BBS Academics are top read in European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology

A recent paper entitled “Measuring trust in teams: Development and validation of a multifaceted measure of formative and reflective indicators of team trust” by BBS Academics Dr Cristina Costa and Prof Neil Anderson has picked up a lot of interest from readers and is in the most read list. The article has been listed in 5th position, topping a large number of articles published in this prestigious academic journal in publication since 1996.

Prof Neil Anderson and Dr Ana Cristina Costa

Prof Neil Anderson and Dr Ana Cristina Costa

Dr Costa, an Associate Editor of this Journal and Prof Neil Anderson, a Consulting Editor, are excited about this news.

Their article looks at such factors in teams as propensity to trust and perceived trustworthiness, which in turn lead to cooperation and monitoring between team members. The study was conducted with 98 hospital professionals and 395 individuals from three social care institutions and the BBS researchers proposed an efficient instrument to measure trust in teams.

Both academics bring their research to the classroom on a range of Brunel Business School Postgraduate Programmes and PhDs. Dr Costa and Prof Anderson are members of the Work and Organisation Research Centre (WORC) in Brunel Business School.

Expand your alumni network or get first-hand information as a prospective student with the new LinkedIn feature we love!

We’ve recently come across a new LinkedIn feature which allows you to find all current and past students of Brunel University with a click of one button! So get connecting and build your Brunel network.

If you are on LinkedIn simply hover your mouse over the Network tap and an option to “Find Alumni” will be displayed. You will be directed to your last university, but can also filter by institution, such as Brunel University or Brunel Business School, depending what your classmates/colleagues put in their education section, and hey presto, 40,144 profiles of your fellow “Brunelians” will be presented to you for the last 100 years or more!

Brunel alumni on LinkedIn

Brunel alumni on LinkedIn

Whether you live in Sydney, work in Oracle or need advice on Purchasing – you can tailor your search to find someone from Brunel who can help you. It’s official – we love this fantastic feature! It took us merely 1 minute to get some interesting stats and we share them with you below in descending order.

Once you found your classmates don’t forget to stay in touch with them by joining the relevant Groups, which oh so conveniently, are listed for you at the bottom of the search also. Great job LinkedIn!

Where do Brunel current and past students live?

  • United Kingdom
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Southall, United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Harrow, United Kingdom
  • Twickenham, United Kingdom
  • Reading, United Kingdom
  • Greece
  • Slough, United Kingdom
  • Australia
  • Guildford, United Kingdom
  • Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
  • Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Germany
  • India
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Sydney Area, Australia
  • Greater New York City Area
  • Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Redhill, United Kingdom
  • China
  • Ilford, United Kingdom

Where do they work?

  • Brunel University
  • IBM
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Cisco Systems
  • Accenture
  • Barclays
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • HSBC
  • Ernst & Young
  • Microsoft
  • Deloitte
  • Sky
  • PwC
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • BP
  • Vodafone
  • Barclays Investment Bank
  • NHS
  • Credit Suisse
  • Deutsche Bank
  • British Airways
  • Oracle
  • Thomson Reuters

What do they do?

  • Information Technology
  • Sales
  • Engineering
  • Consulting
  • Operations
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education
  • Program and Project Management
  • Finance
  • Media and Communication
  • Research
  • Arts and Design
  • Support
  • Business Development
  • Human Resources
  • Healthcare Services
  • Administrative
  • Legal
  • Community and Social Services
  • Accounting
  • Quality Assurance
  • Product Management
  • Purchasing

BBS Student shortlisted for MTV Student of the Year Award!

Vote for Nada!Abdelrahman Nada, in the second year of International Business BSc in Brunel Business School, was recently selected from thousands of students across the UK to be in the top 20 nominees for the MTV Student of the Year Award.  Congratulations!

Vote for Nada on the MTV website – let’s give him all of our support!

Visit the MTV website to view Nada’s video and get to know more about him.

“Born in Cairo, Egypt and raised in Abu Dhabi, UAE I think its safe to say that whilst growing up in an international school I have learned to absorb handfuls of different ideas, thoughts, mind sets, and influences.

I took advantage of my multicultural surrounding as I tried to analyze and approach all kinds of difficulties using several different points of views and perceptions. Helping to bring about the best of me and contribute the most I can.


Vote for Nada!

I personally enjoy learning about things that I love and when it comes to art, music, and fashion I’m always trying to find new inspirations. MTV has been around for me by introducing me to the life I live today.

From the music videos to the TV shows to the interviews and documentaries I have watched ever since I was a little “Nada”, I owe MTV a lot for being such a huge part of my life and now that I am finally in London, I feel like its my chance to try and give back as much as possible.”

Share this with your friends and help Nada scoop up the MTV award for all of us by voting on the MTV website!

5 Things You Need To Know About Successful Postgraduate Study

Dr Jill Collis from Brunel Business School provides advice on how to be successful and what to expect from a postgraduate study experience in a UK university. Follow her advice if you are about to start your MSc or MBA degree.

Jill Collis is Director of the Accounting and Auditing Research Centre at Brunel University and the Programme Director for Accounting and Business Management MSc . In addition to her research publications, she has published text books on accounting and research methods. Her accessible writing style and active-learning approach reflects her experience as a mature student and her understanding of lecturers’ needs.

1. Make the most of your investment

  • Prepare for lectures/seminars
  • Take notes and ask questions
  • Read and conduct independent study
  • Make use of lecturers’ access hours
  • Take advantage of Library, ASK and Business Life
  • Take formative feedback to heart
  • Excel at coursework and exams

2. Explore available knowledge and gain better understanding

  • You’ll be exposed to knowledge and critical understanding of theoretical and applied perspectives on a range of business and management topics
  • Develop the capacity to understand historical and current developments in response to changes in the business environment

3. Get your cognitive thinking hat on

  • The ability to think critically and independently is key: question and critique to arrive at your own perspective
  • Master the ability to solve complex business problems and make decisions in the face of uncertainty: typically includes establishing criteria, using appropriate decision-making techniques, identifying and evaluating options and making recommendations

4. Gain practical, transferable skills for life

  • Train how to use information and knowledge effectively: typically includes scanning and organising data, synthesising and analysing in order to abstract meaning from information and share knowledge
  • Develop  numeracy and quantitative skills
  • Develop effective written communication of complex ideas and arguments
  • Develop sustainable independent learning skills

5. Don’t mistake UG and PG research

Criteria to be satisfied by a Bachelor’s dissertation:

  • A well-structured and convincing account of a study
  • The resolution of a problem or the outcome of an experiment
  • Evidence of awareness of the literature

Criteria to be satisfied by a taught Master’s dissertation:

  • An ordered, critical and reasoned exposition of knowledge gained through the student’s efforts
  • A comprehensive review of the literature


Find our more about our range of taught Master’s, an AMBA-accredited MBA programme and the chance to undertake doctoral research leading to a PhD here.

BBS visits partners in Bahrain and opens Alumni Chapter

Professor Julia Buckingham was accompanied by Professor Zahir Irani, Head of Brunel Business School, on a recent visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain where the Vice-Chancellor signed a deed of variation to a longstanding collaboration between the Brunel Business School and Ahlia University. This visit builds on the relationship that exists between the two Universities in regard to the PhD without Residence programme, where 45 Brunel students are undertaking funded PhD research projects relevant to the Gulf region. A member of the Brunel Business School has also just started a 3 year funded secondment at Ahlia University.

VC visit to Bahrain

The signing of the deed of variation was witnessed by Mr Russ Dixon the Acting British Ambassador, Laura Bocarro (UKTI, Educational Attaché) and the Assistant Director (Projects) of the British Council. The Vice-Chancellor’s visit was reported extensively in the local press and she featured on Bahrain Television.

The delegation from Brunel also visited the Deputy Prime Minister of Bahrain who reiterated his support for this collaboration and expressed interest in its expansion. Brunel is seeking to further collaborate with Ahlia in the following priority areas:

  1. Develop and deliver a Master’s degree in the area of Women in Leadership
  2. Expand the PhD without Residence Programme to include other disciplines at Brunel
  3. Start a student exchange programme (Brunel to Ahlia and Ahlia to Brunel) for September 2013
  4. Start a staff exchange programme for July 2013

During the stay, the Vice-Chancellor also launched the Brunel Alumni Bahrain Chapter, which was attended by over 60 Brunel alumni who graduated from across the University over the past two decades. They were also joined at the event by Mr Dominic McAllister from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

During the visit, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Irani and Dominic McAllister also visited the Royal College of Surgeons and the Bahrain Qualification and Quality Assurance Agency.

Softcat and BBS join forces to improve students’ career prospects

The Brunel Business School Business Life programme is developing an exciting opportunity for our current students in collaboration with the HR department of Softcat, a leading IT reseller in UK. Softcat won a host of awards, including their most recent ‘Business of the Year 2012’ award, and the Business School is proud to enjoy a close working relationships with the company which in turn directly benefits our students.

phpThumb_generated_thumbnailIn this collaborative event final year students and postgraduate taught students will visit Softcat offices and take part in their assessment centre and live interviews with the company HR team. Students are required to register in advance.

This is an exclusive and exciting opportunity for students to experience preparing for applications and live interviews with the industry experts. Who knows what opportunities may come up by passing a business card or two around whilst there!

More information coming soon on the Business Life facebook page.

Business Life is a unique Employability Programme designed to maximise students’ career prospects by providing an intensive programme of professional workshops and events that run in parallel with academic studies.

Business Life was conceived, developed and is delivered in association with leading employers from business, industry and the public sector.

Business Life features at-a-glance:

  • High quality personal, technology, language and business skill training courses and workshops
  • Career development and planning services, including mentoring, industry taster sessions and guest speaker series
  • Sector leading work experience programme covering placements, volunteering, internships and vacation work
  • Help with marketing your capabilities, through networking events, CV development, employer exhibitions and student showcases
  • Lifelong continuous professional development, including short courses and Masters programmes at preferential rates