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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:

http://management.sheffield.ac.uk/events/33526437477/

Venue: Sheffield University Management School, Conduit Road, Sheffield S10 1FL
Date and time: 10 May 2017, 6pm onwards
Programme:
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.

Leading organisational psychology expert Professor Cary Cooper shares insight into the wellbeing agenda

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Carey-Cooper

The Management School was delighted to host Distinguished Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University Management School, Cary Cooper, CBE at the University here in Sheffield on the 1st of May to share his expertise on the wellbeing agenda.

Professor Cooper is the author and editor of more than 125 books and is one of Britain’s most quoted business gurus.

This special lecture explored the  wellbeing agenda including new pressures that are emerging on people at work during the current times. Professor Cooper also discussed the costs of stress at work and the strategies for dealing with these issues.

The event was well attended and gave interesting topics for discussion amongst staff and students from the Management School and the faculty.

More about Professor Cary Cooper:
As well as Professor at Lancaster University, he is a founding President of the British Academy of Management, a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and one of only 5 UK Fellows of the (American) Academy of Management,  President of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and President of RELATE.

Professor Cooper was the Founding Editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior, Editor of the scholarly journal Stress and Health and is the Editor  (with Professor Chris Argyris of Harvard Business School and Professor Bill Starbuck of New York University as Associate Editors) of the Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Management.

He has been an advisor to the World Health Organisation, ILO, and EU in the field of occupational health research and wellbeing, was Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Chronic Disease of the World Economic Forum (2009-2010) and is Chair of the Academy of Social Sciences (comprising 43 learned societies in the social sciences and over 87,000members). In 2001 he was awarded the CBE by the Queen for his contributions to organisational health and safety.

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.

 

Article published in The Star 29/04/2013:  http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/business/forgemasters-chief-shortlisted-1-5624530

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.

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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 http://www.shef.ac.uk/careers/students/jobs

Or for more information about the Careers Service visit http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/careers/index

For a full overview of the day and all of the award winners, visit the website at www.rmpawards.co.uk.

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 RateMyPlacement.co.uk 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.

 

Advisory Board Members

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

The Management School is guided by consultation with an Advisory Board whose members are appointed for a period of three years.  We are now pleased to share with you an updated list of the Board’s members:

External members:

Internal members:

You can read more about the Board at: http://www.shef.ac.uk/management/about/board

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.

Unique programme to help organisations develop in-house sustainability expertise from The University of Sheffield Management School and C02Sense

Monday, February 11th, 2013

A pioneering new course is being launched by The University of Sheffield Management School in partnership with the low-carbon expert consultancy, CO2Sense, and supported by 2degress, an active sustainable business community that helps businesses and professionals find practical solutions and address their sustainable business challenges.

Starting in March 2013, The Sustainability Leadership Programme will be the first course of its kind to provide a strategic understanding of sustainability through six months of project-based learning where students work on the real-life issues affecting their business. Designed exclusively for executive directors, the programme shows how they can embed sustainability across their entire company in order to achieve long-term success and profitability.

Delegates will also receive expert consultancy support from CO2Sense, who will visit their business and help them to apply knowledge gained from the course into practice. It is expected that participants  will identify a minimum of £5k extra value within their company through the project and will reduce the need for external consultants.

Professor Lenny Koh, Director of Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES) at The University of Sheffield Management School, said:

“Sustainability is key to any business looking to improve their efficiency and performance and to face the challenges of today’s business environment. At Sheffield Management School we strive to develop and deploy innovative ways to advance the understanding of energy, environment and sustainability as we recognise that businesses need senior managers and leaders with these skills.   This unique project-based learning course is specifically designed for senior managers.  The programme equips them  in dealing with the environmental issues they are facing and helps them to become a sustainable and successful business.”

The course has been designed to complement busy schedules with just one day each month dedicated to classroom-based learning. The six lectures will feature presentations from internationally recognised business leaders and academics.. These sessions will explore the main issues around sustainability such as global supply chain issues, employee engagement and planning for severe weather events.

Dr Stephen Brown, director of partnerships and innovation at CO2Sense, says:

“No business can afford to ignore the sustainability agenda. Issues such as diminishing natural resources and energy supply are affecting how we all do business and pose a multitude of risks to long-term operations.  Consequently, we need to adopt  smarter and more innovative ways of working and business leaders are increasingly recognising the role of sustainability as a key driver new forms of value in their business success.

“Demand for senior business leaders who have the skills to navigate this new business environment is high. This course will provide a high-level understanding of sustainability, which in turn will put attendees ahead of their peers and by building in-house skills, companies will reduce the need for external consultants.

“Unlike most high-level courses in sustainability, our programme is project based and means that companies experience the financial benefits of attending the course with almost immediate effect.”

The six month programme costs £2750+VAT. For more information please  email SLP@co2sense.co.uk or visit http://www.co2sense.co.uk/leadership-programme

Notes to Editors

The Sustainability Leadership Programme is the result of a unique partnership between The University of Sheffield Management School and the low carbon consultancy CO2Sense.

The Sustainability Leadership Programme is aimed at executive directors and senior-managers looking to develop their expertise in this field and prepare their business against new environmental and economical challenges. The course is suitable for companies across all sectors.

Please click here http://www.co2sense.co.uk/leadership-programme to view the course structure and modules.

About CO2Sense

CO2Sense is the not-for-profit low-carbon expert company that helps organisations to cut their costs and to improve their environmental performance.

We help organisations to find real cost savings by developing low-carbon strategies, which give no-nonsense, clear direction to reduce energy and water use, to produce less waste and to use fewer raw materials.

We help organisations to generate both free energy and an income by developing renewable electricity and heating installations. Because we’re not trying to sell a particular type of renewable energy, we make sure that organisations install the technologies that will deliver the best possible return for their investment.

We help companies that sell environmental products to develop their business. We find new markets for their products, and we help them to get the right product accreditation to make sure that their customers can buy from them with confidence.

We can also help organisations to get capital investment to help with the costs of installing new renewable energy and other low-carbon installations.

We work with some of the UK’s largest companies to develop new ways of cutting greenhouse gas emissions. For example, we are working with businesses and with government to encourage the development of a carbon capture and storage (CCS) network in Yorkshire.

About The University of Sheffield

With nearly 25,000 students from 125 countries, the University of Sheffield is one of the UK’s leading and largest universities. A member of the Russell Group, it has a reputation for world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines. The University of Sheffield was named University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards 2011 for its exceptional performance in research, teaching, access and business performance. In addition, the University has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes (1998, 2000, 2002, and 2007).

These prestigious awards recognise outstanding contributions by universities and colleges to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life. Sheffield also boasts five Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and many of its alumni have gone on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence around the world. The University’s research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, Boots, AstraZeneca, GSK, ICI, Slazenger, and many more household names, as well as UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.

The University has well-established partnerships with a number of universities and major corporations, both in the UK and abroad. Its partnership with Leeds and York Universities in the White Rose Consortium has a combined research power greater than that of either Oxford or Cambridge.

Catalyst Issue 04: The Management School Alumni Magazine

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013


The latest edition of Catalyst from the Management School is now available to download. In this fourth edition we are pleased to share with you a brand new look and feel which we really hope you enjoy reading.

Download the latest and previous issues here: http://www.shef.ac.uk/management/alumni/catalyst

If you have a story or would like to feature your alumni profile in a future edition of Catalyst email mgtalumni@sheffield.ac.uk

Management School success at ESRC Festival of Social Science 2012

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

The Festival of Social Science is run by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and took place between the 3rd and 10th of November this year. With events from some of the country’s leading social scientists across the UK the festival celebrated the very best of British social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives – both now and in the future. The Management School was pleased to  contribute the following events to the festival this year:

Punched from the screen: Workplace cyberbullying

Dr Christine Sprigg, Dr Carolyn Axtell and Sam Farley of  IWP and Dr Iain Coyne of Nottingham University

This event took place on the 7th of November and was concerned with the findings of the school’s recent study of workplace cyberbullying and its employee impact  in a number of university settings.  The study has consequently received international interest from Canada, India, France, and the US. The event was also the launch of the forthcoming research over the next three years with PhD student Sam Farley, who will be partly working on a work-based measure of cyberbullying. Dr Christine Sprigg said:  “Securing the ESRC funding enabled us to make an international media impact but also find high quality and relevant organizational local collaborators for our research going forwards. We are delighted to have been supported by ESRC in this way.”

ESRC Festival of Social Sciences 2012

Who wants to be an entrepreneur?

Dr Peter Rodgers, Dr Rob Wapshott of the Management School

This interactive workshop took place on the 9th of November at Longley Park Sixth Form College, Sheffield. The event was designed to raise awareness of issues relating to entrepreneurship and enterprise, giving students the opportunity to engage with and develop the skills required to set up and sustain business ventures.

Walking the tightrope: Elite performance in humans

Dr Ute Stephan of  IWP , Dr. Paul Thomas of DNAdefinitive and BBC Business Doctor, Andy McCann of Mental Skills Coach to Elite Athletes, Dr Mark Stacey NHS Anaesthetist, Andy Halliday Team GB Manager Men’s Hockey and Sam Brearey current World Sailing Champion and Steve Eaton, MBE, of the Special Forces

The aim of this event organised by the Management School in association with DNA definitive Wales, was to answer and discuss the following questions:

  • How can we get the best of out of ourselves and show peak performance when it really matters?
  • What is the role of leaders in encouraging high performance – are we perhaps best off getting rid of management altogether?
  • Which lessons can we learn from expert entrepreneurs on how to lead for high performance while creating truly innovative organisations?

The event brought together insights from business leaders, sports professionals, fire arms and medical specialists as well as academics and made for lively discussions with participants hailing from business, professional sports, public health, police and fire services and third sector.

ESRC Festival of Social Sciences 2012

Fuel Poverty related illnesses: a preventable plague

Prof. S.C. Lenny Koh – Director of Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES), University of Sheffield  Management School; Councillor Jack Scott – Cabinet Member, Sheffield City Council; Robert Marchand – Doctoral Researcher at CEES, University of Sheffield Management School; Kath McDaid – Project Development Co-ordinator, National Energy Action (NEA); Prof. Angela Tod – Professor of Health Services Research, Sheffield Hallam University; Kath Horner – Health Improvement Principle, NHS Sheffield; Jo Butcher – Health and Fuel Poverty Advisor, Friends of the Earth.

Attended by 50 delegates ranging from Cabinet Members,  Local Authority figures, Department of Health and  NHS representatives, third sector organisation and university associates, this event took place on the 6th of November in Firth Hall at the University of Sheffield. The event stimulated debate and discussion around the challenges of fuel poverty and how this impacts on health.  The event builds upon the BIG Energy Upgrade project (BEU), which The University of Sheffield is one of 14 partners including 6 Local Authorities, 4 ALMOs, 2 Social Housing Providers and Yorkshire Energy Services, which has received £14.9m funding of which £7m has been provided by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The BEU project targets deprived communities in Yorkshire & Humber and it aims to tackle fuel poverty and at the same time aims to stimulate business development and create job opportunities for those living in the targeted communities.

Coping with Austerity

Professor Jason Heyes University of Sheffield Management School, Dr Kevin Farnsworth from the University of Sheffield Department of Sociological Studies, Alan  Fraser Chief Executive of Birmingham YMCA

Taking place on the 9th of November at the Holy Trinity School in Barnsley, the primary aim of this event was to raise awareness of the consequences and potential consequences of the current government’s austerity measures, particularly in relation to their impact on the life chances and labour market experiences of young people. The event was also intended to demonstrate to the audience the value of social science research.  More than 40 young people between the ages of 16 and 18, including students from Holy Trinity, Sir Thomas Wharton Community College in Doncaster and Thomas Rotherham College in Rotherham attended the event. There were three presentations discussing potential alternative means of dealing with government debt,  the impact of spending and benefits cuts on homelessness,  and whether weaker employment protections are likely to lead to improvements in the employment opportunities available to young people and their ability to access good quality jobs.

ESRC Festival of Social Sciences 2012

Further information:

  • The ESRC Festival of Social Science offers a fascinating insight into some of the country’s leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives – both now and in the future. This celebration of the social sciences takes place across the UK – via public debates, conferences, workshops, interactive seminars, film screenings, virtual exhibitions and much more. This is the tenth year that ESRC has held the Festival of Social Science and each year the Festival grows from strength to strength.
    Visit: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/
  • The Big Energy Upgrade is a regional flagship project addressing the priority needs of both reduction in carbon emissions and the creation of jobs. To address the issues in an integrated approach the University of Sheffield has brought together a multidisciplinary team of academics working alongside Local Authorities, ALMOs, social housing providers and an energy services company. The Big Energy Upgrade, is delivered by a consortium of local authorities and social housing providers, led by Kirklees Council, is a very ambitious project as, for the first time in the UK, the Partners will work together in adopting a fully integrated, whole-house approach while installing energy efficiency measures and micro generation technologies in households. Through individual household assessments the project will identify a highly individual package of measures for each of the households and which will provide optimal insulation and energy control to the house.
    Visit: www.sheffield.ac.uk/bigenergyupgrade

 

 

 

MBA students take a look behind the scenes at local manufacturing companies

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Management School MBA students recently visited to two local manufacturing companies;  Newburgh and Energy Alloys.  Both visits included a tour of the shop floor and a presentation into each organisation’s history and their tailored manufacturing practices and methodologies.

The visit to Newburgh at the Rotherham  site gave the MBA students a unique, behind the scenes look at a locally run  organisation that  specialises in the manufacturing of bespoke engineering components and is experienced at working with a range of  materials from aluminium to aerospace alloys.

The visit to Energy Alloys provided the students with an international perspective on manufacturing within the oil and gas sector. Energy Alloys provides products and services to global oil and gas manufacturers and service companies.

Thanks to both organisations for sharing their expertise and the visits were well-received by the students.

Further information:

The Sheffield MBA – http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/mba

Newburgh – http://www.newburgh.co.uk/

Energy Alloys – http://ealloys.com/

MBA Students visit Energy Alloys

MBA Students visit Energy Alloys

MBA Students visit Newburgh