First Year PhD student presents paper at BAM 2011

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.”


BBS Exchange Programme with Korean Aviation University

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.



Bringing Christmas cheer to disadvantaged children in Eastern Europe

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.

Business Advice to SMEs: Human Resources and Employment

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: Robin JarvisProf 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).

Scholarship winners celebrate in style

MBA Scholarship Winners UK/EU

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

Brunel MBA leading specialized MBA programme, says Asian Correspondent

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:

Brunel Business School in the top 20 in the UK says FT

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.

CAPCO Exhibits Exclusively for MBA students at Earls Court



On the 25th November MBA students visited Capital & Counties Properties PLC (Capco), a major property investment and development company in London. The inaugural visit was part of a series of company visits that will run throughout the year, giving MBA students first hand experience on how businesses operate. The visit offered a unique insight into two major construction and redevelopment projects run by Capco.

The group met at Earls Court Exhibition Centre with Gary Yardley, Director of Investment, and Richard Powell, Director of Planning, who showed the students the project for the 77 acres development of the site, a £4.5 billion planning application project fully financed by private investment.

The ambitious master plan is to reshape the entire area on the site of the Exhibition Centre, creating 7500 new homes along with hotels and offices, and 12000 new jobs. The Q&A that followed was an occasion to examine in more depth the complexities of the project, and to create connections between classroom theory and the reality of business practice.
MBA student Shekar Kamble commented: “This trip was an excellent exposure for my management studies – to understand the challenges in the Real Estate & Development Market in terms of strategic planning, sustainability, urban marketing, revenues, investment and market risks. The amount of learning through Capco was incredible!”

The visit continued to the Covent Garden estate, which was transformed into a new inspirational leisure and residential district, recording rent levels last summer. The aim of Capco’s visionary asset management strategy was to raise value in the area through new attractive retail spaces, converting building uses, restructuring properties and improving pedestrian circulation.

Students were engaged by the extent of the challenges involved in these projects, as Elizabeth Huang commented: “The visit to Capital & Counties was highly interesting because it allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of the firm’s grand vision, their strategies and the extraordinary level of complexity they have to deal with in order to achieve their objectives. As a former Chinese urban planner, I’m also very impressed with fact that, despite all the challenges, they have gone to great lengths to strike a good balance between social responsibility and commercial success.”

Report by Flavia De Facendis, MBA student

The Brunel Master of Business Administration (Brunel MBA) is a one year full-time masters directed at graduates with three years managerial level experience.