Date of release: Friday, May 6, 2016

The Business School is officially working in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) on the research project Accelerating Difference programme. GSK is headquartered in London and is credited as the world's sixth largest pharmaceutical company as of 2015.

This research is designed to increase the ratio of female leaders at management levels. The programme involves three key areas:

  • Coaching (12 hours of individual coaching; 3 sessions involving the coach, coachee and the latter's line manager; and 6 four hour group coaching sessions)
  • Sponsorship (of the female leaders by more senior colleagues, both female and male, involving career conversations)
  • Dialogues (conversations between managers, six female and six male, who are managers or sponsors of the females being coaches)

David E Gray, Professor of Leadership and Organisational Behaviour says, "This will be one of the few quasi-experimental designs of a coaching intervention and one of the few studies undertaken in a large corporate environment. We hope there will be some useful research outputs and potentially a Research Excellence Framework (REF) case study."

The Business School continues to build strong relationships with small and large companies. This allows the faculty to offer students excellent employment support. The Business School Employability Office currently works with more than 200 companies to provide students with a wide range of placement positions and mentoring opportunities. These include Bloomberg Institute, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Charlton Athletic FC, NHS, Sandals Resorts International, Sony Europe, JP Morgan, Microsoft and many more.

Very recently, the Business School Employability Team was shortlisted in the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards for Outstanding Departmental Administration team.

To learn more about the employability options available at the school, visit the careers pages.