First year PhD student from the Brunel Business School attended the British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference at Aston University in 2011. Yazeed Alhezzani presented his first paper along with his supervisor, Ashley Braganza, Professor of Organisational Transformation and Director of Executive Development and Alumni.
Yazeed commented, “The BAM 2011 conference improved my existing knowledge of some areas of research whilst informing me of new areas too. As a result I have reconsidered the methodology part of my proposal, in order to make it more applicable. Overall, BAM 2011 was a great experience for me.”
Brunel Business School has established an exchange programme with the Korean Aviation University (KAU). This year, two students have joined our undergraduate programme at Level 2. The aim is to organise a competition to select the best four Level 2 BBS students to go on KAU’s Summer Programme which takes place for four weeks in June/July 2012. BBS will sponsor the selected students in terms of free flights and £500 in cash for the student to spend on accommodation etc. The selection process will be through competition.
BBS staff managed to fill seven shoeboxes for the Mustard Seed Relief Mission. The shoeboxes were taken over to the Meeting House to join the others collected from across the University and will be transported by Mustard Seed to schools, churches, refugee camps, orphanages and hospitals in Romania, Moldavia and the Ukraine. Well done to Louise Faux and the rest of the Academic Programme Office team for coordinating the shoebox collection for the Business School.
Professor Robin Jarvis from the Brunel Business School presented in a recent Research Seminar the results of a project that has investigated the role of small and medium-sized accountancy practices (SMPs) in providing support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the areas of human resources (HR) and employment.
The research objectives specified by Prof Jarvis aimed to address the following questions: • What type of advice and support in the HR and employment areas do accountants provide to SMEs? • How does this role sit alongside the core competences and business activities of practices? • What resources (people and materials) in the practice are used to provide HR and employment support? • What external alliances are used to support the provision of HR and employment advice? • Are there any ways in which accountants’ performance in this area could be improved?
Please read the full research report here: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/145152/aarcBusinessAdviceToSmes.pdf Prof Jarvis has been Professor of Accounting at Brunel since January 2010 (Fractional Appointment) and Head of SME Affairs at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). He is also a member of and past chair (2004 -2009) of FIN USE (An expert forum set up by the European Commission to improve policy making in the field of financial services from a user perspective (consumer and small business).
MBA Scholarship Winners UK/EU
This year nine brilliant students from BBS were chosen from all over the world to receive a scholarship towards their tuition fees. MBA students Xiaolei Guo and Hongyan Zhao from China and MSc Applied Corporate Brand Management student Xiaocan Wang also from China plus BSc Business and Management student Sara Mansoor Zafar from Pakistan all received a regional scholarship towards their tuition fees. BSc Business Management student Michael Oluwadolapo Carzim from Nigeria and MBA student Mohamed Mahmoud Abdelkhalek from Egypt were awarded Alumni Scholarships. Both awards are based on academic merit and students are chosen from a wide range of nationalities and subject areas. A total of 19 students from across the university were awarded with six going to BBS students. The scholarships are awarded by a panel with representatives from all Schools.
Three other MBA students were awarded the Home/EU scholarships – Elizabeth Huang, Flavia De Facendis and Funmi Obileye.
In November the scholarship winners were invited to a formal dinner with Brunel’s Vice Chancellor Professor Chris Jenks to officially welcome them to the university. The scholarship winners were presented with a certificate, had the chance to meet their Heads of School and also enjoyed some delicious food.
Scholarship Winners, International
The Brunel MBA (Healthcare Management) was listed as leading specialized MBA programme for Asian students by Asian Correspondent. Brunel University has been selected as one of the premier MBA programmes for Asian students. Brunel Business School offers MBA in a choice of three specializations: General Management, Aviation Management, and Healthcare Management. The Healthcare Management specialization as part of the Brunel MBA allows students to have a deeper understanding of senior management decision making processes or consultancy within this industry, helping students develop the required management skills to excel in this field. Read the full article in the Asian Correspondent here: http://asiancorrespondent.com/71576/leading-specialized-mba-programs-for-asian-students/
Financial Times ranking released on 5th December ranks Brunel Business School in the top 20 in the UK. The School has also climbed by two places to 73rd position amongst the top Business Schools in Europe.
Earlier in November the FT ranked the Brunel Business School Masters in Management at 56th globally, and number 9 in the UK overall.
The School recorded an amazing jump to number 8 in the world for career progression from 56th place! The FT Career Progression is measured according to level of seniority and the size of company in which students are employed.
The rankings reflect the large investment of the School into quality management and student satisfaction.