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Welcome back! The Management School opens its doors with new alumni network

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Northern Alumni Network

Whether you graduated two or 20 years ago, if you’re still in or around Sheffield our new network offers the perfect opportunity to get to know the Management School again.

On 10 May we’re launching the Northern Alumni Network. Open to all Sheffield graduates in business in the north, it’s a chance to connect with other alumni, have a look around our fantastic Crookesmoor premises, and meet members of the School who can help you get more involved in the future.

Prof Andrew Simpson, who will welcome attendees on the day, is Associate Dean for External Business Advancement at the Management School. He said: “The School has connections all over the world but with this event we’re looking to engage people a little closer to home. We’re very proud of the impact Sheffield graduates have on the city region and hope to harness this enthusiasm via the Northern Alumni Network.

“Whether your priority is reconnecting over a glass of wine with your old cohort, scoping out collaborative research opportunities with our academic staff, or understanding how to contribute your expertise to our students, this launch event will showcase everything we can offer our alumni and give guests a point of contact at the School.”

This focus on our regional alumni is an exciting step forward for the School. Let us know that you want to be part of it by signing up here:

Venue: Sheffield University Management School, Conduit Road, Sheffield S10 1FL
Date and time: 10 May 2017, 6pm onwards
6pm – Welcome
6.30pm – Food and drink
7pm-8.30pm – Showcase and Networking

We look forward to seeing you again in Sheffield.

For more information about Alumni activity at Sheffield University Management School, visit the Management Gateway Alumni pages here.

SUMS takes a trip…and meets up with past students along the way

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Throughout October this year, colleagues from the Management School welcomed the opportunity to meet up with just some of our international alumni population, as part of their research and recruitment trips around Asia. 

 Hannah and Maddie with SUMS alumni in Taipei in October 2014Mr Mohammad Rajjaque with SUMS alumni in Singapore October 2014

The first stop was Singapore, for Mr Mohammad Rajjaque, a member of the School’s Accounting & Finance division. Mohammad invited local alumni to come along to an informal evening to meet up with other alumni members who are also living or working in Singapore, and to catch up with news from the School and University back in Sheffield. Amongst those who were delighted to attend were recent graduates from our collaborative programme with the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) and members of the alumni community, old and new, including Mr Wong Peng Wai, a graduate from the School’s first first MBA batch back in 1979. He was happy to hear that the School had moved back to the premises up at Crookesmoor where he remembers studying, and was interested to see just how much the building has changed since then.

Then it was on to Taiwan with the School’s Marketing and Recruitment Officer, Mrs Madddie Stewart, along with Ms Hannah Stelman from the University’s International Office. In between their busy schedule of recruitment activities, Maddie and Hannah were pleased to be able to spend an evening with local alumni whilst in Taipei, and enjoyed getting to know old and new members of the community over drinks and an evening meal.  Guests included Mr Sam Shen, a 2008 graduate from the MSc Management programme, who is enjoying a successful career in banking since leaving Sheffield, and Ms Evelyn Chung, a recent graduate  0f 2013 from the MSc Marketing Management Practice programme who is now working in the cosmetic and health care industry.  These guests and others enjoyed chatting to each other during the evening, and comparing stories of their time at Sheffield. One guest, Mr Tse-Ho Fang, told how is memories of Sheffield will always be particularly special to him, as it is where he met is now wife, who was studying Music Management in Sheffield at the same time.

Finally, the third international Management Alumni reunion of October 2014 took place in Tokyo, Japan, hosted by the School’s newly appointed Associate Dean for External Business Advancement, Prof Andrew Simpson. Andrew was delighted to be able to re-engage with our alumni during his time in Japan, and was extremely pleased at the turn out for the evening and the efforts that people had gone to in order to meet him and other alumni. Those that were able to make the evening enjoyed making new contacts with fellow alumni, and hearing updates from Andrew about the recent developments at the School back in Sheffield.

Mr Ian Proctor, Head of External Relations at the Management School said: ‘The School feels extremely privileged to have such a strong and loyal international alumni community, which continues not only to grow each year as it welcomes in new graduates, but strengthens in its mutual connections with the School and its internal  relationships that have developed amongst its many members with each other.’ Ian continued, ‘Reunions such as these are just one of the ways in which the School and alumni both enjoy staying in touch, and I know from meeting many of our alumni overseas, that they always look forward to appreciate it when we get the chance to come over to their home countries to see how they are getting on after leaving Sheffield. And we greatly appreciate the time that alumni take out of their own busy working and personal lives to come and meet us too. It’s always nice to see a familiar face back in Sheffield too, as we sometimes get paid visits from past students who have made a special trip to see us whilst on business or travelling through the UK, which is always welcomed!  Staying in touch with alumni all over the world is much easier now with our social media networks and the online Management Gateway, which has tools such as the ‘Search Alumni Map’ to help alumni re-connect with each other, and is updated daily with news and the School’s events programme,’ added Ian.

More international events are planned for next year and in the mean time the School remains in touch with our overseas friends over email and social media. If you are interested in hosting your own alumni reunion, please let us know! Email with a few words about who attended, where and what you did, and send us a few photos.

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Susanna Chiu Receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Susanna Chiu

During a recent visit to Hong Kong, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Keith Burnett, honoured Susanna Chiu (BA Economics, 1982) with the Professor Robert Boucher Distinguished Alumni Award. Named in honour of the University’s 12th Vice-Chancellor, Susanna was presented with the award as part of an alumni celebration event in Hong Kong.

Although Susanna is a graduate of Economics, the department, along with the Management School, were in fact one of the same when Susanna studied here. Susanna has since been involved with Management School alumni activities as well as University wide activities, and we at the Management School are extremely proud to have such close associations with Susanna.

Susanna is the Director at Li & Fung Development, China Limited, but started her career at accountancy firm Grant Thornton in Sheffield, following her first class economics degree, which included winning the Tassie Medal for academic achievements in Economics.

Before moving back to Hong Kong over twenty years ago, Susanna started making an impact on Sheffield’s Chinese community, setting up the UK’s first independent Chinese Women self-support group, the Lai Yin Association, helping Chinese women to integrate into the community. She was also founder, producer and presenter of the first Chinese radio programme, Mui-Fa, meaning “cherry blossom”, on BBC Radio Sheffield. These efforts to improve communities and society continued through her career.

Susanna now lives and works in Hong Kong, a computer auditor by profession with over twenty years of professional experience in information systems audit and controls review, software consulting, system implementation and business management. She is the President (and a founding member) of the University of Sheffield’s Hong Kong Alumni group, as well serving on the University’s Management School Advisory Board. She has been a passionate supporter of the University and the city of Sheffield which she came to love as a student.

Her professional achievements too, are worthy of note. In 2013, Susanna was the first woman in almost 40 years to secure the senior position of President of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA). This statutory licensing body of accountants is responsible for the professional training, development and regulation of over 35,000 accountancy professionals in Hong Kong.

Also during 2013, Susanna was awarded a ‘Medal of Honour’ by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government for both her contribution to the community and her achievements in the accountancy profession. And just earlier this year, she featured in “Women of our Times” in the South ChinaMorning Post in recognition of her achievements to society.

Susanna has been a dedicated role model promoting the University of Sheffield and its alumni activities in Hong Kong and throughout the world. It is for this, along with her outstanding contribution to business, and her professional achievements, that she has been recognised.

Young professionals make links in London

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Launch event of the Sheffield Alumni in London Networking Group

The successful launch event of an exciting new initiative between the Department of Economics, the Management School, and the School of Law at the University of Sheffield took place on 6 March.  Kindly hosted by the Chancellor himself, Sir Peter Middleton GCB, the first event in this series saw the formation of the ‘Sheffield Alumni in London Networking Group’ with over 70 alumni and staff from across the three departments attending the launch held at Marsh & McLennan Companies at Tower Place in London.

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Sheffield Alumni in London: 6 March 2014Sheffield Alumni in London: 6 March 2014Sheffield Alumni in London: 6 March 2014

As part of the developing programme of Alumni Engagement at departmental levels across the university, we are continuing to strengthen our relations with specific alumni groups in the UK. By doing this we hope to establish active professional networking groups led by alumni, that are well connected with local business, and further encourage alumni involvement in future departmental activities. The launch event of the ‘Sheffield Alumni in London Networking Group’ is the first of three events that will take place this year.

Invited to attend the event last week at the fantastic venue overlooking Tower Bridge, were alumni from across the three departments of Economics, Law and Management who graduated in or after the year 2000, and are currently living or working in and around London.  The venue proved extremely fitting for the young London based professionals who were welcomed to the Marsh & McLennan Companies by Chairman and University Chancellor Sir Peter Middleton GCB, himself a Sheffield alumnus (BA Economics 1955). Attendees also heard from departmental representatives Peter Odell, Senior University Teacher School of Law, Prof Lenny Koh, Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs Management School and Simon Tebbutt, Lecturer in Economics. The rest of the evening was left for guests to networking whilst enjoying the wonderful view.

Speaking after the event, Prof Koh said: ‘We hope such events and initiatives as this continue to help our alumni to develop both their professional and personal contacts. It can be very hard starting out in your career, especially as a young professional living in London. There are crucial links to be made across these three sectors that can make business easier, and we saw the potential in providing alumni with this ready-made contact base of Economics, Law and Management graduates with professional skills right across the board of these three industry sectors.’

As well as being invited to attend such networking events, members are also encouraged to utilise their new contacts and to begin thinking about the possibility of setting up their own professional events in the future, to support the programme of events delivered by the departments. Members are also urged to utilise the professional and developmental resources available to alumni via the central alumni services or at departmental levels such as the online Management Gateway.

After the success of this first event, alumni and staff are looking forward to the next event in this joint venture between the departments of Economics, Law and Management planned for July this year.

For more information about alumni activity at the University and in the departments of Economics, Law and Management visit:


You can also contact each department’s alumni team on:

Management Alumna Makes First Female President of the HK Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Susanna Chiu is the first woman in almost 40 years to secure the senior position of president of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA).
Management Alumna Susanna Chiu

Delighted with winning the election, Susanna, director of Li & Fung Development (China) says that more women are now entering the accountancy profession and taking on senior positions such as partners or directors of  companies.

Set up in 1973, the HKICPA issues accounting standards and regulates the city’s 35,000 accountants: a regulatory body as well as a membership body.

Looking forward to the challenges ahead, Susanna’s role will continue to play an important part in the regulatory field and she will also work with the government and other parties on the reform proposal.

Susanna graduated with a BA in Economics in 1982 (when Economics was part of the Management School) and went on to work at Grant Thornton accountancy firm in Sheffield. Having moved back to HK over 20 years ago, Susanna has worked in several positions related to China until joining Li & Fung Development (China) as a director in 2006.

Most recently, Susanna was awarded a ‘Medal of Honour’ by the HKSAR Government for her contribution to the community as well as achievement in the accountancy profession.

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Sheffield University Management School alumni receive further honours

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Graduation-PiazzaTwo of Sheffield University Management School’s alumni were conferred with their honorary degrees at the graduation ceremonies last week:

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe awarded LLD (Doctor of Laws)
Alumnus of the Executive MBA programme 1999, Sir Bernard received his honorary degree on behalf of the School of Law in recognition of his services to the Metropolitan Police. He took the position of Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in September 2011 and was previously the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police.  Born in Sheffield, Sir Bernard began his career in the forces with South Yorkshire Police when he was 22 and also received his Knighthood early this year.

Simon Moran awarded DMus (Doctor of Music) in recognition of his achievements in the music industry
A Business Studies graduate of the Management School 1987, Simon Moran is the owner and managing director of SJM Concerts, one of the largest UK-based concert promotion companies. He produced his first live music events in the Students’ Union over 25 years ago and now works with such acts as Take That, The Stone Roses and Beyoncé. His company now operates over 2,000 shows per year.

You can see all of the most recent Honorary degree graduates at

Management School alumnus and Residential Mentor rewarded for engagement work in the student community

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

The Management School was delighted to hear of Richard Bruce’s commendation for his role as Residential Mentor in winning this year’s ACS People´s Award for Services to the Student Community.Richard-Bruce.2

The Management School was delighted to hear of Richard Bruce’s commendation for his role as Residential Mentor in winning this year’s ACS People´s Award for Services to the Student Community.This annual event recognises staff from the University’s Accommodation & Commercial Services department who go the extra mile in their roles to help customers and colleagues.

Management School Alumnus (MBA 1991) and Advanced Visiting Fellow, Richard has recently taken up the challenge of becoming a Residential Mentor to 155 families and couples living in University accommodation.On receiving his award, Richard commented: “I feel greatly honoured to be given this award, particularly as the role is such an intrinsically rewarding one anyway. I’m able to help student families and couples with a wide range of issues, from visa problems, schooling for their children and Council Tax to helping them overcome cultural differences and adapt to living in the UK.”

The new role of Residential Mentor for couples and families was created within the Accommodation & Commercial Services department this year as a result of feedback indicating that more could be done to further engage with this particular group of residents.

Pat McGrath, Director of Accommodation & Commercial Services said: “Richard has done a fantastic job of supporting the couples and families who live in our accommodation. He really goes out of his way to look after the residents and resolve any issues they might have. He’s been an invaluable addition to the Resident Support team and I’m thrilled that we were able to recognise his commitment with the Services to the Student Community Award.”

The role of a Residential Mentor involves the organisation of three activities throughout the year designed to reach out and engage with residents. Last term, Richard arranged for a coach trip to Derbyshire which was a great success in bringing the families’ community together.

Pat continued: “Although Richard is only required to organise three activities per year, his dedication to his residents and his job has seen him organise regular events and activities to engage with the couples and families and develop a real sense of community.”

Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir Keith Burnett, attended the ceremony held on 1st March and presented awards to deserving staff from the departments of Accommodation & Commercial Services and Finance.

You can find out more about the Accommodation & Commercial Services at .

Satisfied students rank University’s Students’ Union best in the UK

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

The University of Sheffield’s Students’ Union has been voted the best in the UK by the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey.

Results published today (Thursday 25 April 2013) rank the University of Sheffield third out of 102 institutions and the first in the Yorkshire and Humber region for the best all-round student experience.

More than 14,000 students from universities across the country took part in the survey, which assesses 21 different attributes of their institutions including teaching, good community atmosphere, good support and extra-curricular activities.

As well as scoring highly for good accommodation and high quality facilities, the University outshone other institutions, including Oxford and Cambridge, with the highest score for social life and the Students’ Union.

Students’ Union President Abdi Suleiman, said: “It is genuinely terrific to know how well regarded our Students’ Union is. Being ranked first for satisfaction when the Union is currently undergoing a major investment project and some of our facilities are not functioning as normal is phenomenal.

“This just goes to show that once the project is completed we will indisputably have the best Students’ Union in the country.

“Students here benefit from the best of many things – Sheffield is the best city to live in, the University has enthusiastic and world-renowned researchers and academics and this satisfaction survey shows we have the best social life and Students’ Union as well!”

Topping the Times Higher Student Experience Survey is the latest in a number of accolades for the Students’ Union after coming first in the Student Barometer in March for the second year running and being crowned number one in the UK by the National Student Survey 2012.

Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: “We are delighted to be ranked so highly for student experience. Choosing to go to a particular university is more than an investment in a future career. It also provides you with a life changing opportunity to broaden your horizons and develop socially and academically. Our excellent student facilities are home to a vibrant community and provide a student experience that is enriching. We believe university life at Sheffield inspires students for the rest of their lives and we are delighted that our students agree.”

Sheffield shines again in student barometer survey

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Students on campusAn independent student survey has given outstanding results for the numbers of students saying that they are satisfied with services at The University of Sheffield, for the second year in a row.

The University was ranked first in the prestigious Russell Group of universities on average for its support provision, with its Student Services Information Desk (SSID), Corporate Information and Computing Services (CiCS), Disability & Dyslexia Support Service, University Health Service, Career Service, and Students’ Union (including clubs and societies) all ranked as Russell Group leaders.

Students were also very satisfied with their learning and living experience, placing the University of Sheffield second in the Russell Group.

The University was ranked number one in the Russell Group for living and accommodation cost, the availability of financial support and the opportunity to earn money while studying. It was also seen as the University with most eco-friendly attitude to the environment.

The study also showed that the University of Sheffield is ranked second in the Russell Group as the university that most students would recommend to their friends, with 90.9 per cent of students willing to recommend the institution to others thinking of applying to university.

This independent study, which incorporated both domestic and international students, surveyed over 97,000 students from 28 higher education institutions in the UK.

Students’ Union President, Abdi Suleiman, said: “Coming top in the Russell group for student satisfaction for the second year in a row is pleasing in itself but when you realise it equates to tens of thousands of experiences that some students will cherish for life, it really makes us all proud to be involved in the Students’ union.”

Director of Student Services, Dr Andrew West, said: “At the University of Sheffield we place a strong emphasis on the quality and effectiveness of our support services, in the context of an all-round excellent student experience. It is great to have such positive feedback from students.”

The Student Barometer survey is independently administered by the International Graduate Insight Group (

The University has taken part in the International component of the survey since 2007, and joined the Domestic Barometer in 2011.

Demonstration of SCEnAT on cloud the Supply Chain Environmental Analysis Tool

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

The advancement in cloud services now offers Universities and research groups access to an unparalleled level of technological power. The University of Sheffield will play host to this event to demonstrate the Supply Chain Environmental Analysis Tool (SCEnAT), an innovative application powered by Windows Azure. The event will also celebrate the launch of the Microsoft and Janet document pack.

Professor Lenny Koh Director of The University of Sheffield Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) Research Centre will speak about SCEnAT and its benefits to users. Carlos Oliveira, Managing Director of Shaping Cloud will discuss the development of the tool and benefits of utilising the technology. Mark McManus, Cloud Services Business Manager at Microsoft will talk about the Windows Azure platform and discuss the benefits to Universities and research groups. Tony Lewis of Janet will conclude the event by discussing the exclusive contractual amendments and due diligence available to research and education institutions in the form of the Janet Cloud Services for Education Agreement.

The advanced cloud technology used to build the tool has been recognised by Microsoft who have featured a case study about the tool on their own website.

This event is being supported by the University of Sheffield, Microsoft, Janet and Shaping Cloud.

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