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A pioneering partnership: Management focused degree level apprenticeships with the AMRC

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017


The Management School (SUMS) and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre’s (AMRC) Training Centre has announced a pioneering new education route to study degree led apprenticeships.

The collaborative partnership between the AMRC Training Centre and SUMS will create a world leading advanced management learning offering for SMEs, world-leading organisations and their supply chains.

SUMS is in the top one per cent of business and management schools worldwide with Triple Crown accreditation. The AMRC specialises in carrying out world-leading research into advanced machining, manufacturing and materials. Its ground breaking Training Centre equips apprentices with the skills to go on and regenerate the UK’s manufacturing industry.

The new, high quality, vocational route into university, which is a further development of the University’s successful AMRC Training Centre’s advanced apprenticeship scheme, will feature an innovative curriculum to recognise the skills, experiences and particular learning styles of the apprentices, while meeting the needs of employers.

The Management School will teach professional management leadership skills to support the technical teaching at the AMRC Training Centre.

Yvonne Beach, Director of Professional and Executive Education at the Management School, said: “This is a significant partnership for the Management School. Working with the AMRC Training Centre, we have the opportunity to arm apprentices with management knowledge, enhancing their contribution to organisations and impact on the region overall.

“The Management School is known globally for its high quality degree offer – we’re looking forward to delivering the renowned University of Sheffield learning experience to apprentices too.”

AMRC Training Centre Director of Training, Kerry Thompson, said: “The UK desperately needs skilled engineers to help boost productivity and growth in our economy and our apprentices are the future of skilled manufacturing workers.

“We are providing opportunities for apprenticeships and further postgraduate study, so our apprentices will not only have the crucial engineering skills required today by manufacturers in the region, but also the management skills needed to advanced their career and bring real value to their employers in the long run.”

Businesses will be able to use their apprenticeship levy contribution to fund an apprenticeship place and could use the opportunity to upskill existing members of staff. The apprenticeship levy – introduced in April this year – is designed to increase the number of apprentice opportunities.  Any company with a paybill of more than £3million is liable to pay a 0.5 per cent tax on their wage bill but can claim the money back if it is used to train present staff or new people starting apprenticeships.


For further information on the partnership, please contact Yvonne Beach (

Building employability through learning and teaching: Laura Dean awarded

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

Laura Dean, a university teacher in work psychology at the Management School, has been awarded a university award for Outstanding Practice in Learning and Teaching.

As one of 13 winners at the Faculty of Social Sciences’ Teaching Excellence in Social Sciences (TESS) awards, Laura was commended specifically for building students’ employability through classroom learning.

Nominated by the Management School’s Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching, Dr Robert Wapshott, and Dr Carolyn Axtell, Laura’s work on devising mock assessment centres embedded in the curriculum of two modules.

Laura’s innovation sees MSc Occupational Psychology students design and deliver an assessment centre of the type final year undergraduate students may encounter as part of a job search – it has occupational relevance for the Masters students as many will begin their careers in such roles.

After organising activities, preparing paperwork and taking on administration for the day, they act as assessors for second-year undergraduates taking our module in Career Theory and Practice. The environment is made as realistic as possible so that both groups get to experience the pressure of an assessment centre and identify any things which may impede their performance in a real assessment situation.

Feedback has been very positive. MSc Occupational Psychology graduate (2016) Jack Cousins, currently working at Saville Consulting as a Consultant Analyst, said: “The opportunity to both design and run an assessment centre was crucial in deciding to pursue my current role.”

The undergraduates have the opportunity to practise being assessed and receive feedback on their performance which they find highly beneficial. 84 % said they agreed or strongly agreed this had helped them prepare for selection events, while 98 % agreed they were glad they had opportunity to take part.

As her prize for winning this award, Laura received a certificate and a £500 prize to support future learning and teaching.

Top tier ranking for the Sheffield MBA

Monday, February 8th, 2016


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.

IWP celebrates its award-winning cohort

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016


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.

We are 40 – our MSc Occupational Psychology celebrates four decades of success

Friday, September 25th, 2015


The Institute of Work Psychology (IWP), part of the Management School, has plenty of reason to celebrate this academic year.

Ahead of the biennial conference from 21-23 June 2016, the MSc Occupational Psychology programme has celebrated its 40th anniversary. Long-standing staff, and the programme’s new cohort, joined programme founder Professor Peter Warr for a short talk about the history of the MSC Occupational Psychology and IWP in general, followed by celebratory cake.

Prof Warr’s talk covered the history and development of the field of occupational psychology in the UK, and expressed to attendees how fundamental the University of Sheffield’s Social and Applied Psychology Unit (later to become IWP) was in establishing national recognition and generations of researchers – many of whom are still at Sheffield.

In June 2016, the fifth IWP International Conference will take place, focusing on cutting-edge research and theoretical contributions from all areas of work and organisational psychology, with particular focus on the areas of work, wellbeing and performance.

Held primarily at the Management School, the team hopes to see similar success to the 2014 event where we welcomed over 200 delegates from across 36 countries.

Read more about the conference here.

Be a great Leader: SUMS course hits the headlines in India

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

The Times of India-SnippetJan14Sheffield University Management School’s MSc Leadership and Management is gaining international media attention.

Both The Times of India and The Hindustan Times have carried stories about the programme, which is being run by Dr David Rast III.

In today’s challenging times, as organisations emerge from economic upheaval, leadership matters more than ever because effective leadership has a significant impact on corporate performance. MSc Leadership and Management divulges the established theories of leadership through a team of world-class academics. Their primary focus lies on developing leadership skills to be at the helm in today’s unsettled economic climate as an effective leader.

Sheffield University Management School is in the top one per cent of business schools of the world with the prestigious Triple Crown accreditation (AMBA, EQUIS, and AACSB), a status that has been achieved by only 59 schools worldwide.

The MSc Leadership and Management course is a one year full-time programme where students explore cutting edge research in areas such as positive organisational behaviour and authentic and entrepreneurial leadership. The programme has been designed with three distinct features including skill-building and action learning, practical relevance, and research excellence and research led teaching.

Sheffield University Management School believes that good leadership and management holds the key to organisational effectiveness and social and economic prosperity. The course focuses on imparting practical skills and knowledge to the students, which are critical to effective performance in the contemporary workplace. Students are able to reflect on the real-world business environment, owing to the applied skills and expertise sought by today’s employers. Moreover, the programme’s graduates are also entitled to a dedicated careers service to keep them in touch with various professional organisations. Therefore, whether the students are looking for developing their skills for promotion or have ambitions in leadership and people management, MSc Leadership and Management is aimed at current and future managers who are looking to develop their leadership skills. The annual fee for the course is £17,130.

For further information on the programme, visit:

Making links: Logistics and Supply Chain Management in India

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Dr Andrea GenoveseIndia can learn from our mistakes, suggests Dr Andrea Genovese from Sheffield University Management School.

On a recent visit to a workshop concerning the NEX-GIFT project, Dr Genovese, pictured right, was keen to speak to practitioners, journalists and fellow international academics about India’s fortunate position in the improvement and diversification of India’s freight logistics.

Speaking to trade publication TransREporter, Dr Genovese, who is a lecturer on Sheffield University Management School’s MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management, said: “The real objective of the project [NEX-GIFT] is to establish a forum where both practitioners and academics and introduce best practices in next generation logistics transportation for freight. One of the limitations people always point out when it comes to academic research is that there is a difference between what we work on, and the real world. So this project tries to bridge that gap.

“We want to promote use of greener transportation. Road transport is the most polluting mode of transport because, especially in India, the fleet in terms of vehicles that are used to move things around is not very green. So, moving to railways and waterways can cut the cost of fuel consumption and lessen CO2 emissions too. Furthermore, promoting mitigation measures (like shipment consolidation, adoption of greener vehicles and more efficient driving styles) can also reduce the impact of road freight transport.”

Sheffield University Management School nurtures its close relations with industry and Dr Genovese’s course, which is run by programme director and leader of the NEX-GIFT project Dr Alok Choudhary, benefits from especially close links. Each student undertakes a company project working on a real-life problem within industry and field-visits to relevant sites and exhibitions in England are also a significant element of the Msc Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

The NEX-GIFT project’s intention to bring together academic theory and logistics practitioners to find a model for best practice is unique in its approach – it has led to a great deal of international collaboration and two more workshops are planned in the USA and at Sheffield University Management School.

Working directly with Indian partners on the project has led to Dr Genovese’s assertion that India can learn from Western mistakes. He said: “India is still considered to be a developing country. What this means to me is that you still have the possibility of doing things better than we in the Western economy have done. So, India can learn from our mistakes (for example, the massive shift from railways to freight that there has been in the UK in the last 50 years) and we can learn about logistics approaches being developed in India.”

On being asked why the University of Sheffield wanted India to be part of the NEX-GIFT study, Dr Genovese said: “India’s economy is one of the biggest in the world and it is a country where the internal demand for goods is expected to rise in the next three years. And there is an emerging middle class that will request more goods, given the economic growth India is experiencing. This will cause an increase in the need for more logistics activities.”

Dr Genovese has also identified a large gap in logistics and supply chain management education in India, despite it being a prominent area of growth. Our collaborations with the Indian Institute of Technology (ITT) Delhi and two universities in the USA have proved very fruitful, but it is important that with government support, more young Indians consider logistics as a career option.

Following the successful Sustainable Next Generation Freight Transportation Workshop, which was hosted at ITT Delhi, Dr Genovese and the Sheffield team are moving the project forward. The next step includes establishing a collaborative online platform which shares success stories from different companies; it will focus on the main industry-academia collaborative opportunities and the role which government can play.

Read more about Sheffield University Management School’s MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management on our website:


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4th International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC) 12-14 September, 2012

Monday, April 16th, 2012

The University of Sheffield Management School is proud to be involved in organising the 4th International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC) to be held in Birmingham, UK from September 12-14, 2012. Each year ISIRC brings together the international academic community focusing on social entrepreneurship, enterprise and innovation. Confirmed speakers include Dennis Young (Georgia State University), Alex Nicholls (Oxford University), Graham Smith (University of Southampton), Pascal Dey (St Gallen University), Pete Alcock (University of Birmingham), Fergus Lyon (Middlesex University) and Roger Spear (the Open University).

The deadline for abstract submissions is Friday 20 April.  Please see the website for more details.

The conference organisers will be editing a special issue of the International Journal of Public Sector Management ( drawing upon papers from the conference. Other selected papers will be fast-tracked for publication in Social Enterprise Journal and the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship.

Dr Ute Stephan member of the Institute of Work Psychology and the Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development, and director of the new MSc in Leadership is involved in ISIRC on behalf of the University of Sheffield Management School.

Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) Open House creates buzz

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Linda Lewis, Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching and Professor Bradley Barnes  Associate Dean for Internationalisation at the University of Sheffield Management School recently attended an  Open house at the Singapore Institute of Management to present the new BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management course which will be jointly awarded by the two institutions. The presentations were well attended with many students expressing enthusiasm in joining the course as soon as possible.

T he Singapore Institute of Management  ( 新加坡管理学院) is Singapore’s largest and most comprehensive provider of private tertiary education and professional training. It was founded by the Singapore Economic Development Board and offers diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes as well as a variety of executive education courses.


Partnership is a positive step for marketing students

Monday, March 26th, 2012

The University of Sheffield has joined forces with The Chartered Institute of Marketing to add real value to its marketing masters courses, putting their students positively ahead on the career ladder.


The partnership, which was formed in September 2011 at the start of their programme, saw 70 students on the MSc in Marketing Management Practice and MSc in International Management & Marketing enrolled into CIM membership as part of their induction.  This gives them access to all the CIM member benefits across the institute’s vast knowledge base and network, including being able to attend CIM events for free and start to engage with the local marketing community.  The initiative, masterminded by Professor Bradley Barnes, Head of the Strategy & Marketing Division at Sheffield University Management School, and Diane Earles, Regional Director of The Chartered Institute of Marketing, is the first of its kind in Yorkshire.

“At a time when competition is so strong for graduate jobs, we are glad that we can help these students develop their marketing network and skills,” said Diane, “They are going to need all the support they can get and as the professional body for marketing we are happy to work with The University of Sheffield to get them started as early as possible on the right path.”


Professor Barnes added “It is excellent that the Management School of Sheffield University and the CIM have combined their resources to pioneer this opportunity for Sheffield students to progressively work towards full membership and Chartered status on the back of our Masters’ Marketing Degree Programmes. We are the first Management or Business School globally to engage with the CIM in this type of initiative and develop this unique offering for our students.”


All students that complete the course will automatically be awarded associate membership of the institute and be able to have ACIM after their names, which is the first step on the path to becoming a coveted Chartered Marketer.

Additional support given by CIM includes ‘Careers in Marketing’ and ‘Getting the most out of your Professional Body’ talks, being able to attend events held by CIM South Yorkshire on topics ranging from Online Marketing Practices to local marketing success stories and the chance to win a CIM top student award.  Dr Caroline Oates, Programme Director, MSc MMP commented  “Our unique relationship with the CIM offers our students an insight into the issues with which marketers are dealing every day, and we can see students successfully incorporating this knowledge into their coursework and exam essays.”


Those students that are making the most of this partnership are:


Laura Davies MSc MMP
Being a member of the CIM is a great opportunity to get into the world of marketing whether you are a student or a professional. The resources available through the CIM are extremely useful and the events provide a relaxed atmosphere whereby you feel able to ask questions or make comments during or afterwards. Becoming a member of the CIM when you begin the course, is definitely a highlight of choosing Sheffield University for my studies”.

Zahra Shah MSc MMP
“CIM events provide a great opportunity for networking in a relaxed friendly atmosphere and the lectures provide useful insights into contemporary marketing issues.”

Rodrigo Afonso MSc MMP
“The talks are really useful in understanding how the theory learnt at University can be applied to business.”

Mark Pereira MSc MMP
“I have found the resources made available to me through membership of the Chartered Institute of Marketing to be invaluable to my education as a postgraduate, and am proud to be registered on the CPD programme.”
Plans are already in place to continue this successful arrangement for the next intake of students on the same masters courses later this year.

Pictures from the recent CIM event that university of sheffield students attended and Diane Earles – Regional Director at CIM, Nicki Newman – Lecturer at University of Sheffield, Dawn Southgate – Head of Information at CIM and Dr Caroline Oates – Programme Director at University of Sheffield, courtesy of Resonant Aesthetics.


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About The Chartered Institute of Marketing

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About our Centenary

With the completion of a century in winning professional recognition and status for the marketing professional The Chartered Institute of Marketing will continue throughout its next century as the marketer’s lifelong career partner, and the champion of marketing excellence in all aspects of business and commerce. Events and celebrations planned during the centenary year will provide marketers with an opportunity to show off the positive power of marketing and demonstrate the beneficial contribution that marketing provides to both an organisation’s bottom line and long-term future.



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