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PhD Studentship: Localised Energy Generation and Storage for EV Fleet Vehicle Charging

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

We are delighted to announce that we have a funded PhD opportunity working on a project titled ‘Localised Energy Generation and Storage for EV Fleet Vehicle Charging’.

Supervisors

Dr Erica Ballantyne – Logistics & Supply Chain Research Centre

Professor David Stone – Centre for Research into Electrical Energy Storage and Applications

Project description

Continued population growth has led to increased transport demands, to, from, and within urban areas. This has significantly impacted upon urban air quality, resulting in increased pressure to improve air quality and address sources of pollution from transport. Many local authorities in the UK (and beyond) are tackling air pollution through the introduction of Clean Air Zones and Low Emission Zones as part of the government’s broader Air Quality Plan. These encourage the exploration and adoption of cleaner emission and cleaner fuelled vehicles, particularly for commercial fleets that are the main focus of many clean air zone policies.

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are a potentially effective technological response to reduce road transport emissions. However, EVs are not entirely emission free, with many using grid generated electricity to charge on-board batteries. Further, growing promotion of EV use, from private cars to commercial vehicle fleets, particularly in urban environments, has practical implications around the challenge of electricity grid capacity for mass EV charging, requiring significant infrastructure investment to upgrade the existing grid supply in the UK.

This interdisciplinary PhD project seeks to:

  • Examine the feasibility of using EV batteries for grid support and localised energy storage for all-electric and hybrid-electric vehicle fleets.
  • Determine the impact on emissions reduction of using localised energy storage through EVs at mass charging points.
  • Explore the economic, and socio-political aspects of energy storage and revenue streams from EV usage.
  • Evaluate the business case for using commercial EV fleets for pseudo-stationary energy storage using EVs.
  • Determine the barriers and drivers for fleet EV users to utilise mass energy storage and charging facilities.
  • Assess the suitability of fleet vehicle depot locations for EV grid storage and charging.
  • Identify and evaluate the technical barriers to implementation of EV grid storage in commercial fleet locations and maximise the benefits to all players.

Eligibility

The studentship is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Doctoral Training Studentship scheme and is open to UK/EU citizens. The EPSRC DTP Grant will pay RCUK fees and stipend for up to 3.5 years and a RTSG of £1000 per annum.

Start dates

We recommend that students start on 1 October 2019 in order to attend compulsory training. However, it may be possible to start earlier.

Closing date for applications

Applications will be considered until a suitable candidate has been identified. For the 1 October start date, a full application must have been received by 17 June 2019.

How to apply

Visit www.sheffield.ac.uk/management/study/researchdegrees/howtoapply for full details.

For an informal discussion, please contact e.e.ballantyne@sheffield.ac.uk.

University of Sheffield’s Management School to host Speak Out Initiative

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

  • The Speak Out Initiative works with young people under-represented in higher education
  • Run by Dr Andreana Drencheva, the initiative partners with local businesses to mentor groups of young people
  • Teams of young people will present their ideas for social change at the University of Sheffield on 15 March 2019

The University of Sheffield will host a competition for a project set up to develop academic, employability, and active citizenship skills in young people.

The Speak Out Initiative, run by Dr Andreana Drencheva from the Sheffield University Management School, works with young people under-represented in higher education to enhance their academic and career aspirations.

The initiative is run in partnership with local businesses Irwin Mitchell, Jaywing, BHP and Andy Hanselman consulting. This year’s participating schools are Meadowhead, Chaucer and Sheffield Park Academy.

For six weeks groups of young people meet with mentors from the University of Sheffield and businesses to work on a project for social change. The initiative is designed to help develop skills, such as collaborative problem solving, communicating in diverse teams, and decision making. 

This year’s challenge is tackling loneliness and the teams will have to research the problem in their local community and develop a project that will make a meaningful difference.

The final projects will be presented to representatives from the University, businesses, and Age UK at an event on Friday 15 March 2019 at The Edge. The groups must demonstrate the sustainability of the project, why it makes a difference and what resources it would need.

Dr Drencheva said:

“The initiative is a meaningful and authentic way to express our historic roots and civic commitment to our communities, while also enhancing the employability of our current learners.”

“It’s a unique opportunity for the young people involved to develop new employability and citizenship skills, to experience university life first-hand and to meet authentic role models who share their experiences to demystify the multiple options young people have after school.”

The competition day also includes networking and reflection to help the young people identify their strengths, areas for development and the pathways open to them after school.

Speak Out has been running since 2016, and evaluation from prior years shows that 93 per cent of the young people considered the initiative was helpful in developing team-working skills and 94 per cent found it useful for developing communications skills.

The teams of young people will present their ideas for social change at the University of Sheffield as part of the final competition on 15 March 2019.

£1 million state-of-the-art Doctoral Research Centre launched at Sheffield University Management School

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

PhD student Paula Kohn in the newly refurbished Doctoral Research Centre.

  • An investment of over £1m provides exceptionally high-quality working and social spaces for Sheffield University Management School PhD researchers
  • The refurbishments improve the professional research environment providing more accessible, flexible spaces

Management School PhD students are set to benefit from an investment of over £1 million to improve the Doctoral Research Centre, in a bid to further boost student experience and enhance the School’s professional research environment.

The latest addition to the facilities at Sheffield University Management School includes completely refurbished working and social spaces for PhD students. The Doctoral Research Centre, as it will be known, is located on Northumberland Road and has been designed to provide an exceptionally high-quality environment for its users. The makeover provides students with world-class facilities and a professional, flexible working environment that will inspire the next generation of researchers.

The improvements made to the building will ensure an enhanced student experience for doctoral students in the Management School. A key focus of the improvement works was on enabling a strong sense of community to flourish among students. To meet these needs, flexible working spaces such as hot-desking and silent study facilities were created and the building is equipped with improved accessibility features. The improved infrastructure will encourage productive collaboration between students.

The refurbishment stands as a tangible example of the School’s commitment to improving its students’ experience and as a Triple Crown Accredited institution lives up to the exacting standards expected of an elite, world-class management school.

Dr Caroline Oates, Director of Postgraduate Studies in the Sheffield University Management School, said:

 “I am delighted that our students will benefit from an investment of over £1 million in facilities designed specifically for PhD students and their research”.

“The creation of the Doctoral Research Centre and its focus on developing communities of researchers will help the Sheffield University Management School continue to thrive as an international centre of research excellence”.

“These new facilities give us the environment and space we need to continue to develop the next generation of scholars”.

Paula Kohn, a PhD student from Brazil, said:

“The new upgrade has brought to our Doctoral Centre a fresh modern look with an up-to-date professional environment, creating a collective surrounding that facilitates mutual collaboration and support. I feel privileged and very comfortable here”.

The Doctoral Research Centre opened to students in early 2019. For more information about doctoral study with the Sheffield University Management School, visit: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/management/study/researchdegrees






Management School students shortlisted for CIM national marketing award

Friday, March 16th, 2018
  • The Chartered Institute of Marketing’s The Pitch competition shortlists top 12 teams
  • £2,500 cash prize available for winners of the competition supported by leading brands, Mintel and Wilkinson Sword

A team of students from the University of Sheffield has been shortlisted for a national marketing award. ‘The Market Ears’ is one of the top twelve teams from across the UK going through to the final round of The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)’s The Pitch competition.

Now in its seventh year, The Pitch sees students from leading universities compete to respond to a live client brief in a bid to win the title of ‘Marketer of the future’. This year, teams were asked to come up with ideas for how Wilkinson Sword’s shaving range can appeal to a younger audience.

Dr Julie Alevizou, Programme Director for International Business Management at the University of Sheffield said: “It is a fantastic achievement for the students to have reached the final shortlist for this national competition. The students have gained valuable experience by responding to a live client brief, and the quality of their work has been recognised by experts in the field.”

International Business Management students, Timothy Vine, Sophie Elton and Charlie Nock, impressed the judges with their response to their brief. The judging panel this year includes marketing experts from Wilkinson Sword, UNILAD, Mintel and CIM.

Gemma Butler, Associate Marketing Director at CIM said: “We’ve been inundated with high-calibre applications this year. It’s been fantastic to get a glimpse of the student talent across
the UK and we’re very much looking forward to seeing the finalists bring their ideas to life in the live final.”

Sarah Wood, Marketing Director at Wilkinson Sword said: “It’s brilliant to receive entries from across UK. The ideas are of such a high calibre and it’s clear a lot of time, effort and creative thinking has gone into responding to our brief. Originality is shining through in each one! We’re grateful to everyone who submitted and wish those shortlisted the best of luck in the final.”

Media contact: Mary Hickey, Media and Communications Officer, on 0114 2221034 or email m.o.hickey@sheffield.ac.uk

Taking flight: International summer placement inspires Stephanie

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

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Whether it’s for a summer or a whole year, our students are all encouraged to engage in practical work experience while at Sheffield. BA International Business Management student Stephanie Taviner has just completed an 11-week placement in Uganda, ahead of spending her next year of study in Hong Kong. She is having a truly global Sheffield experience!

She spoke to the University of Sheffield Placements Team about her experience, which she’s delighted to share with other students considering an international placement.

As they partner with the International Citizen Service, where the government funds volunteers to travel and support organisations, Stephanie found and applied for her summer placement through Balloon Ventures’ website. Balloon Ventures is a social enterprise which enables micro-finance in Ghana, Uganda and Kenya, helping entrepreneurs and start-ups to grow their businesses.

Ahead of the placement, Stephanie had to go through a comprehensive application process including an online form and an assessment day). She explained: “Questions mostly focused on why I wanted to join the programme. After I was accepted, I was asked to raise a minimum of £800, which fundraises for the project. All other expenses are paid for such as flights, visas and vaccinations I was also given a weekly stipend.”

After arriving in Totoro, Uganda, Stephanie settled in and got to grips with her responsibilities which were mostly shaped around managing four micro-businesses and one start-up entrepreneur, upholding the objective of facilitating growth and development on their business ideas, consequently alleviating them from poverty. She also worked in a team to empower local entrepreneurs and monitored Balloon Ventures’ impact on entrepreneurs and the community. She described her typical day: “My group would attend meetings with entrepreneurs in order to prepare for their pitching document. Additionally, we trained them about marketing, strategy, and their finances such as record keeping, profit analysis and cash flows in order for their business to succeed. Moreover, I was chair for the socials committee whereby I planned weekly social events for the team.

“I lived with a host family, sharing a room with a Ugandan counterpart. This gave me a cross-cultural experience as I learnt a lot about their lifestyles and made me feel part of the community.”

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Stephanie cites teamwork and analytical skills as being core to her success – both of which have been developed through her first year on BA International Business Management. Discussing how the summer placement has influenced her career aspirations, she said: “My placement has confirmed that I would like to go into a career of development, specifically supporting businesses abroad. Having this experience has made me feel that working in the third sector is where I would like to start my career after doing a masters in International Development.

“This placement has been a two-way process. I have learnt a lot about cultural experiences, living overseas and being part of a new community – meanwhile I have passed on business knowledge which will support my entrepreneurs for the future so they can have a sustainable and profitable business.”

Click here to visit the Management Gateway, where students can explore placement and internship opportunities.

Celebrating Sheffield’s relationship with NCUK

Monday, September 4th, 2017

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2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the Northern Consortium Charity and NCUK, a collaboration of leading UK universities including the University of Sheffield, dedicated to giving international students guaranteed access to universities worldwide and helping them succeed when they get there.

To mark the occasion and celebrate continued success, the IEN Institute joined with NCUK on 3 August 2017 to hold their first alumni event recognising the success of students that have progressed through the partnership in Korea.

Dr David Littlewood, Divisional Director for Impact, Innovation and Engagement at the Management School (pictured above, left), attended the event held at the British Ambassador’s Residence, Seoul, South Korea, meeting with Sheffield alumni and delivering a speech.

David said: “The UK remains at the forefront of research and academic quality, with world-class facilities, industry leading academic staff and a tradition of excellence which dates back hundreds of years. The NCUK qualifications help students to contribute and succeed when they come to study with us.”

IEN has taught over 800 students and helped them to achieve their dream of studying in the UK. The centre will celebrate its 10th anniversary with NCUK in 2018.

Student insight: Studying Operations and Supply Chain Management, a Rolls-Royce sponsored module

Monday, August 14th, 2017

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Hannah McLennaghan, a recent graduate of our BA Business Management with Employment Experience, discusses her experience on our Rolls-Royce sponsored module. First published on our Undergraduate Blog.

“I’ve been looking back over everything I have learnt across my degree and all my best bits. For me, my most challenging yet rewarding module was my second-year Supply Chain Management module. This was a core module at the time and made up of a group project and a written exam at the end of the semester. The most amazing thing about this module was that it was sponsored by Rolls Royce! This meant that senior industry professionals from the company were involved in the creation/ structure of the module content and the assessment. The group project was our way of applying the theories we had learnt throughout the module, to a real life business.

“Our task was simple; generate a 10-year operations and supply chain plan for one of 4 companies in the aviation industry; Rolls-Royce, Pratt and Whitney, Airbus or Boeing. My group chose Pratt and Whitney, a major competitor of Rolls-Royce. Each group member was given a director role within the company: Director of Operational Design, Planning and Control, Enterprise Resource Planning, Manufacturing Operations, Supply Chain Management and my role which was Director of Quality Control and Total Quality Management. Working collaboratively, we analysed the company’s current situation and how the market was operating. Using the theories, we had developed during the lectures, some of which were given by Rolls-Royce executives, we applied it to Pratt and Whitney to generate a plan for their future operations. Although this may sound complicated, it was incredible to take on a task that felt so real! It was also the kind of thing I’ll have to do when I graduate and work for a real company so it was really great practice.

“Our plan was assessed through a written report, and a formal presentation to the module leaders from the University of Sheffield, and senior executives from Rolls-Royce. This was the starting point for me developing my presentation creation and delivery skills which I am now extremely confident in thanks to all the chances I have had to practice during my degree. My group’s hard work finally paid off when we were awarded second place for our 10 year plan out of the entire module! This meant we were presented with the Rolls-Royce Academic Award of Excellence, something that looks INCREDIBLE on my CV, and I have found that employers just love it in interviews. To have my academic work accredited by senior professionals such as Ian Shellard – Director, Global Physical Logistics, Rolls-Royce, is a great talking point that really makes me stand out.

“This is just one example of the way Sheffield University tries to link the theory of management studies to a real industry organisation. It was a strong turning point for me in becoming a more practical learner, which also gave me a greater confidence in my own academic and business operational ability.”

 

Note: After reviewing the programme in 2016, this is now a third year module which involves company visits and applied case work. Click here to read more about it.

Representing Sheffield: Jessica reaches finals of Undergraduate of the Year Awards

Friday, May 5th, 2017

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One of our first-year International Business Management students is a UK Management Undergraduate of the Year Award 2017 finalist.

Jessica Lane, the only finalist in the awards representing the University of Sheffield, applied in January and was shortlisted – after a rigorous assessment process she reached the finals, held recently in London.

Jessica said: “I submitted my application after receiving emails about the Undergraduate of the Year awards. After some online tests, I was chosen from 300 applicants for a telephone interview. Forty-five successful candidates then attended an Enterprise Rent-A-Car assessment centre in Surrey which was really tough.”

“I was delighted to be chosen as one of the top ten to attend the finals in Canary Wharf and feel so proud to have represented Sheffield in becoming a UK Management Undergraduate of the Year Award 2017 finalist! I never expected to get as far as I did, and coming away with two summer internships with Enterprise Rent-A-Car was a great conclusion to an incredible experience!”

Other finalists attended from all over the UK, including Aston University, the University of Exeter and Strathclyde.

Programme director for BA International Business Management, Dr Julie Alevizou, said: “I’m so proud of Jessica’s achievement, especially reaching this level of the competition in her first year at Sheffield. The assessment centre had a very practical focus, including tasks such as ‘leading a morning meeting’, and it’s testament to her commitment to studies and natural leadership skills that Jessica progressed to the final stage.”

Click here to read more about the Undergraduate of the Year competition.

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Sheffield women gain insight at IBM

Friday, May 5th, 2017

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In March, four Management School students joined a visit to tech giant IBM’s site in Hursley for a Women in Technology Insight Day.

The trip, shared with students from Sheffield Hallam University, offered participants a great opportunity to learn more about opportunities at IBM – they were able to get a feel for the culture, experience group work activity, get support with their CVs and meet with staff in a wide range of roles in the organisation.

Two BA Business Management students, Israa Abdelrahim and Monika Fekete, were joined by BA Hispanic Studies and Business Management student Anna Rubingh and Mirna Cheet, who studies our MSc Work Psychology.

We asked Israa about her experience:

“The Women in Technology event is organised exclusively for female Sheffield students by two alumni, now IBMers, Waleed and Emma. It was honestly the most valuable experience and opened my eyes to a whole world of technology I had never experienced before.

“On the first day we met some of IBM’s inspiring female employees. They talked about their experiences of working in top positions and each gave refreshing perspectives on how to progress through a career as women. There was a discussion on how IBM provides plenty of opportunities for employees, particularly women, to develop themselves and progress. A common aspect of their jobs they were all passionate about was the flexibility they have.

This gave us an insight as to how IBM employees work. There is a great deal of autonomy and control over their work which is fantastic if you are seeking for a position that allows you to lead and one that recognises your contributions and ideas. What’s more, you do not necessarily have to be a very technical person to work at IBM. For example, I spoke to a chemistry graduate who mentioned that IBM valued her analytical skills from her degree more than her knowledge on technology. Whilst this definitely a relief to know, having a valuable, unique skill is most definitely useful when it comes to finding a graduate job.

“After a chat with the ladies, we were taken on a tour of the campus starting with the ‘Innovative Room’. It had four stations in this room each showcasing different projects developed by IBM. One that stood out to me was the ‘Classifier Content’ software that was developed by IBM Watson – you could enter any baby name into a search box and the software provided a statistic showing what percentage of the name sounded female and what percentage male. The software was also able to ‘classify’ a name of a city to where in the world it is most likely situated. It was particularly fascinating because it was an unusual but original idea and there were some unexpected results.

“After this, we explored the surrounding parkland – if you are the kind of person who likes to take a walk outside during a break, this is the perfect spot.

“We spent the next day participating in a mock assessment centre, one of the stages of the IBM placement or internship application process. This was useful as I was put to the test with other women in my group to figure out the answers to two logical questions using statements given on a paper given to each one of us. What we’d thought was going to be straight forward turned out to be an ordeal and a few minutes in, we realised our own papers actually had different statements so had to scramble together the pieces! Something I learnt to keep in mind for any future assessment centres! In the end, we did manage to find two possible solutions and were given some great tips such as using a logic table when finding the answer.

“IBM does not necessarily look at how much experience you have in technology or coding but rather find any useful skills you may have. They also assess how well you work with other people. There are plenty of opportunities there to progress your career, be flexible with your job and have full control over your work.

“A massive thank you to Waleed and Emma and IBM for organising everything for us. It was a wonderful experience and one that I hope to share with others.”

First and second years – put the Module Choice Fair in your diaries!

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

From 24-28 April, the Management School is holding a Module Choice Fair in the Courtyard Cafe.

From 2-19 May, the University wants to know which modules you will take next year – between these dates, you’ll be able to select your choices. If you don’t choose in May, you’ll have to wait until autumn when your preferred choices may be full. The University books its rooms in summer, to ensure capacity for students and classes.

If you’d like some extra information to ease the decision making process, come along to the Module Choice Fair in the Courtyard Cafe to chat with module leaders, other students, or programme directors about your options:

Module Choice Fair, April 24-28, SUMS Courtyard Cafe

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Email Jane Mallinson in the SEO with any queries: j.w.mallinson@sheffield.ac.uk