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Suffolk Business School partners with a leading global leadership organisation

7 Jun 2021 4:45PM

Suffolk Business School at the University of Suffolk is pleased to announce its partnership with ILM to run accredited short-course programmes for local businesses and for the dual-accreditation of degree programmes for Suffolk Business School students.  

This collaboration, part of Suffolk Business School’s commitment to work more closely with the business community and to add value to its courses by ensuring all programmes have external accreditation, is exciting news for new students and for local businesses. 

From September 2021, the newly formed Leadership Academy at the University of Suffolk will start to offer the Level 3 and Level 5 Certificates in Leadership and Management – prestigious awards designed to enable people and organisations to develop their leadership skills. These courses, perfect for those looking to develop new skills or move into new roles focus on applying leadership and management ideas to the day-to-day challenges of work and organisation. 

Joe Bell, Higher Education Partnership Manager with ILM “We are excited to be starting this new partnership with the University of Suffolk and look forward to supporting them in ensuring their students have the very best opportunity to demonstrate their leadership skills.  Our Qualifications are all about work-based application, supporting our partners in creating the impactful leaders of the future.”  

The dual-accreditation of degree courses means that students who complete a relevant programme of study will leave with more than a degree certificate. Students who join from September 2021 will also have the opportunity to receive certification from the ILM which emphasises the real-world, applied, nature of the courses. This new relationship means graduates of the new Suffolk Executive MBA, MSc International Business Management and BA(Hons) Business Management will receive Level 7 Diploma in Leadership and Management, Level 7 Certificate in Leadership and Management or Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management respectively. 

Professor Gurpreet Jagpal, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Business and Enterprise is keen to emphasise the value of these awards. He said “This is great news for our students and recognises the work that we have done to ensure that our courses will help prepare them for fulfilling careers after graduation.” 

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