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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 Enactus students come home with a trophy for the third year running.

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Having made it through the regional rounds of Enactus UK’s National Competition, Sheffield Enactus headed to Canary Warf earlier this month to present highlights from the projects they have run this year.

The Sheffield Enactus students currently have four main social projects:

Homemade – this project works with homeless men in a shelters, teaching them business and employability skills through the framework of a jam making business and by running them interview training and C.V writing workshops.  The profits for this are then used to help the men re-start their lives.

Blankets for Bolivia- here vulnerable women in La Paz are employed to make relief blankets using crisp packets which would have otherwise been unrecyclable, making a blanket twice as warm and three times stronger than a typical relief blanket. Sold to tourists, the profits from these blankets pay for the women to distribute the blankets to the thousands of homeless on the streets of Bolivia.

For the national competition the students focused on their biggest two projects which are HOPE and HOPE Nigeria.

HOPE works with survivors of human trafficking in a jewellery making business to encourage their personal development and enterprise skills. By providing them with skills, confidence and funds to enter employment or start their own business they are able to aid their integration back into society. Alongside this project runs HOPE Nigeria by providing vulnerable women with a stable income the project is able to tackle the number one cause of trafficking, poverty. A co-operative of ten women making Shea butter was initially set up, however due to the success of this, the project is currently working towards setting up a Shea butter business this summer which will employ 20 women, providing them with a stable income and reducing their likelihood of being trafficked.

Having made the decision to create an introduction to their presentation that was away from the norm and out of the traditional framework the team had an excellent response to the way they showed the values of Team Sheffield and what makes them so impressive, receiving amazing feedback.

After two days of presentations from 41 teams Sheffield emerged triumphant as second place winners in the 2013 national Championships, the third time in as many years that they have come away with a trophy.

If you didn’t manage to make it to one of Sheffield Enactus rehearsals a link to the video is below:

For more information on Enactus please visit their website

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 .

Forgemasters’ chief shortlisted for entrepreneur of the year award

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Sheffield Forgemasters’ International’s chief executive, Dr Graham Honeyman, has been short-listed for accountants and business advisers Ernst & Young’s coveted Entrepreneur Of The Year Award.

Dr Honeyman is one of 10 Yorkshire entrepreneurs, vying with 32 others from across the North of England at the regional finals in Manchester in June.

He has received a series of business awards since he led Forgemasters’ successful fight for survival after its American parent group hit financial problems

After Kansas-based Atchison Casting Corporation filed for bankruptcy, Dr Honeyman kept its Sheffield arm operating, going on to head a management buy-out which protected employees’ pensions and laid the foundations for the historic company’s renaissance as a world leading producer of giant steel castings and forgings.

Just over two years ago, he was named winner of the inaugural Institute of Directors’ Director of the Year Award and its Global Director of the Year Award.

Earlier this year, Dr Honeyman was appointed an Honorary Professor in strategic management and Sheffield University Management School.


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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.

Best Placement Student 2013 awarded to Management School’s Amy Brereton

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

A talented student from the University of Sheffield is celebrating after winning a national award for her innovative business skills which helped to transform a workplace.


Amy Brereton collects her award

Amy Brereton, 22, was specially chosen as the UK’s Best Placement Student at the National Placement and Internship Awards after proving herself as a determined and hardworking business leader of the future.

As part of her course the Business Management student took part in a 12 month placement at Enterprise Rent-A-Car (ERAC) in Sheffield.

“I loved my placement from start to finish,” said Amy. “There were times that were hard, but the best thing about the placement was how much autonomy and support I was given right from the beginning. No matter how crazy my ideas were – ERAC were happy for me to pursue them. In turn this led to changes in employee development, diversity training and community projects.

“As with any business placement, I learnt lots of new skills as well as developing existing ones such as organisational skills, communication and negotiation skills, and marketing and accounting for a small business – however some of the biggest skills I learnt were softer, personal skills such as time keeping and consistently getting up early!”

She added: “Skills that I learnt on placement are hugely beneficial to my degree. Everything I have learnt in my third year so far has made so much more sense as I can practically see where different theories fit in practice.”

Throughout the placement, which was organised through the University’s Careers Service, Amy transformed the under-performing branch of ERAC and helped to double its revenue in a short space of time.

In recognition of her intuitive business management skills, Amy was presented with the prestigious award at a special ceremony which took place in London last week (15 February 2013) and was attended by over 400 representatives from both the corporate and higher education sectors.

Entrepreneur and business founder Nick Holzherr, who was runner up The BBC’s Apprentice last year, gave an inspirational speech into the challenges and successes achieved through his own work experiences.

“I was incredibly shocked to win the award. I couldn’t quite believe that I was shortlisted for the final four so this is amazing,” said Amy.

“To me all I had done was my job – just being given the opportunities I had at ERAC was enough. I was very grateful to be nominated and to win was definitely the icing on the cake of a fantastic year.

She added: “Because I completed the graduate training programme five months ahead of the usual schedule I will be able to be promoted straight away when I return to ERAC which is fantastic.

“A placement not only allows you to develop professionally but it also helps you to improve personal skills such as time management. Even if you decided on your placement year that this career isn’t for you, it is something much better learnt whilst still studying and learning at the University then as a post graduate.”

The University of Sheffield’s Careers Service provides students the invaluable opportunity to develop skills for success through a variety of careers workshops, placements, internships and part-time jobs. Visit myVacancies, the Careers Service online jobs board to view live vacancies

Or for more information about the Careers Service visit

For a full overview of the day and all of the award winners, visit the website at

Further information:

The fourth National Placement & Internship Awards benchmarks success across all stakeholders in the undergraduate market. From employers to universities and students, this inaugural event is attended by over 400 representatives in the field of work experience and celebrates their outstanding achievements.

As well as the Awards, RMP Enterprise runs the award winning website and produces ‘A Students’ Guide to the Top Placement & Internship Employers‘. On-Campus Promotions is another arm of the business which executes tailored, targeted, and trackable campaigns on campus while our unique data capture app is transforming the way that organisations collect student data.


Award winning steel boss secures university chair

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Award winning steel boss secures university chair


Sheffield Forgemasters International’s chief executive has been appointed chair at the University of Sheffield’s management school.

Dr Graham Honeyman will assume a role as an Honorary Professor in strategic management after academics at the prestigious institution granted its approval.

Established in 1986, the Management School is the largest department in the Faculty of Social Sciences and one of the largest in the University, with over 70 staff and more than 1,800 students.

It is one of only 58 business schools worldwide accredited by the three most influential business school accreditation bodies – AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB and aims to become one of the world’s top business schools over the next 10 years.

Graham will be invited to give guest lectures to undergraduates and postgraduates at the university and his proven business acumen will be used when expert advice is required. He will hold the title for an initial three years after which it can be renewed.

He said: “It is a great honour to have been appointed Honorary Professor at such a vibrant university. My role will allow me to pass on many years’ experience leading a business in a challenging but rewarding industry.

“Forgemasters has come a long way and I think it’s important to help the next generation of businesspeople as much as possible. I have been highly impressed by the enthusiasm, energy and commitment of the staff and students at the University of Sheffield and look forward to working with them as they develop their ambitious plans for today’s challenging business environment.”

Dean of the Management School, Professor Keith Glaister, said: “We are delighted to award Graham Honeyman the title of Honorary Professor in Strategic Management at the University of Sheffield Management School.

“Graham is a dynamic leader who has made a significant impact at Sheffield Forgemasters and across our region. Having a business leader of Graham’s calibre associated with the Management School provides a great learning opportunity to our student community.”

Graham is set to formally receive his chair at an official ceremony later this year when the school moves to a redesigned and refurbished 21st century hub at the University’s Crookesmoor site.

In May last year Graham was named the winner of the Bessemer Gold Medal by The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) after his work was judged to have promoted the manufacture of engineering components to national and international importance.

Previous to this he was presented with the silver medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering, a CBE for his services to the steel industry and was named Overall Director of the Year at the Institute of Directors in 2010.

Graham studied Engineering Materials Technology at the University of Aston and complemented his degree with a PhD for his study of armour plate welding from Teesside University.

He is the latest in a number of Forgemasters staff recognised by Sheffield’s considerable academic community.

In 2010 Jesus Talamantes-Silva, director of research and development (R&D) at Forgemasters was appointed visiting professor for the department of Engineering Materials at the University of Sheffield.

Forgemasters chairman Tony Pedder is a Pro-chancellor at the University of Sheffield and chair of the Human Resource Management Committee.

Director Peter Birtles also represents the company on the Steering Committee of the Advanced Metallic Systems Centre for Doctoral Training hosted by the University of Sheffield and The University of Manchester and is chairman of Namtec’s Special Metals Forum.

Success at Management School’s first Beta Gamma Sigma Induction Ceremony

Friday, January 25th, 2013

The Management School successfully held its first induction of new members into Beta Gamma Sigma on 10th January.

Beta Gamma Sigma, or BGS, is the international honour society serving business programmes accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Following accreditation from AACSB last year, the school gained eligibility to establish its own BGS Chapter here in Sheffield.

The school inducted its first 14 members into the BGS honour society and those that were able to attend were presented with their membership certificates by Dr Gary Simpson of Aston Business School, and BGS Inducting Officer. Professor Lenny Koh, Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs at the Management School was also presented with the BGS Chapter Charter on behalf of the School.

Becoming a member of BGS is something that Management School students should aim for.  It is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business programme accredited by AACSB International.

We look forward to welcoming more members into the Sheffield BGS Chapter at future induction ceremonies.

For further information about BGS at the Management School visit:

Dr Gary Simpson of Aston Business School presents Professor Lenny Koh with the Sheffield BGS Chapter Charter
Professor Lenny Koh presents Sophie Edwards, BA Hons in Business Management, with her Beta Gamma Sigma membership certificate

Knighthood for University of Sheffield VC and Management School alumni in New Year’s Honours list

Friday, January 4th, 2013

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, Professor Keith Burnett, has been awarded a knighthood in the New Year’s honours list for services to science and higher education.

Professor Burnett is an eminent atomic physicist who has also played an important role in developing science policy in the United Kingdom. He is a member of the Council of Science and Technology reporting to the Prime Minister and has offered independent advice on issues such as postgraduate education.

He was also recently appointed to the Infrastructure Council which will advise the Treasury on major investments totalling up to £200 billion over the next five years, including on energy, transport, waste, science, water and telecoms.

As Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield since 2007, Professor Burnett leads a University which combines world-class scholarship with the highest quality teaching. He has also focused attention on the impact of a civic university on wider society, and particularly its city and region. In 2011 the University of Sheffield was named the Times Higher Education University of the Year.

Responding to the announcement, Professor Burnett said: “I am delighted to accept this honour, which I do as the leader of an outstanding team here at the University of Sheffield. Our staff and students are drawn from the brightest and most talented people from all over the world, and others see in us the vision, expertise, determination and culture to use that knowledge to make a difference.

“From addressing the challenges of environmental change or the global economy, to treating diseases and understanding the beginnings of the universe, the University of Sheffield is a powerful force for good. But I also believe that the most important transformation we make is in the lives of our students who go on to benefit society in so many ways. It is this achievement which continues to be one of my greatest sources of pride and pleasure.”

Professor Burnett has been a strong supporter of the University’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, an award-winning collaboration between leading companies such as Boeing and Rolls-Royce, as well as over 40 supply chain companies to create a step change in manufacturing. This work led last month to the award of over £37million in Regional Growth Funding to support developments in the manufacturing supply chain, and has led him to be described by industrialists as an exemplary Vice-Chancellor playing a vital role in an area directly relevant to the future economic prosperity of the United Kingdom.

The Management School is also delighted to congratulate alumni Sir David Brailsford, CBE, MBA (Management School MBA, 1994) and Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, (Executive MBA programme 1999) on being knighted in the 2013 New Year’s Honours list.

Sir David is the Performance Director of British Cycling and received his Knighthood for services to cycling and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Sir Bernard took the position of Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in September 2011 and was previously the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police.  He was born in Sheffield and began his career in the forces with South Yorkshire Police.  His Knighthood recognises his services to policing.

We congratulate Professor Keith Burnett as the University of Sheffield’s Vice-Chancellor, and both Management School alumni Sir David and Sir Bernard on their special achievements. We wish them all every success for the future.

Further information:

Knighthood for University of Sheffield Vice-Chancellor – read the full story here
Bernard Hogan-Howe, from PC to knight – read the full BBC news story here