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What is LAUNCH?

LAUNCH is an essential part of the NCH experience, providing a practical counterpart to complement your academic education. It is meant to provide you with two kinds of practical experience: knowledge about work and organisations, and how to succeed in different kinds of working environments. On the LAUNCH programme, we help you think about your future while you are studying for your degree, so that you are ready to succeed in your next steps after you graduate.

Taught across each of the three years of your undergraduate programme, LAUNCH fosters skills that are essential for a wide range of different professions. The programme is designed to develop skills that are relevant for any type of career. Every year, students finishing the LAUNCH programme go on to a range of workplaces, from law and consulting to marketing and advertising, and from entrepreneurship to the arts and to postgraduate study.


One-to-one Careers Clinics

Each year, you will also participate in Careers Clinics, either one-on-one or in groups of a few students with similar interests, with the College’s expert and highly experienced careers counsellors. They will help you map out what you want to do after NCH and will work with you to formulate a plan, tailored so that you can identify and achieve your individual goals.


What will you learn?

LAUNCH is designed as a learning-by-doing programme for skills that are helpful for success in working in professional teams and communities. Working in teams is central to the programme, as is thinking about a customer’s or client’s needs in order to generate interesting ideas and present them in convincing ways. The presentation and teamwork skills are complemented with training in the basic technological and numerical literacy that are helpful in understanding the commercial implications of good ideas.

The LAUNCH programme is intended to add to your academic studies at NCH by fostering curiosity about the world, and by providing a view to the activities and needs of larger organisations, such as charities and companies. This will not only help you work out what your role might be in an organisation, but also to practice and learn about the realities of project work before taking on real professional work.

Having this experience not only enables you to make more informed choices about jobs and careers, but also gives you a perspective on what kinds of successes and difficulties are normal in a professional setting, so that you develop your resilience and flexibility, which are essential for people to build successful careers and happy lives.

The LAUNCH programme is designed around three major projects; in your first year, you will respond to a brief from a client; in the second year you will create a new concept and write and test a business plan; and, in your final year, you will build a website or app.


Taught by practitioners

A distinctive feature of the LAUNCH programme is that the course material is delivered by people who have spent their lives in their specialist areas of business. LAUNCH is not a theoretical academic course, and it focuses heavily on real-life cases and teamwork.

Our Visiting Fellows come from a wide range of backgrounds and have different interests. They bring a wealth of experience for NCH students, not only about their specialist fields, but also their knowledge about what organisations are looking for from the graduates they recruit.


Contact the LAUNCH team

For all queries regarding collaboration with the LAUNCH team, please contact the Dean for Education in Business & Economics, Marianna Koli:

Some LAUNCH Visiting Fellows

Merry Baskin: Planning Director at Chiat Day and J Walter Thompson

Simon Bucknall: Presentation coach to various CEOs, runner up in the 2017 World Toastmaster public speaking competition

Ben Hart: Co-founder of We Are Atmosphere (technology consulting business)

Lisa Thomas: formerly McKinsey, independent consultant to global firms