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Foreign Policy Summer School Conference 2017

The Foreign Policy Summer School is designed for entry-level young professionals in foreign policy and students of social sciences related courses, or those intending to study them. The standard cost of registration ranges from £450 for those registering after 14th April, or at a special offer price of £100 for those registering before 14th April 2017.

The Conference aims to identify and assist the next generation in foreign policy by providing them with the knowledge and skills expected by practitioners for entry into this elite discipline. Certificates of completion will be presented at the end of the Conference to delegates who fully attend.

The 2017 Conference runs from 19th-22nd June 2017, and will focus on the topic of Security Threats: Foreign and Domestic

Application and registration can be made via the website at

Posted on: 11th Apr 2017 - Part of: Business, Fairs and events, General careers information, Science

Win the Green Challenge Postgraduate Scholarship 2017!

PP Green Challenge

Do you have an innovative business idea that could reduce carbon emissions? Then apply now to WIN A POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP* worth up to £20,000 in 2017.



Visit to find out more – but be quick, applications close on Monday 27th March 2017, 5pm.


You can download the Guidelines, FAQs and Application Form from here

For further details and to watch a video of last year’s winners, please visit: Postcode Earth Trust


Watch the VIDEO




* The competition is a unique funding opportunity offering students the chance to win a scholarship that will help to develop knowledge related to their idea (‘green-themed’ business concept) of up to £20,000 to cover their postgraduate degree tuition fees.

Posted on: 23rd Mar 2017 - Part of: Business, Charities, Competition, Environment, Funding, General careers information, Postgraduate, Science

NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme

The NHS multi award winning Graduate Management Training Scheme is currently open for applications.  With opportunities available in Finance, General Management, Health Analysis, Health Informatics, Human Resources & Policy Strategy, you can use the ‘Match Me Tool’ to discover which scheme is the right one for you.

For more information please follow the link. 

Applications close 11.00 am 24th March.



Posted on: 14th Mar 2017 - Part of: Business, Careers, General careers information, Graduate, Health & Social Care, Management

Converge Challenge 2017 is now open for applications

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The quest to find the next generation of entrepreneurs from Scotland’s thriving academic entrepreneur community is underway once again. Converge Challenge is open to staff and students of all Scottish Universities, and has a prize fund of over £150,000.

The competition is open for applications from Tuesday 7 February 2017 and closes on Monday 10 April 2017 at 5pm. For more information, and to enter, please visit  

Converge Challenge focuses on practical hands-on training with participants taking part in an intensive entrepreneurial development programme that includes 1-2-1 bespoke advice and support, mentoring, pitching experience and networking opportunities.

Participants ultimately develop and submit a comprehensive business plan for their company, product and/or service. An expert panel of judges made up of leading entrepreneurs and investors from across the business community will assess the business plans and select the winners that will be announced at an awards ceremony at Glasgow Science Centre in September 2017.

Student Claire-Gillian Watt, from the OU in Scotland, was a top 30 Converge Challenge finalist in 2016, with her business idea Organic Assembly, an events app to engage young people aged 13 – 26 in artistic culture in Scotland, with plans to develop internationally.

Claire-Gillian Watt - Open University

Posted on: 8th Feb 2017 - Part of: Business, Careers, Competition, General careers information, Scotland

Careers Forum for Business Students

The OU Careers Service is running a Careers Forum for Business Students from 20th February to 3rd March 2017 to support you in thinking about and planning your next careers steps. You can access the forum from the following link:

It’s your chance to:

  • ask us questions about career ideas, work experience and future options;
  • ask our external contributors including the ICAEW about getting into accountancy and NHS Finance about finance in the public sector;
  • share your own experience, tips and suggestions with other students; and
  • if you are not sure about which career path to take at this stage or feel uncertain of the best way forward then join us on the forum so we can support you in getting started.

Posted on: 6th Feb 2017 - Part of: Business, Forums, General careers information

Business Legitimacy Seminar – Glasgow, 8th Feb

Business Legitimacy


The Open University in Scotland and Scottish Water are hosting a twilight seminar, ‘Business Legitimacy – Staying on the “right” side of public opinion – and how to avoid controversy‘ on Wednesday 8th February, 4.30-7.30pm.

The event will be of particular interest to those in middle or senior leadership positions, in the public or private sectors, with an interest in influencing and maintaining internal and external, credible relationships.

– Susan Stewart, Director of The Open University in Scotland (Chair)
– Dr Björn Claes, Senior Lecturer, Operations Management, The Open University
– Paul Campbell, Organisational Learning & Development Lead, Scottish Water
– Fiona Templeton, Customer Experience Manager, Scottish Water

Places are free of charge but limited so book here ASAP if you are interested!

Posted on: 12th Jan 2017 - Part of: Business, Fairs and events, General careers information, Scotland

New webinar – Graduate programmes with PwC – 21st November 12.15-1pm

Graduate programmes with PwC – 21st November 12.15-1pm

Join Andrew Bargery, Campus & Schools Engagement Leader from PwC, and OU Careers Adviser Lynne Johnson to explore graduate programmes on offer through PwC.

Find out a bit more about working at PwC and the variety of roles on offer from technology to legal and tax.

Students have voted PwC the number one Graduate Employer in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers survey for the last thirteen years. Find out why in this interactive webinar which will address:

  •  How OU students can navigate the entry requirements
  • Whether a graduate role is the right step for you
  • The assessment and selection process
  • What you could bring to the graduate programmes on offer

Join us live on 21st November 12.15pm-1pm on the Careers Workspace

If you are unable to attend, a recording of the session will be available on the above link after the event.

Posted on: 16th Nov 2016 - Part of: Business, General careers information, Webinars

Emerge Conference 2016

Emerge 2016 takes place on 12th-13th November at the Saïd Business School, Oxford. Each year, Emerge brings together students, young professionals, entrepreneurs, organisations and activists from across the globe to challenge the status quo and share ideas for a more socially and environmentally responsible world.

Only at Emerge can you explore new ideas, dig deep into issues alongside sector experts and build upon your skills through interactive workshops. The diversity of topics and attendees at Emerge means there is something for everyone – whether you’re looking for an introduction to impact areas, or want to gain deeper insights and connections within your sector. Go along and get inspired to create positive social change, find your tribe, and learn more about how you can make a difference in the world in which we live.

More information can be found on the Emerge website, as well as on their Facebook and Twitter pages where you can join in the conversation by using #Emerge16

The full conference programme is now available and tickets for the event can be purchased here

Posted on: 21st Oct 2016 - Part of: Business, Fairs and events

Dumfries and Galloway Business Week: 3rd – 8th October 2016

This is Dumfries & Galloway’s third annual Business Week and it continues to grow from strength to strength. The focus of Business Week is ‘Going for Growth’ recognising the national and regional aspirations to grow the economy. Business Week helps celebrate the fact that Dumfries and Galloway is a place where businesses can thrive and grow; it showcases the wide range of business support that is available to all companies operating locally. Last year’s events received positive feedback with over 800 attendees over the week. The aim of this year’s Business Week is to build further on that success.

From Monday 3 October to Saturday 8 October events are taking place right across Dumfries and Galloway, including business development workshops, digital marketing seminars, Women in Business events, networking sessions and additional events featuring inspirational speakers from the world of business sharing their knowledge and expertise.

Download the full brochure

Posted on: 15th Sep 2016 - Part of: Business, Fairs and events, General careers information, Scotland

Free CPD-accredited ‘leadership skills in the workplace’ short course for OU students

“Leadership is about winning the respect of all your colleagues by the way you do your job, the way you work with others and the quality of your decision making”

Does this sound interesting?

Employers value leadership skills highly and this new CPD accredited micro learning course helps provide a unique insight into the key traits, qualities and actions of successful leaders.

The OU Careers and Employability Services have teamed up with industry specialists Work Ready Graduates who are offering a free short course to OU students. The content includes employer interviews, animation and quality learning content; delivering both theoretical and practical information in an engaging format.

Click here to sign up to the course. On completion you will receive a CPD (Continuing Professional Development) accredited certificate.

Posted on: 9th May 2016 - Part of: Business, Careers