-Seminars, online work experience externships and parent support programmes. Urban Synergy Inspire, Guide and Ignite the ambitions of young people and to date have helped over 27,000 young people, with their bank of more than 1,000 relatable role models.
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.