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Postgraduate students place highly at International Graduate Competition

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Hear from our four students who came a fantatsic second in the HEC Montreal International Graduate Competition, as well as one of their mentors Professor Tim Vorley:

Leading innovators in learning and teaching awarded by Senate

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

For the fourth year running, the Management School has achieved success in the University’s prestigious Senate Awards.

Prof Paul Latreille, Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching at the Management School, scooped the prestigious Senate Award for Leadership in Learning and Teaching. On his win, he said: “I’m delighted with this acknowledgement from the University. We’ve worked hard to become leading innovators in learning and teaching and to deliver an outstanding student experience, and it hasn’t just been my efforts: without an exceptional team of supportive academic and professional services colleagues, this award wouldn’t have been possible. I’m proud of the entire School and this award is a further reflection of our collegiality and the great things we can achieve together.”

Andrea Ward, University Teacher and Postgraduate Director for Teaching Quality and Enhancement, has been awarded the Early Career Senate Award. She was praised for being a dedicated, inspirational teacher and mentor who makes the most of available technology, saying: “My teaching approach is facilitative encouraging participation and to provoke thinking to enable them to reach their potential by helping them create the ability and skill to decipher real world situations. It’s an honour to have this acknowledged by the University.”

The final award, for Collaborative Activities, was a group presentation to the Global Leadership Initiative Team (GLOSS), including Management School academic staff Prof Jason Heyes and Dr Thomas Hastings. For the past two years Jason and Tom have arranged for groups of Sheffield students to attend meetings of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation, a specialist agency of the United Nations. Thanks to Jason and Tom’s efforts, the students have spent a week in Geneva meeting ILO officials and learning about the realities of international policy making. Their commitment to securing valuable international opportunities for students in the social sciences has made a significant difference to student experience across the Faculty.

Dean of the Management School, Prof David Oglethorpe, reflected on the announcement: “I couldn’t be prouder of our achievements in learning and teaching and some of these have been recognised formally by the University again this year with four Management School staff achieving Senate awards. This is the fourth year running that the Management School has members of staff receiving these awards – a true reflection of our commitment to ensuring excellent, innovative teaching provision for students.”

Click here to read more about the Senate Awards and winners across the university.

Leading accounting Professor honoured

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

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Fourty-two leading social scientists have been conferred as Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences, including Management School Chair in Accounting and Finance Professor Josephine Maltby.

Fellows are drawn from across the spectrum of academia, practitioners, and policymakers and have been recognised after a process of peer review for the excellence and impact of their work in the social sciences. This includes thought leadership based on innovative research, the application of evidence for policy, the adoption of social science insights in practice and sustained advocacy that has improved the public understanding of issues where social science can make a contribution in higher education, government, and everyday life.

Josephine has an international reputation for her work on women as savers and investors and in the history of the accounting profession. Recent pieces for The Conversation have investigated savings history and charity finances. She also maintains relations with businesses such as Ratesetter, a P2P lending company for whom later this week she will discuss women and investment on an invited panel – click here to read more about the event.

The Academy of Social Sciences is Britain’s national academy of academics, learned societies and practitioners representing nearly 90,000 social scientists.

Entrepreneurial recognition for alumna in Pakistan

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

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Two Sheffield alumni in Pakistan have been recognised for their achievements at a ceremony held at the British Deputy High Commission in Karachi, with Dr Nousheen Zakaria (MSc Human Resource Management 2008) awarded first runner-up in the Entrepreneurial Award.

The Education UK Alumni Awards celebrate the achievements of alumni from UK universities who are now living in Pakistan and have gone on to achieve success in their professional careers.

After gaining her MSc in Management HRM at Sheffield University Management School, Nousheen (pictured above) earned her PhD in Strategic HRM at the University of Leeds. As Co-Founder and CEO of Out of the Box Ltd, U.K and The Code It Company, Pakistan, she is responsible for releasing some of the newest and most innovative apps and websites to support the local industry as well as global clients. She provides equal-employment opportunities to people with special needs. Nousheen’s UK study experience enhanced her critical thinking skills and has helped her be the entrepreneur that she is today.

Fellow University alumnus Jahanzeb Awan, who studied Law at Sheffield, won the Professional Achievement Award, recognising alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership and achievements in their professional industry.

The awards were presented by special guests including University of Sheffield alumna Dr Urooj Mumtaz, who plays for Pakistan’s national women’s cricket team.

Top tier ranking for the Sheffield MBA

Monday, February 8th, 2016

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The Sheffield MBA has been awarded Tier 1 status in the latest rankings from CEO Magazine.

CEO Magazine has been showcasing top business schools from around the globe since it first launched in 2008. The CEO Magazine Global MBA Rankings, launched in 2012, are designed with applicants in mind and examine the nuts and bolts of an MBA: the learning environment, class sizes, tuition fees, faculty, delivery methods, international diversity, gender make-up and more. The objective is simple: to identify schools which marry exceptional quality with great ROI.

The Sheffield MBA Director, Dr Vasilios Theoharakis, commented on the announcement: “We’re delighted with the Tier 1 European accolade we’ve received from CEO Magazine. They have acknowledged and rewarded the very tangible, practical elements of the Sheffield MBA that make it unique.

“While studying at the Management School, our students focus on three key areas of work; entrepreneurship, leadership and consultancy which, alongside a rigorous academic programme and excellent links with organisations, develops a seasoned business leader – ready to innovate and excel in their chosen sector.”

Click here to view a PDF of all results, or visit the website.

Management School challenges shine at Achieve More

Friday, February 5th, 2016

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First-year students working on the Achieve More module have seen great success with two Management School-run challenges.

This is the second year that the Faculty of Social Sciences challenge has run, assigning interdisciplinary teams of students from different departments a topic which they then have to find a creative solution to. Over 1,700 students took part.

A team including Dafne Achniotou (Management), Jools Arts (Politics), Lawrence Greco (East Asian Studies), Sanaya Knowle (Economics), Wing Lam Lo (Landscape Architecture), Lewis Manning (Geography) and Patience Nasieku (Law) worked on a topic led by Dr Christine Sprigg from the Management School, with student facilitators Daniella Mokhtar and Gabiela Morales, named ‘How Can the Social Sciences Stop the Cyber Bullies and the Twitter Trolls?’ (pictured above, left).

There were four winners in the challenge overall, and the team clinched the ‘Citizenship’ prize.

Dr Tina McGuinness’s team, run with student facilitators, Kate Orgill and Jie Tang, addressed flood risk and received an honourable mention from the judges. Dr McGuinness, also from the Management School, said: “We were delighted to see how the groups relished the challenge of working across their disciplinary subject boundaries and brought together their different skills to produce stimulating and thought provoking artefacts.

“The facilitators’ involvement was integral to helping all of the student groups to get to grips with the project brief and come up with a range of artefacts which showed their research and creative skills off to best effect.”

Tina’s team (pictured above, right) comprised Georgina Allsopp (Law), Chenhao Cao (Architecture), Eilish Hurst (Journalism), Zhen Jia (Management), Nicholas Sinclair (Economics) and Daniel West (Geography).

Congratulations to both of the teams!

IWP celebrates its award-winning cohort

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

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Congratulations to Kester Poon, MSc Occupational Psychology graduate who won both prizes associated with the Institute of Work Psychology’s programmes at winter graduation, held on 13 January 2016. He was awarded prizes Best Student and Best Dissertation, sponsored by Arup and Pearn Kandola respectively.

Dr Carolyn Axtell said: “It is unusual for a student to receive both prizes, but Kester’s outstanding performance across the course as a whole and within his dissertation made him a worthy winner for both. He has graduated with Distinction and achieved the highest overall programme score within his cohort. His dissertation examined the role of manager flexibility in the implementation of HRM practices.”

Kester (pictured above, left) was employed by the Ministry of Defence in Singapore prior to the MSc and has returned there since finishing the course. His role allows him to apply knowledge from different areas of Occupational Psychology – ranging from selection, to training analysis and evaluation, to organisational behaviour, statistics and employee satisfaction and wellbeing.

Kester said: “The MSc has been an invaluable experience in refreshing and updating my knowledge in these areas as well as in the forging of networks with peers, academics and practitioners alike”.

Another recent graduate, Joel Ockwell (pictured above, right), was invited to the Indigo Gold Innovation Awards in 2015 to present details of his dissertation project which looked at scoring methods for situational judgement tests. These awards look at how innovative the project is along with scoring based on academic credibility and how transferable the work is to current and future commercial environments. The judges were impressed with Joel’s thorough analysis and he was put through to the final round of discussions, before finally being named as runner-up.

Joel had worked with Pearn Kandola on developing alternative scoring systems after successfully applying for a Sheffield University Management School company-based dissertation project. Since graduating he has been putting his learning to good use after accepting a job offer from PriceWaterhouseCooper where he is working as a Business Psychologist on selection and assessment practices.

Business Management graduate scoops regional award

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

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“He will definitely be one of the reasons SleepCogni becomes a global brand”.

James Bird’s boss and mentor, Sheffield entrepreneur Richard Mills, is very pleased with the SUMS BA Business Management graduate, and it’s clear to see why. James certainly hasn’t rested on his laurels – joining SleepCogni straight after graduating as Business Manager, the service has made significant leaps in a short amount of time, achieving milestones it couldn’t have without James’s input.

Cementing his contribution and bright future, James won the Young Business Person of the Year Award at the Sheffield Business Awards 2015, celebrated with a large crowd of Yorkshire businesses in Ponds Forge at the start of December (pictured above, James collecting the award from Brenda Jordan, Operations Director at Sheffield Chamber of Commerce).

On his win, Richard commented: “James’s success demonstrates the mutual benefits of the Management School working with SMEs in Sheffield – we are all proud of his major achievement. He is a shining example to many young business people being produced by Sheffield University and should be commended for his ability and attitude. He has been invaluable to the business and it’s a pleasure for me to mentor such a young talent.”

SleepCogni also won the Best Use of Technology to Improve Business Performance Award on the night, so there was plenty to celebrate for Richard and his team.

Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching, Professor Paul Latreille, said: “The School is delighted to pass on its congratulations to James on this fantastic achievement, and thanks to Richard for his part in James’s success! It’s great to hear that our graduates are really making a difference and we’re very proud.”

Interdisciplinary research project will secure the future of water

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

A £3.9million research project, involving six universities and 26 companies from across the UK water sector, will ensure the UK maintains a clean, sustainable water supply for the future – with contributions from two Management School academics.

The project – led by the University of Sheffield – will help the UK water sector tackle key challenges, including population growth, ageing infrastructure and climate change. The project is part of the £21million ‘Engineering Grand Challenges’ funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Named TWENTY 65 (Tailored Water to Ensure sustainability beyond 2065), the project will ensure flexible and adaptive water systems by developing multiple solutions and technologies that can be ‘tailored’ to suit specific circumstances. Dr Kamal Birdi and Dr Tina McGuiness from the Management School are involved in two of the project’s eight key themes – Collaboration for Innovation, and Mobilisation respectively.

Professor Joby Boxall, from the University of Sheffield’s Faculty of Engineering and Director of Sheffield Water Centre, who will head the TWENTY 65 project, said: “Water supply is the foundation of society, but a service we are privileged to be able to take for granted in the UK. There is no single solution to the sustainable supply of safe clean water for the future. Our vision is that by 2065, collaborative innovation has generated a water sector that is delivering sustainable tailored water solutions that positively impact on public health, the environment, the economy and society. New approaches and models for collaborative working across the water sector are an essential part of the project. We have support pledged from over 50 partners and will be looking to get more organisations on board. This is a truly unique and exciting opportunity to take a long-term view of how we can develop and implement technology to deliver transformative change.”

The project was developed in response to an EPSRC call in early 2015 which set out four Engineering Grand Challenges, developed through a two day event involving academics from many disciplines, representatives from industry and government.

Award-winning learning and teaching at SUMS

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

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Two Management School academics scooped TESS (Teaching Excellence in Social Sciences) awards for outstanding learning and teaching this year.

Senior Teacher in Finance, Jonathan Jeffery, who has previously been acknowledged for his innovative teaching methods, and Professor Jason Heyes (pictured above, second from left) both received awards from Professor Jackie Marsh, Faculty of Social Sciences Director of Learning and Teaching.

Jason’s involvement in the Faculty’s GLOSS programme led to his team award. He has fully engaged with GLOSS (Global Learning Opportunities in the Social Sciences), leading a trip with students to the International Labour Organisation’s governing body meeting in Geneva. Read more about GLOSS here.

Jon led the charge in installing the Management School’s Financial Markets Trading Room, and conducts a great deal of teaching with undergraduates and postgraduates in the space – equipping them with skills that are useful in the City.

Well done to both winners!