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We teach champions! Enactus and the Steelers hit the big time

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Enactus Sheffield - National Champions 2014

Enactus Sheffield, a student-run company specialising in social enterprise projects in Sheffield and around the world, claimed an emphatic victory at the Enactus National Finals 2014.

This means that they will be joining the international league in Beijing – representing the UK. The success was a team effort, spearheaded by a small executive group formed mostly by students on business and accountancy programmes at Sheffield University Management School.

Managing director of Enactus, Caroline Turner, who is a second-year BA Accounting and Financial Management student at the Management School, said: “The team have been absolutely incredible, the hours they put in showed through at nationals this year. Every single one of our 169 members has had a part to play in changing lives through social enterprise and winning nationals gives us more opportunity to further the projects. 

Our presentation started with an update on three of our international projects but focused very much on our local portfolio. We presented two of our longest running projects: Homemade and HOPE working with the survivors of human trafficking, survivors of domestic and sexual abuse and the homeless. We also presented the extensions to these projects HOPE Cosmetics and Re:Made, which gives vulnerable individuals the chance to be employed in a business, sometimes leading to their first job.”

Although Enactus Sheffield’s team has representatives from all five faculties at the university, 50 per cent of students who work with them are from the Management School. Caroline first got involved with Enactus Sheffield during first-year intro week. She said: “There was a large introductory meeting and part of it was a quick talk on Enactus. Jahaan [the previous managing director] was so inspiring, I knew it was for me! The School has given us such amazing support – Jon Burchell is one of our long standing (and long suffering) advisors who is always there to offer guidance.”

Prior to China, the team will refine their presentation and work hard on the projects mentioned to be even more competitive on an international stage. On the rewarding nature of Enactus Sheffield, Caroline enthused: “Working with such inspirational beneficiaries is the best thing for me, seeing the difference that social enterprise makes in their lives makes everything so worth it!

“Everybody should get involved in Enactus! The people you meet are incredible and driven, and it’s such a great environment to be in. You’ll develop so many skills – we have training in all areas and being pushed beyond your comfort zone all the time means that you learn so quickly. We have incredible sponsor companies who support us, improve the projects and are keen to employ our members  – in fact, over 70 per cent of the executive team last year landed jobs with sponsor companies, whilst the other 30 per cent all received a graduate job with another company using their experience). But, most of all, there’s no bigger motivator than knowing you can make a life-changing difference to somebody, and we give you all the tools you need to help achieve that.”

Steelers Play-off Champions 2014

Also demonstrating the Management School’s winning ways in front of a national crowd were ice-hockey team, the Sheffield Steelers. Victory against the Belfast Giants made them Play-off Champions 2014, and the team consisted of five of the School’s MBA delegates, captain Steven Goertzen, Frank Doyle, Gord Baldwin, Dustin Kohn and Drew Fata.


If you are a member of staff or a student and want to get involved with Enactus Sheffield, please email: Read more about Enactus Sheffield’s ‘Road to China’ on their blog:

Sheffield MBA advises on crowd-funding strategy for revolutionary project

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Steven Goertzen

A Yorkshire company aiming to showcase British engineering on the world stage by producing the most advanced golf club ever produced using technology, DNA and materials from a revolutionary £42million supersonic car is seeking backers.

Zen Golf Works, a ground-breaking Sheffield city region golf equipment manufacturer, aims to raise £100,000 from the public by the end of April to enable the project to progress. Supporters are promised rewards which could far outweigh the initial value of their investment. Sheffield MBA delegate, Steven Goertzen (pictured above), has focused his dissertation on crowd-funding and has a hands-on role in the campaign to raise these funds.

Businesses and the public can pledge a sum of between £10 to £1,500 to the project via the website

In total only 1,000 of the Zen Bloodhound putters will be made at Zen’s partner workshop at the Advanced Manufacturing Park, Waverley, the home of Rolls-Royce and Boeing research facilities.

They will be the most highly advanced putters in the world – and the most accurate – according to the company that has achieved global recognition with earlier products.

Nick Middleton, Zen Golf Works project leader said: “Our challenge is to encapsulate this same engineering excellence and spirit of adventure by creating the most awesome golf putter of all time.

“We do not have the backing of a multi-national company and we are relying on public support to ‘kickstart’ the project. But the rewards for showing support are great, not only for individuals pledging cash, but also for the innovatory traditions of British engineering.

“We believe this putter will put the UK on the centre stage of global golf manufacturing.”

Management School celebrates at the 2013 Winter Graduation Ceremony

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

A reception was held on 10th January for Management School staff, students and alumni in celebration of all those who successfully graduated at the 2013 Winter Graduation. The following prizes and special awards were also presented:

P&A Prize for Organisational Leadership  
The P&A prize was announced by Linda Lewis, Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching, and presented by Kate Robbins, Forum’s Manager. The recipients for best overall performance in Experiencing Enterprise, New Venture Planning and the final project on the MBA course were:

  • Peter Clayton
  • Zahra Alomani
  • Lyubomir Mishkov
  • Joel Logue
  • Xun Zhao

Chartered Institute of Marketing Prize for Marketing
The CIM prize was announced by Linda Lewis, Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching and presented by Professor John Cullen, Associate Dean for Knowledge Exchange. The prize for  the best MBA Project in the area of Marketing went to:

  • Peter Clayton

The CIM prizes awarded for performance on the MSc programmes  were again announced by Linda Lewis and presented by Daragh O’Reilly, programme director of MSc in Marketing.  The best overall performance across Marketing modules for the MSc in International Management and Marketing programme was awarded to:

  • Charalambos Charalambous

The best overall performance across Marketing modules on the MSc in Marketing Management Practice programme was awarded to:

  • Rodrigo Afonso

Geoff Sykes Memorial Prize
The Geoff Sykes Memorial prize for best overall performance on the MBA programme, announced by Linda Lewis and presented by John Cullen, went to:

  • Peter Clayton

Congratulations to all our prize winners and to all our Management School graduates.

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P&A Prize for Organisational Leadership 2011/2012 awarded to Peter Clayton
P&A Prize for Organisational Leadership 2011/2012 awarded to Zahra Alomani
P&A Prize for Organisational Leadership 2011/2012 awarded to Lyubomir Mishkov
P&A Prize for Organisational Leadership 2011/2012 awarded to Joel Logue
P&A Prize for Organisational Leadership 2011/2012 awarded to Xun Zhao
Geoff Sykes Memorial Prize awarded to Peter Clayton
Chartered Insitute of Marketing Prize awarded to Charalambos Charalambous
Chartered Insitute of Marketing Prize awarded to Rodrigo Afonso

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.

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MBA Students visit Energy Alloys

MBA Students visit Energy Alloys

MBA Students visit Newburgh





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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Director of Accreditations and MBA Programme Closing date: 30 November 2012.

Monday, October 29th, 2012

We are looking for an inspirational director who can consolidate and build upon our accreditation achievements and develop our successful MBA programme further. Working directly to the Dean, you will have a strong understanding of relevant national and international accreditation standards and be able to provide clear and regular updates to the School in respect of our progress in respect of future accreditation activity, taking action at a senior level where necessary to ensure that relevant action is taken.

You will have the creativity to be able to identify opportunities for further development of our MBA teaching activities and will bring fresh ideas and approaches to modes of teaching delivery. There will opportunities for, and an expectation of, a strong and active contribution to teaching and wider leadership across the School and the development of strong relationships across the School, the wider University and industry.


MBA graduate Will Christophers’ recipe for success

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Our Management School graduates are creative, disciplined individuals who make a difference wherever they go.

Former MBA student Will Christophers’ passion for Japanese food and culture has grown into a thriving business – and a desire to help other people.

After winning the USE business planning competition, Will invested in catering equipment and set up outlets on campus selling his Willyaki brand of sushi and teppanyaki.  Soon he was supplying local retailers, providing VIP menus for private parties and catering at festivals around the UK.

More than just a business
As well as growing a successful business, Will is giving something back to the University and the city that supported his dream. He set up the Willyaki Business School where he shares his knowledge, inspiring small-starters to think big.
Will Christopher and his Willyaki business cart

The MBA graduate also used his entrepreneurial skills to raise money in support of those affected by the Japan earthquake and was involved in the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Hiroshima.

Will demonstrates the kind of entrepreneurial spirit, tenacity and desire to make the world better that characterises a University of Sheffield Management School graduate. The active business engagement environment of the school has helped him grow his own business and use his expertise to make good ideas happen.

Recognition for excellence
The benefits of successfully integrating a corporate engagement strategy into teaching and learning were recognised recently when the Management School was awarded an accreditation from EQUIS (the European Quality Improvement System). The accreditation is an indicator of high quality in all dimensions of the school’s activities, focusing on excellent academic standards, as well as effective internationalisation and interaction with the corporate world.

Following a rigorous three-year application process, the Management School joins just 23 institutions in the UK and only 133 internationally to be awarded EQUIS accreditation.

Professor Keith Glaister, Dean of The Management School, said: “I am delighted that the Management School at the University of Sheffield has been awarded EQUIS accreditation. This is a significant achievement for the school, and recognition of the hard work and dedication of my colleagues to meet the international benchmark of excellence that the award represents.”

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Management School Post Graduate and Alumni End of Year Party

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

The Management School welcomed alumni, post graduate and MBA students, staff and friends of the school to an End of Year Celebratory Evening held at the ICOSS Building on 29th July.

The aim of the evening was to provide a chance for post graduate and MBA students to meet peers, staff and alumni of the school and to share their experiences and provide an opportunity to develop their professional networks for future careers. Amongst the guests present on the night were delegates from the school’s MBA and EMBA programmes, Masters and PhD students, alumnus of the school, Professor Lenny Koh Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs, Prof Bradley Barnes, Senior Lecturer Linda Lewis, Dr Carolyn Axtell and Alumni Officer Jody White from the Management School.

Guests were welcomed by Professor Lenny Koh Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs at the Management School who began by thanking staff, students, alumni and friends for all of their hard work, support and achievements over the past year and taking this opportunity to join in the celebrations. Professor Lenny Koh then went on to give a short speech, beginning with an update of the development of alumni relations of the school including recent alumni events that have taken place across India, Taiwan, Hong Kong and London and the establishment of an Alumni Advisory Board for the school.

Professor Lenny Koh then went on to talk about the influence alumni relations has over the various aspects of the school and future developments; alumni affairs helps advance research through joint working on research projects and publications and raising funds to support research activities, thus creating more opportunities for current and future students. As a member of the Management School, students are invited to expert lectures from guest alumni speakers to listen to their first-hand business knowledge and experiences. Alumni networks also help to develop the school’s business links and engagement, providing further opportunities to students through work and research placements, and develop further the school’s international links.

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Professor Lenny Koh ended the speech by welcoming current students to continue their relations and friendship through future engagement with the school as alumni to continue the great work and development of alumni relations within the school.The rest of the evening was then an opportunity for guests to relax and network over refreshments and a bite to eat.

The evening was well attended and there was a great atmosphere throughout the night; students shared experiences and their future plans and aspirations, and hopefully made some new contacts. “A very successful and well attended evening,” said Professor Lenny Koh, “It was very encouraging to meet so many of our ‘soon-to-be-alumni’ and also welcome back alumnus of the school and have this opportunity to celebrate the hard work and support of our staff, students, alumni and friends of the Management School. This is a great example of how the alumni relations programme at the school can help and support current students and hopefully demonstrates the benefits and opportunities available to them by continuing their relationship and friendship with the school through alumni engagement. We envisage holding similar events in the future and look forward to the future progress and development of alumni relations at the Management School.”

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MBA student offered project opportunity at The Maynard and Whirlowbrook Hall

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Congratulations to Pritee Gaikwad, an MBA student at The University of Sheffield  Management School, who has been offered a Postgraduate project opportunity at The Maynard and Whirlowbrook Hall.

The Fretwell-Downing owned businesses of The Maynard and Whirlowbrook Hall have teamed up with the University of Sheffield to offer this Postgraduate opportunity to Pritee. Working alongside the management of Fretwell-Downing, Pritee will be analysing various hospitality industry marketing trends and majoring on the potential impact and benefit of social media in the hospitality sector, and will be tabling her report in three months’ time.

Professor Anthony Fretwell-Downing, Chairman of F. Fretwell-Downing (Group) has a long standing and supportive relationship with the The University of Sheffield as an alumnus himself of the Management School and as Chancellor of the University.

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Are you a manager looking to get ahead?

Monday, May 10th, 2010

If so try our Executive MBA.

If you’d like to find out more, come along to our open evening on 12 May and discuss your future with us over a glass of wine.