10th February 1999

 

 

SPECIAL SCHOOL REACHES GOAL

THANKS TO UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

 

Part-time MBA students from Hull Business School have helped a special school in Scunthorpe to maintain its reputation as an Investor in People.

 

Students following the Integrated Management Development Programme at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside spent five months working as consultants at

St Hugh’s Area Special School in Scunthorpe.

 

Their work with the staff helped the school to achieve re-accreditation as an Investor In People - and now St Hugh’s is in line for a top business award too.

 

The school has been shortlisted as one of three finalists in the Humberside Business  Awards. Headteacher Chris Darlington will find out on 4th March whether St Hugh’s has won the coveted prize for organisations with under fifty employees.

 

“Perhaps because we’re so close to the problem of staff communication we found it a difficult one to tackle,” Mr Darlington explained. “So when one of the university’s MBA students suggested that they help us as part of their project work I was delighted.”

 

The students spent time shadowing staff, preparing a questionnaire, carrying out interviews and working with the school’s co-ordinating team, which then used staff meetings and training days to work on improved communication strategies.

 

“The MBA students were excellent and helped us to move forward as part of our second accreditation for Investors in People,” Mr Darlington added. “They gained from being in a different educational environment, and we gained because they approached the task from a different perspective and brought their time, commitment, energy and skills to the job.

 

“They brought a refreshingly different viewpoint to our school which allowed us to become more aware and more empowered in our own decision-making process.”

 

For more information contact:

 

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042