Empowering Communities: The Professional Liaison Network Collaborates with Bristol Energy Network

The Professional Liaison Network (PLN) successfully bridges academia and positive real-world action for students at the University of Bristol Business School through a range of exciting placements and projects.


Student PLN placement with DEFRA – a mutually beneficial opportunity

Student looking to the left, in front of leafy backdrop with text 'Student Placement DEFRA' overlaidAt the University of Bristol Business School, students can work with external organisations to utilise transferable skills from their degree in a professional setting. We spoke to BSc Economics and Management student, Karen, about her recent experiences when she did an in-curriculum placement at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) organised by the University’s Professional Liaison Network. Find out what she had to say.


Transnational Corporations – Benefactors of Western Life or Vicious Exploiters?

Students from the University of Bristol Business School have been investigating the role Transnational Corporations play within global supply chains. Here, one of the students of our International Human Resource Management module, Stephen Angelo Savvanis-Nasiotis , explains their findings. (more…)

Elevating Possibilities: The Transformative Power of PLN Collaborations

Alex Feis-Bryce (male) next to title: Professional Collaborations; Transform DrugsThe Professional Liaison Network (PLN) facilitates the crossover from academia to real-world impact for students at the University of Bristol Business School. The programme drives transformative collaborations and meaningful connections that benefit students and businesses alike. Situated within the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, the PLN gives University of Bristol Business School students the opportunity to take part in exciting placements and projects. The PLN have had a close relationship with the Transform Drug Policy Foundation for some time, enabling students to experience the realities of working with Policy.


Blockchain: Why Isn’t The Disruptor Disrupting?

In the English language, success and failure can be seen as polar opposites – perhaps even mutually exclusive. Expressing shades of meaning between them is challenging without using phrases like “pipped at the post” or “missed by a country mile.” While linguistic determinism has its limitations, non-native speakers may still struggle with the colloquial nuances in such expressions. The common use of the phrase “being a victim of your own success” reinforces the idea of success and failure as independent states of being. We need a more nuanced view. Success and failure do exist on a variable scale and are not mutually exclusive, even if we don’t define specific words along that scale – particularly when time is involved.


The Four Day Week – Workplace Panacea or Faustian Pact?

Want to work 20% less hours for the same pay?  

Here’s a debate to enliven your lunchtime chat, and because pretty much everyone around the table has had a job, or goes to school, everyone will have an opinion. In October 2023, ministers warned English councils not to adopt a four-day week regardless of encouraging data from South Cambridgeshire District Council’s positive trial. In fact, working hours have been reducing over the past century, it’s a trend that’s set to continue, alongside working flexibly, remotely and smarter. Numerous trials expound positive benefits including enhancing employee motivation, loyalty, health and wellbeing…doesn’t it all sound a bit too good to be true? (more…)

Why do people become social entrepreneurs and what is their role in our globalised world?

The value of social entrepreneurship is widely recognised, as every day it is estimated to help over 1 billion lives, and further benefits are expected through its expansion. Yet, how do we support and encourage individuals to embark on social entrepreneurship journey?

Research conducted by Ana Dobre now alumni of BSc Management at the University of Bristol Business School, and supervised by Dr Rushana Khusainova, uncovers motivations behind why people become social entrepreneurs and their role in our globalised world. (more…)

How has sustainability changed the careers landscape for Business School graduates and how can we prepare for the future?

With the changing regulatory landscape and introduction of mandatory sustainability reporting standards in accounting, sustainability has become ubiquitous in the careers landscape for graduates in this sector.  The University of Bristol Business School is developing ways to make the curriculum in the Business School future-oriented, to prepare students to be impactful leaders and decision-makers in sustainability-related areas in their future careers.


The University for Bristol?

Josh Lamyman is an undergraduate at the University of Bristol, studying economics and philosophy. Before joining AskingBristol, he gained experience in the third sector as a volunteer at Shout’s mental health text service and his local food bank. AskingBristol is transforming the Third Sector by connecting Bristol-based charities with individuals, organisations and businesses. Professor Martin Parker from the Business School has been involved since 2019, supervising students who have been employed through the Professional Liason Network in the Faculty of Social Sciences. Here Josh reflects on how the University of Bristol connects with organisations and businesses within the city.