Meet our new colleagues: Dr. Ace Simpson

Dr. Ace Simpson joined us as Reader in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour from the University of Technology Sydney, Australia.


Dr. Simpson’s research is concerned with positive organizational practices promoting well-being, psychological safety, paradox transcendence, and love. Most of his research has been on cultivating organizational compassion. Recently, he has been studying compassion as a critical missing factor in programs aiming to address the persistent problem of workplace bullying demonstrating negative correlations between organizational compassion and workplace bullying.

Dr Simpson  is the co-author of Positive Organizational Behaviour, published by Routledge in September 2019. His research has been published in journals such as the Journal of Management, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Management Inquiry and Management Learning.



Marketing Research students received classroom visit from Industry Guests

150  students on the Marketing Research module welcomed industry guest speakers, Mr. Matt Teasdale and Ms. Ciara Pryce, from the VGC Group. The guests shared their experiences of working in marketing research, how their work relates to marketing theory, and how they understand the marketing research problems faced by their clients.

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The event was also attended by Undergraduate Marketing Program Leader, Dr. Liyuan Wei, as well as by Quantitative Methods Module Leader, Dr. Ahmed Elamer. The marketing research module leader, Dr Jessica Chelekis, who teaches alongside Dr Sharifah Alwi on this module, extended her thanks to Brunel Business School’s Employability Director, Ms. Michelle Kavan, for facilitating the introduction to the VGC group executives.

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Pictured, from left to right: Dr. Ahmed Elamer, Dr Liyuan Wei, Mr Matt Teasdale, Dr Sharifah Alwi, Ms Ciara Pryce and Dr Jessica Chelekis

If you would like to share your professional experiences with our students, or learn about our internships, please get in contact with our placements office, here.

Professor Balmer reaches milestone with 200,000 reads on Researchgate

Last month, a milestone was reached when Professor Balmer learned that there had been over 200, 000 reads of his work on ResearchGate. ResearchGate is a social networking platform for research professionals, where members can share their papers, read other researchers’ papers, ask and answer questions, or find research collaborators.

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Commenting on the above, Professor Balmer remarked:

“What is so uplifting about this news is to learn that there is interest in my published work from students, scholars and colleagues and its uplifting to discover that published work is being read.”


Research impact is a key measure of success of an academic’s work, and we are delighted to see that Professor Balmer’s publications generate so much interest among other scholars. Congratulations, Professor Balmer.

Doctoral student, Abdelwahab Alatiqi, delivered TEDx Talk in Kuwait

Abdelwahab Alatiqi was invited to speak at a TEDx event that took place in Kuwait City.

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In his talk, entitled “Profiting from Data at the cost of privacy”, Abdelwahab explored the range of personal data that organisations have access to, and how much insight is provided by those data. For instance, analysis of phone calls can reveal the size and strength of the caller’s social network.


Abelwahab is a PhD student, who is investigating the acceptance and use of Business Intelligence systems, under the supervision of Dr Ana Canhoto and Dr Kevin Lu. His research is multi-disciplinary incorporating research in Information Systems, Business and Psychology. Prior to joining the doctoral programme in the Business School, Abelwahab worked in the telecommunications industry, and throughout his career he has been dealing with consumer data from different perspectives.


Brunel Business School has an established and engaged PhD Community. We consider PhD students as junior members of staff, and give them the same opportunities to attend seminars, technical courses and conferences. You can learn more about our doctoral programme, here.

Brunel Business School teaching and learning away day 2018

Aiming to foster sharing of best practice and facilitate collective reflection on latest developments in teaching and learning, Brunel Business School faculty gathered at the prestigious Hallam Conference Centre, to take part on a teaching and learning away day on the 6thof June 2018.  The theme for this day was ‘Innovating in teaching and learning’.


The day started with a presentation and open discussion on peer mentoring of teaching as reflective practice, with Professor Tom Betteridge, Dean of the College of Business Arts and Social Silences (CBASS) of Brunel University and Professor William Spurlin, Vice Dean (Education) CBASS. The presenters discussed with BBS faculty their own transformative experiences of acting as mentors to each other’s teaching practice. This, in turn, led to a discussion on how peer mentoring enhances teacher development and growth, in a context of reflective discourse, mutual trust, and collegial support, so that teaching faculty are enabled to analyse and critically assess their own teaching and that of their colleagues in meaningful and supportive ways.


This was followed by a presentation by Professor Rob Macredie, former Pro Vice Chancellor, Dean and Head of School, Department of Information Systems and Computing at Brunel University titled (not quite) everything you always wanted to know about Brunel and higher education but were afraid to ask”.Discussing recent developments in education policy and Brunel University latest practice, Rob demonstrated a highly innovative approach to team based learning that enthused colleagues and provoked dialogue on a range of factors contributing to the enhancement of our students’ learning experience.


After lunch, Dr Stephen Smith, one of Brunel Business School’s star academics based on student feedback and satisfaction, demonstrated his unique approach to teaching and learning which has been praised by students and colleagues for a number of years! Titled objectifying grid and group: problem solving”, the session hybridised of a type of Applied Drama called “Object Theatre”, and Cultural Theory as developed especially by Michael Thompson in Anthropology, in order to address what are known as “Messy Problems”. The session proved highly inspirational and was commended for its originality and effectiveness.


The day closed with an exciting presentation delivered by Sue Hardman, the school’s learning technologies and applied research in pedagogy champion. Sue demonstrated the findings of her latest two projects, The Transition Project” looking at improving the learning experience of students with non-traditional entry qualifications, and the Student Success Project” looking at ethnicity attainment gaps. Within this session colleagues had a great opportunity to discuss the school’s recent successes in improving student achievement and the challenges that lie ahead.

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A social event, after the completion of the presentations, facilitated informal interaction between colleagues, and fostered reflection on the school’s teaching and learning practices, achievements, and plans for continuous improvement.



Dr Grigorios Theodosopoulos, Brunel Business School’s Director of Teaching and Learning, who led the team organising the event said:

Our teaching and learning away day for 2018 has been a great success and received very positive feedback from participating colleagues. It has, therefore, laid the foundation for more events of that kind to be organised in the future, aiming to promote sharing of best practice amongst academics and to consolidate our school’s excellence in offering a world-class learning experience to our students.      




2018 Doctoral Conference at Brunel Business School

Brunel Business School hosted the 4th Doctoral conference, on May 14thand 15th. This annual event provides an opportunity for doctoral students, at any stage of their programme, to present their work to their peers and to the Business School faculty.


This year’s event received 38 paper submissions and saw presentations across 12 panels. Dr Jane Hendy, head of the Business School, opened the event and welcomed students, alumni and academic staff. On Monday, May 14th, Dr Sankar Sivarajah delivered a keynote speech where he talked about the importance of Research Impact. The second keynote speech took place on Tuesday, May 15th, and was delivered by Professor T C Melewar who shared his passion for research.

Reflecting on this event, Dr Dorothy Yen, Director of the Doctoral Programme at the Business School said:

This event has been a great success. It provided Brunel Business School PhD students an interactive platform for them to present their works and exchange ideas with each other and to receive constructive feedback from academic colleagues and PhD alumni in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

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The following students received a best paper award for their submissions, including a certificate and an Amazon voucher:

  • Callen Clegg
  • Fadiah Alraies
  • Ismaeel Ibrahim
  • Jaskaran Kaur
  • Jin Wang
  • May Al Dubayan
  • Parsim Kaushik
  • Sarah Binsaied
  • Shi Ha
  • Syed Mohammad


Remembering and Celebrating the life and research achievements of Dr. Christina Scandelius (1968-2016)


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On 17th January (2018) the colleagues and friends of the late Dr. Christina Scandelius met in the University’s Chaplaincy Centre for a service of remembrance for her life and academic accomplishments.


Dr. Scandelius was a lecturer in marketing at Brunel Business School, and was a member of the Marketing and Corporate Brand research group. She was also a former PhD scholarship holder within the Business School.  She died on 6th May 2016 after a long-fight with cancer.  Dr. Scandelius was a popular and widely-respected colleague and teacher, and had many friends in the Marketing and Corporate Brand research group, the Business School, and beyond.


The service of remembrance was organised by Dr. Geraldine Cohen (who had been Dr Scandelius’s erstwhile PhD supervisor), and led by The Reverend Sally Hitchner (Anglican Chaplain to the University). It was attended by the Dean (Professor Tom Betteridge), Associate Deans, faculty members and students.


In addition to prayers for Dr Scandelius’s family and friends, the liturgy drew on several traditions and included a reading of a Psalm from the Hebrew Bible (by Dr. Cohen), music from the Latin Requiem Mass (“In Paradisum” by Faure), and the Santa Lucia Neapolitan carol so beloved by Christina and by Swedes the world-over (In both Sweden and in Naples, St. Lucy’s day is a major festival).


Reflections on Dr. Scandelius’s life and academic achievements were given by Professor Tom Betteridge and Dr Sharifah Alwi, while Dr Dorothy Yen read from the acknowledgements page of Dr. Scandelius’s PhD thesis.


In his Panegyric, Professor John M.T. Balmer (Director of the Marketing and Corporate Brand Group) reflected:

Dr. Christina Scandelius through her vocation as a teacher and scholar illumed the lives of faculty and students at Brunel. Furthermore, through her published output, Christina provided light to the world-wide community of marketing scholars and to the practice of marketing. In all that she did, she was an embodiment of our University’s corporate brand covenant, a brand promise which is informed by the precept of useful learning. Finally, I know that her candle will burn brightly in our hearts for many years to come.