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Understanding our international minds

Monday, March 14th, 2016

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What does it mean to be an international student? Are our students culturally agile and how does this develop when they come to Sheffield or when Sheffield students go abroad? Dr Panayiota Alevizou is conducting a research project to find out.

Emerging in 2014 as an interest from her Certificate in Learning and Teaching (CiLT), it rapidly evolved into a longitudinal study of internationalisation and cultural agility thanks to funding support from the Management School and Faculty of Social Sciences.

Panayiota’s project adopts a case-study approach, focusing on students studying the MSc in Global Marketing Management, where they spend the first semester in Sheffield and the second at Hong Kong Baptist University. By studying the challenges, barriers, and opportunities of two different educational settings, from two different student identity perspectives (as UK and Hong Kong based students), the student perspective unfolds. This offers a voice to their concerns, feelings and opinions in terms of internationalisation, and helps the institutional partners enhance students’ experience and prepare them for future professional paths.

To generate initial findings, which were recently presented at a Faculty event showcasing its Curriculum Development Funding projects, Panayiota observed and interviewed students during their lectures at both institutions, also discussing her project with academic and professional staff. Preliminary research strongly suggests that programmes with a semester abroad are preferred by both home and international students who view this ‘international setting’ as an educational advantage. Other findings relate to social interaction and activities, leadership, cultural flexibility and adaptability, in-group clashes and problem resolution.

The development of cultural agility and the ability of the Sheffield Graduate to work and compete in an international environment is one of the Learning and Teaching (L&T) Strategy priority themes of the University. Professor Paul Latreille, Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching in the Management School, said: “This is a really exciting project that addresses a vital issue for the school – learning about how our students experience multiple local contexts is central to helping them develop the cultural agility that is fundamental in the modern global business environment, and for which this programme in particular equips them.”

The study has continued with the latest cohort, and Panayiota will travel to Hong Kong in April to continue observation and interviews with a view to publishing the results in due course.

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!

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.”

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!