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The Management School shines with five-year AMBA accreditation

Monday, September 21st, 2015


Sheffield University Management School has been reaccredited for the maximum five-year term by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

After a rigorous two-day visit to the School, the AMBA panel were happy to grant four of the Management School’s Business Masters programmes a five-year accreditation – improving on our previous three-year award.

Dean of the Management School, Professor David Oglethorpe, said: “Five further years of AMBA accreditation is superb news and testament to the School’s continued hard work and professionalism.

“The panel gave us several commendations around leadership, ongoing development of internationalisation plans, facilities and professional service support. I’m delighted that these comments demonstrate that running a world-class Management School is a whole-team effort – everybody contributes and should feel proud. Maintaining our AMBA accreditation also secures our Triple Crown status, and keeps us in the top one per cent of Management Schools worldwide.”

The Sheffield MBA, MSc Management, MSc Management (International Business) and MSc International Management are the four programmes that retain accreditation, and join a global elite of courses to be approved by AMBA. The expert panel, comprising an AMBA representative and senior figures from other accredited universities across the world, were impressed by our collegiality, programme management and methods of diversifying and integrating international students.

Echoing Professor Oglethorpe’s comments, the panel praised ‘the loyalty, enthusiasm and dedication’ of all School staff, referencing a ‘tangible atmosphere of cooperation and common purpose’. They also commended our excellent level of pastoral care structure and the impressive measures the School has taken to ensure retention and development of academic staff.

Graduates of AMBA accredited programmes have the assurance of quality – they can be certain that the courses at Sheffield are thoroughly assessed, both on curriculum content and potential impact on future career prospects. Studying at a school with such international credibility also gets noticed by employers.

Professor Oglethorpe concluded: “The School has made huge steps in recent years. I’m immensely proud of our continued process and am delighted that this has been acknowledged by AMBA’s international panel.”

Prof Lee’s paper acknowledged by the Academy of Management

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015


A paper by Professor Bill Lee, Head of the Accounting and Finance division at the Management School, was acknowleged at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management in Vancouver, Canada.

Co-written with Professor Cathy Cassell of Leeds University Business School, the duo’s paper entitled ‘Understanding translation work in the multi-organizational translation of ideas‘, was placed as runner-up for the Carolyn Dexter Award for Best International Paper.

On the paper, Prof Lee said: “The article is about how an initiative that was first conceived in the UK – that of trade union supported learning representatives – was transferred to New Zealand.  The research involved three periods of fieldwork in New Zealand; one when the idea of learning representatives was being developed for the New Zealand context, another when the idea was being piloted and a third after the full scheme had been operational for a while. We discuss how the scheme evolved and changed as different actors either became involved or dropped out.

“Cathy and I have been working together on different research projects for well over a decade; indeed, the first period of fieldwork in New Zealand on this project took place in February-March 2005 and we had been studying  the corresponding scheme in the UK for a number of years before that.”

There are only two all-academy annual awards, this being one of them. There were 3,646 accepted papers at the conference this year – each of the 24 divisions put forward their best international paper for consideration. Lee and Cassell’s paper was put forward by the Organizational Development and Change Division.

Recycling e-waste worth up to 3.7 billion euros to Europe

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Lenny Koh

Recycling waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) more effectively could be worth up to 3.7 billion euros to the European market as well as reducing environmental pollution, an award winning research paper has found.

Professor Lenny Koh from the Management School along with colleagues Federica Cucciella, Idiano D’Adomo and Paolo Rosa from the University of L’Aquila and Politecnico di Milano have recently published a paper entitled ‘Recycling of WEEEs: an economic assessment of present and future e-waste streams’.

Waste electrical and electronic equipment is currently considered to be one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world, with an estimated growth rate between three and five per cent each year.

Professor Koh, Director of Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre (AREC) and a world leading expert on low carbon supply chains, said: “We have been working on the collaborative research for several years with the University of L’Aquila and Politecnico di Milano. This builds from our prior research on turning waste into resource, resource efficiency and circular economy.

“In particular, this research has strong relevance to addressing global issues of materials availability and security, reducing reliance on unused non-renewable materials, especially precious, critical and rare earth materials in manufacturing for sustainability and for consideration for substitution.”

The paper presents a comprehensive framework supporting the decision-making process of multiple electronic recycling centres. The assessment defined the potential revenues coming from the recovery of valuable materials, such as gold and platinum, in 14 electronic items including notebooks, monitors, smartphones, hard drives and tablets using current and future disposed quantities in Europe.

It found that recycling electronic waste was equal to 2.15 billion euros in overall potential revenue to the European market in 2014 and could rise to 3.67 billion euros by 2020. As well as providing a significant source of revenue, more effective recovery of materials could benefit the environment by reducing manufacturers’ reliance on unprocessed resources.

Professor Koh added: “The recycling of e-waste could allow the diminishing use of virgin resources in manufacturing and, consequently, it could contribute in reducing environmental pollution.

“Given that EU has tried over the last two decades to develop a circular economy based on the exploitation of resources recovered by wastes, this research is key evidence to influence both industry and government on the financial and economic value of materials recovery of WEEE.”

With the development of new electronic items and waste set to increase, the research highlights the need for manufacturers and recycling centres to work more closely together in order to recover more material from disposed equipment. It also recommends needed the development of more flexible recycling plants able to intercept different types of end of life products.

Following publication earlier this month, the research has been recognised by academic publisher Elsevier with the prestigious Atlas Award.

The award recognises scientific research that has an impact on people around the world and is selected by an advisory board based on suggestions from the publishers of Elsevier’s 1,800 journals each month.

Professor Gill Valentine, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Social Sciences, said: “I am delighted to hear that Professor Koh and her colleagues have been recognised with the Elsevier Atlas Award. This insightful work demonstrates the significant impact research here at the University can have on our world and the environment.”

An award ceremony for the presentation of the Elsevier Atlas Award will be announced soon.

Cooking up a storm – restaurateurs win city region business award

Friday, July 3rd, 2015


Sheffield University Management School congratulates Alistair Myers and Tom Lawson at Rafters restaurant, winners of the Young Business Person of the Year title at last night’s Sheffield City Region Business Awards

When Tom and Alistair took over Rafters Restaurant in December 2013 they had quite an act to follow, as Rafters had established a reputation over the past 20 years as one of the best eateries in Sheffield. The restaurant has continued to flourish under their management, having retained its two AA Rosettes and has been listed in 2015’s Michelin Guide and the Good Food Guide.

The Management School sponsored the young business person award, and Head of External Relations Ian Proctor congratulated Alistair and Tom on their achievement: “Our role at the Management School is to help produce the business leaders of the future, so it was a pleasure to see this duo to win the award and to see what they have accomplished with their business to date. Their story is a great example of young people showing the drive, determination and acumen required in business and we wish them continued success in the future.”

The event, held at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield, celebrated the importance of business across the city region in 14 award categories, and the ceremony brought together the winners from the region’s four Chambers – Doncaster, Sheffield, Rotherham & Barnsley and Derbyshire – plus the Derbyshire Times Business Awards.

For more on the Sheffield City Region Business Awards visit the Sheffield Star website:

A gateway to growth: SUMS sponsors high-profile regional award

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Sheffield University Management School is pleased to announce its sponsorship of a major regional business award.

The Sheffield City Region Business Awards celebrate the importance of business across the city region in 14 award categories, and the ceremony brings together the winners from the region’s four Chambers – Doncaster, Sheffield, Rotherham & Barnsley and Derbyshire – plus the Derbyshire Times Business Awards.

The Management School is sponsoring the Young Business Person of the Year Award. As Head of External Relations Ian Proctor explains, it was a natural choice: “The Sheffield City Region Business Awards are a great opportunity to unify the business community across the region, and to celebrate excellence and improvement. The Management School is proud to be associated with this particular award, as it resonates strongly with our of objective of helping produce the business leaders of the future.”

Sheffield Chamber’s executive director Richard Wright echoes this view, saying: “The Awards are not about comparing the region’s towns, but to make sure the best companies we have got in the area go forward and can compete nationally.”

The Sheffield City Region Business Awards will take place on 2 July 2015 at Ponds Forge, Sheffield. Find out more here:

Students take on Rolls-Royce board: Operation and supply chain in civil aviation

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015


A competitive two-days of executive presentations from Sheffield University Management School students for the MGT232 Operations and Supply Chain Management module sponsored by Rolls-Royce, has concluded with two winning teams and two runners-up teams for the Rolls-Royce Academic of Excellence Award.

The 2014/15 winners are:
Rolls-Royce team 3, including: Salwa Asban, Min Jeon, Claudia Mead, Olivia Paxson, Samuel Skellett, and Shashika Vinodani Warnakulasuriyage (14 May 2015)
Boeing team 11, including: Samuel Tipper, Xiao Ding, Edward Robinson, Mali Huang, Thao Do, and Joseph Boag (15 May 2015)
The 2014/15 runners up are:
Pratt and Whitney team 12, including: Lauren Barrett, Kara Daffern, Andrea Ionescu, Carly Morgan, Hannah McLennaghan and Benjamin Croxford (14 May 2015)
Rolls-Royce team 9, including: Edward Daniels, Joshua Hold, Yue Fei, Yutong Yang, Nickolai Aoun, and Ishita Ghandi (15 May 2015)

The presentations took place in the Chancellors Room in Firth Court at the University of Sheffield on 14 and 15 May 2015. Students worked in teams of five to six people, and role-played either a Rolls-Royce Board, Boeing Board, Airbus Board, Pratt and Whitney / United Technology Board or General Electric Board. They presented their ten-year plans charting the future of the operation and supply chain of these companies.

The presentations were made before a panel of senior judges from academia and industry including Professor Lenny Koh, Professor Ian Shellard, Jonathan Dadley-Webb and Peter Ralph. A total of 272 students took part across 48 teams.

Peter Ralph, Risk Manager from Rolls-Royce, said: “The standard and quality of the work presented are excellent, demonstrating the extraordinary capability of these undergraduate level 2 students in analysing such a complex business and supply chain of the civil aviation industry.

“The international mix of the students is great, providing a fantastic platform to learn to work in such an environment as part of this module which mimics the real life global environment of Rolls-Royce.”

Professor Lenny Koh, Director of the Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre and Logistics and Supply Chain Management Research Centre, said: “This partnership with Rolls-Royce is a testament of the on-going long term collaboration that benefits our students’ learning experience improving their skills and employability, drawing upon world leading research in this discipline contextualised with a strong sense of actual civil aviation operation and supply chain.”

Dynamic duo – Senate wins for Dr Newman and Dr Breslin

Monday, May 18th, 2015

_MG_8569  Dr Dermot Breslin

Two Management School academics have been added to the University Senate this year, following an announcement from Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Teaching Prof Anne Peat last week.

For the third year running, the list of Senate award winners has included Management School staff, a consistent achievement which we’re very proud of.

Dr Nicki Newman, Undergraduate Director for Teaching Quality Enhancement, has been granted an Early Career Senate Award, whilst Dr Dermot Breslin is awarded the Senate Award for Sustained Excellence.

Associate Dean for Learning & Teaching at the School, Prof Paul Latreille, said of the news: “I am delighted. Both awards are of course, eminently well-deserved, reflecting the outstanding contributions Dermot and Nicki make to our students’ experiences here at Sheffield University Management School. Congratulations to both of them.”

Following receipt of their awards at a Graduation Ceremony, winners become Senate Fellows. They follow in the footsteps of Management School colleagues Dr Robert Wapshott (2014) and Dr Tim Vorley (2013).

SUMS PhD student will ‘get noticed’ with infographic win

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015


Sheffield University Management School doctoral researcher, Cristian-Andrei Gherhes (pictured above), has won the opportunity to have his research brought to life in an infographic by Research Media, an organisation that supports researchers in creating and disseminating updates, outcomes and impacts to a broad audience.

Cristian, whose collaborative PhD studentship is with Doncaster MBC, was one of five winners in Research Media’s PhD Portfolio Competition, and he is now working with them on the project. He said: “I won the infographic prize which will be designed by experts at Research Media and will allow me to showcase the gist of my research in an innovative manner.”

Research Media launched the competition in a bid to raise the profile of early career researchers and illustrate the outstanding work being produced within UK institutions. Five prizes were on offer, each with the goal of aiding students in bringing clarity from the complexity of their PhD research projects. Close to 200 applicants from 68 universities entered the competition with winners picked at random.

Cristian continued: “The title of my research project is: ‘Understanding micro-business growth constraints and the implications for regional economic resilience in an uncompetitive post-industrial region’. The post-industrial region refers to the Sheffield City Region. What I am aiming to get across through the infographic is the historical context of the region, the current economic situation, key data about micro-businesses and how they can play an essential role in revitalising the region’s economy and advancing economic resilience.”

Vicky Williams, CEO of Research Media said: “PhD students are doing some outstanding work but face the challenge of making their research visible. We are committed to raising the profile of early career researchers. I am delighted to congratulate the winners and look forward to seeing the final pieces from across all five prizes.”

Congratulations from the Management School Cristian – we look forward to seeing the completed infographic.

Sterling commitment gains SUMS silver award from the Small Business Charter

Monday, April 20th, 2015


The Small Business Charter, which brings leading business/management schools and SME communities across the UK together, has awarded Sheffield University Management School a Silver Charter Award in recognition of our active participation in supporting start-ups and small and medium sized businesses (SMEs). This complements the School’s Triple Crown accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.

This award demonstrates the School’s efforts to engage with SMEs in the Sheffield City Region. Professor Andrew Simpson, Associate Dean for External Business Advancement, welcomed the news: “We were thrilled to hear from the Small Business Charter regarding our silver award. Unique to the region, collaborating with SMEs and start-ups is part of the culture at the University of Sheffield and the Management School and it’s great to see these efforts acknowledged at such a high level.

“Working with organisations of this size is of benefit to a number of stakeholders: our students gain an inspiring insight into how businesses run and the world of enterprise; our research diversifies and in turn benefits the sector; and the SMEs and start-ups we work with can freely access our academic expertise and utilise talented, enthusiastic students.”

The mutual benefits are key to the success of working closely with this sector of industry and we have always maintained a strong connection with Sheffield City Region’s business community. Anchoring the support of small organisations within such a large infrastructure can be seen throughout the University and the Management School works closely with the Enterprise Centre (USE) and students in Enactus to ensure that we are a fundamental catalyst for entrepreneurial activity across the whole institution.

Our Employability Hub regularly advertises opportunities for students to work alongside SMEs and start-ups and enterprise culture and entrepreneurship are built into the School’s curriculum – from BA to MBA level, we want our students to have real-life insight into these inspiring organisations.

SMEs can first make contact with the School by visiting the Management Gateway – – a hub for organisations and any external activity we engage in. Networking opportunities, ways to engage with our students and expert consultancy are just a few of the opportunities facing businesses who engage with us, and now we hold the Small Business Charter silver award, it opens up even more possibilities.

Sheffield University Management School hopes that this accolade will further clear the path for SMEs and start-ups who are interested in working alongside us. Collaborating with a top one per cent management school presents numerous opportunities for enthusiastic young businesses looking to consult with experts, work with our students, network and access additional sources of growth funding.

Our commitment to enterprise is unique in the Sheffield City Region, and everyone is set to benefit.

The Small Business Charter

University business schools awarded with Small Business Charter awards have already directly helped over 8,000 small businesses – working with them through a range of support including on-site incubators with dedicated space for students and small businesses to start up and grow.
The Small Business Charter originated following Lord Young’s report ‘Growing Your Business’, which was aimed at bringing business schools, business and entrepreneurs closer together to deliver support for small businesses and drive local economic growth. Delivered in partnership with the Association of Business Schools, and with the support of Lord Young and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Small Business Charter Awards offers a springboard to unlocking support and investment for students, start-ups and small businesses.


Student Collaborator of the Year – Josie Smith wins at inaugural Professional Services Awards

Friday, March 27th, 2015


The School is delighted that Josie Smith, Research Support Officer at Sheffield University Management School (pictured above), was presented with the prize for Professional Student Collaborator of the Year at the first ever Sheffield Professional Awards.

The glittering ceremony, held on 26 March at The Octagon, was a fantastic occasion to recognise the contribution of Professional Services to the University as a whole. Deputy Head of Student Experience and Accreditation at the Management School, Sharon Rose, narrowly missed out on the Faculty of Social Sciences award for Professional Staff Member of the Year.

Well done to Josie and Sharon, the School is immensely proud.

Read the Dean’s Blog, written prior to the awards, for more on the School’s Professional Services.