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Alumnus Richard Bruce tackles top 50 manufacturing companies in South Yorkshire

Friday, November 9th, 2012

In this year’s analysis of the 50 top performing manufacturing companies in South Yorkshire,  Management School alumnus and Advanced Visiting Fellow Richard Bruce,  reveals that the two top performers remain in the same positions as last year, but for the remaining 48 there have been a lot of changes.

To qualify for inclusion in the table the company must be an active manufacturer in the Region, and its registered office (RO) must be in South Yorkshire.

The University of Sheffield continues its support for the development of the region’s advanced manufacturing expertise, as plans for the state-of-the-art Training Centre at the University’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP), have been approved by Rotherham Council. The centre will provide training in the practical and academic skills that manufacturing companies need to compete globally.  Its focus will be on 250 young people training as apprentices each year, with as many as 400 on site once the programme is fully underway.

You can download the article and the top 50 table from the Sheffield Star’s business section from Wednesday 24th October here.

You can read more about The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) at:

Masters of the ice

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Sheffield Management School  Steelers StarsProfessor John Cullen and Business Development Manager Merryn McGregor caught up with Management students and Sheffield Steelers stars during a recent training session.

The partnership between the University of Sheffield and the Sheffield Steelers gives players of the team a chance to combine their high standards of sporting talent with academic excellence, by providing the opportunity to study for a post graduate qualification at the Management School, whilst playing ice hockey.

Left to right:  Matt Stephenson, MSc Management;  Drew Fata, MBA;  Steven Goertzen, MBA;  James Jorgensen, MSc Management and John DeCaro, MSc Management.

Further information

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Free Taster Sessions: International Business Growth Catalyst

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

The Consultancy Academy is working with the University of Sheffield Management School on a new programme called the International Business Growth Catalyst.

This programme is a 6 month programme targeted at small and medium sized businesses who are looking to take advantage of International Growth. We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to one of our free taster sessions.

The details for the events are:

Date:  Tuesday 18 September
Time:  4.00pm-5.30pm
Location:  The University of Sheffield HRI (Humanities Research Institute) Conference Facilities, 34 Gell Street, Sheffield, S3 7QY


Date:  Thursday 20 September
Time: 4.00pm-5.30pm
Location: Doncaster Racecourse, Conference Suite, Leger Way, Doncaster, DN2 6BB

These events are designed for you to get a feel for the programme and also the individuals delivering it.  Furthermore all attendees will qualify for the introductory offer of £995 for the full programme.

To book:

Please confirm your place by email or phone 01948 840499 highlighting which event you would like to attend.  Spaces are strictly limited and on a first come first served basis.

For further information about The Consultancy Academy visit:

Expert Lecture 7 June: Whole Brain Leadership – changing how you think to enhance your business performance

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

The next expert lecture from the Management School will take place on 7th June and will be delivered by Steve Gorton, Director of Enabling Development Ltd.

The lecture, entitled ‘Whole Brain Leadership – changing how you think to enhance your business performance’ will discuss how patterns of thinking can open up a whole new world of possibility and enhanced business performance.

The details are:
Fulwood Room, University House, University of Sheffield. Map:
Date: Thursday 7 June 2012
Time: Light refreshments will be served at 6pm, ready for a 6.30 start

To book your free place:
For more information and to register visit:

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Sheffield Success in Shanghai

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Alumni from across The University of Sheffield and the Management School recently enjoyed an exclusive reception hosted at the Sino-British College (SBC) in Shanghai on 7th May.

Around 30 guests gathered for the reception in the English Tearoom on Campus at SBC, which is located right at the heart of the French Quarter of Shanghai. The Tearoom has recently been renovated and is popular with Management Students as an events venue and a great place to experience a taste of British culture.

As one of the core UK partner universities of the Sino-British College in Shanghai, the University of Sheffield launched a new Business Management degree at SBC in December 2010, with the presence of Professor Keith Burnett, FRS, Vice-Chancellor of the University. This has been seen as a milestone in the partnership between Sheffield and SBC/USST for international higher educational cooperation. The THES world university ranking in recent years confirms that the University of Sheffield ranks much higher than other UK universities that are running major Sino-British JV institutions in mainland China.

The reception began with a welcome from Professor Keith Burnett who gave an update on the recent achievements and developments at The University and Management School and thanked alumni for their continuing support.  Professor Ian Gow OBE, Principal and CEO of SBC and himself an alumnus of The University of Sheffield continued with a short speech welcoming guests to SBC.  Guests then had the chance to meet fellow alumni and speak with partners and colleagues from the University and SBC. Five SBC students who are currently studying the Sheffield Business Management degree served at the event as student volunteers. Guests were impressed by their highly proficient English and communicative skills and also the quality of services they delivered.  The reception was also attended by the Registrar of The University of Sheffield, Dr Philip Harvey; Professor Lenny Koh, Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs Management School; Mr Ian Proctor, Head of Business Development and External Relations Affairs Management School; Professor Bradley Barnes, Associate Dean for Internationalisation Management School.

Alumni Reception Shanghai May 2012 Alumni Reception Shanghai May 2012

Professor Ian Gow said: “As a former Sheffield graduate, and former Chairman of the School of Management and Pro-Vice Chancellor of Sheffield, I am delighted to see the great progress that the School of Management is making and especially its recent AACSB approval making the School of Management one of the very few business schools in the United Kingdom or indeed Europe, holding the coveted triple accreditation in the field of business and management. We are absolutely delighted to host this first alumni event for Sheffield School of Management on our campus in central Shanghai, especially during the inaugural year of the new Sheffield Business and Management degree being delivered at SBC. In three years time, SBC students will be completing the Sheffield degree here and becoming Sheffield alumni. We are also delighted to welcome back the Vice Chancellor Professor Keith Burnett, and Dr Philip Harvey, the very first NCUK Registrar to visit our campus.”

The University of Sheffield has a long established relationship with China and it has been welcoming students for many decades. The Management School is proud to be a part of this collaborative partnership and is very much looking forward to working more closely with our partners in China in the future. “Alumni Relations at the Management School are continuing to develop.  We are dedicated to building our alumni networks and delivering a range of valuable social and professional networking events, and creating a vibrant alumni community that all of our alumni members are proud to be a part of. The reception in Shanghai was a great opportunity to re-introduce alumni and partners in China into the work of The University of Sheffield and the Management School,” said Professor Lenny Koh.

Alumni Reception Shanghai May 2012

The Management School will be hosting a programme of alumni networking events over the coming year and looks forward to further developing our collaborative work with our partners, alumni and supporters in China.

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Guest lecture from Management School alumnus Richard Bruce: Part 2

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Management School alumnus Richard Bruce will deliver the second of two guest lectures; ‘FMCG/Food Supplier: Multiple retailer relations – is it all bad news?’ on the 9th of May, at 3pm in the Mappin Building, Lecture Theatre 09.

Richard Bruce, FRSA, is an Advanced Visiting Fellow at the Management School and graduated from the School with a MBA in Business Administration in 1991. He has extensive experience in supply chain management working with food and drink manufacturers, food retailers, and farmers and growers.

Register now:

To book your place please click here – register now as places are limited.

We hope you can join us.

Sir Peter Middleton shares expert advice

Friday, March 9th, 2012

The Management School was delighted to welcome Sir Peter Middleton, GCB, to deliver a guest talk to MBA and postgraduate students and staff on 1st March 2012

Sir Peter is currently the UK Chairman of Marsh & McLennan companies, Chairman of Marsh Ltd, Chairman of Mercer Ltd, and Chairman of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution and the Chancellor of The University of Sheffield. He is also  an alumnus of the University (BA Economics 1955). Sir Peter was invited to share his expertise and knowledge on the topic of ‘Leading and managing business and organisation in the age of uncertainty’, followed by a Q&A session.

Guest lecture by Sir Peter Middleton 1st March 2012

Dr John Paul Kawalek, Director of the MBA, said: “It was great to have someone with such a career profile as Sir Peter to come and give a talk to our MBA students. The MBA programme is about getting great thinking into practice, and getting somebody who is a successful business leader, alumnus of the Management School and Chancellor of the University, coming to talk to our students was a real privilege and inspiration. His talk was about ‘Leading and managing business and organisation in the age of uncertainty’. This is of course hugely topical and one that is highly relevant to our MBA students. They were able to listen and ask questions directly about his first-hand experiences and the lessons he has learnt throughout his career. Sir Peter was able to share his point of view and he encouraged students to think about the challenges they may face in business, and how to use their skills and knowledge to deal with such situations. I would like to invite Sir Peter to talk to future cohorts, and to play a role in preparing our MBA students for practice.”

The school’s programme of guest lectures and talks are one of the ways in which students have the opportunity to meet and talk to such successful business leaders and alumni as Sir Peter, and are able to listen to their invaluable first-hand experiences in their field of business expertise.

“I greatly enjoyed the rare privilege to attend Sir Peter Middleton’s talk recently as part of my MBA degree at the Management School. He managed to convey in a very down to earth manner some of the key lessons, acquired through his extensive experience in leading and managing businesses. Obviously, we as MBA students are keen to absorb such concentrated knowledge from the leading business experts, which is not otherwise easily accessible. A Q&A session followed the talk and I was not surprised to see how many colleagues were able to identify themes of particular interest and relevance to their previous and prospective business experience. I feel that Sir Peter’s lecture has contributed overall to my MBA, in that it has given me an upgraded view on how to approach business critical situations and specifically the way we should think about them.” Said Lyubo Mishkov MBA student 2011-2012.
Guest lecture by Sir Peter Middleton 1st March 2012

“It was a great pleasure to be asked to deliver a talk to Management School students as part of their postgraduate programme, and it was an offer I was delighted to accept. During the Q&A session I was pleased to be asked my opinion and advice on various business issues, which demonstrated to me the student group’s clear grasp of not only the skills and knowledge required to lead in business, but their awareness of the challenges that any business may face. Such issues are of course at the forefront of today’s economy, but it was pleasing to see that the students saw the relevance of my experiences to their own experiences of today. This was a great opportunity and I hope to continue my involvement in similar activities with the Management School in the future. ” Said Sir Peter Middleton, GCB, UK Chairman of Marsh & McLennan companies, alumnus and Chancellor of The University of Sheffield.

The Management School runs a series of expert and guest lectures throughout the year and is look forward to working with Sir Peter and other experts and alumni in the future.

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Consider IWP Postgrad students as a resource for your business!

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

If you have a specific business need that perhaps you do not have the funding or time to address at present then let our capable postgrad students help fulfil that need! Our postgrad students are able to carry out critical strategic projects or research in key areas of your business.

The postgraduate students concerned are studying for an MSc in Occupational Psychology. All of our students have a good quality first degree and are now being trained in a range of areas including:

– Recruitment and retention

– Leadership

– Satisfaction, stress and well being

– Performance management and appraisal

– Staff development

– Organisational change

– Job design

– Use of new technologies

They are being taught project management skills, and will be briefed on etiquette for business consultancy assignments. Examples of the types of projects that have been undertaken in the past are set out below:

*Antecedents of proactive behaviour in a public sector organisation

*Flexible working: The underlying link between work-life balance, social support, stress and well-being

*Safety Attitudes and its relationship with Safety Performance

*Importance of Trust

*Workplace Bullying – An Investigation into Perceptions and Responses

*Career Development Pathways

*Employee Insight: Using Employee Insight to create Employee Value

*Evaluation of Coaching Programmes

Host organisations have included:

*Solaglas Windowcare



*Rolls Royce

*Royal College of Nursing

*South Yorkshire Police

*Sheffield City Council

*Firth Rixon

What is delivered by the Student?

A research proposal:
Following receipt of the client’s brief, the student will produce a research proposal that will explain their understanding of the project requirements and will set out a plan of action to complete the research. This plan will include objectives, proposed method and timing. The proposal will be subject to discussion and negotiation but we will require the client’s approval of the proposal before the student fully commences work.

A quality project: This means a project that addresses the client’s brief and provides useful information to help inform strategic decisions. The project will be supervised by a leading expert in the field at IWP to ensure the research methods and data sources being used are appropriate and are being executed in a professional and objective way.

Report: An organisational report will be produced outlining the main findings of the research conducted and a set of recommendations based on the findings (and a presentation – depending on the client’s requirements). The report will be provided by the end of September 2012.

Confidentiality: All information collected by students in the course of the project, and the final report itself, will be treated in complete confidence and will not be disclosed to third parties.

Project Management and Costs:
Subject to mutual agreement, the project can work in either of two ways.
Option 1: Participating organisations would be expected to pay the student expenses, i.e. travel. The academic supervisor provides normal academic supervision, which may include liaison with the organisation where necessary but the student would provide overall project management. If your organisation also wishes to pay the student a modest bursary for carrying out the work, that would of course be welcome but not a necessity. However, the bursary is an arrangement between the student and your organisation – no monies will pass through the University.

Option 2: The project arrangement includes a formal consultancy contract with the University. Like with Option 1 the organisation will cover students expenses. In addition your organisation benefits from approximately three days of the supervisor’s time over and above normal academic supervision of the student. This will normally cost about £2k.This means that as well as providing academic supervision in the normal way, the supervisor will provide overall project management; maintaining regular contact with your organisation throughout. The supervisor (a leading expert in their field) will also work with the student to produce an exceptionally high standard of organisation feedback report complete with expert recommendations. It is the supervisor’s time being paid for, not the student’s.

Our students are now choosing project titles and wishing to engage with organisations. Their project would commence in early May with completion in September. If you wish to discuss further or if you do wish to engage, please complete the attached project specification form and send to Kate Shepherd on or call 0114 222 3259.


Sir Peter Middleton guest lecture and Q&A session on ‘Leading and managing business and organisation in the age of uncertainty’ 1st March 2012

Monday, February 27th, 2012

We are delighted to announce that Sir Peter Middleton, GCB, will be hosting a guest lecture on the 1st of March on ‘Leading and managing business and organisation in the age of uncertainty’ followed by a Q&A session. Management School staff and students are invited to attend this exclusive talk.

Please register your interest by contacting Jody White at or +44 (0) 114 222 3382, as places are limited.

Date: Thursday 1st March 2012
Time: 3.30pm start – Talk followed by Q&A session. 4.30pm finish.
Venue: Dovedale, Ranmoor Village

Sir Peter Middleton, GCB, is currently the UK Chairman of Marsh & McLennan companies, Chairman of Marsh Ltd, Chairman of Mercer Ltd, and Chairman of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution and the Chancellor of The University of Sheffield and himself a Management School alumnus (BA Economics 1955). He is the former Chairman of Camelot Group PLC, and a former Director, Chairman and Deputy Chairman of United Utilities. He was also Group Chairman of Barclays Bank PLC from April 1999 to August 2004.

Sir Peter joined Barclays in 1991 as Group Deputy Chairman and Executive Chairman of BZW. He became Chairman of Barclays Capital following the reorganisation of BZW in 1997 and was appointed Barclays Group Chairman in 1999. During this time he was also a Board member of Bass PLC from 1992-2001 and General Accident (later CGU) from 1992-1995.

During his extensive and successful career, Sir Peter spent nearly 30 years as an adviser at the Treasury, working closely with nine chancellors and was Permanent Secretary from 1983 to 1991. He was also President of the British Bankers Association from 2004-2006 and a member of the National Institute for Economic Research from 1996-2007.

We are extremely pleased to have Sir Peter host this exclusive guest lecture and we look forward to sharing his expertise and knowledge with you.

Network say course is really the business

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

A unique city-wide leadership programme which is developing the leaders of the future using University expertise is celebrating its first year in style – by rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest names in business.

The Sheffield City Region Leaders Programme (SCRLP), delivered on behalf of Sheffield City Council in partnership with the University of Sheffield Management School and Sheffield Hallam University Business School through the Business Advantage programme, has been highly commended by EFMD – The Management Development Network – in its annual awards.

Other highly commended schemes were run by business giants Rio Tinto, Deutsche Bank and Ernst&Young.

With the programme now set to welcome its second group of managers – from organisations such as the NHS, South Yorkshire Police and Sheffield City Council – testimonials from the first cohort have been emerging.

Paula Crosby, Community Services Clinical Lead at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS FT, said: “This is the first opportunity I have had to receive formal coaching and I have found it invaluable to help me through this period of significant change within the organisation.”

And Cath Toovey, Station Manager at South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, added: “It’s given me the confidence to develop my business knowledge and see if there are different ways of doing things.”

The SCRLP has been devised for middle managers in the public sector who complete the course with a postgraduate certificate in leadership. The programme comprises four sequential modules together with a parallel track Leadership module combining individual coaching, master-classes and project work.

Participants´ ratings of their competence in core skills doubled from 35.5 per cent to 76.1 percent and three projects alone produced a predicted £400,000 in annual savings when applied to their own places of work.

Business Advantage Project Manager Jon Inns said: “The programme aims to build regional competitiveness through developing future leaders by giving them the problem-solving skills to deal with a rapidly-changing business environment.”

Professor John Cullen, one of the leading academics on the Business Advantage programme from the University of Sheffield, said: “As universities, we have a key role to play in the development of skills in the region and take great pride in the fact that the City Region Leaders Programme has already made a real difference to participants and their organisations.”

Notes for Editors: Business Advantage is a joint Sheffield Hallam University and University of Sheffield employer engagement project funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
£2.7m funding was awarded for project management and design solutions and the project aims to offer relevant professional development for organisations in the private, public and third sector.

Course content is accredited but delivered in a way that such organisations wish it to be – bite-sized or longer programmes, on site or off site, and to flexible timescales.

To find out more about Business Advantage, contact Business Advantage by emailing or by phoning 0114 225 5081. Alternatively, log on to

For further information please contact: Laurie Harvey at Sheffield Hallam on 0114 225 2621 or email or Lindsey Wilson at the University of Sheffield on 0114 222 5338 or email

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