M-SParc and Bangor Business School collaborate

One of the things we are very proud of at M-SParc is how our close relationship with Bangor University has enabled us to provide the best opportunities for young people.

Bangor Business School has always been forward-thinking when it comes to the student experience, and so when M-SParc opened its doors in 2018 they didn’t hesitate to get the students involved.

From bringing year groups into the building to hear talks from the tenants, to attending business workshops and hackathons, to taking advantage of internship opportunities, students have been able to benefit from this collaborative attitude.

Dr Siwan Mitchelmore, Senior Lecturer and Employability Lead at the School, said:“We are very much committed to providing value added experiences and opportunities for our students and by collaborating with M-SParc we have been able to offer a range of inspiring events and experiences for our students both onsite and virtually to enhance their employability.

“We have developed many initiatives to ensure that students see M-SParc as a resource which is part of the University where they can capitalise on industry connections. Our current project involves collaborating on an employability event with M-SParc, Bangor Employability Team and M-SParc tenants to integrate work-based skills into the student experience.

“Having a Science Park is a real advantage for the University and creates great opportunities to bridge the gap between education and the business community. Students clearly enjoy the benefits of such collaboration, with feedback from embedding business community engagement in modules being very positive.”

The Enterprise Hub @ M-SParc ran a pitching event last month, whereby those with business ideas could pitch them to an audience with an opportunity to win funding.

Daniel Lewis, a 1st year Busines School student, won the event with his business ‘Lens dros y Ffens’ - Photography, Videography & Inspection Services which he hopes to enhance to provide an educational element.

A Bangor Business School student, Rose Suddaby, is currently interning with M-SParc to look at the statistics of women in science and technology careers in Gwynedd, which involves interrogating several different data sets, and is collaborating with a student from the School of Ocean Sciences.

M-SParc also has an ‘innovation room’ funded by Santander Universities, where enterprising students can work on their company or business idea for 6 months, and several Business School students have taken residence there over the years.

All M-SParc events are always open to students, and the M-SParc team encourages any school at the University who wants to explore opportunities to work together to get in touch – be that for guest lectures from tenants, invitations to end-of-year expos, or anything else!

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