Access our student talent with live briefs

Do you have a business issue or challenge that you think our students could help you work towards solving?

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What is a live brief?

A live brief is an opportunity for you to present our students with a real-world problem and challenge them to come up with a fresh and creative solution or ideas that could benefit your organisation.

How will my organisation benefit?

Live briefs can help:

  • Inject innovative ideas from our student community into your organisation
  • Raise awareness of your brand or company profile
  • Develop a closer partnership between you, our community and our network of stakeholders
  • Connect you to future graduate talent

How do students benefit?

Our students will benefit from this valuable experience by gaining an insight into the challenges faced by your industry whilst improving their employability and future career prospects.

How do live briefs work?

We will work in partnership with you to develop a live brief project outline that our undergraduate students can work on during their first (October – December) or second (January – April) term. This will be an activity, task or perhaps set as a competition based on your business needs but will form part of their course learning. It may be an actual recent business briefing worked on by your staff.

The scope of the live brief challenge increases in complexity and personalisation as our students’ progress through their studies so our academics will work with you to ensure that they are matched accordingly.

Live briefs can cover a multitude of topics such as:

  • producing photographic works
  • designing digital marketing campaigns
  • designing more environmentally friendly packaging
  • reviewing webpages to determine user friendliness
  • a plan to raise the profile of your organisation using social media
  • developing a fund raising event or campaign
  • developing ideas to utilise waste products from your manufacturing process

We encourage employers to be as creative as possible when developing the brief as long as it represents a real life business issue.

What is the commitment?

We will work with you determine the best way for students to receive your vital professional feedback on your particular brief which may take the form of a poster presentation, a report, a slide pack or a presentation of their ideas. Examples of how this might work in practice include:

  • 1-3 hours of your time (Year 1 students). You submit a brief at the start of the module. At the end of the module, you will review and provide feedback from a report of the students work, slide pack or attend a student poster presentation.
  • 3-5 hours of your time (Year 2 students). You submit a brief at the start of the module. At the end of the module, you will be invited to campus to hear the students present their report findings in person or via a live link.
  • 5-6 hours of your time (Year 3 students). You submit a brief at the start of the module. At some point during the module at an agreed time/date, you’ll be on hand to answer student questions relating to the brief. You will then be invited to attend an end of module presentation day.

Is there a cost?

No. We value your contribution and your commitment of time and offer this service free of charge to organisations keen to support and help develop our students.

Get in touch to find out more.

If you have a challenge for our students or an idea that you would like to discuss further, please fill in our Live Briefs Expression of Interest form (PDF) and send it to