Innovative relationship between Universities set to build on business clinic success


(Left to right) Nigel Coates, director of Newcastle Business School, Anoesjka Timmermans, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and Kirk Dodds, senior lecturer at Newcastle Business School

Northumbria University’s partnership with the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) is set to take an already successful consultancy service run by business students to new heights.

The recently announced partnership in the Netherlands establishes a campus presence for Northumbria in Europe, with UK-accredited degrees taught at AUAS and opportunities for both universities to collaborate on areas including research, exchange programmes and summer schools.

Collaboration has also just been agreed for students from the Amsterdam School of International Business at AUAS, and Newcastle Business School’s Business Clinic at Northumbria, to work together.

Kirk Dodds, lecturer in marketing from Newcastle Business School, said: “We were delighted to welcome Anoesjka to the Business Clinic, especially as it was on the day our students were making final presentations to their clients as part of their degrees. Clinic-based learning like this can really enhance the learning and employability of our students – values clearly shared with the Amsterdam School of International Business.

“The outstanding quality and experience that Anoesjka’s team bring to this style of business education means we can enrich the learning experience for students from both institutions even further. It is an exciting opportunity to truly collaborate and provide a new kind of opportunity for students and academics to learn from each other and make a profound contribution to the wider world.”

Both Northumbria and AUAS already run very successful business clinics in which students learn about business theory and practice through providing free, real, professionally supervised, assistance to business and other organisations with consultancy on their challenges and opportunities.