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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 .

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.


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:

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MBA Students visit Energy Alloys

MBA Students visit Energy Alloys

MBA Students visit Newburgh





Postgraduate end of year social event

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Management School Postgraduate staff and students enjoyed a relaxing evening celebrating the end of the academic year on Friday 6th July at the ICOSS centre.

MSc, MBA and PhD students were invited to attend this special evening to network with fellow students and staff, and join in the celebration of all of the hard work of the staff, students, alumni and friends of the school over the past year.

The evening also provided a chance for students to get to know about alumni benefits and services available to them after completing their studies,  and information about how they can continue their relationship with the school by joining the alumni network. Professor Lenny Koh, Associate Dean of Alumni Relations, welcomed guests and gave a short talk about the recent achievements and developments at the Management School, and how alumni can keep in touch with the School and University.

PG end of year social 2012

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You can find more information about Alumni Relations at the Management School at:

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.

Students get to grip with business

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Local manufacturing company Newburgh Engineering opened its doors earlier in December to Management students, giving them an in-depth look at what it takes to run a successful business.
he MSc Management students Visit Newburgh Engineering 1 Dec 2011

The MSc Management students, who attend the University of Sheffield’s prestigious Management School, were shown around Newburgh’s Rotherham-based facility by Managing Director Vincent Middleton.

Ian Proctor, Business Engagement Manager at the university, said: “The Management School is indebted to companies like Newburgh. We aim to give our students both the theoretical framework they need for business and the practical skills they can use in the workplace.  Visiting a real business and seeing how it works gives them an invaluable insights into the realities and challenges of running a successful business in a demanding economic environment. ”

Newburgh’s Managing Director Vincent Middleton said: “We were delighted to host a visit from the University of Sheffield, and to give something back to these bright young men and women. The need for exceptional business managers is increasing as more people reach retirement age, and I am inspired by these future leaders.”

The tour included a brief presentation into Newburgh’s 70 year history, as well as a question and answer session focussing on operations management.

The University of Sheffield named University of the Year

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Our University has been named University of the Year in the 2011 Times Higher Education Awards.

Beating off competition from five other shortlisted universities, the University was rewarded for its many imaginative and innovative initiatives as well as exceptional performance in research, teaching, access and business performance.

Judges said the University had “stood out as a result of a strategy based on its values and rooted in its founding principles” and praised the institution’s “determination and grit” in focusing on its local community.

University Registrar Philip Harvey and Students’ Union President Thom Arnold received the award at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, on Thursday (24 November 2011).

Vice-Chancellor Professor Keith Burnett said: “This is wonderful news for everyone; to be chosen for such an honour is a powerful tribute to the hard work, dedication and ability of our staff, students, graduates and partners.

“At a time of real challenge for quality, access, and the funding of universities, the University of Sheffield has drawn particular inspiration from our founding principles as a civic university established by public subscription and the donations of ordinary working people.

“This has become a unifying passion for all of us, to put knowledge to work in tangible ways, ranging from advanced manufacturing to translational neuroscience to what is perhaps the country’s most ambitious programme of student and staff volunteering.”

The ceremony was attended by more than 1,000 members of the higher education community from around the United Kingdom.

Further information:

Santander Scholarship Awarded to Management School Student

Friday, November 11th, 2011

The Management School is pleased to announce that Mr Andrew Trott, a postgraduate student on the MSc Management Programme, has won a Santandar Student Scholarship 2011-2012,  having been awarded the University Home Student Prize.

Andrew has been an entrepreneur since the age of 14. His most recent enterprise is the non-profit organisation, Afrikit, which aims to use sport as a means to reduce social problems in the some of the world’s poorest communities. Afrikit has been really successful, distributing over 5000 football kits to some of the poorest communities in Africa. The enterprise now works with some of the UK’s largest businesses and charities, including Decathlon sports stores and Barclays bank. A number of major news agencies have covered their success, including BBC Look North and the Daily Mirror.

We hope you can join us in wishing Andrew every success on the Management programme and with his future career.

Further information:
The University signed an agreement with Santander in 2010 which included offering financial support to students by way of Scholarships for postgraduate students. More information can be found here: