30 March 2022

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Baroness Karren Brady CBE joined University of East London's (UEL) vice-chancellor and president, Professor Amanda Broderick at a special event hosted by the Royal Docks School of Business and Law (RDSBL). 

"Re-imagining the Future of Business and Law: an East London Perspective" took place at the University Square Stratford (USS) campus on Tuesday 29 March. 

Panel discussion featuring Mohammad Ali, Sadiq Khan, Amanda Broderick and Karren Brady

UEL announced the launch of two new spaces at USS: a mock courtroom - complete with dock, witness box and gallery - which was unveiled by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan; and the Strategy and Marketing Analytics laboratory, designed in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and unveiled by John Davies, director, Regional Government UK, Worldwide Public Sector at AWS.  

These new teaching and learning facilities will support UEL's careers-first focus. The mock courtroom will let students see how a real courtroom works, while the Strategy and Marketing Analytics laboratory will give students the opportunity to learn how they can use data and analytics in real-time to derive business insights and implement solutions.   

Recognising the changing landscape and re-imaging the future of business and law, UEL has designed courses in areas such as fintech, artificial intelligence, data analytics and cyber criminology. The USS campus also houses a Legal Advice Centre and Tax and Accountancy Clinic where students get practical experience in helping the local community with legal and business matters.  

Mayor of London with students

Dean of the RDSBL, Professor Mohammad Ali hosted a stimulating panel discussion discussing the future of the business and legal industries and how fast-paced technology was shaping the jobs of the future. He commented, "The RDSBL is focused on ensuring students are career ready when they graduate. So when we re-imagine Business and Law, we want our students to develop their digital capability and use of technology. Working with organisations such as AWS will be a huge part of our future as we prepare our students to succeed in this new landscape."

Vice Chancellor and president, Professor Amanda Broderick introducing the event said, "In line with our 2028 vision and strategy, here at the UEL we want our students to be career-ready - to move seamlessly from study to the world of work. We prepare them to have influence, experience and vision, ensuring they can shape the business and legal world of the future for the benefit of all."

With the new City Hall headquarters having moved to the Royal Docks in March, Mayor Sadiq Khan said, "Our city needs young people with the skills that will help to drive London's economic future and it was great to see the fantastic new facilities for students at UEL's School of Business and Law. The centre of gravity in London is moving east, with City Hall recently relocating to the Royal Docks - as well as heralding a new era for the GLA, the move will help boost the regeneration of this exciting part of east London."

Mayor of London addressing the audience

Baroness Karren Brady CBE, vice-chair of West Ham United Football Club commented, "East London is an exciting hub of opportunity - dynamic and continually evolving with a growing local and global presence. It has been encouraging to see and hear from UEL students today."

Baroness Karren Brady CBE

Unveiling the plaque for the new Strategy and Marketing Analytics Lab, John Davies, director, Regional Government UK, Worldwide Public Sector at AWS said: "We're delighted to support RDSBL on the launch of the new Strategy and Marketing Analytics lab. Through this new facility, our aim is to inspire students, help ensure they are career ready when they graduate, and give them a firm foundation as they set out into the world of business."

John Davies, director, Regional Government UK, Worldwide Public Sector at AWS

UEL has been championing its new initiative 'Connected Campus', a £20 million plus investment programme to improve its three campuses by creating more pioneering, vibrant and welcoming spaces for people to study, work and live. 

The £33million state of the art USS building was originally opened on the 5 November 2013 by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, Chancellor of the University of London. 

USS campus


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