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TeamWork

TeamWork is a proven virtual international programme connecting organisations with multi-disciplinary teams of students from Warwick and other top universities around the world. The programme helps students to develop their international experience, intercultural and communication skills and project management techniques, whilst organisations benefit from a diverse student perspective on a project of your choosing.

It's a perfect opportunity to gain insight from our students in your workplace. The TeamWork programme brings together a multi-disciplinary, multinational team of 6-8 students, from the Universities of Warwick, Monash Australia, Monash Malaysia, Hong Kong University, University of Toronto, Canada, Cornell University, USA and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. We are also delighted to welcome students from the Eutopia University groups including the University of Gothenburg, CY Paris, University of Ljubljana, UPF Barcelona, VUB Brussels and Ca'Foscari, Venice.

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Students need your guidance, knowledge, opinions, and discussions to broaden their horizons and practice their skills to help prepare them for their career after university. This is a unique opportunity for you and your organisation to give back. It is your experience and support that is of great value to our students.

You and your organisation will gain from having a team of students apply their perspectives, skills, global outlook and academic abilities to your specific business need or challenge. TeamWork is also an ideal branding opportunity for your organisation. Plus, you have an opportunity to spot prospective graduate talent for recruitment.

Hear from a graduate volunteer, Peter Blackman here.


We welcome a broad range of projects, from organisations around the world and from a wide range of sectors. The project could be a real challenge facing your organisation, or an area or opportunity that your organisation wishes to explore further, or simply a project that would benefit from a student view and input.

We are looking for organisations whose main focus is within the following sectors: 

  • Sustainability and Social Impact 
  • Global Health and Wellbeing 
  • Charity / Not For Profit
  • Finance 
  • Technology 

The projects themselves should incorporate one of the following themes: 

  • Marketing and Social Media 
  • Consultancy /Business Transformation  
  • Innovation 

Please email, alumni at warwick dot ac dot uk to get started.

What we need from you

  • A project brief by end March 2023
  • A mentor for the student team, who is available to provide an initial briefing, plus feedback weekly online to the student teams for four weeks between June/July 2022 (the times could vary depending on project)
  • Feedback to your student team on the project outcomes/final presentation

We provide

  • Student application and selection process for the programme
  • A multi-disciplinary team of students, who will have undergone a training and skills induction programme before they begin your project
  • Support and facilitation from the Warwick TeamWork team

Timeline

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Date Action
January - March 2023 Provide project brief
April 2023

Briefing call with Warwick

June 2023 Meet your student team
June 26th - July 21st 2023 Project starts for 4 weeks
August 2023

Post TeamWork questionnaire


Ideally, please provide as much detail as possible about your project brief. All students will have signed a Privacy Statement, so any information or data you provide is confidential. During your briefing, it’s good if you can share context and introduce your organisation and then drill down into what exactly you want the students to complete for you, potentially indicating where you give them freedom to do their own research. Also, do tell your student team how you would like to see the final report/presentation i.e. PDF, PowerPoint presentation.


How much time will I need to allocate to this project?

We expect a total time commitment of up to 2 hours from you per week during the project itself. This includes an online pre-project briefing with your student team, regular check ins – and a final project presentation meeting.

What technology is required?

We use Microsoft Teams which is supported by Warwick, secure and free to use. All work will happen through this platform including sharing files, working on documents and holding team chat and video calls.

How can I best support the students?

During the four-week project phase between June 26th and July 21st, we suggest checking in with your student team at least once per week, via the Microsoft Teams platform, and ideally via a video call. We also recommend that you are available to reply to any questions from your team, during the four weeks. We recommend being clear when describing your project to your student team. It’s also a good idea to have an ice breaker session with your team to get to know each other during a 'get to know you' meeting during the week prior to the project starting.

"TeamWork has been a great opportunity to engage with students and listen to their fresh ideas about topics that have been on our radar for quite some time. The wide variety of their backgrounds, both cultural and academic, resulted in interesting questions that challenged our ways of thinking. What is more, their enthusiasm and professionalism were reflected in the quality of their deliverables which positively surprised me. For all these reasons, I look forward to collaborating with the next cohort of students.

TeamWork 2022, Christos Roussakis, Eurostar

"Watching over the student projects and seeing them develop over 4 weeks was wonderful. The students are hardworking and determined, making it a joy to work with them! With time, today's generation will have responsibilities of making this world a better place. It was a pleasure to help them understand where in the world problems lie and what possible solutions there are. We sincerely hope to continue our relationship with Warwick TeamWork for next year. Thank you – truly.

TeamWork 2022, Sarah Shafiq, Action for Development