Volunteering @ Brunel

Members of Staff in the College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences were delighted with recent figures released by the Brunel Volunteer service which illustrates the commitment of its student body to volunteer with local organisations and charities. In the last year, 267 students from the College completed a total of 10,374 hours of volunteering, which was just over 50% of the total hours completed by the whole University. The College works hard to encourage students to participate in volunteering as it helps students appreciate their role in the community and to value their own contribution to society when they leave as graduates. In addition, volunteering provides students with a range of valuable work experiences and skills that are transferable to the workplace when they leave us to develop their careers.

Two students who have just graduated from the College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences reflect on their experiences as a Brunel Volunteer.

Arronjeev photoArronjeev Bajwa, BSc (Hons) Business and Management Marketing graduate: Let’s Get Cooking Volunteer

“Brunel Volunteers has been an inevitable part of my development during my time at Brunel. Not only has volunteering allowed me to meet lots of new people, it has also enabled me to develop key skills such as teamwork, confidence building, communication, leadership and most importantly for me the ability to liaise with people at all levels and tailor my communication accordingly.”

Jemima photoJemima Khalli, BA (Hons) English with Creative Writing graduate: Volunteer Chair

“I strongly believe that volunteering is a great way to meet new people in and around the Brunel community. University is all about personal development and growth; for me, volunteering is brilliant for that!”

 

 

 

If you are an organisation looking for volunteers, please email Brunel.volunteers@brunel.ac.uk

 

The role of women in research: breaking down gender barriers

Professor Zahir Irani’s article on ‘The role of Women in research’ published in the Education (14th August 2014) reports on how female entrepreneurs and future leaders are making an impact in advanced study, breaking down gender barriers in the process.

profileZahirIraniIn his article, Professor Irani, explains that for women in the Middle East, studying overseas has traditionally been made difficult or even impossible by cultural differences with the West, preventing many women from benefiting from the academic rigour and traditions of the best British and American universities.  Middle East women have been prevented from benefiting from exposure to the latest thinking and culture of intellectual exploration and challenge.  The lack of representation has led to businesses in the region being cut off from the new perspectives and thinking of women involved in HR and business research.

“More must be done to help Middle Eastern women engage in high-level HR research”

explains Professor Irani.  With this in mind, the need to address the diversity issue was a key factor in driving the work at Brunel Business School in London and in forming a partnership with Ahlia University in Bahrain.  The partnership involves a PhD without residence which allows people to undertake a British research degree locally.  Professor Irani goes on to explain that the evidence of the actual need for alternative provision for women is demonstrated by applications to the new programme with half of the participants recruited from across the region being women, which is a higher percentage than expected for this type of higher research degree.

Professor Zahir Irani is Dean of the College of Business Arts and Social Sciences at Brunel University London.  Previously under his leadership, Brunel Business School received the Times Higher Education Award – Business School of the Year 2013. Professor Irani’s research interests are multidisciplinary in nature, and developed from early work on the area of evaluating investments in Manufacturing Information Systems through to more recent works in Transformational Government.

To find out more about the joint PhD between Brunel Business School and Ahlia University please visit the website.

Brunel Business School Exchange Programme with Korean Aerospace University Continues to Soar

Brunel students at KAUFour undergraduate students from Brunel Business School – Cindy Tsui Sin Yi, Wing Sze Tai, Kizzy Ebanks and Omer Duman returned to the UK on the 27th July with glowing testimonies after winning a month long study exchange to the Korean Aerospace University (KAU) in South Korea.

The international student exchange between BBS and KAU was set up by Dr Wafi Al-Karaghouli, BBS Admissions Director, and Dr Habin Lee, BBS Reader, as the result of a visit to Brunel by the two KAU students and their tutor in 2010.

Now in its third successful year – the international exchange enables four second year BSc Business & Management students who have not secured a Work Placement to travel to KAU in July to study aviation and cultural modules as part of KAU’s summer exchange programme taught in English.

In return, two KAU undergraduate students spend an academic year at Brunel. This year it was the turn of HyeongJune Shim and Woojeong Le who joined BBS in September 2013 for two terms of study alongside BBS second year students whilst living on campus.

For BBS students the exchange to KAU was beneficial on many levels.

Surprisingly by spending so much time with Korean students I actually got into a much better routine for studying as their work ethic is so high, this was reflected in my grades and is something I will be continuing in my final year at Brunel.

 

Kizzy Eubanks

 

I undertook two modules: Korean Culture and Identity in the morning and Airport Service Management in the afternoon. Each lecture was three hours long with three break intervals depending on the lecturer you had. The format of the classes made it very easy to learn as you were consistently engaged and involved with the lesson.

 

Omer Duman

 

I’m so glad that I applied for the KAU exchange and was selected by the Business School. I learnt so much more during this programme, because I gained specialist knowledge about the aviation sector. I was worried in the beginning, but everyone there was great and this made the programme perfect.

Cindy Tsui Sin Yi

 

During the third week, KAU invited the former Incheon Airport Cooperation Vice President as a guest speaker. His speech inspired me very much: he not only talked about the history of Incheon Airport, but also give us a briefing on how they plan to develop the Airport in the future to sharpen its competitiveness.

Wing Sze Tai

For KAU student, HyeongJune Shim, it was the social activities at Brunel that enabled him to practice his photographic hobby in an unexpected way.

Hyeongjune Shim

As part of Brunel’s One World Week I was permitted to put together a photo exhibition on Korea unification. I wanted to show how Korea’s unification is needed for world peace. An exhibition on unification was only possible because I was in the UK and not Korea.

    HyeongJune Shim, KAU Student

I was worried that the Brunel curriculum would be very different to KAU, however, there was no need to be afraid. I met so many kind people during Orientation Week. The Brunel Orientation Programme is extremely well-organised – it covers tours of the campus and Central London as well as presentations on the academic system. It was a great way to acquire all-round knowledge of Brunel.

Woojeong Le, KAU Student (below)KAU student here in London

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Wafi Al-Karaghouli is delighted with the positive experiences enjoyed by students.

The exchange has been successful on a number of levels. Not only does it offer students the opportunity to acquire additional academic knowledge, it also provides them with significant personal development – it can be a stretch for students to adapt to the cultural and social differences inherent in international exchanges of this kind, but this helps students to adapt their approach to learning and teaching which ultimately helps them to be more confident individuals.

BBS is already looking to expand international opportunities for its BSc International Business students with a similar exchange programme planned with Ahlia University, Bahrain in 2015.

Brunel Business School moves up the satisfaction rankings

BEST networking-01NSSThe Business School has climbed 15 places in the NSS 2014 student satisfaction ratings for its undergraduate programmes, the School’s programmes are now ranked 24th in the country for overall satisfaction, and 3rd in London. The NSS survey found that 89% of students were satisfied with their BSc at Brunel Business School. Professor Amir Sharif, Acting Head of Brunel Business School said

“We are extremely pleased with these results. They are a testament to all the hard work  and energy our staff have put in to continually improve the student experience and more importantly how we  prepare our students to enter their chosen professions. As the Times Higher Education Business School of the year, we believe we have a compelling mix of business-relevant academic programmes, that link together with an award-winning placement and careers centre and our unique Business Life programme which prepares our undergraduates for the world of business. The high satisfaction ratings reflect this and I am delighted to share this success with our current and future students, our alumni, staff and companies that we continue to work with.”

Coming to cities near you: Brunel Business School

We’re jetting off to cities near you with our top academics to give you a chance to meet us and discuss your programme choices at your convenience. Taking part in educational fairs alongside some of the leading worldwide universities, Brunel Business School will be exhibiting in 9 countries in the next few months.

Miscellaneous-9792In addition to these 9 countries students will be able to find out more about Brunel Business School programmes in many worldwide locations visited by Brunel University London representatives.

At each of the events below student will have an opportunity to arrange a 1-2-1 appointment with the Business School representatives for an admissions interview or simply a less formal chat – just email us in advance to book your slot on masterbbs@brunel.ac.uk for postgraduate degree programmes and brunelmba@brunel.ac.uk for the Brunel MBA programme.

Details of our visits are below. Please click on the location to register:

04/10/2014 London, United Kingdom QS World Grad School Tour
10/10/2014 London, United Kingdom AMBA Fair
11/10/2014 London, United Kingdom QS World MBA Tour
18/10/2014 Istanbul, Turkey QS World Grad School Tour
18/10/2014 Istanbul, Turkey QS World MBA Tour
20/10/2014 Athens, Greece QS World Grad School Tour
25/10/2014 Frankfurt, Germany QS World Grad School Tour
10/11/2014 Taipei, Taiwan QS World MBA Tour
14/11/2014 Dubai, UAE QS World MBA Tour
17/11/2014 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia QS World Grad School Tour
18/11/2014 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia QS World MBA Tour
19/11/2014 Hyderabad, India QS World Grad Tour
20/11/2014 Hyderabad, India QS World MBA Tour
25/11/2014 Chennai, India QS World MBA Tour
27/11/2014 Kuwait City, Kuwait QS World MBA Tour
01/12/2014 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia QS World MBA Tour
02/12/2014 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia QS World MBA Tour

 

 

 

New Look Brunel University London

Charter Day logoWe are delighted to announce ….

Following the decision earlier this month by the Privy Council, the University has changed its name to Brunel University London, cementing its place in the heart of the UK’s largest Higher Education community. Professor Julia Buckingham, Vice Chancellor, said

“I am confident that with a new senior team in place and the strong academic and support structures we have created we will achieve our strategic goals and address society’s challenges, which is the vision that we continue to hold at the heart of all that we do at Brunel.”