Suzanne is Director of Enterprise and Student Entrepreneurship, and leads a team committed to ensuring students are placed to get good graduate level jobs.
The team develop entrepreneurship amongst Solent students, offering enterprise education programmes and financial support to students wanting to start up their own businesses. The team work with students across the university offering employability and enterprise training, business mentors, placements with industry and, through the university’s own agency, Solent Creatives, the opportunity to work on paid-for assignments with regional, national and international businesses.
This award winning agency, set up by Suzanne in 2011, is unique in the university sector, as it allows students the opportunity to work on paid for creative assignments with businesses to develop a portfolio of work that gives them the edge on graduation. This work has attracted interest from around the world and Suzanne heads a project to develop enterprise initiatives at Chinese universities. She has showcased the agency at universities in Shanghai, Baoji, Chongqing, Wuhan, Shenzhen and Guangzhou in China. She has also been invited to present the project in Norway, Spain, India and Australia.
Solent Creatives was praised and described as an “Angel of Creativity” by the RSA and has won awards for its enterprise work with students.
Solent Press is a second enterprise initiative set up by Suzanne, a publishing house that offers students journalistic and editorial opportunities with well known publishers, such as Haymarket and Archant Media. Students work on commercial magazines and develop and launch their own titles.
Suzanne sits on the university’s Academic Board, Research and Innovation Committee and the Academic Planning and Recruitment Committee.