The 2016/17 Board
Let us introduce you to the successful Pearson Student Advisory Board candidates for 2016/2017. This year we have recruited a diverse group with a common drive to support fellow students through their partnership with Pearson. You can read more about the team below.
2nd year University of Lincoln – Business and Finance
I’m Eleanor and I am studying Business and Finance at Lincoln university. My course contains a variety of modules but my favourite to date are Contemporary Business Analysis and Analysis of Business Data. This is a 3 year course with the option of extending to 4 years and including a business placement in industry – I’m haven’t yet decided if that’s for me!
In my first year of university I joined the newly formed Investment and Banking society – and was the only girl! I have since been made president of the society and I am looking forward to welcoming more women to the society and our events this year.
Outside of university I enjoy travelling and I am hoping to visit Hong Kong and Japan in the near future. Last year I volunteered in Thailand, teaching maths and English and I can thoroughly recommend this to other first year students.
I found out about PSAB through an advert posted on the university VLE and it seemed like a fantastic opportunity. As a business student it’s great to network with people from a FTSE100 organisation and while doing it I get a chance to influence changes for the good of other university students.
2nd Year Nottingham Trent University – Business
I find studying business allows you to develop a range of skills and knowledge that is applicable to everyday life. Although some of the modules are stretching at times I found that they were thoroughly engaging too. My course has enhanced my skills in teamwork and communication through the group projects we are assigned.
Nottingham is a great city to live and study, and I have enjoyed my time so far. In my spare time I enjoy skiing and I will be joining the ski and snowboarding society this year.
I found about the Pearson Advisory Board through the university careers service and applied immediately. I was pleased to hear I was selected from such a large cohort of applicants and I’m looking forward to the experience. I was slightly apprehensive before the launch but everyone is so friendly and helpful, I am now looking forward to working on a variety of projects in the year ahead.
2nd Year Queen Mary University London – Economics
The PSAB programme was recommended to me by one of our lecturers who identified it as a chance to get some great experience working with a large organisation. I’m always on the lookout for opportunities to augment my knowledge and was pleased to be selected.
I’m studying Economics at Queen Mary in London where we have many international students. I am interested in the way students from other countries approach the work and problems we are allocated in different ways. This, and my work as a part time tutor mean I have a real interest in education and I am very happy to have the opportunity to work with the largest education company in the world.
2nd Year University of Lincoln – Biomedical
Hi I’m Kirsten, a 2nd year Biomedical Student at Lincoln. My course heavily relies on independent learning and self-motivation which I enjoy. My favourite modules from the past year were Anatomy and Physiology and Health and Disease. It is fascinating to look at how various diseases react within the cells of the body and the effect they have.
I’m involved in a variety of extracurricular activities, in particular student engagement and I have presented at educational conferences and such as RAISE and JISC. This interest in education, along with my work as a course rep, led my course rep to propose me as a potential member of PSAB. I thought it would be a great opportunity to shape future resources for HE and a chance to acquire skills that are desirable to employers. I didn’t know what to expect when PSAB was launched but I am really excited by the prospect of competing projects that will benefit both me and my fellow students.
2nd Year University of Hull – Marketing with Supply Chain Management
I found out about PSAB through the university careers office and thought, “Why not?”. It sounded like a great opportunity to play an active role in the development of not only my own learning but also my fellow students. I didn’t know what to expect before the first event, not knowing what kind of projects we would be working on but the team at Pearson were friendly and very open to our opinions about student like and Pearson products and courseware.
I’m a 2nd year student who enjoys music and I currently host a radio on Hull Fire student radio. I love to travel and there are many places I’d like to visit.
2nd Year University of Sheffield – Economics
My course has given me insight into how mathematical and statistical concepts effect choices in households, companies and government. It has been awesome to see how topics I considered abstract apply to real life situations. Perhaps the hardest thing on my course has been completing coursework as I find it hard to move from the research stage to the actual writing – but I’m working on that.
I enjoy reading crime and legal fiction and I love volunteering my time when I can. I am an international student but I have come to love Sheffield so much and I like getting to know the city better and sharing my experience with new students.
I found out about PSAB through the university economics department. I applied because I had used some Pearson books when I was younger and I was looking for an opportunity to gain new skills and challenge myself. I’m excited by the projects I have been allocated and looking forward to getting as much of this experience as I can.
2nd Year London School of Economics – Government and Economics
My course explores typologies of government, as theorised by some of the great political thinkers. Some of the questions we have already considered are “Why do dictatorships fail?” and “What influences transitions to democracy?”.
I already knew a lot about Pearson as my mum has worked as an Edexcel examiner in the past so I’m looking forward to contributing to the projects set out by PSAB. Thus far, it has been great to mix with a diverse group of students who all contribute different ideas to improve products and services from Pearson.
2nd Year University of Liverpool – Law with Accounting and Finance
I am in my second year at the University of Liverpool studying Law with Accounting and Finance. Studying a law degree entails a lot of independent learning, reading and research which can prove to be difficult at times but at the end it will all be worth it. I am currently a member of the Law society, Legal society and the Accounting and Finance society which I find really beneficial.
In my free time I enjoy playing for my university netball team as it takes my mind away from the deadlines and stresses of my degree. I also have a part time job one day a week.
I applied for PSAB as I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to help shape the resources that Pearson provide for students. I also love having an input into things that will actually benefit me as it gives me the ability to change things in a positive way. Prior to the launch event I didn’t really have many expectations due to the fact that I have never been a part of anything like this and therefore just thought I would take the weekend as it comes. I believe that PSAB will benefit me in the future as it allows me to develop skills that support future career opportunities. Also as Pearson is a large company that is widely recognised around the world a lot of potential employers would be intrigued about my participation which could lead to interviews.
2nd Year University of Glasgow – Neuroscience
Hey everyone, my name is Linda, I’m originally from Italy and I’ve moved to the UK to go to university because I’m very interested in the topic of Neuroscience. I love the University of Glasgow in general and would recommend it to anyone.
I thought joining PSAB was a good opportunity to meet new people and get experience in a professional environment. I was excited to go to London for the launch meeting and the projects we are working are exciting. At Uni I am a member of the Technology and enhanced learning and teaching partnership and I feel this gives me the insight I need to contribute to Pearson projects that support the use of technology in universities.
2nd Year University of Exeter – Mechanical Engineering
I found out about PSAB when applications were advertised in a university wide email. I applied and was pleased to hear I was selected from over 100 other applicants. I’m involved in a number of societies, including president of the “Slow Food on Campus” society and I feel my experience of working with other students helped me get a PSAB spot. I’m looking forward to providing feedback that will allow Pearson to improve the resources they provide on my course.
I like the fact that my course keeps me busy, using my strengths to solve complicated problems. On the other hand, I’m often too busy with multiple deadlines a day!
2nd Year University of Leeds – International Business
I love my course at university! It has given me a grounding in many different areas of business including; economics, business management, and my personal favourite – trade theory!
I heard about PSAB through the careers office and since starting I’ve enjoyed hearing about the projects and meeting other students. I’d encourage others to apply as it has given me a chance to develop many new skills, particularly data analysis which is a skill that will definitely be useful to me in my career.
2nd Year University of Kent – Accounting and Finance
I found out about PSAB from a previous member who encouraged me to sign up for the experience. I’m hoping this will give me an opportunity to add additional work experience to my CV and give me some “real world” insight into how a global business works.
I was expecting a close knit community of students and I wasn’t disappointed when I met the other PSAB-ers. We have a common interest in supporting other students and we are very keen to make a positive difference through our work with Pearson.