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Global Skills Development provides a range of year-round, face-to-face and online support tailored to the needs of Business School students.

Global skills include the ability to communicate with individuals from diverse social and cultural backgrounds, the ability to function within international teams, and an open-mindedness to a range of perspectives and attitudes. Together, these are highly desirable competencies for the global workplace. Business School students represent over 80 countries, and this diversity enables our community to expand its global awareness and learn about the impact of culture on businesses and working practices as they work together in groups to undertake multiple projects throughout the academic year.

Our provision includes:

  • workshops on working in teams and cross-cultural competence
  • weekly global business news discussion groups
  • 1-to-1 English language support
  • programme specific writing and presentation workshops
  • a range of 1-to-1 study skills consultations
  • presentation rehearsals
  • language checks for CV and cover letters
  • MBTI
  • Online study skills modules
Jim McCloskey

James McCloskey
Lead Consultant, Global Skills Development

I joined the Business School from 2007. Prior to this I taught English for academic purposes at Royal Holloway, University of London, and managed various teaching programmes for the British Council overseas. I have a Diploma in English Language Teaching, an MSc in Management and Teaching, and PhD in Applied Linguistics, University of London. Research interests include language attitudes, cross-cultural group work and cultural intelligence (CQ).

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Martin Lisboa

Martin Lisboa
Consultant, Global Skills Development

I joined the Business School in 2015 having previously taught Business English and English for Academic Purposes for the University of Pisa and London Metropolitan University. I was Marketing Manager and Assistant Director of Studies at the British Council, Milan, and established an executive language training school specialising in courses for clients in banking and finance. I have a Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and an MBA. Business English and IELTS publications include those for Cambridge University Press, National Geographic Learning and Macmillan.

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