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Taking the lead on learning and teaching at SUMS

Thursday, September 1st, 2016


The Management School has a new Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching.

Dr Robert Wapshott, who was awarded an Early Career Senate Award for Learning and Teaching in 2014, is taking on the role following Professor Paul Latreille’s appointment as Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor for Learning and Teaching for the University of Sheffield.

On his appointment, Robert said: “I’m really looking forward to building on excellent learning and teaching activity already happening in the Management School.

“It is a time of significant change in the economy and the higher education sector. By advancing Sheffield’s excellent reputation for student experience underpinned by high quality research and teaching I am confident we will continue to develop knowledgeable and employable students who are socially aware and who impact positively on organisations and society.

“I am keen to thank Paul Latreille for his fantastic contribution and to wish him the best of luck in his new role – with colleagues, he has built a strong foundation of innovation and support in learning and teaching at the Management School. Thanks also go to all of my colleagues, who have welcomed me into this role with enthusiasm and positivity.”

Robert invites feedback and ideas from Management School staff and students, and beyond. Contact him on

SUMS appoints Nestle vice president as visiting professor

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Newly appointed visiting professor at the Management School and international supply chain expert, Chris Tyas, will present his annual lecture on 9 May.

Chris, who took on his visiting professor role in February, is Head of Global Supply Chain for Nestle SA, based at the company’s HQ in Vevey, Switzerland. He has recently been appointed as Senior Vice President of Nestle SA in addition to his Supply Chain role.

He was awarded a visiting professorship to acknowledge his ongoing work with the Management School, especially an annual visiting lecture to students on the MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management. In addition to his work with the school, Chris is a member of the Engagement Board of the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures.

Head of External Relations at the Management School, Ian Proctor, said: “We’re incredibly proud to honour Chris with this role – his knowledge in the supply chain arena is of the highest calibre and he chooses to pass this on to our students on an annual basis.

“He has invited MBA and PhD students, as well as staff, to join this year’s lecture which is sure to be excellent.”


Chris Tyas’s lecture will take place on 9 May 2016, 12pm in Lecture Theatre 2 at the Management School.

New Associate Dean aims high

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Professor Andrew Simpson

A major new role, developed as part of the Dean’s future strategy for the School, the Associate Dean for External Business Advancement, has been announced.

Andrew Simpson, who was also awarded a Professorship of Management Practice with his appointment, has been with Sheffield University Management School since June 2013 when he joined as Director of the MBA. Following a fruitful year in that role, he is now tasked with taking the lead on our ambitious international collaborations and corporate learning partnerships.

Professor Simpson said: “I am delighted to accept this prestigious position, and am excited about the future at Sheffield University Management School.

“We have made significant steps forward during my 14 months here and are rapidly moving towards securing our objectives, such as marking out new territory in international corporate learning partnerships and post-experience education in conjunction with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).”

Professor Simpson has taken the strategic lead on major School accreditations, and this will continue to be a part of his role.

Dean of the School, Professor David Oglethorpe, commented: “The School’s Vision is one where we have world-leading research at the heart of our activities, and we have a global reputation for the quality of delivery at the highest end of provision. The latter will be enhanced through major growth into corporate learning partnerships and executive education, accompanied by growth in the strategic strength of our international partnerships.  Andrew’s appointment is central to taking this forward and I’m delighted to have him on board in this innovative new position.”

Professor Simpson will work closely with the School’s other Associate Deans to ensure a joined-up approach across portfolios to the delivery of the School’s strategy, Mission and Vision, as well as the Marketing, Business Engagement and Alumni teams.

Professor Simpson’s Chair in Management Practice was in recognition of his substantial industry experience, research and practice-based learning, his knowledge and experience in post-experience education, and his involvement in global accreditation programmes.

Professor Simpson concluded: “The School has a comprehensive strategy and is entering an exciting period in its development. I am looking forward to being a fundamental part of its progress.”

India and Chicago await Dr Choudhary

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Alok_linkedInA highly-acclaimed academic from Sheffield University Management School is visiting Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi to continue vital work on a research project that could change the future of freight transportation efficiency and sustainability.

Dr Alok Choudhary (pictured), Programme Director of the school’s MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management, alongside colleagues Andrea Genovese and Adrian Solomon, is travelling to Delhi to attend a workshop aimed at continuing the team’s international collaboration with three other prestigious academic institutions, the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Rutgers School of Business–Camden (USA) and Fox School of Business, Temple University (USA) as part of a research project funded by the British Council’s UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI). Representatives from several leading industries across India have confirmed their participation in this workshop.

Throughout the project, named Next Generation Sustainable Freight Transportation (NEX-GIFT), the team will research new and existing methodologies, identify best practices and create a knowledge framework for establishing practices to reduce the environmental impact caused by the freight industry in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and India.

Dr Choudhary’s research project is complemented by his established programme at Sheffield University Management School, which continues to go from strength to strength. The MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management has recently been honoured with prestigious accreditations from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), which ensure the highest quality of learning, teaching and career development post-graduation. It boasts unrivalled links with industry and integrates these into course material so students have an excellent foundation in best-practice prior to graduation, as well as the academic know-how and rigorous knowledge base demanded by a Russell Group institution such as the University of Sheffield.

Together with Professor Alok Baveja from the Rutgers School of Business–Camden and their Indian collaborators, Dr Choudhary believes that substantial changes can be made through his pioneering research. He said: “Moving freight creates traffic congestion, air pollution, and noise and consumes fuel. Growing worldwide trade and intense pressure to reduce cost and environmental impact of this aging system will have serious and irreversible consequences. Therefore, there is a growing need for a coherent approach for freight transportation and logistics offering an opportunity for reinforced co-operation between freight transportation researches in three continents.”

“The environmental impacts are global and to establish efficient and environmental friendly global logistics network, collaborative studies are needed to understand and identify problems specific to each region. It is critical that the developed improvement strategies should not only consider the requirement of three different continents but also consider industrial and national competitiveness, consumers, shippers, logistics provides and governmental regulations of each region. Therefore, this trilateral research in partnership for innovation is invaluable”.

Cementing Dr Choudhary’s esteemed reputation in the field of sustainability and green issues; he has recently been selected as an international Climate Leader by former United States Vice President and Nobel Prize winner Al Gore, who is leading and running The Climate Reality Project. Mr Gore has identified a select group of academics, NGOs, independent practitioners in the sector and entrepreneurs from across the world to attend a Chicago-based workshop where he will train the delegates to become Climate Leaders. Dr Choudhary’s responsibilities will then include raising awareness of the global climate crisis to stakeholders, including those on NEX-GIFT.

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International business links develop with prestigious events

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Dr Emanuel Gomes, lecturer in strategy and international business at Sheffield University Management SchoolSheffield University Management School’s global reputation continues to grow, with a recent trip to Nigeria being a significant step forward in alumni relations and student recruitment.

However, this is not the first time our world-class academics and professional staff have endeavoured to build international bridges for the School’s ambitious students. Earlier in 2013, MSc Management (International Business) programme director and lecturer in strategy and international business Dr Emanuel Gomes (pictured left) invited Angolan Deputy Ambassador, Eduardo Sangueve, and Nigerian Senator Nurudeen A Usman to an organised event with this year’s cohort.

Students heard about the real economic potential of Angola and Nigeria and enjoyed a brief question and answer session with the visiting dignitaries following the talk.

Dr Gomes’ expertise were also drawn on by the Royal Institute of International Affairs, a world-leading source of independent analysis, informed debate and influential ideas based at Chatham House, London. He attended and spoke at a meeting entitled ‘Higher Education in Angola: the Importance of International Partnerships’, alongside a number of Angolan dignitaries.

A thorough collection of notes from the meeting can be viewed by following this link:

Number of judges affects decisions at the Employment Appeal Tribunal

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

According to research from the universities of Sheffield and Greenwich, appellants have a better chance of success at an Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) when a decision is made by a judge sitting alone.

Success is less likely when a judge sits with lay members, but the increase in success rates is more pronounced for employee-instigated appeals than for employer-instigated appeals.

For appeals brought by employers, this difference essentially disappears when other factors are taken into account. For employee appeals however, the difference in outcomes according to EAT composition remains significant when controlling for these other case characteristics.

These are key findings of research, carried out by Paul Latreille, Professor of Management at the University of Sheffield, and Susan Corby, Professor of Employment Relations at the University of Greenwich. The research was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, (grant no RES -000-22-4154) and is based on an analysis of EAT administrative data for 4,800 appeals heard from 2001 to 2011 inclusive.

Professor Latreille said: “The policy measures being enacted from this month have been based on the coalition government’s concern to ensure tribunal resources are used more effectively, with cost saving being a key consideration. However, in the absence of quantitative empirical evidence about the impact of lay members on decision-making, policy-makers can have had little or no idea of the consequences of such change. Our research provides the first evidence concerning the potential impact of the current reforms in terms of outcomes.”

Professor Corby continued: “The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has said that lay members are unnecessary in the Tribunal system. The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act will implement this on Tuesday 25 June when the default position will be judges sitting alone at the EAT. This research suggests that this change may lead to BCC members losing more appeals than before.”

“An appeal against a decision of an Employment Tribunal can be made to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) on a point of law. An appeal is normally decided either by a judge sitting alone, or by a judge sitting with two lay members – one from an employer panel and the other from an employee panel – and all three have equal votes. Essentially, if it is judge sitting alone at the Employment Tribunal below, the EAT hearing is judge sitting alone as well, although this is subject to judicial discretion.”


The Economic and Social Research Council is the UK’s largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. It supports independent, high quality research which has an impact on business, the public sector and the third sector. The ESRC’s total budget for 2012/13 is £205 million. At any one time the ESRC supports over 4,000 researchers and postgraduate students in academic institutions and independent research institutes.

University of Sheffield Management School experts address key workplace issues.

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

A one-day event ‘Good Work for Good Health’  hosted at Electric Works in Sheffield  on Wednesday 17th October of set out to explore some of the critical issues in health and wellbeing in the 21st Century workplace.

Dr. Christine Sprigg, Lecturer in Occupational Psychology, spoke on the topic ‘Interventions to reduce the Health Impact of Workplace Bullying: Where do we go from here?’  While there is limited research in the area, research evidence leaves little doubt that those who see themselves as being targets of workplace bullying report detriments to their psychological health.

While there is  limited academic evaluation of the effectiveness of workplace interventions on bullying Dr Sprigg suggested that it may be time to consider a more novel way of tackling this issue.  This could include protecting employees from the harmful impact of bullying on their health by boosting personal self esteem and optimism, rather than using policies and staff training to highlight what bullying behaviours are.  The audience were also encouraged to get involved with current research on cyber bullying.  Find out more about this research at:

A seminar on this topic will be held at the University of Sheffield on 7 November  as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.  The seminar is free of charge.  You can register here

Dr Pauline Dibben Reader in Employment Relations was invited to run a seminar on ‘Job security, disability and return to work: controversies, costs and equity’. The session was very well attended, and stimulated lively group discussion. Some key themes included: the lack of attention to disability in research on job security; the need to manage absence effectively through drawing on 6 points of good practice; and the challenges of measuring the cost effectiveness of interventions for return to work. Dr Dibben also encouraged participants, who held various positions within the NHS, the voluntary sector and private sector, to continue discussions after the event in order to take forward positive initiatives.

For further information see:


Six Funded PhD Scholarships Available (Graduate Teaching Assistantships){Deadline past}

Friday, March 30th, 2012

The University of Sheffield Management School is pleased to announce the provision of six funded PhD Scholarship awards (to be offered as Graduate Teaching Assistantships).   The positions are available from September 2012, funded for three years full-time, and will combine PhD study and teaching experience.

Scholarships will be offered on a competitive basis.  Three are available to Home and EU students with a further three open to International students only.   Each PhD Graduate Teaching Assistant will undertake an average of 6 hours work per week (180 hours maximum per annum), to include teaching (e.g. tutorials, marking, lecturing) and/or other activities contributing to fulfillment of the School’s mission as appropriate

Applications are invited to conduct doctoral research around any area of the school’s research expertise, as outlined on our webpages:

Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their proposals with potential supervisors prior to making an application. Preferred supervisors should be indicated in your application.

Award details for Home/EU Students

  • The School will meet the full cost of Home/EU tuition fees
  • Successful candidates will receive an annual, tax-free maintenance stipend of £13,590.  The stipend will be paid pro-rata for part-time students
  • These scholarships fund up to three years full time (six years part time) study, subject to satisfactory progress.

Award details for International Students

  • The School will meet the full cost of International fees, currently £12,160.
  • These scholarships fund up to three years full time fees subject to satisfactory progress.


  • You should have, or expect to achieve, a first or upper second class UK honours degree or equivalent
  • You should be applying to start your first year of study on a full-time or part-time PhD with the University in the 2012-13 academic year

How to apply

Please send the following information to Mandy Robertson ( by 5pm on Monday 14th May 2012.  Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.


  • 2 Academic references
  • Full transcript(s) of your Bachelors and Masters Degree
  • Evidence that you have met our English language entry requirement, if applicable
  • A detailed and up- to- date CV
  • A personal statement including the following areas; why you wish to do research in your chosen area, why you wish to study at the University of Sheffield, what contribution you can make to the Management School

A research proposal of around 2,000–3,000 words describing how you intend to develop your chosen research area (to include review of literature, methodology, research questions and references).


Interviews will take place week commencing 28th May 2012.  If you have not heard from us by this date then your application has been unsuccessful.

For further information, you can contact Mandy Robertson by email ( or by telephone on +44 (0) 114 222 3380.