Devon Chamber

Plymouth University’s Faculty of Business has become a patron of Devon Chamber of Commerce, enhancing links between the University and its students and the county’s business community.

The Faculty of Business is the eleventh patron of the Chamber alongside the Duke of Cornwall Hotel, the National Marine Aquarium, City College Plymouth, Santander and others, demonstrating its commitment to the development of Devon’s economy.

As a patron, the Faculty of Business’ Careers & Employability Team will receive support from the Chamber in engaging with the wider business community.

This will include visits for students to member companies, sourcing Chamber representatives or business people as guest speakers for lectures, and arranging attendance of Chamber member businesses to careers events for students.

George Cowcher, Chief Executive of Devon Chamber of Commerce said:

“The Chamber is delighted to welcome Plymouth University’s Faculty of Business as a new patron of Devon Chamber of Commerce. Sound business knowledge and understanding is vital for the sustainable growth of Devon’s economy, and as a patron of the Chamber the Faculty of Business will be able to provide further opportunities for its students to interact with the business community, sharing real world experiences and knowledge. The Chamber believes that the Faculty of Business’ patronage will complement its already strong offering for members across the county.”

The Faculty of Business – covering courses including business and management, economics, politics, and tourism and hospitality – aims to provide its students with outstanding experiences that enhance their future employability.

Its teaching approach is research led and designed to equip students with discipline specific and transferable skills, enabling them to be fully prepared for a successful career and to become valued members of the University’s thriving alumni community.

Professor Nikolaos Tzokas, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business, said:

“Our recipe for competing successfully nationally and internationally is firmly based, among other things, on our strategic relationships with businesses at the local and regional level. Joining forces with the Devon Chamber of Commerce creates an excellent space for research ideas with real impact and exciting new opportunities for our students to enhance and apply the professional and entrepreneurial skills they develop in our Faculty and the wider University.”

Dr Rumbi Mukonoweshuro, Lecturer in Accounting at Plymouth University, said:

“Over many years, we have worked very closely with the Devon Chamber of Commerce to create opportunities for our students. This patronage with the Devon Chamber will further build on that, generating outstanding networking experiences and providing a variety of chances to learn about elements of trade which will benefit their future careers.”

The Faculty of Business recently supported Devon Chamber of Commerce in the welcoming of a delegation from Ghana to Plymouth, hosting an International Trade event and dinner in their honour.