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About the programme

The Student Consultancy is a programme of learning and development activities that links University of Oxford students to local Oxfordshire businesses and community organisations.

An innovative and unique programme, The Student Consultancy provides employability skills training and work-based experiences to students and an opportunity for local SMEs, charities and community organisations to access free consultancy services.

Students from all disciplines and year levels participate in the programme and work in teams to address a strategic issue or business problem affecting the organisation.

As Clients, your business will:

  • gain an innovative, outside perspective to a business challenge
  • benefit from students’ enthusiasm, creativity, fresh ideas and up-to-date knowledge/skills
  • receive insightful recommendations produced by the students, with the guidance and support of project mentors
  • share your expertise and knowledge about your industry with eager students
  • have no obligation to take action on advice and recommendations
  • provide feedback to students and programme management about the project

Ideally, you will be an Oxfordshire based charity, community organisation, social enterprise, small business, City or County council department, arts or cultural institution and have a particular issue or area you would like a team of consultants to work on. It is a chance to explore areas of marketing, revenue generation, branding, customer awareness or strategy that you may not usually have the time or resources to look at.

While teams will have a business mentor to help them shape their work and provide you with useful recommendations, clients do have to consider that The Student Consultancy is primarily a learning experience for students, and their skill levels will vary.

How to get involved

After an initial training programme at the Careers Service, teams of four students (including one Team Leader) will work on a project over the course of their eight-week term. We understand that each project, client and team are different and will develop their own way of working together. The following is a guideline of the time and resources you would need to commit to when hosting a team of consultants:

  • An initial discussion with the Careers Service about your business need and the scope of the project
  • Submission of a short project proposal
  • Compilation of a “pack” of useful data and company information for the students to commence their project
  • An initial 1 hour meeting with your student team
  • Ad hoc support to students via email and phone for additional information
  • A mid-point meeting to ensure that the teams are on track and that you are happy with the direction and progress of the work
  • Final report presentation with key representatives from your organisation
  • Drinks Reception – to thank you for your time and allow you to meet with other clients, mentors and student teams

Host a team

Submissions are being sought from companies who would like to host a team of student consultants. During the training week students will choose projects, and you will be notified if we would like you to host a team. As this is a termly programme (run 3 times a year), we will offer you the chance to host more than one team, or to have an ongoing project with a number of teams. We understand that you are volunteering your time and energy to The Student Consultancy, and hope that it provides an exciting opportunity for you to share your knowledge and inspire Oxford students, whilst gaining useful insights for the strategic development of your organisation.

The terms and conditions are below. If you would like to discuss becoming a client of The Student Consultancy, please don’t hesitate to contact us by telephone on +44 (0) 18652 74646 or by email at

Terms & conditions

The Student Consultancy is a new programme of learning and development activities for University of Oxford students. It provides employability skills training and work-based experiences to students whilst at the same time giving free consultancy to local businesses, charities and community organisations (Clients).

After an initial induction period facilitated by the University of Oxford Careers Service, teams of students undertake short, limited scope projects for Clients. Whilst of course the University will do what it can to structure and operate this programme efficiently, it will be appreciated that neither the University nor the student participants will owe any duty of care to Clients; or accept any responsibility for the work undertaken or the advice given in the course of what is a free and amateur service. All liability is therefore disclaimed, to the maximum extent permitted by law. In particular:

  1. The University and the students do not warrant the accuracy of any information, written or spoken, provide by the student teams, and Clients should not rely on its accuracy to make decisions.
  2. Project teams do not have, or hold themselves out to have, specialist or expert knowledge.
  3. In general, teams should not be expected to spend much time on a client’s site; however, if they do, then the health and safety responsibility rests with the Client.
  4. No commitment can be made as to the amount of time students can or will spend on a project as it is understood that this work has to be fitted around their academic obligations that take first priority. Clients and teams will be expected to clarify timing and scope at the start and from time to time during the project.

The students will own the copyright in their reports, but each Client will have a free, irrecoverable, non-exclusive, non-transferable license to use each report which it commissions, for the purpose of the Client’s operations.

This information was last updated on 25 August 2015.
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Share your opinion… and win £40!

Blogged by Hugh Nicholson-Lailey on November 27, 2015.

Feedback helps us to improve the tools and services that we offer you at The Careers Service and we’d be very interested to hear what you think about our new look Oxford Guide to Careers 2016.

Take the Oxford Guide to Careers Survey now.

It will only take a few minutes to complete our short survey asking you to tell us what you like best and what doesn’t work for you in this year’s Guide.

Your Chance to Win

As you complete the survey you will have the chance to enter our prize draw for a £40 voucher to spend online: the draw will take place at the start of Hilary Term.

You can access the survey until 18th January 2016.

Copies of The Oxford Guide to Careers can be collected from The Careers Service at 56 Banbury Road.

Careers in Heritage evening at Oxford Castle Unlocked

Posted on behalf of Oxford Castle Unlocked. Blogged by Julia Hilton on November 26, 2015.

On 8th December Oxford Castle Unlocked will be hosting a ‘Careers in Heritage’ evening. This is a free event aimed at people trying to build a career in the arts, culture and heritage sector. This can be a challenging sector to break in to, and the aim of the evening is to give the audience an insight in to potential career paths, how to build the right skillset and apply for roles successfully, and to listen and ask advice from industry professionals.

There will be a number of speakers on the evening, including Debbie Dance, Director of the Oxford Preservation Trust, and Juliana Delaney, CEO of Continuum Attractions.

The event runs from 6pm – 8pm (doors 5.45pm) and tea and coffee will be served. Spaces are limited, and can be booked online.


Meet P&G One-to-One

Posted on behalf of P&G. Blogged by Employer Relations Team on November 26, 2015.

P&G, like many Fast Moving Consumer Goods Companies (FMCGs), relies on the power of its minds to create a winning culture. As such, the recruitment process at P&G is rigorous and competitive.

We will be at the Recruiters in Residence day, on the morning of Tuesday 1 December, offering tips on what makes a candidate stand out, through a CV and Cover Letter workshop. These will be informal sessions that will help you understand and prepare fully for the recruitment process. In particular, we will help you convey your strengths articulately and clearly through your CV and Cover Letter. We will also be on hand to provide practical advice on interview preparation, as well as an overview of the sorts of business skills and commercial awareness P&G looks for.

To make an appointment you will need to book your time slot through CareerConnect. Login to CareerConnect and search under events, click on ‘Book Now’ and select an available time. If your preferred time is not available you will be added to a waiting list and notified if it becomes available.

If you have any particular requirements, that may help you to access this event, then please do share them with us prior to attending by contacting or telephone 01865 274646.

Campaigning Training Programme

Posted on behalf of Emily Silcock OUSU Vice-President (Charities and Community). Blogged by Jane Chanaa on November 26, 2015.

Campaigning for Change is a training progamme run by OUSU, supported by the Careers Service. It consists of eight weekly sessions throughout Hilary term, run by top employers in the nonprofit sector, such as Oxfam and Amnesty International. Nonprofit employers often look for first hand experience of campaigning, therefore the course builds towards a ‘create a campaign’ challenge in 8th week, where participants will have 24 hours to plan and deliver a micro-campaign, based on a real issue that an Oxford-based charity is facing. To find out more, or to apply to take part, visit OUSU’s What’s On page or email

Emily Silcock
Vice-President (Charities and Community)
Tel: 01865 288465

Advertising and PR: Recommended Reading

Blogged by Julia Hilton on November 24, 2015.

Miles Young, CEO of Ogilvy & Mather, gave the headline talk at the 2015 Oxford Arts, Media and Marketing Fair. The talk covered how the landscape is changing in the advertising world and what companies are really looking for from the next generation of applicants in this digital world. The good news is that being immersed in digital media already makes you an expert, it’s not all about swotting up on technical language and programming, recruiters still want to see bright, creative minds and people who can work with clients and manage projects.

So how can you really prepare for making competitive applications in advertising and how can you impress at interview? Gain some commercial insight! Not just by building your relevant experience via extra-curricular pursuits and work experience, but via books. GET READING. Here’s some key suggestions from Miles for careers in advertising and PR…

Advertising books to read

  1. Alfredo Marcantonio,”Well-written and red”
  1. Alan Fletcher, “The art of looking sideways”
  2. Paul Arden, “It’s not how good you are, it’s how good you want to be”
  3. Bob Gill, “Graphic design as a second language”
  4. Bob Levenson,”Bill Bernbach’s Book”
  5. Luke Sullivan, “Hey Mr Whipple, squeeze this”
  6. Beryl McAlhone & David Stuart, “A smile in the mind”
  7. James Webb Young, “A technique for producing ideas”
  8. Jonas Ridderstrale + Kjeli Nordstrom, “Funky Business”
  9. “The Art Direction Book” published by D&AD
  10. “The Copy Book” published by D&AD
  11. “The Movie Book” published by Phaidon
  12. Cutting Edge Advertising by Jim Aitchison
  13. “Truth, Lies and Advertising: The Art of Account Planning” by Jon Steele
  14. “Good Thinking: A Guide to Qualitative Research” by Wendy Gordon
  15. “How to Plan advertising” by The APG (Account Planning Group)


PR Reading List

  1. “The Fall of Advertising and the Rise of PR” by Al Ries
  2. “The handbook of Strategic Public Relations” by Clarke Caywood
  3. “The 18 Immutable Laws of Corporate Reputation” by Ronald Alsop
  4. Value-Added Public Relations: The Secret Weapon of Integrated Marketing, Thomas L Harris
  5. Where The Truth Lies: Trust and Morality in PR and Journalism, Hobsbawm, J (2006)


Publications to Read Regularly:

  • Advertising Age
  • Adweek
  • Campaign ‐ The British advertising news source
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