Unique partnership to boost communication skills

Education lecturers have partnered with a specialist to support the communications skills of students

Date: 30 October 2019

Education lecturers at London Metropolitan University have teamed up with a specialist communicator from the technology sector to support students’ professional communication skills.

Rob Simms, Product Manager at Deltatre, a leader in sport and entertainment video technology, has been assigned to work with year two Education BA students to improve the way they teach complex subjects.

The project is part of the degree’s Experiential Learning module, designed to boost students’ professional competencies and make them more employable.

As part of his role, Mr Simms repackages complex IT language for a range of stakeholders, from tech-savvy engineers to less knowledgeable international clients.  Deltatre is behind the digital media players for companies such as Channel 5, WWE and DAZN, as well as the new BBC and ITV collaboration, BritBox.

Rob said: “I am pleased to be able to support students at London Metropolitan University.  Collaboration between the private sector and universities is essential to develop graduate employability. I hope, through learning basic techniques, I can give students the confidence to communicate effectively and achieve their career aspirations.”

Lecturer, Mike Bennett, said: “It is vital for students to recognise transferrable skills between fields such as education and digital technology.  As educators, our students will need to be able to tailor their teaching of complex subjects to their audience, from a primary school pupil to a degree student.  The ability to do this effectively, whilst creating enjoyment of the topic, will define their success. I am very grateful to Rob for his time.”

Head of the School of Social Professions, Kelly Cooper, said: “We are rightly proud of our graduate employability and our outstanding links with industry.  Having a range of guest speakers and partnerships really adds to our student experience, and this latest project is another positive step.”