Working with Students

Opportunities to connect students with business

Professional Development tutor in conversation with a student

Collaborating with our students can be highly beneficial for your business.

Through work placements or one-off projects, our students can assist you where there are resource challenges or specific business problems. And in doing so, you are assisting in the development of our students’ knowledge and professional skills. Or by participating in mentoring you can develop the skills and networks of people within your business itself.


The Nurturing Talent Mentor Scheme connects professionals within industry to undergraduate students with the aim of enhancing their employability, developing key skills and building their professional network. We have a number of partners on board including M&S, EY, PwC, Santander and Unilever.

In your role as a mentor you can help build a student’s confidence, support their career path, share your experiences and listen. By sharing your knowledge, experience and expertise, you can help your mentee achieve their personal goals. You can mentor face-to-face, by email, phone or Skype and you only need to commit to an hour a month with your mentee, more if you can, for at least a year.

Student placements

We give undergraduate students the opportunity to do a work placement between their second and final year of study. We work with employers and the University Careers Centre to provide outstanding support through the placement acquisition process, but ultimately each student must identify and compete for their own placement. This gives them valuable job seeking skills, ensures they find a placement that meets their interests and results in only the most committed and enthusiastic students taking the placement year.  

Working with postgraduates

We have a large cohort of students studying at masters level. Most of them are from outside the UK and many of them have professional working experience. We are continually looking for opportunities to connect them with local and international businesses for mutual benefit. 

Summer projects

Some programmes also allow students to complete in-company projects as the foundation for academic dissertations. These usually take place during the summer, based on a project suggested by the sponsoring organisation. Typical projects areas centre on accounting, finance, advertising, marketing, corporate communications, PR, human resource management, international business, management, organisational psychology and economics.  


Additionally, it can be helpful to incorporate case study consultancy as part of the curriculum. You can recent examples where our MBA students have helped businesses as part of the Leeds MBA Consulting Challenge.


We actively seek to work with the local and national business community to contribute to our learning and teaching practices. We strongly believe practitioner knowledge can enrich the curriculum and by integrating practical examples students are able to develop a broader set of skills, contributing to their overall employability. We welcome contributions to our taught programmes across all level study levels.

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Who to contact

If you would like to explore any of these opportunities to work with students, please contact:
Tracey Gallagher
Functional Education Service Manager: Student Opportunity
+44 (0) 113 343 8967