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SUMS is proud to support Doncaster in its bid to secure the £150million High Speed Rail College

Friday, June 13th, 2014

The High Speed Rail College which would generate about £150million for the Doncaster and Sheffield City Region economy is one step closer after the Government announced today that Doncaster had made the national shortlist of four.

In an online article published on the ‘Business Doncaster’ website ( Sheffield University Management School’s Dr Tim Vorley expresses the university’s support of the project and the positive impact the college would have on the Doncaster and Sheffield City Region economy.

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Doncaster is up against Birmingham, Derby and Manchester to land the college which will help the town’s expanding rail and engineering sector to flourish.

Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones, said: “I am delighted we have made it to the final stage of the process and we will be pulling out all the stops to bring this college to Doncaster for the benefit of businesses and people in the town, the Sheffield City Region, Yorkshire and the north-east of England. This is a major achievement and testament to the partnership approach we have taken to get us into the top four.

“We are a rail town with a rich history of leading the way in rail and engineering. Cutting edge locomotives like Flying Scotsman and Mallard were designed, built and maintained right here in Doncaster and this engineering prowess continues today with over 10,000 people employed in the sector.

“Having the college in Doncaster will have a transformational impact on growing the sector. It will help our businesses expand, offer people world class training, deliver quality jobs and drive economic growth in Doncaster and across the Sheffield City Region.”

“By choosing Doncaster, the Government will spread the benefit of HS2 to other parts of the country and help rebalance the national economy. We want to bring rail home,” concluded Mayor Jones.

The project will be carried out in partnership with the Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development at Sheffield University Management School, the MERail Railway Research Group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the AMRC Training Centre.

Dr Tim Vorley, Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, at Sheffield University Management School, said: “The new college will reaffirm the Sheffield City Region as a hub for world class engineering. The University of Sheffield is extremely proud to partner Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council in helping to produce highly skilled world leading engineers who will create this pioneering rail project.”

The private sector led Centre for Rail And Technical Excellence (CREATE), coordinated by Doncaster Council and supported by Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, business leaders and partners including local authorities across the region submitted the bid last month.

Commenting on the news Wabtec Group Managing Director, Chris Weatherall, said: “Wabtec Rail is delighted that Doncaster’s submission to host the High Speed Rail College has been selected to go through to the next round.  The establishment of the College in Doncaster would be an acknowledgement of the town’s continuing role as one of the UK’s leading centres of railway engineering.  From Wabtec’s business perspective it is important that to support the continuing growth in railway engineering there is a centre for the training of future engineers and Doncaster is the ideal location for this.”

Just last week, Wabtec announced they had taken on their 1000th employee.

Simon Carr, LEP Board Member and Managing Director at Henry Boot Construction, said: “This is excellent news for Doncaster and will make the Sheffield City Region a worldwide hub for rail engineering training. As one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Europe, the scale of demand for engineering skills from HS2 will be unprecedented. With its reputation as a rail town, location on the East Coast Mainline and existing rail business base, Doncaster is clearly in a very strong position to win this competition. The new college will have clear benefits for businesses across the Sheffield City Region who will be looking to win contracts and recruit skilled staff as the £42.6 billion project gets underway.”

Professor Philip Jones, LEP Board Member and Vice Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, said: “It is great news that Doncaster has been shortlisted as one of the final bids for the new national High Speed Rail College. The new college will grow the Sheffield City Region’s strength in engineering skills through its universities and colleges, and will build on specialised courses such as the Network Rail Foundation Degree at Sheffield Hallam University. As the HS2 project progresses, demand for highly qualified engineers will become greater and greater and we look forward to working alongside the new college to train the highly skilled engineers this huge project will need.”

A final decision will be made by an advisory group in July following presentations by the bidders. The group will consist of representatives from Crossrail, HS2 Limited, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and the Department for Transport.

The research and teaching centre would be built on a 5.1 acre site at Doncaster’s Lakeside. The site already has outline planning permission and is walking distance to household names in the rail and engineering industry including DB Schenker, Volker Rail and Unipart.  The campus would also be close to the town centre, motorway network and Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield.

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Management School academics awarded best paper and best presentation in Sofia

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Dr Tim Vorley and Dr Nick Williams were awarded both the best paper and best presentation award at a conference on the subject of Economic Resilience, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development that they attended in Sofia in June.

The conference was the 5th International Conference for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development, held in Sofia, Bulgaria. More details about the conference can be found here.

The title of the paper was “Economic Resilience and Entrepreneurship: Lessons from the Sheffield City Region” and focused on investigating how entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking in individuals and in organisations can affect an economy’s resilience, even in challenging economic times.

Resilience is an emerging concept within the social sciences, which has been employed to examine economic performance and responsiveness to shocks such as the 2007 financial crisis. The concept of resilience has been applied to examine individual and organizational resilience as well as studying the performance of regional, local and city economies. Drawing on evidence from a case study of the Sheffield City Region (SCR) Dr Vorley’s and Dr Williams’ paper contributes to the emergent literature by considering the link between entrepreneurship and economic resilience.

Entrepreneurship has come to be viewed as integral to sustaining a dynamic and diverse economy, by stimulating competition, driving innovation, creating employment and increasing productivity. As such entrepreneurship is being fore fronted in policy debates as an important aspect in creating more resilient economies and also providing an engine for economic growth.

Dr Tim Vorley and Dr Nick Williams

Dr Tim Vorley and Dr Nick Williams accept their awards in Sofia.

Management School to develop a mobile app to encourage entrepreneurial skills

Friday, June 8th, 2012

The Management School has been awarded £24,659 by the Research Enterprise Innovation Fund for a project entitled Developing Entrepreneurial & Enterprising People [DEEP].

Dr. Tim Vorley is taking the lead on this project, working alongside Prof. Rachael Finn, Dr. Nick Williams, Dr. Rob Wapshott, Prof. Colin Williams and Prof. Gordon Dabinett.

The objective is to develop a mobile app which will encourage the user to reflect on his/her enterprising and entrepreneurial skills in order to understand his/her individual strengths and weaknesses and explore opportunities for personal development. The mobile app will facilitate independent learning and the user will be able to save progress through the material. The intention is that there will be a series of ‘pop quiz’ style questions associated with each section of the module that would unlock content and on completion of a section and/or the module an email would be sent detailing materials covered as well as the perceptions of the user prior to and upon completion of the content within the app.

Dare to take a step with the Doctoral Entrepreneurship Conference

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

How to start-up and manage an enterprise alongside your doctoral research is something most full-time PhD students may not see as feasible. This Doctoral Entrepreneurship Conference brings together three categories of enterprising doctoral/post-doctoral researchers sharing their experiences, knowledge and equip students with the right tools to develop or manage their own enterprises. First is the group of doctoral researchers currently combining their research with the management of own enterprises. Secondly, doctoral researchers who are seeking to establish and manage their own enterprise alongside their studies. Thirdly, the group of post-doctoral entrepreneurs who successfully managed their own enterprise alongside their research work. It will inform doctoral researchers, on how and where to access help to turn their innovative ideas in a vibrant start-up and how to manage their enterprise.

For more info see Doctoral Entrepreneurship Conference.

Budding entrepreneurs showcase pitch perfect skills

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Business leaders of the future put their pitching skills and entrepreneurial expertise to the test earlier this month (November 2011) as part of an innovative outreach project at the University of Sheffield.

More than 90 pupils from across South Yorkshire attended the Discover US event and embraced an exciting challenge to create a new business serving food and drink in the Students´ Union at the University.

The talented Year 10 pupils undertook a market research focused campus tour and interviewed a number of Student Ambassadors from the University about what scrumptious treats they would like to see in the Union.

Each team then worked with a group of business and marketing experts to create a brand, image and identity for their new venture before pitching their ideas to a panel of expert judges from the University´s Students´ Union, Enterprise Team, Graphic Design Team and Management School.

The concept, similar to the hit television shows The Apprentice and Dragons´ Den, aims to develop and enhance the youngsters key enterprise skills such as team work, communication, creativity and problem solving.

The event is part of an aspiration-raising outreach programme at the University entitled Discover US. The scheme is for pupils in Years 9-11 who have the potential to access higher education but do not have a family tradition of going to university.

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Best paper award for Dermot Breslin in the ‘Entrepreneurial Learning in Organisations’ track at the ISBE annual conference

Monday, November 14th, 2011

At the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) annual conference, which took place at the Management School during the 9th and 10th November, Dermot Breslin (lecturer in Entrepreneurship) received the best paper award in the ‘Entrepreneurial Learning in Organisations’ track.

The paper was entitled “Entrepreneurship: Learning to Evolve”, which presents an evolutionary perspective on entrepreneurial learning. His co-author was Colin Jones, University of Tasmania, Australia.

Dermot is part of a growing international group of researchers who have been developing an evolutionary approach to study changing behaviour in organisations, including a track at the annual European Academy of Management (EURAM) conference.

You can download the paper, “Entrepreneurship:Learning to Evolve”  here.

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Success at MADE festival

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

The Management School proudly contributed to this year’s MADE Festival, in helping the University of Sheffield to highlight its entrepreneurial flair

The MADE festival this year took place from the 21st to the 24th September and saw thousands of entrepreneurs descend upon the city including Peter Jones CBE and Doug Richard of Dragon’s Den fame, Mark Prisk MP, the Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, Mark Hayman, co-founder of Start-Up Britain and Seven Hills, and Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The event began with the unveiling of The Entrepreneur Express (an East Midlands Train locomotive named after the event) at London’s St Pancras which carried visitors to the city. During the festival entrepreneurs took part in panel events and Q&A sessions and there were seminars, presentations, and pitching competitions for young entrepreneurs and networking events hosted by influential business leaders across the city.

The innovative idea of getting entrepreneurs to contribute to the design of the Management School’s new MSc in Entrepreneurship, by Dr Tim Vorley of the Management School, was highlighted throughout the Festival; VIP guests travelling on the special Entrepreneur Express from St Pancras were asked for their ideas and other delegates were asked to ‘tweet’ any suggestions.

The School’s engagement with the International Masters in Practising Management (IMPM) delegates allowed for key note speakers to deliver sessions at the festival. Dr Ute Stephan, of IWP at the Management School, facilitated a key note session which included international speakers Rick Heinick, Vice President HR and Transformation, Bausch and Lomb; and Salem Samhoud, Entrepreneur and Owner of &Samoud, who were both speakers in the “Making Things Happen Session”. Captain Gopinath, India’s leading entrepreneur and founder of the first low cost airline in India, was the key note speaker at a session on “Spotting new opportunities”. Captain Gopinath spent some time after his presentation talking to some of the School’s Indian MBA students who worked at the MADE Festival.

The IMPM delegates engaged with the School and MADE festival not only through their participation in key note sessions but also via the Management School Advisory Board, they received a presentation around Leadership and Place from Professor Gordon Dabinett and another from  Brendan Moffett of Creative Sheffield, and a facilitated a reflective session with Professor John Cullen of the School.

The Management School, in collaboration with Engineering, the University and DLA Piper hosted a dinner at the city’s Cutlers Hall on the Saturday evening of the festival. Attendees included Directors and Senior Managers from leading Sheffield companies and legal firms plus representatives from Sheffield City Council and Senior representatives from the University. The whole evening was a great success with an IMPM delegate, Milly Katana Country Director, Uganda, International HIV/Aids Alliance, thanking the Management School and University for hosting their workshop. The opportunity to work with the IMPM delegates came through Peter Beeby who is one of the School’s Advisory Board Members.

The MADE Festival 2011 proved a great success hosting some of Britain’s best known business-minds and entrepreneurs and providing young entrepreneurs the chance to network and experience pitching their business ideas. A huge congratulations and a massive well done to all those involved.

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  • To find out more about MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival 2011, visit: Made 2011

ESRC Festival of Social Science Funding

Monday, July 25th, 2011

The Management School is delighted to announce that Peter Rodgers and Tim Vorley, under the auspices of the Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED), have successfully gained funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for a proposed entrepreneurship education taster day in the ESRC’s Festival of Social Sciences week between 29th October and 5th November 2011.

The event, ‘Who wants to be an Entrepreneur?’ will bring together around 50 year 11 students from about 10 local Sheffield schools in a hands-on event aimed at raising awareness of entrepreneurship. The day aims to expose students to the opportunities and challenges of entrepreneurship in a supportive environment couched in terms of both academic and practitioner perspectives. Business Education South Yorkshire (BESY), whose remit is to foster links between schools and businesses and enhance the delivery of business education across South Yorkshire have happily agreed to work in collaboration on this event.

Congratulations to Tim and Peter on their success.

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