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SUMS academic co-authors study aimed at improving information for students

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Tim Vorley

Dr Tim Vorley from Sheffield University Management School (pictured above) and Professor Jennifer Roberts from the School of Economics have co-authored a major advisory study on how prospective students for higher education (HE) institutions use information and make decisions with CFE Research.

The work, commissioned by four UK HE funding bodies, stresses the importance of behavioural influences in understanding decision making in this context.

Professor Mary Stuart, Chair of the Provision of Information Strategic Oversight Group, said: “We are fortunate to have a rigorous, evidence-based piece of work from some of the leading researchers in the field, to provide well-grounded guidance on the way people actually behave.

“Through this work, I am convinced of the need to consider decision-making behaviour more carefully when we provide information to help prospective students and their advisers.”

The report has garnered nation press attention from the Times Higher Education (read the story here). Its key findings include the authors’ conclusion that the decision making process is complex, personal and nuanced – involving different types of information, messages and influences over a long time, challenging the common perception that people primarily make objective choices following a systematic analysis of information available to them at one time.

It also concluded that greater amounts of information don’t necessarily mean that people will be better informed, or be able to make better decisions.

Heather Fry, HEFCE Director of Education, Participation and Students, said: “This report signals a way forward for HEFCE’s approach to providing information to support students as they move into HE. The principles it suggests lay down a solid foundation on which to base our future work in this area.”

Santander and SUMS team up with internship opportunities

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

santander-universities-logoHaving practical experience under your belt is important when you finish your degree, and Sheffield University Management School is ensuring that its graduates are well equipped when it comes to seeking employment.

As a complement to the school’s comprehensive employability and careers support, it has teamed up with Santander Bank to place top performing students and recent graduates in the region’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The three-month internship programme matches up some of the school’s brightest students and graduates with forward-looking SMEs – students get a CV and work-experience boost, as well as an insight into the career opportunities which SMES can offer. Meanwhile, the company benefits from new ideas and a fresh perspective. The arrangement between Sheffield University Management School and Santander means that we are able to help SMEs with the cost of employing our student/graduate.


Students – What you need to know:

Dr Tim Vorley, Dr Robert Wapshott and the school’s Business Development Manager Rhoda Watson are coordinating this arrangement with Santander. There is an information session on 1 November, 10am, in Meeting Rooms 1 and 2 at Sheffield University Management School – prior to this you can sign up at the Student Experience office.

Should you be successful, your internship will last for a full three months – your role in the organisation will be defined by the employer, but previous interns have worked on projects including: market and financial research; business planning; human resource analysis; e-commerce and database systems and marketing/social media.

This scheme provides an incredible opportunity to improve your CV, experience a workplace first-hand and learn more about SMEs. It will take place during the summer and is available to those who have just finished the first, second or third year of an undergraduate degree.


SMEs – What you need to know:

The University of Sheffield is a popular recruiting ground for companies – this scheme gives you the opportunity to benefit from one of the Management School’s fantastic students, as well as letting them have insight and an understanding of the benefits associated with working in an SME.

From you, we just ask for the following:

  • Honour a three-month commitment to host a graduate in your organisation
  • Provide a suitable level post or project for the intern
  • Commit to fund a share of employment costs each month*

In return, you get one of our brightest students, with subsidy towards their wage across three months, on-going links with Sheffield University Management School and press/PR associated with participation in the scheme. We also provide wrap-around support and will host networking/development events throughout.

If you would like to discuss how this opportunity could benefit your SME, contact Rhoda Watson on 0114 222 3252 or email

*Information about salary and Santander’s contribution is available on request.

ESRC event: Who wants to be an entrepreneur?

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

The Management School is delighted to announce further success in relation to the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences events.

Date:7 November
ICOSS, Sheffield

Dr Peter Rodgers along with Dr Nick Williams and Dr Tim Vorley under the auspices of the Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED) have secured ESCR funding for an interactive event to engage participants in different entrepreneurial activities, entitled ‘Who wants to be an Entrepreneur?’

Further information:

The Festival of Social Science is run by the Economic and Social Research Council and takes place from 3-10 November 2012. With events from some of the country’s leading social scientists, the Festival celebrates the very best of British social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives – both now and in the future. This year’s Festival of Social Science has over 180 creative and exciting events across the UK to encourage businesses, charities, government agencies, schools and college students to discuss, discover and debate topical social science issues. Press releases detailing some of the varied events and a full list of the programme are available at the Festival website. You can now follow updates from the Festival on twitter using #esrcfestival

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.

CREED awarded SURE grant

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
CREED, via Dr. Tim Vorley, has secured a SURE award looking at the knowledge spillover effects of the AMRC on Sheffield. This is part of a wider funded project that CREED is undertaking on the economic impacts of the AMRC.
Tim Vorley, in addition, has won at least £40k to undertake a piece of behavioural economics research on student decision making funded by the Higher Education Academy. This work is being conducted with Professor Jenny Roberts from Economics and a consultancy called CFE.

Congratulations to Tim and his colleagues Dr. Nick Williams and Dr. Peter Rodgers on these significant achievements.

For more information about CREED please see:

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.

To read the full media release visit:

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.

For further information:

  • 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.

Further information:

Stakeholders discuss Sheffield’s economic resilience at the ‘Project Resilience’ open forum

Monday, June 13th, 2011

‘Project Resilience’ is a HEIF 4 funded project which is been carried out by The Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED), in association with CFE and the Local Government Information Unit. The aim of this project is to engage national and regional stakeholders in a dialogue about entrepreneurialism, work and enterprise. Through such interactions and the facilitation of knowledge transfer, it is envisaged that the proposed plan of action will engender the creation of a new policy relevant research agenda on issues surrounding entrepreneurialism, work and enterprise.

On the 25th May 2011 ‘Project Resilience’ held a forum and networking event at the ICOSS centre at the University of Sheffield. The open forum brought together a range of stakeholders including academics and business people to discuss what makes a resilient economy. The event was introduced by the Rt Hon David Blunkett MP, and was followed by a series of speakers and panel discussions about what makes more resilient economies. Presentations on the day included Ekosgen and Yorkshire Cities 2011 ‘Index of Economic Resilience,’ presentations from the City Council, Chamber of Commerce and CFE.

The next phase of ‘Project Resilience’ is to embark on a programme of policy-relevant research building on the outcomes from the forum.

To view the full article of the event published in the SPA circular click the image on the left or download here.

For more information about ‘Project Resilience’ contact Dr peter Rodgers or Dr Tim Vorley or visit the project website