BBS to deliver ‘Micro-MBA’ to HM Treasury

Brunel Business School will be delivering a 5-month ‘Micro-MBA’ to HM Treasury Government Department, starting in March 2015. This opportunity builds on the relationship established by Professor Zahir Irani (Dean of College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences) during his full-time secondment to the Cabinet Office as Senior Policy Advisor during 2014 and subsequent on-going advisory role.

imagesThis innovative programme will cover areas ranging from leadership values through to strategic planning. There is also a strong personal development aspect to the programme, which involves sessions on personal and organisational resilience. Joh Kingman the second Permanent Secretary to the Treasury, has fully supported the initiative and commented on the ‘relevance and informative’ nature of the programme.

The Micro-MBA is a result of a collaborative design process of building a programme that meets the needs of HM Treasury, which is being sponsored by Ms Becky Wyse (Head of Growth Strategy, HMT) who commented that:

“The Micro-MBA enables future HMT leaders to develop a vital understanding of leadership and management techniques in the 21st century.  We’re enormously grateful to Brunel for bringing a wealth of expertise and experience to the course, which the department will benefit from for many years”.

The programme will kick-off with a 2 day residential programme at Brunel, where attendees that will have been selected through a rigorous process will be able to experience the look, feel and resources available across the University. Professor Irani commented:

“Brunel is developing strong links across Government and I am pleased to be able to find ways in which we are able to develop Civil Servants in being able to serve the public better through the excellent work that they do”.

Brunel Business School has a dedicated team of experienced staff responsible for delivering this Micro-MBA, with Dr Ramzi El-Haddadeh, who has been closely involved in the programme development, appointed as the Micro-MBA course director by the Dean.

BBS Boot Camp Amazing, says Applicants

Brunel Business School held it’s sixth successful Boot Camp for university applicants, which took place from 17-19 February 2015.  A second Boot Camp for this year will be taking place by Brunel Business School in April 2015.

Bootcamp group 1

The Business Boot Camp  at Brunel Business School is an exclusive event for candidates holding an offer to pursue their Business Degree in Brunel University London. The Boot Camp is a residential event, allowing participants to truly experience being a student and living on campus.

This interactive event offers participants an opportunity to:

  • Engage within a stimulating learning environment
  • Be exposed to the latest business thinking
  • Develop aptitude and critical thinking skills
  • Be exposed to motivational speakers such as “Meet the Apprentice” Saira Khan, as seen on TV
  • Participate in business simulation games
  • Network with other high achieving applicants
  • Experience what it’s like being a University student before actually going to a University
  • Get a taste of Brunel Business Life Employability Programme

Bootcamp group 2

Here’s what some of the participants of the February ‘15 Boot Camp had to say about the event in the Boot Camp Facebook Group:

  • Grace Povey: Just firmed Brunel! Look forward to seeing some of you there x 🙂
  • Wosam Atrash: Great Uni, great teachers, great friends & one epic experience!
  • SJ Obadina: The bootcamp was an amazing experience.  I learnt so many new things and it was fun meeting new people.  Also, thank you to all the staff and student ambassadors.  You did a great job 🙂
  • Tj Higgs: Thanks guys for making the last three days so great, hopefully I will see some of you again soon and good luck for the future 🙂 Also, thanks to the group leaders for all your help! 🙂
  • Alex Downes: I’ve really enjoyed the past few days at Brunel, despite the early starts.  It has been great to meet you all, hopefully I’ll see some of you next year if not good luck in the future and whatever you decide to do.  Also a special thanks to the group leaders.
  • Smia Hussain: I loved the 2 and a half days at Brunel, they were amazing!  Definitely think my confidence has improved 🙂 Thank you to all the Business Ambassadors.  Good luck with whichever university you choose guys!
  • Jill Shah: Thanks guys! Really enjoyed it and thank you to all the Business Ambassadors! 🙂
  • Jack Irwin: Great three days guys! Well done to all the teams – and to the winners!
  • Michaela Williams: So much fun meeting you all and really enjoyed the opportunity to work alongside you all!  Thank you to the ambassadors and leaders!
  • Bizhan Neromand: It was a wonderful experience and an unforgettable boot camp! Best memories…Thanks everyone! 🙂

Bootcamp winning team


The undue influence of US business schools

profileZahirIraniProfessor Zahir Irani writes in The Conversation, 15th October, about the US business schools who dominate the Princeton Review rankings. Can business schools in the UK and other regions ever catch up and why should they continue to try?

Professor Irani acknowledges the quality US giants extend on best business practice, but suggests mimicking the US model to build recognition within the US has implications and may be changing the role of business schools. It also places pressure on the business academic to publish in top US journals.

“A gold standard is one thing, but we have reached a point where we have a monoculture in leadership and management to the exclusion of others.

Professor Zahir Irani is Dean of the College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences at Brunel University London. @zahirirani1

Accounting Symposium 2014 in BBS examines corporate governance

The 4th Brunel Accounting Symposium was recently held in Brunel Business School. Organised by the Accounting and Auditing Research Centre (AARC), this year’s event was focused on corporate governance and promoted discussion on contemporary issues in accounting bringing together policy makers, accountants, academics and students of the MSc in Accounting and Business Management and the PhD programme.

BBS Accounting Symposium 2014

BBS Accounting Symposium 2014

A total of 65 delegates from the USA, UK and Europe attended. The keynote speakers were:

  • Catherine Woods, Corporate Governance Policy Advisor, FRC, Remuneration, risk management and revisions to the UK Corporate governance Code
  • Paul Moxey, Head of Corporate Governance and Risk Management, ACCA, Creating value for governance
  • Jo Iwasaki, Head of Corporate Governance, ICAEW, New challenges in corporate governance
  • Prof Mark Clatworthy, University of Bristol, The timeliness of private company financial reporting
  • Prof Christopher Napier, Royal Holloway, University of London, Lords on the board: Titled directors now and in the past

Professor Robin Jarvis led the morning and afternoon panel discussions with Brian Coyle, author of the ICSA Corporate Governance Handbook, and Professor David Cairns, University of Edinburgh. This encouraged lively debates with delegates in the audience and contributed to a stimulating and interesting symposium for all.

Dr Jill Collis

Dr Jill Collis

Dr Jill Collis, the Director of the Accounting and Auditing Research Centre (AARC), commented:

“It’s always a pleasure to organise this event! It provides an excellent opportunity for continuing professional development and fosters relationships with the accountancy profession, regulators and standard setters. It was the first year we included students of the MSc in Accounting and Business Management programme and, given their positive feedback, we will continue to do this next year to ensure our most current research is shared with the entire accounting community in Brunel, which our students are also an important part of.”

Brunel Business School amongst nominees for THE Leadership and Management Awards 2014

Brunel Business School celebrated being nominated for the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2014 (THELMAs) last night at a Gala dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London.


The nomination for the Outstanding Strategic Planning Team, a third nominations from the Times Higher Education in the last two years, was an honour to the School, showing recognition for our continuous effort in striving for excellence and making a change in Higher Education. The Business School has previously won the Times Higher Education Business School of the Year award in November 2013 and a nomination for the November 2014 awards has again been submitted.

The Outstanding Strategic Planning Team, a category for which the School has been nominated on this occasion,

“recognises the exceptional performance from a team which has made a significant and demonstrable impact on strategic change across the university. The judges looked for clear contributions to strategic planning, such as improvements to the evidence base supporting institutional decision-making, the development and implementation of change management programmes, or improvements to institution-wide operational processes in support of defined strategic objectives. The nominated teams were required to show how their work has influenced decision-making at a strategic level and explain the way in which clearly identified challenges have and will be met as a result of their work, and demonstrate that impact in a measurable way. ” as explained on THELMAs website.

While the School did not bring a trophy home from last night’s awards it has been a privilege to take part in the awards amongst excellent peers in the sector. The nominees for this category were:

  • Aberystwyth University
  • University of Bath
  • Brunel Business School
  • Loughborough University
  • University of Stirling
  • York St John University – winner of the Award

BBS alumnus amongst winners of best British Start-ups 100

A Brunel Business School graduate who completed his BSc Business and Management (Marketing) in 2010 has recently been recognised for his business start-up amongst the winners of the 100 best British business start-ups.

Deepak TailorDeepak Tailor founded one of the UK’s leading sites offering in 2012 called and has not looked back since. As a Founder and Managing Director, Deepak saw his business praised in the Startups100 list published in May 2014, which reviewed UK-based, privately owned businesses started on or after 1 January 2011 that are set for big things in the future with innovative and impressive founders with global ambition. The business has also been featured in many newspapers and magazines including The Mirror, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail,, Woman’s Own magazine and more., launched also in the USA days ago, is a website offering its 400,000+ visitors freebies, deals, and bargains– all genuine offers without trapping the consumers into spam offers designed to sell their contact details to third parties. The business grew organically with no advertising budget, drawing on Deepak’s excellent marketing skills, honed during his studies with Brunel Business School. The business growing client list included big brand names such as LOVEFiLM, Fitness First, T-Mobile, Vodafone, Nivea, Dove, Boots, Gillette, Pantene and more.

Deepak commented about the latest developments in his business:

“We recently launched our app and it’s completely unique and there’s nothing like it on the App Market. It took us over 9 months of hard work to plan, develop and launch the app using an app development team from Romania. This app is completely different to the competition who have no presence in the mobile market. I noticed the gap in the market and saw an opportunity to try something different. Hopefully my decision will pay off in the long-run.​ Plus, I think students will love the app, it should save them lots of money!”


Check out the facebook page or view Deepak’s profile on LinkedIn. You can download the app here:

Find out more about Business and Management (Marketing) BSc in Brunel Business School.


“I will take what I’ve learnt wherever I go” says MBA alumnus

Brunel MBA Alumnus Anoo Mehmi has recently visited Brunel Business School to tell the tale of her experience on the Brunel MBA programme and her achievements since graduating from Brunel. In this filmed interview Anoo reminisces on her fond memories from Brunel, tells of the great support she received as a mother and a professional undertaking the MBA at the same time, the activities she took part in and people she met along the way in Brunel that left a lasting impression on her.

Since completing her MBA in December 2013 Anoo secured a high profile position with Nestle UK as the Head of Digital and Brand Governance where she will be leading the digital strategy for consumer and HCP engagement for Nestle Nutrition, and she shared with us how she got headhunted for the role following the completion of her MBA via LinkedIn, a professional online platform, strongly endorsed for the use of Brunel students in their career development programme, and recommended by Anoo to students seeking to advance their careers.

BBS Guest Portrait 1AAnoo said of the help she received from Brunel in helping her move up the career ladder:

Upon updating my LinkedIn profile with my MBA qualification, I was approached by several companies and recruiters. I truly believe the MBA combined with my experience in marketing helped me to secure my new role

Anoo is excited about her new role in Nestle and we look forward to seeing even more success in her future endeavours. You can follow Anoo on twitter and view her LinkedIn profile for details of her professional experience and education.

To find out more about Brunel MBA please visit our website.