A new partnership has been agreed between the University
of Wolverhampton and a leading organisation which safeguards the
standards of education and business links.
Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) was signed with the Institute for
Education Business Excellence (IEBE) at the University.
The partnership will help the Institute to develop its
professional development programme, allowing its members the
opportunity to take qualifications and courses right up to Masters
Level. The Institute draws its membership from practitioners within
a wide range of roles in schools, colleges, businesses and
specialist organisations in the UK and overseas.
The MoC was signed by IEBE Chair, Shân Jones and Professor
Caroline Gipps, Vice-Chancellor at the University.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Geoff Hampton has been
instrumental in developing the relationship with IEBE. He said: “We
are delighted to sign this new agreement. We are committed to
supporting the creation of professional partnerships between
business and education which have a positive impact on the
employability of school, college and university students.
“This new link is a logical extension of our business engagement
work, which includes Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and projects
such as Student Placements for Entrepreneurs in Education West
Midlands (SPEED WM) which enables students to launch a business
alongside their studies.
“The relationship with the IEBE provides the endorsement of a
nationally recognised body with particular expertise in drawing
education and business together.”
Chief Executive of IEBE, Declan Swan, said: “If we are to build
a more vibrant and competitive economy all young people need
quality experiences of employment before they enter the workplace.
For students and businesses to receive maximum benefit we believe
these experiences should be professionally arranged and
“This new and exciting agreement with the University will play a
significant role in helping us build a professional community of
expert practitioners supporting learner achievement and helping
prepare young people for working life.”
Members of the IEBE include school teachers and Head teachers,
community and education managers at large companies and employees
of specialist education and business brokerage organisations.
The new partnership will develop resources and opportunities for
IEBE members to widen their knowledge base and work towards
accredited qualifications in education business practice, including
at postgraduate level.
Picture: Seated L – R: Vice-Chancellor
Professor Caroline Gipps and Chair of the Institute for Education
Business Excellence Shân Jones. Standing L – R: Chief Executive of
IEBE Declan Swan and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University,
Professor Sir Geoff Hampton.
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