On Wednesday we ran the 2017 University FLUX Final, which saw 3 teams from the Faculty of Science & Engineering and 3 teams from the Faculty of Business compete to become the 2017 Plymouth University FLUX Champions. As you may be aware, FLUX is a fast paced business challenge competition where an employer sets a real business challenge, which teams of 6 seek to resolve. Each team presents their business plans to a group of employer experts from a range of sectors, perfected and re-presented before a final run off and judging by the employers. The teams developed their business plan this year around launching a kite festival for St Luke’s Hospice in order to raise funds for this much loved and valued local community charity.
St Luke’s Hospice was delighted with the creativity and quality of the ideas developed by our student teams and has invited participants to work with them to launch the kite festival in Summer 2018. The finalists were Magnum Opus and Harbourside Solutions and the overall winners for 2017 were Magnum Opus.
|Team 2: MAGNUM OPUS|
|Ella Thorpe (Team Captain)||Law (Stage 3)|
|Sam Castlehouse||Law (Stage 3)|
|Thomas Faulkner||Law (Stage 3)|
|Adam Price||Law (Stage 2)|
|Vicky Broom||Law (Stage 3)|
|Jacob Cunningham||Law (Stage 3)|
As the wining team are all stage 3 law students from the Faculty of Business, I thought that you might like to celebrate this within your communications with staff and students. Interestingly Team Magnum Opus actually came second in the FOB FLUX competition but really took on board and applied the feedback from the employers who judged the FOB FLUX competition, and by the time that they got to the Final were an impressively well drilled team who then eliminated the FOB Faculty Flux winning team to get through to the final 2.
I am particularly grateful to the academic staff from the Law programme who attended the final pitch for encouraging the law students to participate and supporting them at the final. I know that it meant a great deal to the students in the wining team to have their academic staff present and willing them on. I have no doubt that this added to their confidence when they presented and when they won they enjoyed receiving the congratulations and attention from the academic staff who were present. I would appreciate it if my thanks could be given to the academic staff from the Law programme for their support.
I am sure that you will be delighted to know that 100% of the professionals involved in the event rated the employability of the students taking part in the FLUX final as “Excellent”. We have also had encouraging student feedback on the event including:
- 100% of students strongly agreed or agreed that their confidence with delivering presentations had increased as a result of their participation in FLUX
- 100% of students strongly agreed or agreed that their confidence working in team situations had increased as a result of their participation in FLUX
- 87% of students strongly agreed or agreed that their business knowledge had increased as a result of their participation in FLUX
- 94% of students strongly agreed or agreed that they would attend a Careers & Employability Service event again
- On a scale of 1 – 10 (1 being low and 10 being high) 96% of students rated the overall FLUX experience between 7 – 10.
Next year will be the 10th anniversary of FLUX and so we are planning some “special” elements for the FLUX final, including possibly a team of Alumni, a previous FLUX winners team and – if they are brave enough to go against our amazing students – a team of academic staff!