Academic collaboration with Sudan

Brunel Business School secured funding from the British Council Sudan for an academic collaboration project, led by Dr Wafi Al-Karaghouli and Dr Tillal Eldabi.

In this two year project, BBS will be collaborating with the School of Management Studies, University of Khartoum. The project aims to develop a rigorous programme for quality improvement at the School of Management Studies with knowledge transfer and support from Brunel Business School (using the MBA programme as a demonstration vehicle) to improve curriculum development processes; teaching methods; research and industrial/executive education. The project outcomes will directly lead to improved quality of the MBA programme at the School of Management Studies and will further establish their quality framework. The collaboration between the two academic teams will go beyond the project and will lead to joint publications and other funded programmes.


Times Higher shortlists BBS for Business School of the Year

We are extremely pleased to announce that Brunel Business School has been shortlisted for Business School of the Year Award by the Times Higher Education. Only half a dozen of Business Schools have been shortlisted for the award and Brunel Business School is up against up against Cass, Manchester, LUMS, Exeter and Plymouth.

This title, new for 2012, will be awarded to the business school demonstrating the most outstanding performance in the past academic year. It is open to all business schools in the UK, including those situated within universities and those in the private sector. The winners will be announced at an awards dinner in London on the 29th November.

Prof Zahir Irani, Head of School, explains the background behind our nomination. 

Brunel Business School (BBS) set out a coherent long-term strategy to create a ‘balanced economy’ of teaching and research, transforming itself from a large undergraduate provider to a research-intensive, global competitor with an international complement of staff (over 55% foreign nationals). Focus on quality and student employability, with a managed reduction of undergraduate numbers, drove teaching improvements and enabled BBS to become selective in recruitment. Postgraduate provision, staff research time and PhD supervision also prioritised.  Finally, the purpose built £28 million campus building is a highly visible sign of our commitment to this vision. 

Eastern Gateway Building

In terms of student experience and return on investment we have: 

  • Steadily driven up our entry tariffs; 
  • Developed ‘Business Life’ as distinguishing employability programme both parallel to and embedded in the curriculum of all course modules. BBS’s National Student Survey results have jumped from 94th position in 2010 to 29th in 2011. 
  • Launched international student study tours (to India and Turkey) for some Masters programmes, in line with new international strategy.

We cultivated Programmes and Partnerships, such as: 

  • Positioned BBS globally, evidenced by Financial Times’ ranking of MSc in Management as 59th in 2010 and 56th in 2011 (overtaking Durham, Lancaster and Manchester). 
  • The Guardian’s latest (2013) ranking for Business and Management saw BBS jump 52 places, to 45th
  • Recently established alumni chapters in Turkey, China and India, with new ones to be announced shortly.

Our Research power continues to improve: 

  • RAE2008 positioned BBS in the upper quartile for research, and we are on track to achieve top 15 position for ‘research power’ in the 2013 REF. Percentage of staff submitted jumped from 24% in 2001 to 90% in 2008; a further increase planned for 2013 REF. 
  • Research diversity and international collaboration are strong features, with six recognised research centres, recent funding from EU, EPSRC, ESRC, Leverhulme Trust, British Academy and Qatar Foundation.

Brunel University has been shortlisted for the prestigious University of the Year award and Brunel University Library has been shortlisted for Outstanding Student Support at the Times Higher Education Awards 2012. Brunel’s shortlisting for University of the Year comes on the back of strong improvement in the annual university league tables in which it was the most improved institution in the UK.

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Latest Business School Newsletter is here!

The latest edition of our School newsletter has finally arrived! Enjoy the stories about our students, alumni, staff and the school and so much more for the best insight into what’s on in BBS. Here’s a sneak preview of some of our stories.

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2nd International Conference on Islamic Marketing and Branding

We look forward to the 2nd International Conference on Islamic Marketing and Branding organised by the faculty of Business and Accountancy from University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur and Brunel Business School, Brunel University, London.

Korea – UK Exchange Programme

Four Brunel Business School students Merisa Bishwakarma, Abubakr Chaudhry, Sara Kahsay and Claire Munday have been taking part in the Korea Aerospace University’s (KAU) foreign summer exchange programme from 5th June to 20th July this year.

Empowering public sector communities in Europe by live video-to-video

Headed by Prof Zahir Irani, the research team from Brunel Business School are participating in LiveCity – a technology integration trial which offers advanced services to over 3000 users in five European cities.

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Branding students learn real-life agency – client relationship

In May, MSc Applied Corporate Brand Management students embarked on a company visit to Telefonica Europe head office as part of their study. The visit was led by Professor T C Melewar and organised by the Business Life programme.

Students learn high flying strategy in British Airways HQ

A group of MBA students recently visited the British Airways global headquarters. The aim of the visit was to gain a detailed insight into the history and the future challenges facing this leading player in the aviation industry.

Jaguar and MINI: automobile industry from a management perspective

To bring the tools and techniques of supply chain and logistics management to life, students on the MSc Global Supply Chain Management embarked on a visit to the MINI production plant in Cowley, Oxford. 

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International Work Placements are a hit in BBS

The Placement and Careers Centre (PCC) team of Brunel University offers students the opportunity to gain work experience by way of 1-year placements, and more frequently students take up these placements abroad.

Best Placement Student Award

Best Placement Student Award was won by Siobhan Feeney, a Business and Management Undergraduate who did her placement in SAP.

Graduation Ceremony 2012

The graduating class of 2012 enjoyed magnificent weather and celebrations during an exceptional week in Brunel University including the exhilarating spectacle of the Olympic Torch Relay.

Red Carpet event for students

The BBS Academic Programmes Office organized an exciting red carpet event for our final year undergraduate and postgraduate students as they celebrated the submission of their final year dissertations.

The art of Alumni Networking at the Saatchi Gallery, London

The School hosted the annual Alumni Reunion in March 2012 at the beautiful restaurant of the Saatchi Gallery in Central London. This is another of such events held in London, following last year’s successful event in the Albermarle Gallery.

Prof Jarvis chairs Chartered Banker Professional Standard Board’s Advisory Panel

Professor of Accounting, Robin Jarvis from Brunel Business School, has recently been appointed to chair the Advisory Panel of the Chartered Banker Professional Standard Board (CB:PSB).

Dr Yen explores the notion of “guanxi” in new book

Dr Dorothy Yen published a chapter in the book “Exploring Western and Chinese Business Relationship Paradigms”. It provides a comparative overview relating to the Western literature on business relationships and the Chinese notion of “guanxi” – translated as ‘relationships’ and ‘connections’ in English. 

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