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UUBS and PwC secured their place among industry leaders throughout the UK for their collaborative efforts on the development of two bespoke postgraduate programmes. The collaboration saw both parties work together to create a new MSc Professional Services Operational Delivery in 2019 to meet growing market demand for enhanced operational delivery expertise.

Building on the successful partnership, the innovative MSc Business in Technology was developed two years later. This multidisciplinary future of work programme was developed to advance the technology and business capability of PwC’s next generation of senior business leaders.

Both initiatives have emerged as vital platforms for driving competence-based education within PwC and the professional services sector, equipping learners with the latest insights in areas such as business strategy, transformation, consulting, emerging technology, and technical awareness. Programmes have enabled learners to tackle live business challenges, leading to tangible benefits through improved workforce capability and increased employee engagement in PwC.

Professor Gillian Armstrong, Associate Dean (Development and Partnerships – Domestic) at Ulster University Business School said:

“Our strategic learning partnership with PwC reflects a shared commitment to education, research, innovation, and employability. Through a transformative partnership model, we have ensured that curriculum is aligned closely with organisational needs. This approach has enabled us to leverage the unique strengths and capabilities of professional teams within UUBS and PwC to develop programmes that ensure individual and business impact. We are delighted to be shortlisted, and this recognition is testament to the dedicated efforts of our exceptional colleagues who have played a pivotal role in ensuring the success of these tailored and innovative learning solutions.”

Claire Shields, Director (Capability and Development) at PwC's Operate, commented:

"We are thrilled to reach the finals of the Learning Excellence Awards. In today’s modern workplace, it’s important that businesses continue to transform how they educate and develop their employees. Integrating university credentials and teaching expertise with an employer influenced curriculum has become a very powerful way for us to ensure our workforce is equipped with tailored knowledge and skills required now and in the future. This collaboration with Ulster University Business School has been instrumental in helping enhance new and accredit existing skills across our workforce, providing learners with more focused learning and valuable qualifications. The tangible benefits we've seen in our business are a direct result of enhanced workforce skills and employee engagement.”

The Learning Excellence Awards are an annual celebration for the business training and learning and development sector, which seeks to award exceptional and innovative initiatives and programmes between businesses and training providers.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on Tuesday 16 April 2024 where business leaders and academic experts will come together to celebrate the achievements of outstanding collaborations.