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Essex: Students become regions’ first Institute of Directors student members

Rebecca Sharpe, IoD student membership (centre) and Olga Lawson from Leadership Works (left) with Essex University students at the launch event.

Rebecca Sharpe, IoD student membership (centre) and Olga Lawson from Leadership Works (left) with Essex University students at the launch event.


Students from Essex University are the first in the region to join the Institute of Directors (IoD) as student members.

The 26 students, mostly from business courses, will get help developing networks and portfolios through the partnership.

It will also allow them to access all of the benefits of IoD membership such as events, an online information resource centre and the opportunity for internships.

David Stanbury, director of employability at Essex University, said: “As one of the top research universities in the UK, Essex is delighted to be working closely with one of the top employer organisations in the country to switch students on to employability.

“Student membership offers a great way for our students to access top quality advice from leading business people that will help prepare them for success after graduation.

“Essex has a strong track record of nurturing budding entrepreneurs and we are sure this will only get stronger with support from the IoD.”

Tim Price, chairman of IoD Essex and operations director of Colchester-based Park City Consulting, added: “Introducing the IoD student membership programme to aspiring students at Essex University is a step towards ensuring that our future directors benefit from the best available resources and contacts at an early stage in their professional career.

“We are greatly looking forward, at IoD Essex, to welcoming these students into our branch. We see this as a great opportunity to foster relationships with the business leaders of the future.”


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