Undergraduate study

Our students

Stuart Rimmer

Stuart has gone from a first degree and MBA here to a major leadership role.

Stuart Rimmer

BA (Hons) Cultural Studies 2000, MSc Enterprise Management 2001, MBA 2004.

'The analytical skills that you pick up through University help you deal with high volumes of complex information in the world of work.'

What brought you to study at Teesside University?

It was recommended to me by a good friend. Once I graduated, I stayed on for master’s level study.

What was the course like?

As part of my first degree I studied philosophy and psychology which I use in my business to this day. The most valuable learning came through my MBA which gave me a good grounding in the key functional areas of business including strategy, marketing and finance. The analytical skills that you pick up through University help you deal with high volumes of complex information in the world of work.

I represented the University at Rugby and Gaelic Football (gaining colours). The social life around the campus was excellent. It was a pleasure to see both the campus and the university continuing to develop and thrive.

What did you do next?

I worked in insurance for AIG Group, then trained as a teacher in Business Education and progressed into Further Education, initially as a Programme Manager for Business, Law and Psychology at Newcastle College. I then went on to work at Lancaster and Morecambe College for seven years, first as Quality Improvement Manager and then as the Director for Quality and Enterprise.

What are you doing now?

I am the Principal / Chief Executive of Great Yarmouth College. My role is to lead the College, ensuring the curriculum is delivered to the highest national standards, meeting the needs of local and regional employers and the local student population. The College turns over around £13 million per year and is a complex business, with over 300 staff and 5000 students ranging from apprenticeships to Higher Education programmes.

In addition I run a successful coaching practice (Inception Coaching) working with SMEs and public sector organisations to improve performance, wellbeing and resilience. I also run a micro business with three friends, importing and retailing classic Italian wines (Provino Wines Ltd).