Fannie Yeung, marketing lecturer at Hull University Business School, said: “Building on their knowledge of marketing theory and with plenty of creative thinking, our students will be creating innovative ways to inspire the next generation of Team GB fans, particularly 18-24 year-olds.
“As part of the project they will also be identifying and evaluating the environmental opportunities and threats for Team GB – which adds an extra layer of complexity to the challenge.
“It is an incredible opportunity for our students – especially in an Olympic year – and we hope that it will bring their studies to life in a really unique way. We are delighted to be working with Team GB.”
The marketing challenge is now in its seventh year, with students previously working on projects for McCain Foods, one of the world’s largest manufacturer of frozen potato products, Beverley Building Society, Rix Petroleum, Greencore, AAK, and Whitby Seafoods.
Through workshops, tutorials and teamwork, students will conduct research, develop their ideas and marketing proposals throughout February and March, submitting a 4000-word report in April, with the best teams presenting their work to Team GB in June.
Peter Andrews, Head of Marketing & Business Strategy Subject Group, said: “We want to wish our students all the best for the Team GB marketing challenge – and we look forward to seeing them get to grips with the Team GB brand and developing skills that will make them business ready.
“Hull University Business School has a long history of setting real-life challenges for its students as part of our unique approach called Authentic Business Learning (ABL) – this means that our students are applying their newly found skills and knowledge with organisations including Young’s Seafood and Pipers Crisps. For this year’s students, working on this project for Team GB will surely be one of the highlights of their first year studying business.”