Brunel in top 50 young universities in the world in QS Top 50 under 50

Brunel University makes the top 50 highest performing young institutions, alongside only two other British universities, in the QS Top 50 Under 50, a ranking of the world’s top 50 universities established within the last 50 years, based on the 2013/14 QS World University Rankings.

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The rankings, released today, add to the recent accolades of the University, which only days ago celebrated being in ranked at position 15 in the Times Higher Education (THE) list of the 25 most international universities in the world.

This adds to the Business School’s own achievement of winning the Times Higher Education Award for the Business School of the Year in November 2013.

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SAS training continues to boost career prospects of BBS students

Brunel Business School students have been undergoing rigorous training today as part of Business Life employability programme to master key SAS skills in data, business and statistical analytics in a full day SAS Enterprise workshop led by Dr Maged Ali.

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Using the SAS software package students learned about using and manipulating the SAS Enterprise Guide Software, gaining an overview of Business Analytics, data manipulation, predictive modelling using decision trees and regression, clustering and segmentation, design of experiments, time series analysis and forecasting plus statistical and graphical reporting, featuring corporate case studies and hands on exercises.

Dr Ali commented:

“I have confidence that this workshop and others in the SAS training series that we plan to carry out will give them a head-start in one of the most in-demand employability skills in the market”

The workshop follows a very successful SAS Career Fair, which took place late last year in Brunel Business School, attracting over 250 students, 15 universities, and 100 jobs on offer from 10 SAS customers and partners. View the footage from the event and listen to speakers from SAS and the industry in the video below.


Etihad Airways invites BBS on-board for discussions on the future of aviation management

Etihad Airways is taking its growth plans to the next level with the launch of an innovative MBA graduate programme to develop home-grown leaders for the future and they recently paid us a visit to discuss a possible collaboration with Brunel Business School and Brunel MBA alumni and students.


Professor Ashley Braganza welcomed the airline’s Vice President of Talent Acquisition, Mona Walid, and Lily Pashova, Recruitment Officer, to find ways with which Brunel Business School could support Etihad’s ambitious graduate programme.

The discussions lead to preliminary interviews for over twenty alumni and current students.  Ms Walid and Ms Pashova spent the entire day at the Business School interviewing Brunel MBAs, some of them having completed the Aviation Management specialisation as part of their programme, with a view to short-listing those that met the airline’s exacting standards.  They were truly impressed by the quality and talent of Brunel MBAs.

Professor Ashley Braganza said:

Etihad is truly an impressive organisation. Given the size and scope of its operations it behaves like a nimble start-up being able to achieve some of the highest quality service levels at an incredibly fast-paced rate.  The School is proud to work with Etihad Airways and to support in every way their new MBA graduate programme.”



Entrepreneurial BBS students set up simple yet brilliant BookBazaar online

Ever thought buying textbooks is expensive? Don’t know what to do with your previous semester textbooks?

BB Poster 1Archit Gupta, one of Brunel Business School current students, has developed a website for students, called BookBazaar, to sell used textbooks and to buy textbooks needed for every semester.

For a close knit community of students, such as at Brunel University, this website facilitates the reselling of textbooks by allowing students to meet and exchange textbooks on campus, without any payment taking place online.

Students can register for free manually or using their Facebook credentials. Either way, we found the process of registration, and subsequent selling and buying, very fast and easy.

There are three short instructional videos to help students find their way around BookBazaar:

Buyers can search for a book and see the listed sellers and the prices. Upon choosing a suitable seller and clicking on the ‘ buy’ button an e-mail will be sent to the seller notifying him/her of the purchase request. After this, the buyer and seller can arrange to meet on campus and complete the transaction.

The BookBazaar website is run for students by students.

Brunel MBA gets top marks in CEO Magazine’s MBA Rankings

The Masters of Business Administration from Brunel Business School has been ranked in the Global Top 20 MBA Rankings for 2014 by the CEO Magazine’s International Graduate Forum. The degree, delivered in the award winning Brunel Business School, Brunel University – London, has also been ranked in Tier One of the European Rankings for Winter 2013.MBA Rankings

Prof Zahir Irani, Head of Brunel Business School commented:

“The CEO Magazine is a business magazine for CEOs and high-level executive professionals. Their recognition, as future employers of our MBA students, is very valuable from a career prospects perspective for our students and alumni. The Brunel MBA, as a flagship programme of Brunel Business School deserves its place in this ranking and is one of the best examples of our commitment to student employability at all levels. It’s a reassurance for prospective students and yet another affirmation of our School going from strength to strength with each year.”

Prof Francesco Moscone, Director of the MBA programme said:

“When choosing an MBA there are several factors prospective students should take into account, to make sure they find the MBA programme that best suits their needs. The reputation of a business school is very important, as it signals to potential employers that the programme is of a high quality. The result achieved by Brunel Business School in the CEO magazine ranking, along with our internationally recognised AMBA accreditation, are clear signals of the quality of Brunel MBA.”

Both rankings have been published recently to the delight of the Business School and the Brunel MBA students and alumni.  This follows a recent achievement of the School’s award for Business School of the Year by the Times Higher Education.

The CEO Magazine states:

“The International Graduate Forum’s (IGF) 2013 Winter MBA Rankings have been compiled based upon key performance indicators considered to be of interest and value to potential students. Thus, international diversity, class sizes, student work experience, faculty to student ratios, and faculty qualifications – both academic and professional – have been given considerable weight. With competition between business schools continuing to increase, it is important for schools to understand what students really want. Schools ranked highly by the IGF in CEO Magazine have been successful in this goal.”

To view full rankings please visit the CEO Magazine website.

Brunel Business School showcases Best of British Education in Bahrain

Duke of York in BahrainThe UK Trade & Investment along with the British Embassy in Bahrain and British Council hosted the Best of British Week, which commenced on 15th of January with a Knowledge Event that was opened by HRH The Duke of York.

During his keynote address, HRH talked about the longstanding relationship Britain has with the Kingdom of Bahrain and how education is a major enabler for change.  Professor Zahir Irani, Head of the Brunel Business School took a leading role in organising the Knowledge Event and worked closely with the UKTI and the Embassy to showcase the Best of British education.

Brunel Business School works very closely with its strategic partner, Ahlia University where they jointly deliver a PhD without Residence programme, where students from across the region register for a Brunel PhD. Heather Hopper (UKTI) said that “Brunel played a leading role in making the Best of British Knowledge Event a success … where their PhD students showcased their research”.

Z Irani in BahrainDuring the event, Professor Irani and Professor Abdulla Al-Hawaj (President of Ahlia University) described the collaboration between the two Universities to Prince Andrew, who was especially keen to hear about the research undertaken by the PhD students.

Examples of research presented in a poster session included:

  • Energy management in the health care sector.
  • A study of women on the corporate board in the gulf region.
  • Middle manager strategic agency enabling conditions: a socio cognitive approach.
  • Investigation implication of national culture on knowledge management programs.
  • An empirical study of challenges faced by women entrepreneurs and successful factors for entrepreneurship in developing countries.

Russ Dixon (Deputy Ambassador) congratulated Brunel and Ahlia on their collaboration and said that: “The research done by Brunel University is relevant and making a real and positive difference in the region”.

The programme currently has approaching 40 registered students with an almost 50:50 gender split, and has already successfully graduated over a dozen students who defend their work back in the UK, on campus at Brunel University.

Professor Irani explains “When I developed this innovative programme, I wanted to open access to Higher Education to women in the region, who might not normally be able to travel overseas …. I also wanted to ensure that the research undertaken was relevant and would help to build a regional knowledge economy.”

The collaboration continues to grow in strength, with a two-way exchange programme being launched, allowing undergraduates from both institutions to undertake a term of study at each other’s campuses and then to obtain credit towards their respective degree programmes. Future plans also include expanding the PhD programme to include more specialised areas that support the regional economy. Currently both universities are studying proposals for postgraduate studies aimed at meeting future demands on healthcare and energy.

The collaboration continues to grow in strength, with a two-way exchange programme being launched, allowing undergraduates from both institutions to undertake a term of study at each other’s campuses and then to obtain credit towards their respective degree programmes. Future plans also include expanding the PhD programme to include more specialised areas that support the regional economy. Currently both universities are studying proposals for postgraduate studies aimed at meeting future demands on healthcare and energy.  Read more about the programme here.

The event was also attended by Professor Amir Sharif (Assistant Head of School) and Dr Tillal Eldabi (Director, PhD Without Residence), below:

BBS in Bahrain

Dedication and hard work got me to FTSE 100 company, says graduate

We’ve interviewed Kurtis Patterson on the rooftop lounge of the Headquarters of British American Tobacco in London, where he works as an EEMEA Finance Manager. Kurtis takes us around the impressive building on a recent visit and shares his memories of being a Brunel Business School student and talks about his path to becoming a young executive in this FTSE 100 company.

To find our more about Brunel Business School and the Undergraduate courses available in many fields of business and management please visit our website.

Close-up with Dr Geraldine Cohen

GCohen1We start the New Year by bringing you some insightful interviews with the tutors you may come across in Brunel Business School. First up is Dr Geraldine Cohen who is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing.

Geraldine Cohen PhD MBA (INSEAD) FHEA MCIM Chartered Marketer is Senior Lecturer in Marketing at Brunel Business School, Brunel University. She is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Member of the British Academy of Management, Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) since 1986 and Chartered Marketer since 1998. Geraldine has more than 25 years of International Business and Marketing experience acquired at Fairchild Semiconductors in Germany, Cummins Engine Company in the USA and Rank Xerox and ECI Ventures in the UK. In the 80s and part of the 90s she ran her own Marketing consultancy advising industrial and commercial clients as well as non-profit organisations.

When did you know you wanted to teach? I originally came to Brunel to do a PhD in Marketing after almost 25 years of marketing experience in large multinational corporations, marketing consultancy and the City. I was then asked if I would be interested in teaching Marketing so I said I might give it a go. I fell in love with teaching gradually, in fact I found my first attempts at it terrifying, but with years and years of practice my confidence grew and I became better at it. Love followed.

What do you enjoy most about your job? Having the opportunity at each lecture to surprise, inspire and to make my students engage with the topic.

What would you do if you were Dean for the day? Throw a party!

Geraldine, alongside her colleague Dr Kamal, helps students get a taste of Marketing in a Case Studies session

Geraldine, alongside her colleague Dr Kamal, helps students get a taste of Marketing in a Case Studies session

What is the best piece of advice given to you by a teacher? Respect your students and they will respect you back tenfold.

What is the worst job you have ever had? Working in a testing lab for an electronics components company for a year, all by myself, in a room with no windows.

What advice would you give to women in business? Aim high, don’t compromise on your dreams and don’t take no for an answer. If you have to compromise, which inevitably has to be done, never compromise on your health or your family.

How do you deal with male-dominated environments? I aim to be well prepared, well dressed and quietly outspoken. Never try to be what you are not, always be true to yourself.

What is the strangest thing you have done when teaching? Having to deal with students snogging in class. Or being serenaded by a student dressed as a gorilla on Valentine’s Day during one of my lectures.

What is your favourite business book? I have lots of favourite books, so it’s difficult to choose just one. Here is one of my favourites: Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography by Walter Isaacson.

What is your life philosophy? Each day aim to help someone.

Upcoming research seminar on social media in healthcare

Brunel Business School will be hosting an interesting research seminar for healthcare professionals and researchers interested in the role of social media in gee woo bockhealthcare services. The speaker, Gee-Woo Bock, a renowned Professor from Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, Korea, will present the latest findings and talk about their application for the healthcare industry.

Prof Gee-Woo Bock will discuss how material resources, intellectual resources, and human resources in Structure-Process-Outcome framework affect both the technical process of care and the interpersonal process of care, and subsequently, the result of care.

The seminar will be of interest to healthcare professionals and researchers as well as Brunel MBA students pursuing the Healthcare Management specialisation.

  • Date: Wednesday 15th January, 1-2pm,
  • Location: Room 324, Eastern Gateway Building, Brunel University
  • Register: Email

Gee-Woo Bock is a full professor at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, Korea. He worked for Samsung Economic Research Institute for 7 years and at the National University of Singapore for 5 years. He has been an Associate Editor of I&M since 2012. His current research interests are knowledge management, virtual community, trust in electronic commerce, online rumors, and supply chain management. His papers published in MIS Quarterly, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Information and Management, Communications of the ACM, International Journal of Electronic Commerce, European Journal of Information Systems, Journal of Information Science, Behavior & Information Technology, and many others.