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Demonstration of SCEnAT on cloud the Supply Chain Environmental Analysis Tool

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

The advancement in cloud services now offers Universities and research groups access to an unparalleled level of technological power. The University of Sheffield will play host to this event to demonstrate the Supply Chain Environmental Analysis Tool (SCEnAT), an innovative application powered by Windows Azure. The event will also celebrate the launch of the Microsoft and Janet document pack.

Professor Lenny Koh Director of The University of Sheffield Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) Research Centre will speak about SCEnAT and its benefits to users. Carlos Oliveira, Managing Director of Shaping Cloud will discuss the development of the tool and benefits of utilising the technology. Mark McManus, Cloud Services Business Manager at Microsoft will talk about the Windows Azure platform and discuss the benefits to Universities and research groups. Tony Lewis of Janet will conclude the event by discussing the exclusive contractual amendments and due diligence available to research and education institutions in the form of the Janet Cloud Services for Education Agreement.

The advanced cloud technology used to build the tool has been recognised by Microsoft who have featured a case study about the tool on their own website.

This event is being supported by the University of Sheffield, Microsoft, Janet and Shaping Cloud.

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Energy we can all afford: public meeting and ‘Question Time’

Monday, March 4th, 2013

This winter millions of people across the UK have been struggling to pay their gas and electricity bills, yet energy prices continue to rise. How can we tackle the challenges of fuel poverty, fossil fuels and climate change to create energy we can all afford, warmer homes, lower bills and a cooler planet?

Come and join the debate

Date:  Friday 8 March
Time:  7.30pm start and refreshments from 7pm
Venue:  The Church View Centre, Church View, Doncaster, DN1 1AF (Parking available at rear of entrance, on street and market car park free after 6pm)

Speakers include:

Caroline Flint, State of Energy and Climate Change & MP for Don Valley
Martyn Williams, Energy Bill Revolution
Prof. Lenny Koh, Centre for Energy, Environment & Sustainability at University of Sheffield
Simon Bowens, Friends of the Earth Yorkshire & the Humber

For further information:
Contact Rachel at  or Tel: 07917 358796.

Organised by Doncaster Friends of the Earth with thanks to Doncaster CDT  and

Best Placement Student 2013 awarded to Management School’s Amy Brereton

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

A talented student from the University of Sheffield is celebrating after winning a national award for her innovative business skills which helped to transform a workplace.


Amy Brereton collects her award

Amy Brereton, 22, was specially chosen as the UK’s Best Placement Student at the National Placement and Internship Awards after proving herself as a determined and hardworking business leader of the future.

As part of her course the Business Management student took part in a 12 month placement at Enterprise Rent-A-Car (ERAC) in Sheffield.

“I loved my placement from start to finish,” said Amy. “There were times that were hard, but the best thing about the placement was how much autonomy and support I was given right from the beginning. No matter how crazy my ideas were – ERAC were happy for me to pursue them. In turn this led to changes in employee development, diversity training and community projects.

“As with any business placement, I learnt lots of new skills as well as developing existing ones such as organisational skills, communication and negotiation skills, and marketing and accounting for a small business – however some of the biggest skills I learnt were softer, personal skills such as time keeping and consistently getting up early!”

She added: “Skills that I learnt on placement are hugely beneficial to my degree. Everything I have learnt in my third year so far has made so much more sense as I can practically see where different theories fit in practice.”

Throughout the placement, which was organised through the University’s Careers Service, Amy transformed the under-performing branch of ERAC and helped to double its revenue in a short space of time.

In recognition of her intuitive business management skills, Amy was presented with the prestigious award at a special ceremony which took place in London last week (15 February 2013) and was attended by over 400 representatives from both the corporate and higher education sectors.

Entrepreneur and business founder Nick Holzherr, who was runner up The BBC’s Apprentice last year, gave an inspirational speech into the challenges and successes achieved through his own work experiences.

“I was incredibly shocked to win the award. I couldn’t quite believe that I was shortlisted for the final four so this is amazing,” said Amy.

“To me all I had done was my job – just being given the opportunities I had at ERAC was enough. I was very grateful to be nominated and to win was definitely the icing on the cake of a fantastic year.

She added: “Because I completed the graduate training programme five months ahead of the usual schedule I will be able to be promoted straight away when I return to ERAC which is fantastic.

“A placement not only allows you to develop professionally but it also helps you to improve personal skills such as time management. Even if you decided on your placement year that this career isn’t for you, it is something much better learnt whilst still studying and learning at the University then as a post graduate.”

The University of Sheffield’s Careers Service provides students the invaluable opportunity to develop skills for success through a variety of careers workshops, placements, internships and part-time jobs. Visit myVacancies, the Careers Service online jobs board to view live vacancies

Or for more information about the Careers Service visit

For a full overview of the day and all of the award winners, visit the website at

Further information:

The fourth National Placement & Internship Awards benchmarks success across all stakeholders in the undergraduate market. From employers to universities and students, this inaugural event is attended by over 400 representatives in the field of work experience and celebrates their outstanding achievements.

As well as the Awards, RMP Enterprise runs the award winning website and produces ‘A Students’ Guide to the Top Placement & Internship Employers‘. On-Campus Promotions is another arm of the business which executes tailored, targeted, and trackable campaigns on campus while our unique data capture app is transforming the way that organisations collect student data.


Success at Management School’s first Beta Gamma Sigma Induction Ceremony

Friday, January 25th, 2013

The Management School successfully held its first induction of new members into Beta Gamma Sigma on 10th January.

Beta Gamma Sigma, or BGS, is the international honour society serving business programmes accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Following accreditation from AACSB last year, the school gained eligibility to establish its own BGS Chapter here in Sheffield.

The school inducted its first 14 members into the BGS honour society and those that were able to attend were presented with their membership certificates by Dr Gary Simpson of Aston Business School, and BGS Inducting Officer. Professor Lenny Koh, Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs at the Management School was also presented with the BGS Chapter Charter on behalf of the School.

Becoming a member of BGS is something that Management School students should aim for.  It is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business programme accredited by AACSB International.

We look forward to welcoming more members into the Sheffield BGS Chapter at future induction ceremonies.

For further information about BGS at the Management School visit:

Dr Gary Simpson of Aston Business School presents Professor Lenny Koh with the Sheffield BGS Chapter Charter
Professor Lenny Koh presents Sophie Edwards, BA Hons in Business Management, with her Beta Gamma Sigma membership certificate

Management School celebrates at the 2013 Winter Graduation Ceremony

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

A reception was held on 10th January for Management School staff, students and alumni in celebration of all those who successfully graduated at the 2013 Winter Graduation. The following prizes and special awards were also presented:

P&A Prize for Organisational Leadership  
The P&A prize was announced by Linda Lewis, Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching, and presented by Kate Robbins, Forum’s Manager. The recipients for best overall performance in Experiencing Enterprise, New Venture Planning and the final project on the MBA course were:

  • Peter Clayton
  • Zahra Alomani
  • Lyubomir Mishkov
  • Joel Logue
  • Xun Zhao

Chartered Institute of Marketing Prize for Marketing
The CIM prize was announced by Linda Lewis, Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching and presented by Professor John Cullen, Associate Dean for Knowledge Exchange. The prize for  the best MBA Project in the area of Marketing went to:

  • Peter Clayton

The CIM prizes awarded for performance on the MSc programmes  were again announced by Linda Lewis and presented by Daragh O’Reilly, programme director of MSc in Marketing.  The best overall performance across Marketing modules for the MSc in International Management and Marketing programme was awarded to:

  • Charalambos Charalambous

The best overall performance across Marketing modules on the MSc in Marketing Management Practice programme was awarded to:

  • Rodrigo Afonso

Geoff Sykes Memorial Prize
The Geoff Sykes Memorial prize for best overall performance on the MBA programme, announced by Linda Lewis and presented by John Cullen, went to:

  • Peter Clayton

Congratulations to all our prize winners and to all our Management School graduates.

See pictures below:

P&A Prize for Organisational Leadership 2011/2012 awarded to Peter Clayton
P&A Prize for Organisational Leadership 2011/2012 awarded to Zahra Alomani
P&A Prize for Organisational Leadership 2011/2012 awarded to Lyubomir Mishkov
P&A Prize for Organisational Leadership 2011/2012 awarded to Joel Logue
P&A Prize for Organisational Leadership 2011/2012 awarded to Xun Zhao
Geoff Sykes Memorial Prize awarded to Peter Clayton
Chartered Insitute of Marketing Prize awarded to Charalambos Charalambous
Chartered Insitute of Marketing Prize awarded to Rodrigo Afonso

Catalyst Issue 04: The Management School Alumni Magazine

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

The latest edition of Catalyst from the Management School is now available to download. In this fourth edition we are pleased to share with you a brand new look and feel which we really hope you enjoy reading.

Download the latest and previous issues here:

If you have a story or would like to feature your alumni profile in a future edition of Catalyst email

Institute of Work Psychology high profile at BPS flagship conference

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Staff and students from the Institute of Work Psychology (IWP) are once again a powerful presence at the British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology Conference in Chester, taking place on 9-11 January.

The conference is the flagship conference for the Occupational Psychology profession in the UK. We are proud to announce that  IWP has posters and symposia delivered by four of our recently-graduated MSc students, a current PhD student, and four of our academic staff. Numerous alumni of the IWP are also presenting their work. IWP contributions are as follows:

Dr Kamal Birdi is presenting his research looking into the effectiveness of knowledge sharing in European police organisations.

Dr Angela Carter has organised a symposium of papers relating to how Occupational Psychologists can support young people in their pursuit of employment.  As well as facilitating a group discussion, Dr Carter is presenting her model that explores issues of youth employment.

Dr Karoline Strauss has been invited to showcase her work by the Division, as an illustration of exemplary research suitable for the upcoming Research Excellence Framework review.  Dr Strauss’ presentation focuses on proactive behaviour at work, and its relation to individuals’ careers.

Natalie Clark is presenting her MSc dissertation on employee development, which examines how an organisation can maximise its return on investment in austere times.  Natalie worked alongside Stuart Duff from Pearn Kandola Business Psychologists, and was supervised by Prof John Arnold.

Leanne Ingram and Marc Van Huizen are co-presenting their study into the implementation and evaluation of mindfulness training.  Marc and Leanne carried out their MSc projects with Dr Nadine Mellor of the Health and Safety Laboratory at Buxton, and were supervised by Prof John Arnold.

Stephen McGlynn, a PhD student at IWP, is hosting a series of communication workshops at the Conference, and is also graduating from the Division’s Leadership Development Programme, a new initiative designed to develop future leaders of the profession.

Emma Rowett is presenting a poster on her MSc project, which investigated the factors that lead to proactive behaviour.  Emma was supervised by Dr Karoline Strauss.

For more information on IWP go to

Knighthood for University of Sheffield VC and Management School alumni in New Year’s Honours list

Friday, January 4th, 2013

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, Professor Keith Burnett, has been awarded a knighthood in the New Year’s honours list for services to science and higher education.

Professor Burnett is an eminent atomic physicist who has also played an important role in developing science policy in the United Kingdom. He is a member of the Council of Science and Technology reporting to the Prime Minister and has offered independent advice on issues such as postgraduate education.

He was also recently appointed to the Infrastructure Council which will advise the Treasury on major investments totalling up to £200 billion over the next five years, including on energy, transport, waste, science, water and telecoms.

As Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield since 2007, Professor Burnett leads a University which combines world-class scholarship with the highest quality teaching. He has also focused attention on the impact of a civic university on wider society, and particularly its city and region. In 2011 the University of Sheffield was named the Times Higher Education University of the Year.

Responding to the announcement, Professor Burnett said: “I am delighted to accept this honour, which I do as the leader of an outstanding team here at the University of Sheffield. Our staff and students are drawn from the brightest and most talented people from all over the world, and others see in us the vision, expertise, determination and culture to use that knowledge to make a difference.

“From addressing the challenges of environmental change or the global economy, to treating diseases and understanding the beginnings of the universe, the University of Sheffield is a powerful force for good. But I also believe that the most important transformation we make is in the lives of our students who go on to benefit society in so many ways. It is this achievement which continues to be one of my greatest sources of pride and pleasure.”

Professor Burnett has been a strong supporter of the University’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, an award-winning collaboration between leading companies such as Boeing and Rolls-Royce, as well as over 40 supply chain companies to create a step change in manufacturing. This work led last month to the award of over £37million in Regional Growth Funding to support developments in the manufacturing supply chain, and has led him to be described by industrialists as an exemplary Vice-Chancellor playing a vital role in an area directly relevant to the future economic prosperity of the United Kingdom.

The Management School is also delighted to congratulate alumni Sir David Brailsford, CBE, MBA (Management School MBA, 1994) and Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, (Executive MBA programme 1999) on being knighted in the 2013 New Year’s Honours list.

Sir David is the Performance Director of British Cycling and received his Knighthood for services to cycling and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Sir Bernard took the position of Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in September 2011 and was previously the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police.  He was born in Sheffield and began his career in the forces with South Yorkshire Police.  His Knighthood recognises his services to policing.

We congratulate Professor Keith Burnett as the University of Sheffield’s Vice-Chancellor, and both Management School alumni Sir David and Sir Bernard on their special achievements. We wish them all every success for the future.

Further information:

Knighthood for University of Sheffield Vice-Chancellor – read the full story here
Bernard Hogan-Howe, from PC to knight – read the full BBC news story here


IWP Graduate Wins Practitioner of the Year Award

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Congratulations to Kate Bonsall Clarke, an alumna of the Institute of Work Psychology (IWP), on winning the coveted Practitioner of the Year Award for Occupational Psychology.

This prestigious award is granted by the British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology, and is annually awarded to a Chartered Psychologist who demonstrates excellence in the practical application of Occupational Psychology.

Kate received the award for her work with the Rail Safety and Standards Board, where she developed, implemented, and evaluated a programme for non-technical skills training for train drivers in the British rail industry.

Almuth McDowall, Chair-Elect of the Division of Occupational Psychology, commended Kate’s work as standing out from others in the shortlist, in that it evaluated its effect at the individual, team and organisational level.  Such an evaluation approach was inspired by the work of Dr Kamal Birdi, a researcher at the world-leading IWP, and one of Kate’s lecturers during her Masters course.

Alumnus Richard Bruce tackles top 50 manufacturing companies in South Yorkshire

Friday, November 9th, 2012

In this year’s analysis of the 50 top performing manufacturing companies in South Yorkshire,  Management School alumnus and Advanced Visiting Fellow Richard Bruce,  reveals that the two top performers remain in the same positions as last year, but for the remaining 48 there have been a lot of changes.

To qualify for inclusion in the table the company must be an active manufacturer in the Region, and its registered office (RO) must be in South Yorkshire.

The University of Sheffield continues its support for the development of the region’s advanced manufacturing expertise, as plans for the state-of-the-art Training Centre at the University’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP), have been approved by Rotherham Council. The centre will provide training in the practical and academic skills that manufacturing companies need to compete globally.  Its focus will be on 250 young people training as apprentices each year, with as many as 400 on site once the programme is fully underway.

You can download the article and the top 50 table from the Sheffield Star’s business section from Wednesday 24th October here.

You can read more about The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) at: