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School of School of ManageManagement A different kind of business school The School of Management at Swansea University is one of the UK’s top providers of management, finance and economic research and education. Our mission is to drive forward the global economy by delivering world-leading research and educational programmes. We aim to build life-long connections to our research community, industrial supporters and students through embedded partnership working and alumni relationships. Our core values are: Life-long relationships. We have a direct commitment to develop life-long relationships with all our stakeholders – students and businesses alike. Cutting edge research. We are committed to driving forward the boundaries of academic thought and practice across all our faculty areas. We are home to five academic departments and a growing range of research centres - focused on everything from lean operations to empirical finance and social media.

Research led teaching by world leading experts. Our research is always fed through into cutting edge teaching by our experienced and dedicated faculty. All of our teaching is delivered by our own faculty and is focused on giving our students the best possible start to their careers. Practice led research. We continue to build a wide range of research programmes designed to deliver real business and economic improvement. We have worked with everyone from blue-chip corporate clients through to local micro-businesses as well as a range of national and regional government agencies and bodies. Industry engaged teaching. We regularly host industrial speakers from across Europe and already offer a range of short term placement opportunities for our students. In 2014 we hope to be able to offer long term industrial placements to all our students.

Accounting and Finance Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), our BSc Accounting and Finance degree (NN43) will help fast-track students’ accountancy careers by offering them exemptions from key professional examinations. Taught by qualified accountants with a wealth of industry experience, this programme scored 96% in the 2012 National Student Satisfaction (NSS) survey, 3rd highest in the UK. Students take compulsory modules in management accounting, financial accounting, corporate finance, financial services and taxation, plus optional modules from a wide selection.

ACCA exemptions This programme offers the maximum number of exemptions from ACCA examinations that are possible from University study meaning our graduates will be exempt from all nine of the ‘Fundamentals’ examinations. This means that our graduates can leave Swansea as part-qualified accountants and just have to sit the remaining five ACCA ‘Professional’ level examinations in order to become fully qualified.

New programmes for 2014 To respond to the student demand for a wider variety of Accounting and Finance programmes, the following options are being introduced: 

BSc Finance

BSc Finance and Investment Management

BSc Finance and Business Analytics

Accounting and Business Analytics

These programmes will all include an industrial placement and the opportunity to study abroad for a Semester.

Recent graduate destinations 

Business Analyst, Bloomberg

Commercial Graduate, Corus

Finance Graduate Trainee, Tate & Lyle plc

Financial Accounts Controller, Airbus UK

 Financial Auditor, PricewaterhouseCoopers  Foreign Exchange Trader, HSBC  Investment Banker, Julian Hodge 

IT Consultant, Cap Gemini

 Management Consultant, Accenture

96% Student Satisfaction (Accounting and Finance: NSS 2012)

Placements and Projects The School of Management is seeking industrial partners to offer six month or one year placements to our students to start in August 2014. We are also looking to engage with companies to provide student research projects.

You develop a lot during your placement; you learn a lot of important soft skills, such as how to present yourself to clients and making the right impression.

Thomas Jones , BSc Finance

Placement opportunities


The type of work carried out by a placement student will vary depending on their strengths and skills and the requirements of your company.

Our final year business students work in groups to undertake practical business projects for client organisations. These projects allow students to translate their studies into real world impact while also providing companies with valuable new insights and research.

An ideal placement would be one that: • Provides an opportunity to apply and develop both existing skills and new ones learnt in the workplace. • Provides opportunities for learning (mainly practical but also academic and social). • Enables the student to assume an appropriate degree of responsibility. • Maximises the student’s contribution to the department and organisation

Projects might include: market research, best practice case studies, change management, decision analysis, feasibility studies, competitor assessments or any other business topic. Recent client companies and topics include: Swansea Market – community regeneration Unsung Hero – marketing research to help a local family business expand Nexiform – students worked on developing a new production process.

Why employ a placement student? 

A chance to see potential employees in action before making hiring decisions.  Students can offer short term specialist knowledge to the company.  An external viewpoint driven by the latest management teaching.  With over sixty countries represented in our student population our students can offer detailed insights into foreign markets.  Support for short or fixed term projects.  Students can adopt many of the roles of a management consultant at a significantly reduced cost.

We are continuing to recruit companies to engage and provide student projects.

Placements and Projects Contact us To find out more, please contact our Placements, Employability and Alumni (PEA) office: Liz Robbins Acting Head of Placements, Employability and Alumni Email: Telephone: (01792) 295177

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