Remarkable Women of Brunel Business School

Prof Ruth Simpson,  Dr Savita Kumra and Kay Haig from Brunel Business School received a Remarkable Women award from Brunel University. They, and other nominated women, are ideal role models and their achievement is an inspiration to all at the University. Congratulations!

Brunel’s Remarkable Women’s award was established by the Equality Office in order to acknowledge the contributions of Brunel women who have had a positive impact on the lives of other people at the University. The awards were presented on April 23rd by Equality Champion Professor Lorraine de Souza.

Kay HaigKay Haig is a BBS Programmes Administrator (Student Liaison Co-ordinator) working in the Academic Programmes Office. Kay was nominated by students and one of them said of her:

“She is an amazing woman with a heart of gold. She’s so supporting and encouraging. She’s always been this way since I got to know her in the Business School. She is someone that I know I can count on in the Business School to find a solution to any query without minding how many times I come to her, she remains patient with you with a soft spoken voice and smile. Words like ” I believe in you, you can make it, I’m praying for you, you will be fine” and many more… she showed concern with how I was getting on with my studies and health.  I never said this to her, but deep down in my heart I appreciated every word of encouragement that she gave me, those words where what kept me going.” Nkiruka Mary Okoye

Ruth Simpson Prof Ruth Simpson is Professor of Management at Brunel Business School. She has a background in Economics and Organization Studies and for several years specialised in teaching economics to Brunel MBA students. She is currently teaching Management and Gender and Organization. She has published widely in her research area of Management Education and Gender and Organizations, including the Academy of Management (Learning and Education) Journal, Human Relations and Work Employment and Society. She is a member of the Centre for Research in Emotion Work and Employment Studies (CREWES) and is co-founder and co-editor of the International Journal of Work Organization and Emotion.

Dr Savita Kumra 1Dr Savita Kumra is a Senior Lecturer at Brunel Business School. Savita completed her doctorate at Cranfield School of Management where she is a Visiting Fellow in the School of Management. Savita is a committee member of the BAM Special Interest Group on Gender in Management, and on the Editorial Board of Gender in Management: An International Journal.  Savita’s key research interests focus on diversity, the gendered nature of the career development process in the professional services and the importance of developing and deploying key career enhancement strategies, e.g. impression management, and building and leveraging social capital. Savita teaches Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and has contributed to a number of executive programmes specialising in Women’s Leadership Development for clients such as the Asian Development Bank, International Power and CERN.

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