Archive | July, 2018

My placement so far: Disney

This post was written by BSc Marketing student, Laura


I have been at Disney for just over a month now and I can honestly say that I am very thrilled with the role so far. I am doing a lot more than I expected prior to starting the role as I am being given very important and exciting campaigns to participate in alongside my team, such as Mickey’s 90th Anniversary upcoming in November. Alongside this I am being given total responsibility to manage all the CRM emails being sent out, for the upcoming film released for Disney, which is even more interesting as I get to see the final piece being sent out across all the markets in EMEA. I have also been introduced to numerous different software’s for both creative use as well as analytical which help to make the deployment of campaigns much more efficient.

However, I think more than anything what I find most interesting is seeing how a multi-national company works across all lines of business with different departments and markets worldwide in the company to deploy these campaigns. This showed me just how important communication and team working skills are needed in a business environment as without it Disney’s marketing campaigns would not be as effective as what they are. Besides the work side of my placement I have had the chance to see different movie premiers in the office cinema and attended corporate events as well as making many new friends. I very much look forward to seeing what the rest of my placement has in store for me!



Graduation 2018

Congratulations to our 36 placement students graduating today!


Today was a fantastic opportunity to congratulate all our Southampton Business School Placement students on their graduation day.


The brilliant degree results that our students achieved highlights how hard they have worked over the last four years, whilst their future graduate roles highlight their success.

Congratulations Class of 2018!

Congratulations from all the Placements Team






My Placement So Far: William Grant & Sons UK – Part 3

This post was written by third year BSc Business Analytics student Emma, Insights Executive at William Grant & Sons UK.


In the final month of my placement now checking in to the blog with a final update and summary.

I have been continuing with my work, growing within my role and now feel incredibly familiar with the data in the industry.  Since last checking in, the marketing team have been working on our annual market report which is a physical book that lets the company know what’s going on in the market including the hard data and trends that are up and coming that directly impact us. I have been heavily involved in retrieving and analysing this data which is the basis for discussion throughout the book. I have become very confident with sense checking data to look for errors and just generally more familiar with the industry. This placement has confirmed for me that I would love to stay in the spirits industry however for my analytics career; it may be best suited to get experience on the agency side as opposed to the brand side working with various companies on projects.

I have completed a WSET level 2 award in spirits which was a lot of fun to get a deeper understanding of spirits, not only did we have a lot of fun tasting spirits over a 2 day course, it is another qualification that can be added to my CV and may help me further a career within the spirits industry.

Overall I’ve had the best year working with William Grant & Sons, I’ve been working very hard but also having a lot of fun with the extra trips that WGS offer, some weeks I’m around the UK or up in London, it’s a nice change to office life and something to look forward to. The people have been so lovely here and I’ve really thrown myself into the social side with going to bar events/competitions and I’ve even had cooking lessons with our company chef and the group one day after work! They’ve treated me well here, it will be sad to leave but I’m excited to get back to my degree and I feel really prepared to take on my dissertation.

Thanks to those who have read my blog posts, hope they’ve been helpful and have given you an insight into what I’ve been up to over the past year.


Emma Goring