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TWENTY65 project launch makes a splash

Monday, February 1st, 2016

TWENTY65 launch London Jan 26 2016

Sheffield Water Centre, alongside Drs Kamal Birdi and Tina McGuiness from the Management School, celebrated winning the EPSRC’s Grand Challenge for ‘Sustainable Water for all’ at the TWENTY65 Official Launch at Whitehall, London.

The event was opened by Kedar Pandya, Head of Engineering at EPSRC and was attended by key players from the Water Sector, including the Head of Sustainability for the GLA and the KTN Manager for Water, ARUP, Murphy Group and Water Utility companies from across the UK.

The research initiative, which will see the University of Sheffield collaborate with five other universities on meeting the water challenges of the next 50 years, was launched on Monday 25th January. TWENTY65’s tagline is ‘Tailored Water Solutions for Positive Impact’. It will seek to address the ‘grand challenge’ of providing sustainable water for all in the face of population growth, climate change, urbanisation and ageing infrastructure in the years to 2065. The project aims to provide thought leadership through a partnership approach between the universities, water utilities, trade associations and the supply chain.

Dr Kamal Birdi (pictured above left, standing), who is leading the project theme on collaboration for innovation, said: “The event began with an overview of the programmem with project leads outlining their research plans. I then facilitated a range of activities designed to get different water sector stakeholders (water companies, supply chain, professional bodies and academics) to identify the most critical disruptive innovations we require in the water sector over the next 50 years. We were trying to put our collaboration for innovation ethos into practice.

“There were 72 attendees from many sectors. The day was busy, buzzing with enthusiasm and discussion and seemed to engage everyone thoroughly in TWENTY65’s ambitions.”

Tina McGuiness is contributing to another project theme on mobilisation.

Research toolkit will improve working lives on a global scale

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015


A toolkit developed by experts at the Management School will help ensure that organisations operating in informal economies worldwide are upholding labour standards and respecting employee rights.

Created following research by Professor Jason Heyes (pictured above) and Dr Thomas Hastings, both from the WOERRC research centre, the document entitled Extending Labour Inspection to the Informal Economy, was commissioned by the International Labour Organization (ILO) – a specialised UN agency with 186 member countries.

Professor Heyes, who has worked with the ILO since 1998, commented on the project: “The ILO creates, promotes and upholds labour standards in all of its member states. I work with the Governance and Tripartism Department, which is responsible for providing member countries and social partners with advice and support on matters connected to labour administration and labour inspection. Labour inspectorates are government bodies that, through proactive and reactive inspection work, play a vital role in improving employer compliance with employment rights.

“This toolkit is intended to help labour inspectorates to address employment rights issues in the informal economy, thereby increasing the protection provided to vulnerable workers. Most ILO member countries have a labour inspectorate of some kind – they check workplaces and ensure employers are respecting employment rights, including issues such as minimum wage requirements, health and safety concerns, holiday entitlements, freedom to join trade unions and equal opportunities in the workplace.”

The innovative, easy-to-use toolkit has been designed to connect new academic theories with practice, via actions taken by the inspectorates. It will develop the ILO’s capacity to provide support to countries tackling issues related to the informal economy, and will increase the effectiveness and knowledge of inspectors in improving protection for employees.

The toolkit is accompanied by an online message-board, where users can discuss how the toolkit has impacted on their role and feed-back information to the research team at Sheffield. Dr Hastings discussed further testing of the toolkit: “In December, we will present the toolkit and project findings to senior ILO officials in Prague. Then we hope that it will be trialled in South Africa in the New Year, and are exploring further international testing options throughout 2016. It has a global reach, as we have considered cultural differences throughout and the toolkit can easily be adapted to benefit countries all over the world.”

The practical implications of the toolkit are huge, and align with WOERRC’s mission to promote decent work and decent workplaces and the Management School’s commitment to supporting socially responsible work practices across the world.

This research was funded the ILO and an ESRC Impact Accelerator Award.
Click here to download the toolkit.

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).

An international experience – WOERRC introduces students to global leadership in Geneva

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Group-Sign   Jason-Tom-Dean

This week’s International Labour Organisation (ILO) governing body meeting in Geneva had comprehensive representation from Sheffield University Management School’s staff and students.

Working with Global Learning Opportunities in the Social Sciences (GLOSS), Professor Jason Heyes and Dr Thomas Hastings from the Work, Organisation and Employment Relations Research Centre (WOERRC) at the Management School have taken a group of Management and Politics students to the event.

Prof Heyes explained: “The ILO is a United Nations organisation that is responsible for developing and promoting international labour standards and helping its 185 member countries to promote decent work. It is governed on a tripartite basis by governments, employer bodies and trade unions from its member countries. Its governing body meeting develops policy recommendations that are then discussed and ratified at the International Labour Conference.

“As Director of WOERRC, I have a longstanding relationship with the ILO. The students have listened to debates regarding the global challenges facing the ILO, freedom of association, legal issues and international development. Thanks to my connection with the ILO, and the efforts of Sian Parkinson from GLOSS, they have met with ILO officials to discuss social dialogue, migration and employment and have also met an ILO intern – Aaron Booth – who is a former MSc Human Resource Management student from the Management School, recommended to the ILO by myself.

“The students will write a number of policy briefs on issues discussed during the trip. These will be disseminated via WOERRC and GLOSS and will also be highlighted at an event in Westminster on 15 June, which will be attended by PVC of the Faculty of Social Sciences Professor Gill Valentine and to which officials from the ILO and relevant UK organisations will be invited.”

The opportunity to attend this year’s governing body meeting was advertised to final-year BA Business Management and International Business Management students, as well as those on the MSc Human Resource Management and MSc International Business programmes. Prof Heyes and his team selected BA Business Management & Economics student Dean Broomhead as an attendee on the basis of a strong application which highlighted his interest in the ILO and his knowledge of its remit and activities.

We asked Dean what encouraged him to apply for the trip: “Primarily, my motivation behind applying was the fact that this was an incredible, unique opportunity. To have such an experience I believed would not only enhance my wider knowledge but also increase my employability.

“There hasn’t been a single ‘typical’ day at the event. We’ve had the flexibility to tailor our time to areas that we found interesting. Over the course of the trip, I’ve sat in on governing body meetings discussing a vast array of issues and had the opportunity to speak to ILO employees on their fields of expertise. We’ve also visited several other United Nations buildings. Two particular stand-out moments would be visiting ‘the palace of nations’ (the UN headquarters) as it was great to see the history and importance of such a place, and secondly sitting in on the governing body meetings of the ILO, with regards to accusations and breaking of conventions. I was able to see true diplomacy in action on several controversial and topical issues.

“I can certainly relate much of what I’ve learnt back to my degree. Whilst the wider awareness and experience is obviously fantastic, I now have a greater understanding of many topics that I can specifically convey in to my work at University. With relation to career prospects, I am certain this will help me. Not only have I had the chance to grow my network, but also the opportunity to develop many transferable skills.”

Dean found out about the opportunity through his Industrial Relations module, but there was plenty of email correspondence and promotion around the School – he encourages his peers to pay attention to such opportunities: “Whilst sometimes they can be on barely noticeable emails, there are opportunities do things like this through the Management School and I haven’t regretted any moment here. I’m a firm believer in saying yes to any opportunities like this. I doubt many students in the UK or even globally have had the chance to work in agencies of the United Nations and brush shoulders with diplomats and specialists alike.”

The ILO is an international organisation and this has been a fantastic opportunity for students to learn about the work, employment and employment relations challenges facing different countries around the world and to gain a better understanding of how policies are developed and implemented. Keep an eye out for similar opportunities through GLOSS and WOERRC.

A global player: Sheffield University Management School maintains place in world’s top 1%

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

The University of Sheffield’s Management School has kept its place in the global elite thanks to once again gaining the stamp of approval from prestigious international accreditors, EFMD.

Accreditations from EFMD’s European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), the Association of MBAs (AMBA), and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) are collectively known as Triple Crown accreditation, an honour upheld by Sheffield University Management School since 2012 and bestowed on fewer than 60 business and management schools worldwide.

Dean of Sheffield University Management School, Professor David Oglethorpe, said: “I am proud to lead such an inspiring school. EQUIS accreditation is a highly prestigious mark of quality and another feather in our cap – although we are already in the top one per cent of schools worldwide, we are highly ambitious for the future and want to further enhance our reputation and that of the University on a global scale.

“EQUIS has critically examined our global presence and progress alongside programme provision, world-class learning environments, research and outreach. As an EQUIS accredited school, we must demonstrate a high degree of internationalisation. Across the globe, businesses recruit our students, and we welcome many overseas students every year. Also, we must create strong alliances across continents with institutions like ours. There is no reason why all of us shouldn’t aim to be international – not just as a school, but as students, researchers and professional staff too.”

Accrediting bodies look for qualities in a school that are unique – Sheffield University Management School’s research focus sets it apart from similar organisations. Professor Oglethorpe continued: “Our researchers are conducting world-leading studies, with an overarching focus on sustainability and socially responsible work practices. From analysing labour standards in Brazil and South Africa, to developing flood risk strategies in the face of climate change, and securing food supply chains, they are working to solve huge global problems.”

Associate Dean for External Business Advancement, Professor Andrew Simpson, said: “Continuous improvement is embedded in our staff’s and students’ approach to work and study, and we are committed to this as a strategy for the future.

“To achieve EQUIS we don’t simply have to maintain standards – the School must have advanced significantly in line with its strategy since the panel’s previous visit.”

Professor Simpson is spearheading the Management School’s international profile. He recently returned from a trip to Japan with the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Keith Burnett, where he met with other universities, organisations and alumni.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Social Sciences, Professor Gill Valentine, said: “I was delighted to hear of the Management School’s reaccreditation. The panel could not fail to be impressed by their excellent facilities, focused mission and vision, and world-leading staff – EQUIS cements their global reputation, and feeds into that of the Faculty and University.”

Sheffield University Management School is living and breathing the University and Students’ Union-formed #weareinternational campaign.

Enactus Sheffield flourish on the world stage

Thursday, October 30th, 2014


In April, we reported on Enactus Sheffield’s success in the national heats of the World Cup.

Enactus Sheffield, a student-run company specialising in social enterprise projects in Sheffield and around the world, has representatives from all faculties at the university, though around 50 per cent of students who work with them are studying at the Management School.

The team is back in the country after competing in Beijing and reaching the semi-finals. Needless to say, the Management School is very proud of their achievements. Managing Director of Enactus Sheffield, undergraduate Accounting and Financial Management student Caroline Turner, spoke to us about the experience:

“Being able to present on the World Stage was genuinely an incredible experience. One of the reasons we worked so hard over the summer was to showcase our projects to their best in front of the top students, business leaders and academics from around the world. Seeing the support worldwide for our projects and how they are some of the best projects in the world was very rewarding for all our hard work.

“We were very fortunate that due to the support of the University, the Management School and USE we were able to take 23 students to Beijing with us. There was an incredible group feeling and we had a great time experiencing such a different culture. We travelled all over Beijing whilst we were there and got to experience the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square and The Forbidden City.

“The Enactus World Cup isn’t just about the competition, although being placed in the top eight teams in the world and losing out by only three points to the eventual winners [China] was a big achievement. World Cup is about being inspired, seeing the best teams in the world, and the collective difference the Enactus programme can make all over the world. In fact, one of the best parts of World Cup is the culture fair where each country showcases specialities from their own countries through dance, music, costume and giveaways – not many people can say they’ve experienced 36 cultures in one afternoon!”

We asked Caroline what she had planned for her second year as Managing Director of Enactus Sheffield: “For me, it’s mainly about sustainability – this year we actually had no plans to win Nationals as we were on a two-year plan! We want to make the projects we have even bigger and better and we’re starting new ones for the team to build upon and share with the UK long after I graduate. I am proud to lead an absolutely incredible and inspirational team and I’m sure great things are coming from all of them this year.

“We wouldn’t be anywhere without the support of the University and specifically the ongoing support of USE and the Management School. In an organisation like Enactus where there’s a complete change in management nearly every year, the constant presence of our academic advisors is invaluable. We also receive all different kinds of support including booking rooms, finance, logistics and, most importantly, advice! Of course, Enactus is all about putting skills the Management School teaches into practice in a real business environment. The Management School is a fantastic supporter of Enactus and has been for many years.”

Dr Jon Burchell, senior lecturer in management at the School, said: “As an Enactus Sheffield advisor I am, of course, immensely proud of what the team have achieved – winning nationals and doing so well in China. My role in their success is advisory, meaning the fantastic students, led by Caroline, deserve all of the credit. They are changing so many lives through their projects, and I can’t wait to see what they do next year. Onwards and upwards.”

Could you become a destructive leader?

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Destructive leadership in the workplace – many workers could identify a time where they think they’ve experienced this.

As part of his Antecedent Project, Peter Crellin, a doctoral researcher in the Institute of Work Psychology at Sheffield University Management School, sought to answer the question, ‘what causes destructive leadership?’.

With the certainty that the behaviour of followers, or fellow workers, could have something to do with the emergence of destructive leadership, Peter has set up a virtual workplace simulation to test users’ behaviour against his ideas.

Peter said: “After a couple of fruitless tests, the question became ‘how can we easily immerse people in an experience that will allow them to behave genuinely’. The answer was a Computer Simulation of an Actual Workplace (CSAW) – the product of several months of tailored graphics creation and programming.”

The CSAW is designed to create specific work scenarios that players react to. Peter created scenarios that were designed to see if he could elicit potentially destructive behaviours – the user assumes the role of ‘leader’ in a team of four followers, and is randomly allocated to a situation to do with popularity, workload or staff productivity. These scenarios were variable, so for example sometimes they were popular, other times there was low productivity amongst followers. The programme allowed users to communicate with their staff through emails.

Peter continued: “Users connected emotionally with the programme, through systems such as the emails. For example, if they were unpopular in the office they received three emails, two of which explicitly excluded them from social situations and one which directly outlined how much the player was disliked by their team.

“On top of that, each player had to make a number of choices regarding rewards – promises of promotion, training opportunities, bonus increases, positive appraisals, drinks rounds, and chocolates – and punishments – redundancy threats, reduced training, bonus decreases, lunch hour reductions, and negative appraisals – whilst monitoring operational and logistical matters, and incoming emails. Players were also free to write to their staff viaemail if they wanted to, and had to choose to make one member of staff redundant at the end of the working day.”

The programme collects a great deal of data which Peter is still analysing, but it has become very clear that engagement from users has been much higher than with previous test attempts. Users quickly attributed personalities to their followers as well as reasons for their behaviour, both of which were created by the computer so therefore should ignite no reason or discernable traits.

Peter concluded: “We are delighted with results from the CSAW – it has opened up a new avenue for research in this area. Users’ behaviour moved quickly and they were very much immersed in the virtual world – they agreed that they were drawn in and that they had experienced genuine emotional reactions to the simulations.”

For more information on Peter Crellin’s projects, visit:

See the programme in action:

Management School stars make the Academic Awards 2014 shortlist

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Learning and teaching quality is at the top of the agenda at Sheffield University Management School, and we’re delighted to announce that our successes are being recognised on a University-wide level.

The Academic Awards 2014, organised by Sheffield Students’ Union with shortlists nominated by students, are awards given to staff and students to celebrate the efforts they make to create an excellent educational experience for all Sheffield students. Despite hefty demands on academics’, support staff’s and student representatives’ time, these individuals are nominated due to their sustained efforts to go out of their way to improve learning, teaching and support to students.

The University is keen to reward excellent teaching, and recognise that studying is much more than attending lectures – which is why we’re so proud to see two members of the Management School’s academic staff nominated this year.

Dr Dermot Breslin, lecturer in entrepreneurship, has made the shortlist for ‘The USE Enterprise Award’. Dermot’s commitment to working closely with the University of Sheffield Enterprise (USE, has clearly struck a chord with our students.

The second member of Management School staff to be nominated is shortlisted in the ‘Best Postgraduate Supervisor Award’. Dr Panayiota Alevizou is a lecturer in marketing who joined us as a member of staff in 2012, following completing the Sheffield MBA and a PhD at the School. She teaches two modules on our MSc Marketing programmes – her teaching is informed by extensive business and research experience. We’re delighted that her supervisory skills have been recognised on this high-profile platform.

They’re in good company on the shortlist, but we wish the best of luck to both Dermot and Panayiota!

Under the category of ‘Best Educational Event’, Inspiration & Co 2014 is a strong contender. We were thrilled to see this appear in the nominations as Professor Penny Dick, from the Management School’s Institute of Work Psychology, was voted as one of the top 12 most inspirational academics in the University and conducted a TED-style talk as part of the event.

You can view all of Penny’s talk below.

Congratulations to all of our recent learning and teaching nomination – it’s fantastic to see such prominent and inspirational individuals representing the Management School at this level.

Professor Cullen takes on Presidency of BAFA

Thursday, May 1st, 2014


As of today (1 May), Professor John Cullen becomes President of the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA).

As the learned society for accounting and finance in the UK, the Association, which recently held its 50th annual conference at the London School of Economics, aims to advance knowledge and understanding of education and research in areas of accounting and finance, as well as promoting closer relations among academics, practitioners, policy makers and others who are interested in the development the sector. It plays an important role in representing the wider interests of accounting and finance in the Higher Education Sector and engages fully in consultations about policy issues and nomination of representatives for panels such as REF 2014.

Prof Cullen is excited about his two-year position as President, and he is determined to continue the excellent work undertaken by previous presidents in taking the learned society forward. He recognises that there are challenges ahead and realises that the role comes with a great deal of responsibility. He said: “We have a strong group of trustees, executive members, sub-committees and special interest groups and I am confident that we will be able to take BAFA further forward during the two years of my presidency and beyond.

“I am particularly keen to further embed the accounting and finance academic community, through BAFA, into the activities of the Academy of Social Sciences. I have been working on this relationship for the last couple of years and see the importance of accounting and finance as a discipline impacting on social science agendas. I see my time as President as the ideal time to engage further and build on this relationship.

“Accounting and Finance is the foundation for much business and management school education, and this highlights the importance of BAFA in a national and international context.”

BAFA is a very active organisation. Aside from the extremely popular annual conference, which this year welcomed 430 attendees from across the globe, and doctoral conference (120 attendees), it has a highly populated events calendar through the activities of the sub committees (Committee of Departments of Accounting and Finance [CDAF]; Conference of Professors of Accounting and Finance (CPAF) and the large number of special interest groups.

BAFA also publishes The British Accounting Review which is a top ranked academic journal in the field. Doctoral members are encouraged and subsidised, and BAFA is very well connected with a range of influential professional bodies such as CIMA, ICAEW, ACCA, CIPFA, CPA Australia, ICAS and CFA.

We teach champions! Enactus and the Steelers hit the big time

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Enactus Sheffield - National Champions 2014

Enactus Sheffield, a student-run company specialising in social enterprise projects in Sheffield and around the world, claimed an emphatic victory at the Enactus National Finals 2014.

This means that they will be joining the international league in Beijing – representing the UK. The success was a team effort, spearheaded by a small executive group formed mostly by students on business and accountancy programmes at Sheffield University Management School.

Managing director of Enactus, Caroline Turner, who is a second-year BA Accounting and Financial Management student at the Management School, said: “The team have been absolutely incredible, the hours they put in showed through at nationals this year. Every single one of our 169 members has had a part to play in changing lives through social enterprise and winning nationals gives us more opportunity to further the projects. 

Our presentation started with an update on three of our international projects but focused very much on our local portfolio. We presented two of our longest running projects: Homemade and HOPE working with the survivors of human trafficking, survivors of domestic and sexual abuse and the homeless. We also presented the extensions to these projects HOPE Cosmetics and Re:Made, which gives vulnerable individuals the chance to be employed in a business, sometimes leading to their first job.”

Although Enactus Sheffield’s team has representatives from all five faculties at the university, 50 per cent of students who work with them are from the Management School. Caroline first got involved with Enactus Sheffield during first-year intro week. She said: “There was a large introductory meeting and part of it was a quick talk on Enactus. Jahaan [the previous managing director] was so inspiring, I knew it was for me! The School has given us such amazing support – Jon Burchell is one of our long standing (and long suffering) advisors who is always there to offer guidance.”

Prior to China, the team will refine their presentation and work hard on the projects mentioned to be even more competitive on an international stage. On the rewarding nature of Enactus Sheffield, Caroline enthused: “Working with such inspirational beneficiaries is the best thing for me, seeing the difference that social enterprise makes in their lives makes everything so worth it!

“Everybody should get involved in Enactus! The people you meet are incredible and driven, and it’s such a great environment to be in. You’ll develop so many skills – we have training in all areas and being pushed beyond your comfort zone all the time means that you learn so quickly. We have incredible sponsor companies who support us, improve the projects and are keen to employ our members  – in fact, over 70 per cent of the executive team last year landed jobs with sponsor companies, whilst the other 30 per cent all received a graduate job with another company using their experience). But, most of all, there’s no bigger motivator than knowing you can make a life-changing difference to somebody, and we give you all the tools you need to help achieve that.”

Steelers Play-off Champions 2014

Also demonstrating the Management School’s winning ways in front of a national crowd were ice-hockey team, the Sheffield Steelers. Victory against the Belfast Giants made them Play-off Champions 2014, and the team consisted of five of the School’s MBA delegates, captain Steven Goertzen, Frank Doyle, Gord Baldwin, Dustin Kohn and Drew Fata.


If you are a member of staff or a student and want to get involved with Enactus Sheffield, please email: Read more about Enactus Sheffield’s ‘Road to China’ on their blog: