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19th October 2012, 12:10pm
Students to learn from Britain's business leaders
Business students Students from the University of Lincoln will enjoy unprecedented access to some of the country’s most influential business leaders through a link-up with the Institute of Directors.

The IoD has confirmed the University of Lincoln is among the first universities in the UK to be selected for its student membership scheme.

The Institute, which represents the interests of more than 37,000 business leaders across the UK, is looking to support high-flying undergraduates by offering them the rare opportunity to learn from some of the most senior company heads in the country, who will serve as mentors, potential employers and even investors in start-up businesses. Around 30 students from the University of Lincoln’s Business School will benefit from the initiative.

The IoD announced the expansion of its student membership scheme at a keynote event on Tuesday 16th October 2012 at the University’s Lincolnshire Leadership and Management Centre (LLMC).

Head of Lincoln Business School, Professor Tom Mordue, said: “It is a great privilege for us to be one of the few universities in the country selected by the Institute of Directors to be part of its student membership initiative. Our students already maintain a keen focus on the real-world demands of business, as well as the theoretical underpinnings which are so important to determining strategy. Being able to call on the knowledge and the experience of the IoD’s members will further broaden their perspective and enable them to demonstrate their own abilities to influential businesspeople, which can only serve them well once they graduate.”

The event, called Developing the Board of the Future, served a dual purpose: to provide this new platform for business students in their future careers and to discuss how organisations can create effective Boards. Dr Roger Barker, the IoD’s Head of Corporate Governance, was among the speakers.

Annette Wood, Chairman of Lincolnshire Branch of the Institute of Directors, said: "The branch is delighted that the University of Lincoln are supporting a group of their students in taking up student membership of the IoD. We look forward to involving and welcoming both students and academics from the University at our events.  The experience and knowledge of the IoD Lincolnshire members will be a great additional resource for the students as they prepare to enter the challenging world of business."

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