Our Benefits

If you’re looking for a degree course that will prepare you in the best way possible for a rewarding career in an exciting business environment, then a NOVUS course is for you. By accepting a place on a NOVUS course you’ll receive:

Placements

Two periods of work experience are built in to your degree course, both paid. More importantly, they give you the opportunity to learn more about the practicalities of working in organisations and to develop your people skills, as well as helping you to build your practical knowledge of the subject.

Over the summer period between the first and second year, we help you find suitable work experience with a NOVUS company for a period of 8 to 12 weeks. The scale and geographic coverage of our sponsors means that we can usually find you somewhere close to home. You return to study your second year with an improved understanding of the industry, ready to explore the subject in greater depth.

The third year of your course is spent on salaried placement with a NOVUS company, which could be anywhere in the UK. There are a wide variety of opportunities with our sponsor companies in many different sectors – manufacturing, retail and logistics services, for example. You could be doing anything from working with suppliers, inventory management, warehouse operations, transport planning through to supply chain improvement projects.  

As the employing company know that you will be returning to work for them or one of the other NOVUS companies on graduation, they can invest in your development while you are with them and have a vested interest in ensuring you have a great placement experience.

You can read more about our student’s experiences here…

Seminars and site visits

2018 site visit to Wincanton, Gloucester

Cummins Project, Huddersfield

The teaching team at NOVUS universities are experts in their field and have a reputation for delivering great courses in this subject area. NOVUS companies work with the university teams to enrich student learning and help to apply theory to the real world. We do this by bringing professionals in to the classroom and taking the class out to the professionals!

Supply chain, logistics and HR colleagues from NOVUS sponsor companies participate in guest lectures and workshops on topical issues. Project work is a key component of the course, and NOVUS companies provide students by designing real-world projects and by reviewing the student’s completed work.

Site visits allow students to see the latest technology and ideas being implemented by NOVUS companies.

Mentoring

Anete Brauna, graduate of 2017, mentored by Paul Horton, Board Member and Supply Chain Director at Travis Perkins.

2018 mentoring article from CILT’s “Focus” magazine

Mentors are a great way to support your career development – helping you work out what you want to do, what type of company you want to work for and the best way of achieving your goals. They are likely to help you develop your CV and your understanding of the workplace, particularly around issues like people management. Your mentor may also be able to help you with your university work, providing first-hand information and advice with managing projects. They will invite you to their workplace, so that you can learn about their organisation and how it works.

We have more than 100 industry people involved in mentoring our students, including senior directors and managers from many different businesses, all of whom have one thing in common – a commitment to helping young people reach their potential.

Graduate employment

NOVUS students are guaranteed a graduate-level job on graduation, subject to achieving a 2:1 or above and completing a satisfactory placement with a NOVUS company. To find out more about the breadth and depth of roles on offer, visit our sponsor’s pages…