Students nominate NetApp for Best Placement Employer

Brunel Business School recognised the Best Placement Employer at a ceremony in February awarding the prize to NetApp.  NetApp is a global data storage company with its headquarter in California but it is also a local employer based in Stockley Park that has been recruiting Brunel students in the last 3 years.  The relationship between Brunel Business School and NetApp is at a strategic level.  Both organisations are keen to retain local talent and add value to the local economy by working alongside each other in graduate retention.NetApp Placement Employer of the Yr 1

The prize is based on nominations by Brunel placement students, showing how their placement provider has gone “beyond the call of duty” to support their personal and professional objectives.  13 nominations were received this year including several for blue chip organisations such as Porsche, Bosch, and IBM.  NetApp demonstrated its outstanding commitment to the development of our students.  NetApp’s Graham Wathen accepted the prize presented by last year’s winner Interoute.

“Brunel Business School is delighted to present the Best Placement Employer Prize to NetApp this year.  The prize recognises the commitment of the placement employers in developing our students through challenging and enriching placements.  Placement is an integral part of the academic curriculum.  Students who have had a positive placement experience will return to university with a better insight into their chosen profession.  NetApp has been a strategic partner of the School for several years and is a  well deserved winner.”  Zahir Irani, Head of Brunel Business School

All Brunel Business School undergraduate degree courses offer the chance to spend a year on work placement. Placements are on offer at different sized organisations across the public and private sector, providing the opportunity to choose the type of experience most suited to you. In addition to providing a valuable opportunity to put what you’ve learnt in your degree into practice and to earn some much appreciated money, students find their work placement experience significantly enhances their employability when they come to graduate. In fact many students are offered employment with their work placement company upon graduation.

To find out more about Work Placements in Brunel Business School please browse our videos here:

Boot Camp for Applicants Amazing, Say Participants

University applicants got a crash course in success during the Brunel Business Boot Camp, which took place from 20 – 22 February 2013. A second Boot Camp will be organised by Brunel Business School at the beginning of April 2013.Boot-Camp-Logos-7-outline

The Business Boot Camp at Brunel Business School is an exclusive event for candidates holding an offer to pursue their Business Degree in Brunel University. The Boot Camp is a residential event, allowing participants to truly experience being a student and living on campus.

This interactive event offers participants an opportunity to:

  • Engage within a stimulating learning environment
  • Be exposed to the latest business thinking
  • Develop aptitude and critical thinking skills
  • Be exposed to motivational speakers such as “Meet the Apprentice” Saira Khan, as seen on TV
  • Participate in business simulation games
  • Network with other high achieving applicants
  • Experience what it’s like being a University student before actually going to a University
  • Get a taste of Brunel Business Life Employability Programme

Here’s what some the participants of the February 13’ Boot Camp had to say about the event in the Boot Camp Facebook Group:

•    Antonio Demendoza I want to thank everyone for such an amazing time at Brunel these past 3 days. The fact that we all got along and made such close friendships just goes to show that it was a very fun event. Thanks to the team leaders who made everything just that bit easier and interesting, and thank you to the teachers who we learned everything off. I’ll miss you guys, best of luck, and hopefully see some of you in the years to come x

•    Ramya Govindaraj What can I say? Had the most unforgettable time of my life! Met a bunch of wonderful people and I’m so glad that I came. Thank you for the fantastic opportunity and thank you to all who helped. Will be seeing you guys in September! 🙂

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•    Keisha Renaud Had a fantastic experience at the Brunel Boot Camp, I mean my fellow boot campers have said it all! Great time, met some amazing people you guys inspired me. So glad I came and I’ll definitely be looking out for all of you guys in September. Good luck everyone 🙂

•    Ashika Mistry Never thought I could learn so much in 3 days. I have met some lovely people and thank you to Brunel for giving us all this amazing experience. Hopefully will be seeing some of you guys again and hope everyone achieves what they want in life! x

•    Kiran Bachra Thanks so much to Brunel for setting up such a quality experience! Thanks to everyone involved for being so friendly and generally being lovely people, I had a great time! Good luck to everyone for the future, wahey xx

•    Khadijah Yasmin The past few days were amazing! Just like to thank the staff at Brunel for giving us this opportunity and of course the Boot Camp group leaders for taking care of us and being really friendly, thank you 🙂

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•    Sarah Anne Lillingston Just got home. Thank you to the lecturers, group mentors, and even staff at Lancaster Lodge for a wonderful stay. I’ve taken so much away from the guest speakers and my peers. Each one of your presentations was fantastic!! Take care and I wish you all the best in succeeding your dream

•    Sofia ‘Saphire’ Peixoto Guys I had such an amazing time! I loved meeting all of you weird & wonderful people & thank you Brunel for letting me be a part of this. Hopefully I’ll see you all in September!! 😀

•    Atish R Shah Thank you Brunel for this great opportunity and also the £100 amazon voucher!!! LOL =D This experience has helped me to develop and has given me a further understanding. Thank you to all the staff and mentors you guys are amazing!!! =D

•    Vincent Sam Thanks for the great learning experience. I shall be incorporating those breathing skills where I can, and much more than I have been for the last 18years. In all seriousness it shows it’s never too late to learn something new and develop your brand (self) no matter what you think you already know.

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•    Hawa Hassania I’m so glad I got the chance to come to Brunel and meet all of you beautiful people, the last three days have been great fun! And thanks to all the staff and mentors you guys are amazing xx

•    Mark Jonathan Sacre So nobody really said it earlier but I’m guessing I speak for everyone when I say a huge thank you to Dave Snowden for an opportunity to be involved in a Uni like Brunel, something I was sure I would never get to do. Thank you for putting on a great 3 days!

•    Haseeb Salim Absolutely amazing three days!! Met the best people, and enjoyed every minute. After playing a 90 min football game I can happily go to bed!!!! 😀 keep in touch everyone xx

•    Aaron Newman-Arroyave Well back to work 😦 such a great time @ Brunel Bootcamp – everyone was so great and inspirational, hope to see you all September

•    Agata Fehrmann Amazing! Had so much fun! Would definitely do it again and for longer! Wish all the same people were coming in September! 😀

•    Pius B Abitegeka I know I’m a bit late was getting some much needed sleep. I would firstly like to thank Brunel Business staff for all the help and advice and support whilst playing the game. I would also like to apologise on behalf of the Lodgers for giving you sleepless nights. I met some real good friends who I have no doubt that we will remain in touch. The total experience was absolutely priceless and reinforced my decision to come to Brunel. Lastly I’d like to thank all the participants of the business game thank you all for being genuine people and I sure do hope to see you all in September as for now more sleep for me

•    Hannah Catherine Parsons
Just got home, have had the best 3 days!!! U have thrown a spanner in the works Brunel…….well played Brunel……..well played!!! 😉 but honestly thank u so much 2 all involved can’t wait 2 c what the future holds 4 everyone, good luck!!!

•    Sophie Williams
Once again thank you so much for the chance to come to Brunel! By far the best three days I have ever had! Great laugh, dancing and people! Wish you the best of luck whatever pathway you all choose!

Postgraduate Scholarships Available Now

Brunel University announced that it will offer Academic Excellence Scholarships to postgraduate students. The scholarships are more generous than ever before and make studying for a Business and Management degree more accessible for high quality applicants. These scholarships are offered to UK/EU and International students who have a first class degree from a UK university (studied in the UK or abroad).

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Academic Excellence Scholarships

The Academic Excellence Scholarships will be awarded in August for courses starting in September and in December for courses starting in January to all students meeting the eligibility criteria.  The University will offer a discount of 15% off the fees for anyone who has obtained a first class undergraduate degree from a UK University, either in the UK or abroad. This equates to an average as follows:

  • Home students discount for MSc programmes£1200
  • International students discount for MSc programmes£2025
  • MBA discount (Home and International) – £2775

Scholarships for Brunel Alumni

The traditional discount for students who have done their first degree in Brunel have improved as well, with Brunel graduates now enjoying 15% automatic discount if they wish to join the MSc or MBA programmes. The best arrangement however is enjoyed by those alumni who graduated with first class degree, as they would be able to benefit from a double scholarship of almost 30% discount as below:

  1. Academic excellence scholarship – 15% PLUS
  2. Alumni discount – 15%

And that’s not all….

Brunel International Scholarships

Students who do not meet the eligibility criteria for the Academic Excellence Scholarships are still able to apply for additional scholarships aimed at all International students, and we encouraged students to regularly review the Brunel International website for upcoming announcement. The Brunel International Scholarship deadlines are in May so students are requested to apply as soon as possible.

Full upfront payment discount

Students who settle their fees upfront will be automatically awarded a further 2% discount.

Prof Jarvis to review bank lending to SMEs in Wales

Professor Robin Jarvis, Head of SME Affairs, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Professor of Accounting in Brunel Business School, Brunel University has been appointment to an Advisory Review Panel set up by Business Minister for Wales Edwina Hart to establish whether High Street banks are meeting the funding needs of Welsh SMEs . Read more: Wales Online

Prof Jarvis is also a member of such Advisory Panels and Working Groups as:

  • International Accounting Standards Board (IASB): Advisory Panel on financial reporting by small and medium-sized entities and in emerging and transition economies 2003 -2009
  • UK Treasury Working Group : access to finance for SMEs
  • European Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) – Supervisory Board, Member; Nominating Committee, and SME Working Group
  • International Federations of Accountants (IFAC) – Small Medium Size Practices Committee. Chair SME Financial Reporting Task Force.
  • UEAPME – Economic and Fiscal Committee
  • Federation Des Experts Comptables Europeens -SME Working Party
  • Council Member of the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Professor Jarvis’s current research interests is the process of accounting standard setting, financial reporting for SMEs and Business Support provisions for SMEs.


Management students prepare for International Study Tour to Turkey

Istanbul visit 2012Seven of this year’s MSc Management students will be given an opportunity to take part in a Business Tour to Istanbul, Turkey in May 2013, following the success of last year’s Istanbul tour. The 2013 tour will last for 5 days, and will be hosted by Galatasaray University. This University has recently suffered a major fire in its main building, so the tour is being deferred from February to May 2013, in order to enable alternative arrangements to be made for accommodating the tour party. Brunel Business School is most grateful to Professor Sibel Yamak and her colleagues at Galatasaray for agreeing to continue hosting the tour for our MSc in Management students, and providing us with so much hospitality and support under these difficult circumstances. The tour party are looking forward to the fantastic schedule of factory tours, office visits, speaker and social engagements that Galatasaray have again agreed to provide, promising very useful insights for all into the Turkish economy and culture.

To read a report from last year’s visit please see story Business Tour takes MSc in Management Students to Turkey.

Brunel to join David Willetts MP on visit to the Gulf region

Zahir IraniProfessor Zahir Irani, Head of Brunel Business School, has been invited to join Rt Hon. David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science, alongside senior representatives from institutions such as the LSE and the University of Southampton on an upcoming visit to the Gulf region.

This tour seeks to help showcase UK Education throughout the Gulf region and will coincide with the British Council-supported Going Global 2013 Conference in Dubai on the Internationalisation of Higher Education.

Brunel University has a strong and growing reputation in the Middle East and Gulf region, where it educates many students across a range of disciplines on its Uxbridge campus in the UK. Brunel Business School also has a physical presence in the Kingdom of Bahrain, where it has almost 40 students hosted at its collaborator University site undertaking PhD level research in subject areas that are of regional interest. Professor Irani and colleagues in the Brunel Business School have also been successful in securing external funding from the Qatar National Research Fund, further raising the profile of Brunel in this region.

Brunel Business School celebrates academic partnership with CILT

Brunel Business School is celebrating becoming an Academic Partner to the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport, CILT(UK), the professional body for those working in transport and logistics.

On Wednesday 6 February, Donna Cresswell, Chief Operating Officer at CILT(UK) visited the Business School, which is part of Brunel University, and unveiled a new plaque to mark the partnership between the two organisations. The major chartered institute has thousands members in the UK, and the relationship between Brunel and CILT(UK) strengthens Brunel Business School’s links with industry.

Head of Brunel Business School, Professor Zahir Irani said:

“The partnership with the CILT will enable our students to participate in forums, special interest groups and events, giving them a real insight into the transport and logistics management sector and enabling them to put theory into practice. We are extremely proud to become an Academic Partner and add to the significant industry links we can offer as a School.”

Brunel Business School is the home of the MSc in Global Supply Chain Management programme, one of a small number of programmes in the United Kingdom to receive accreditation from the CILT and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) – the two major institutions in the field. Students completing the course are also eligible to apply for a free CILT membership, offering a further range of benefits and services.

For more information, visit the Business School website at: