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Entrepreneurial recognition for alumna in Pakistan

Thursday, February 11th, 2016


Two Sheffield alumni in Pakistan have been recognised for their achievements at a ceremony held at the British Deputy High Commission in Karachi, with Dr Nousheen Zakaria (MSc Human Resource Management 2008) awarded first runner-up in the Entrepreneurial Award.

The Education UK Alumni Awards celebrate the achievements of alumni from UK universities who are now living in Pakistan and have gone on to achieve success in their professional careers.

After gaining her MSc in Management HRM at Sheffield University Management School, Nousheen (pictured above) earned her PhD in Strategic HRM at the University of Leeds. As Co-Founder and CEO of Out of the Box Ltd, U.K and The Code It Company, Pakistan, she is responsible for releasing some of the newest and most innovative apps and websites to support the local industry as well as global clients. She provides equal-employment opportunities to people with special needs. Nousheen’s UK study experience enhanced her critical thinking skills and has helped her be the entrepreneur that she is today.

Fellow University alumnus Jahanzeb Awan, who studied Law at Sheffield, won the Professional Achievement Award, recognising alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership and achievements in their professional industry.

The awards were presented by special guests including University of Sheffield alumna Dr Urooj Mumtaz, who plays for Pakistan’s national women’s cricket team.

Management School challenges shine at Achieve More

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Cyberbullying-Winners Flooding-Mention

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!

Final year undergraduates: Have your say on SUMS with the NSS

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016


Final year undergraduate students have the chance to take part in the National Student Survey (NSS), an annual survey which looks at the different aspects of your time at University – from teaching quality and assessment and feedback, to learning resources and personal development, as well as overall satisfaction.

It’s a great opportunity to tell us what you think and help future students get a better idea of what it is like to study here – think of it like giving us a reference!

The NSS takes less than 10 minutes to complete and you can do it online – visit The NSS is administered by Ipsos Mori, an independent agency. All responses are anonymous.

As a thank you for taking part, we’ll give you a voucher for a free regular hot drink and cookie to use in the Courtyard Café! Simply keep your survey completion confirmation email or screenshot of the completion page and show it to the Student Experience Office to receive your voucher.

Plus if we achieve a 50% completion rate by 6th March we’ll hold a prize draw for two students to win an iPad mini each.

We really value your feedback and use it to make real changes to your experience here at Sheffield University Management School. Our Vision is to deliver an outstanding student experience and we’re continually making improvements. Here are just a few of the changes we’ve made based on your feedback – some of the changes have impacted on your experience and others form part of your legacy for future students! Help us continue to improve by telling us what you think of your university experience in the NSS! Visit


All coursework is now submitted electronically, saving you money on printing and allowing you to submit assignments remotely.

Careers and employability

Our Employability Hub gives you bespoke support and advice, and our current building work is creating more space for us to help you even more. Don’t forget you have access to support for up to three years’ after graduating. Placements are a great opportunity to gain work experience as part of your course, and our new academic Placement Champion and Placement Ambassadors have been working hard to give students who want to do a placement lots of advice and support.

Module choices

Over the last few years we’ve increased the number of optional modules in second and third year to give you more choice and help you focus on what interests you most. Modules are taught by leading researchers so you know you’re getting access to the very latest thinking. We’re also introducing a ‘module fair’ where students can find out more about the different optional modules and speak to students who are currently studying them.

Working with organisations

As well as introducing you to organisations through employability events, we also collaborate with businesses in our teaching, whether it’s to inform the content of modules, deliver guest lectures or provide us with case-studies to enhance your understanding and learning experience.


We know you want to achieve your best and giving you feedback is an important part of your learning. To help you understand the different types of feedback and how to make the most of the feedback you receive we created a Feedback Handbook – you can access a copy through MUSE.


Terms and Conditions

All Management School students who are eligible to complete NSS and did not opt out will be automatically entered into the prize draw. There are two iPad minis available to win. No cash alternatives offered.

The prize draw will only be held if the Management School achieve 50% completion rate by 6th March 2016. The prizes will be drawn at random and winners will be notified via email. The prize draw will take place under the supervision of an independent observer.

List of prize winners can be obtained after w/c 9th May 2016 by emailing

Free regular hot drink and cookie from the Courtyard Café

All Management School students who complete the NSS are eligible to collect a voucher for a free regular hot drink and cookie from the Courtyard Café. One voucher per student. Voucher cannot be exchanged for cash. Extra shots/syrup are not included. Vouchers expire 30th April 2016.

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.

Business Management graduate scoops regional award

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015


“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.”

Startify7 mentors digital start-ups in Brussels

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

L-R: Arindam Ghosh, Thomas van den Boezem and Theodor Beutel from the Breathar team

Following a successful summer of digital academies around Europe, the Startify7 project gathered teams with potentially successful ideas in Brussels at the start of October.

The nine winning teams of young digital entrepreneurs from all three Startify7 academies – held in Sheffield, Trento and Munich/Nuremberg – participated in a three-day acceleration boot camp by fine-tuning their business models, setting up their start-up profiles and finally pitching to high profile investors at the event.

Supported by experts and mentors, the 45 selected participants followed an intensive programme enabling them to improve their business models and sharpen their business plans in order to become venture capitalist (VC) ready. They received advice from a former VC on funding, discussing everything from how to find the right investor to establishing a good term sheet. They also had targeted and professional mentoring to enhance their pitch decks and pitching abilities.

Each Startify7 academy focused on a different entrepreneurial subject. The Sheffield Digital Health Academy identified entrepreneurial solutions to healthcare challenges and supported participants in pursuing their own ideas. The three winning Sheffield teams came up with digital business ideas; one to support healthcare in rural Africa, a second which is an asthma detection aid, and finally a digital microscopic aid that one of the judges commented ‘could revolutionize healthcare’.

Dr Robert Wapshott, one of Startify7’s co-investigators who supported teams at the Brussels event, commented: “Sheffield teams were awarded first, second and fourth positions in Brussels – a fantastic result which reflects very well on the successes of the digital health academy. Breathar, the asthma detection aid, took top spot so the team has been awarded a presentation slot at the European Venture Summit in December.”

Startify7 is a Horizon 2020 project from the European Commission aimed at training young future ICT entrepreneurs in Europe. It organises seven thematically focused summer academies in seven different European cities that follow a lean-training structure and emphasise strong team-building as well as learning-by-doing processes. You can follow the progress of the teams at and @startify7.

Driving student satisfaction at SUMS

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

The latest National Student Survey (NSS) results have been published today (12 August 2015) and they show Management School students are more satisfied than ever before with the quality of their course.

This year’s results show a significant increase in satisfaction with 93% of Management School students satisfied with the overall quality of their course. The increase means the school is now ranked third in the Russell Group for course satisfaction.

The School saw increases in satisfaction across all areas of the NSS, including ‘the teaching on my course’, ‘assessment and feedback’, ‘academic support’ and ‘personal development’.

At course level, satisfaction on our BA (Hons) Business Management increased by 26 percentage points to 98%, whilst 91% of students on our BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management were satisfied overall.

Professor Paul Latreille, Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching at Sheffield University Management School, commented on the results: “I’m delighted to see such a significant increase in overall student satisfaction. The results are a testament to the commitment and dedication of staff who strive to deliver an outstanding student experience. Student feedback is invaluable to us as it allows us to review our offer and make changes to continually improve the student experience. The school’s vision is to ‘to be recognised as a leading international management school known for delivering an outstanding student experience and impactful socially-responsible research in a collegiate learning environment’ and today’s results bring us another step closer to achieving this.”


The NSS surveys final-year undergraduates studying for higher education qualifications at higher education institutions (HEIs) and further education colleges (FECs) in England and Wales, and HEIs in Northern Ireland and Scotland. The threshold for publication of the responses for each question is that at least 10 students must have responded, and that these should represent at least half the students eligible to participate. 74% of eligible Management School students took part in the NSS in 2015. Due to lower response rates, responses from students on BA (Hons) International Business Management are not available.

Unless otherwise stated, figures quoted above relate to responses by Joint Academic Coding System (JACS) subject area ‘N’ at the University of Sheffield.

Management School sponsors UK’s premier business entrepreneurship event

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015


Sheffield University Management School will once again be a main event sponsor for this year’s MADE: Entrepreneur Festival in Sheffield.

MADE is the UK’s premier business entrepreneurship event. This October it returns for its fifth year, having educated and inspired tens of thousands of business owners and budding entrepreneurs since its inception.

Delegates have the opportunity to hear inspirational stories from successful entrepreneurs who have “been there, done that.” These ‘How I MADE it’ journeys feature presentations from nationally recognised entrepreneurs and successful business owners from across the UK, and from sectors including manufacturing and engineering; retail; food and drink, and digital and creative.

This year’s speakers include:

  • Kevin Byrne, founder and CEO of, which provides access to trusted, vetted and monitored tradespeople to stem the tide of rogue traders. He has built his Selsey-based company up from scratch to one with a turnover in excess of £13.4million
  • Petra Wetzel, founder and CEO, West Beer. In 2008 Wetzel opened WEST Brewery, Bar & Restaurant in Glasgow, a German style brewery producing beers to traditional German Purity Laws. Now in 2015, Wetzel has opened a second bar and restaurant, and is planning a new brewery which will increase brewing capacity ten-fold
  • Former JLS band member, JB Gill, who left the celebrity lifestyle behind for the world of farming. Two years on and the farm he owns and manages goes from strength to strength.

The MADE festival will also feature a range of skills development masterclasses giving delegates the skills and knowledge to help launch and grow their business.

Ian Proctor, Head of External Relations at the Management School explains why MADE is important to both the city region and the university: “As the city region recovers from the global financial crisis, its future growth will be dependant as much on the entrepreneurs creating and growing new businesses as it will on our larger established businesses.

“The MADE Festival is an important part of this as it both inspires and offers guidance to those with new business ideas and those that have already begun to build their own businesses, whilst also allowing them to network with like-minded individuals and support organisations.

“At the Management School we are educating the next generation of business owners and managers, and it is important that our students understand the entrepreneurial spirit and traits shown at MADE, whether they eventually run their own businesses or become managers in others’ organisations.”

The MADE Festival takes place on and around 22 October 2015 at the Sheffield City Hall. For more information visit

Pupils inspired by academic-led event with WOERRC

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

On 22 June, the Faculty of Social Sciences hosted a full day UCAS and Advocacy workshop for around 50 pupils from David Ross Education Trust Schools.

The event was supported by the Kalisher Trust, a foundation that aims to increase the diversity of the legal profession. The workshop took the form of a mock public inquiry, which was presided over by the University’s Chancellor, Lady Justice Rafferty. The focus of the mock inquiry was the issue of ‘corporate responsibility for forced labour in global supply chains’. The pupils were asked to act out the parts of different interested parties (e.g. businesses, NGOs, the International Labour Organisation) and present their respective cases to Dame Anne.

To help them prepare for the day, study packs were created by Genevieve Le Baron (Politics), Andreas Ruehmkorf (Law) and Kirsty Newsome and Jason Heyes from the Management School’s Work, Organisation and Employment Relations Research Centre (WOERRC). The issue of labour standards in global value chains is one of WOERRC’s priority research themes.

The day ran with an introduction to the University and a speech by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Keith Burnett, followed by a session on UCAS and how to write a good quality UCAS statement for a Russell Group university. Students were given a tour of campus and lunch before settling into the afternoon task. Barristers who are part of the Kalisher Trust joined in with the task to give any knowledge and advice, especially with how to conduct themselves when submitting their argument.

Lady Justice Rafferty challenged the groups on their views and also gave feedback.

Find out more about WOERRC on their website:

Students take on Rolls-Royce board: Operation and supply chain in civil aviation

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015


A competitive two-days of executive presentations from Sheffield University Management School students for the MGT232 Operations and Supply Chain Management module sponsored by Rolls-Royce, has concluded with two winning teams and two runners-up teams for the Rolls-Royce Academic of Excellence Award.

The 2014/15 winners are:
Rolls-Royce team 3, including: Salwa Asban, Min Jeon, Claudia Mead, Olivia Paxson, Samuel Skellett, and Shashika Vinodani Warnakulasuriyage (14 May 2015)
Boeing team 11, including: Samuel Tipper, Xiao Ding, Edward Robinson, Mali Huang, Thao Do, and Joseph Boag (15 May 2015)
The 2014/15 runners up are:
Pratt and Whitney team 12, including: Lauren Barrett, Kara Daffern, Andrea Ionescu, Carly Morgan, Hannah McLennaghan and Benjamin Croxford (14 May 2015)
Rolls-Royce team 9, including: Edward Daniels, Joshua Hold, Yue Fei, Yutong Yang, Nickolai Aoun, and Ishita Ghandi (15 May 2015)

The presentations took place in the Chancellors Room in Firth Court at the University of Sheffield on 14 and 15 May 2015. Students worked in teams of five to six people, and role-played either a Rolls-Royce Board, Boeing Board, Airbus Board, Pratt and Whitney / United Technology Board or General Electric Board. They presented their ten-year plans charting the future of the operation and supply chain of these companies.

The presentations were made before a panel of senior judges from academia and industry including Professor Lenny Koh, Professor Ian Shellard, Jonathan Dadley-Webb and Peter Ralph. A total of 272 students took part across 48 teams.

Peter Ralph, Risk Manager from Rolls-Royce, said: “The standard and quality of the work presented are excellent, demonstrating the extraordinary capability of these undergraduate level 2 students in analysing such a complex business and supply chain of the civil aviation industry.

“The international mix of the students is great, providing a fantastic platform to learn to work in such an environment as part of this module which mimics the real life global environment of Rolls-Royce.”

Professor Lenny Koh, Director of the Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre and Logistics and Supply Chain Management Research Centre, said: “This partnership with Rolls-Royce is a testament of the on-going long term collaboration that benefits our students’ learning experience improving their skills and employability, drawing upon world leading research in this discipline contextualised with a strong sense of actual civil aviation operation and supply chain.”