The Employability Prize has once again, been a tremendous success, witnessing a much larger number of enthusiastic business-centric students. Some thirty 3rd year undergraduates and students of the Innovation Management and Creativity module participated in the competition. Due to the plethora of high-calibre submissions, the judging panel decided to extend the number of finalists to 5: Jack Aylward; Sally Collyer; Pierre-Antoine Duprat; Halima Shinkafi; and Connor Bell.
The competition took place on the 23rd of February, attended by Innovation and Creativity module students, as well as staff of the Norwich Business School. Each finalist had 5 minutes to impress the judges with their experience and learnt outcomes from the recent ‘Sync the City’ event. Each participant demonstrated resilience and knowledge together with honed presentation skills. Jack took first place; Sally and Pierre second; and Halima and Connor third. In addition to a trophy, finalists won a share of the prize money, which for the second consecutive year, was kindly donated by Norwich-based engineering and manufacturing business, Lintott Control Systems Limited. Chief Operating Officer, Jamie Thums, who returned once again as a guest judge, remarked how this year’s participants had significantly raised the bar, which made selecting the finalists even more challenging.
I am extremely proud of what students have achieved this year! A very high standard has now been set for next years’ student cohort. I’d like to congratulate each participant; you did yourself proud and you exuded hallmarks of future great leaders.
Last but not least, I would like to thank our sponsor, Lintott Control Systems, who helped to create an enjoyable and grounded experience. Lintott has a growing affiliation with the Norwich Business School, which includes working with the School to provide a ‘real life’ environment for students to apply their business acumen.
Lintott is a specialist, customer-centric designer & manufacturer of factory-built, packaged process solutions for Blue-Chip Utility & Process Industry businesses. Products include Water and Wastewater Treatment Systems, Software Systems and Electrical Control Panels. For more information, please visit: www.lintottcs.co.uk.
Dr. Alfonso Avila-Merino (Innovation and Creativity Management’s Module Organiser)