Wandering about Bristol

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Throughout 2015 – 2017, Senior Lecturer Pam Seanor has been working on the Wandering about Bristol project.

Wandering about Bristol is a Small Research Grant for the project ‘Thinking urban spaces differently: Articulating and contesting “green” imageries of Bristol as an enterprising city’ and is supported by the British Academy and Leverhulme Trust.

The project involved three collective walks and culminated in a workshop at the Arnolfini.

The workshop was attended by those who had participated in the 3 wanders including initiative, local government, consultants, architects, landscape architects and artists to name a few.

The workshop was opened by David Relph, Director of Bristol Health Partners who set the scene for the importance of people feeling they have power to act and how Health is about a connection with place.

A short film of the wanders was shown during the workshop.

The findings from the workshop will be shared in the few months.

2nd Gelism-UWE International Conference on Economics, Finance and Management: “Challenges of the 21st Century in Economics, Finance and Management” – Call for papers

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University of the West of England and Gelisim University, Turkey are going to jointly host the 2nd Gelisim-UWE International Conference on Economics, Finance and Management, in May (3rd -4th), 2018. The conference will take place in the new business school building. The theme of the conference is “Challenges of the 21st Century in Economics, Finance and Management”.

In a highly competitive and uncertain global environment many businesses are struggling to successfully compete and grow across the globe while governments search for effective policies to catch up or stay ahead of their competitors. The rising global economies, volatile financial markets and evolving management practices pose new challenges that demand imaginative and innovative solutions from the academic and practitioner community.

This international conference on economics, finance and management aims to bring together scholars, researchers and practitioners on a common platform to address the challenges of the 21st century. This conference will provide opportunities for global participants to exchange views and research on current trends and problems in global economic developments, the financial world and management practices, and it will foster collaboration and networking opportunities to advance theory and practice.

Areas of interest:

The challenges of the 21st Century in economics, finance and management are broad and wide ranging. The conference scientific committee invites papers that reveal, solve or respond to these important challenges. Papers will be shortlisted for presentation in an economics, finance or management stream.

We are also inviting proposals to run special track sessions in economics, finance and management areas. Please get in touch if you are keen to put forward a special track with a one page proposal.

Submission Process

Deadline for submission: 15th February 2018. You can either submit an extended abstract or a full manuscript.

If you are submitting a full manuscript:

  • Full manuscripts that have not been published elsewhere in Word/Pdf format will be considered for evaluation. Papers should be submitted via electronic mail. Other forms of submission are not accepted. The paper should include at least one contact address.
  • There should be an abstract of no more than 300 words and up to 10 key words.
  • Manuscripts should be typed 1.5 spaced in 11 point Arial or 12 point Calibri font and should not exceed 8 pages. All tables should be placed properly.

If you are submitting an extended abstract:

  • Extended abstracts should be between 500-1000 words clearly highlighting the purpose, design/methodology, findings, originality/value, practical/theoretical contributions and limitations.

 Selected papers will be published in Euro Proceedings on Advances in Management and Business Administration” (EUROPAMBA).

Selected papers will be also considered for publication in the Journal of Social Sciences of Istanbul Gelisim University and International Journal of Operations and Supply Chain Resilience (IJSCOR). Some more journals will be added in the coming months, so please keep an eye on the conference website.  If you would like your paper to be considered for publication in our journal, please make note in your submission.

Papers will be blind refereed by the Scientific Committee and the results of the evaluation will be sent to the authors by 15 March 2018.

Submission address

Please mail your full papers to following email address:


For any further information regarding the conference, including early submission of conference abstracts and papers and the conference fee, please see our website at the following address:


Or contact:

Prof Vikas Kumar: Vikas.Kumar@uwe.ac.uk

Prof Don Webber: Don.Webber@uwe.ac.uk

Organisation and Leadership Development for Malaria Elimination in Zimbabwe

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Professor Peter Case returned recently from Zimbabwe where he and Professor Jonathan Gosling have been progressing a project to assist the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) in that country. Peter and Jonathan were both working in Bulawayo when the Zimbabwean military took control on 14th November and, for a few days, had to contend with a high degree of uncertainty as political events unfolded around them and they were advised to remain in their hotel.

Despite the difficult circumstances, they worked alongside two other FBL Associate Lecturers, Dr Greyling Viljoen and Professor Peliwe Mnguni, to deliver the first of a series of workshops to a cohort of medics and senior administrators from Matabeleland South – members of a provincial team that has been involved with the wider project since August 2016 and who have embarked on a training programme entitled Organisation Development for Malaria Elimination (ODME).

The plan is to build OD training capacity in the Zimbabwean health system with a longer-term aim of expanding the process-improvement work to other nations in the region. The training is accredited through FBL’s Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice and the students (pictured below with the FBL project team) have all expressed an interest in pursuing a UWE-based masters degree. Dr Carol Jarvis, Felicity Cargill and Sue Brown have assisted greatly with setting up the PG Cert and enrolling the first cohort.

The two-day induction event (13-14 November) was judged to be a success by all concerned and several of the trainees made themselves available to assist Professors Mnguni, Case and Gosling with a large-scale workshop designed to address malaria-specific challenges in Matabeleland North province. For delivery of the workshop, the team expanded to include Professor Daniel Chandramohan – a world leading expert on malaria from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – and Precious Chitapi an OD facilitator based in Harare. Now in its second year, the project will be active in over half of Zimbabwe (geographically) by the end of the 2017-18 malaria season. The work has been contracted by the Malaria Elimination Initiative – based at the University of California, San Francisco – and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The project has been approved by the Zimbabwean Ministry of Health and in-country administrative support is provided by the Clinton Health Access Initiative.

“The chancellor is out of ideas. Today’s budget is one to forget” Associate Professor Dr Jo Michell comments on the budget

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Associate Professor in Economics Dr Jo Michell provides comment on today’s budget: 

It is unlikely that UK Chancellor Phillip Hammond was looking forward to his budget speech. He would have seen the latest economic forecasts from the independent Office for Budget Responsibility. There is no way to spin them as good news.

The newspaper front pages will not make for comfortable reading.

The OBR is tasked with producing detailed forecasts of the UK economy. These forecasts form the basis for evaluation of the Government’s performance against the rules it sets itself on public debt.

In reality, the rules change so often they have little meaning. Today was no exception. By reclassifying housing associations as “private” institutions and fiddling the accounting rules for the upcoming privatisation of RBS, the chancellor conjured up extra £5bn a year of spending – a trivially small amount.

The OBR forecasts of the outlook for the UK economy are of more interest: they are the nearest thing we have to official projections of our future prospects for income, employment and prosperity.

Since its inception in 2010, the OBR has been wrong about one of the most important economic indicators: labour productivity. This is a measure of the goods and services produced on average by each worker. Without productivity growth, living standards can’t rise.

The OBR has consistently over-estimated productivity, as the chart below shows. Twice a year for the last seven years, the OBR has predicted a return to pre-crisis trend growth of two per cent per annum. It was wrong every time: productivity growth has averaged near enough zero over the period.


In its latest forecasts, the OBR admitted defeat and downgraded productivity forecasts to 1.5%, in line with recent projections by the Bank of England. While these look optimistic given the recent performance, the implications for growth, incomes and public services are dramatic. Government revenues are predicted to be £20bn per year lower than previously forecast. By 2022, wages will still be more than £500 per year lower than in 2007. And this is without taking the possible effects of a ‘hard Brexit’ into account.

Against such a dismal backdrop, the chancellor’s announcement of new productivity-boosting measures, such as an R&D tax credit, inevitably rang hollow.

To try and sugar the pill, the chancellor announced a few short-term giveaways. The most headline-grabbing was the abolition of stamp duty for first-time house-buyers. This might sound like a welcome boost for young people looking to get a foot on the housing ladder. But the OBR were quick to debunk this: they predict that the resulting increase in house prices will exceed  savings on stamp duty: “prices paid by first-time buyers would actually be higher with the relief than without it. Thus the main gainers from the policy are people who already own property, not the first time buyers themselves.” (p. 128).

Instead of given a leg-up to young people struggling to own a home, the chancellor has poured petrol on the fire and given another hand-out to the already-wealthy.

This will only increase the severity of the debt problem that the chancellor didn’t mention in today’s speech: the debt of UK households. Research at UWE Bristol has found that, while austerity has so far failed to reduce public debt, it has been accompanied by ever-faster growth of household debt. As the chart below shows, for every £2bn the chancellor has cut from the deficit, the rate at which households take on new debt has increased by £1bn.


Nothing in today’s budget will reverse this trend. With incomes set to stagnate for years, and households already struggling, more will be forced to take on debt to make ends meet.

The chancellor had the opportunity to recognise the scale of the challenges faced by the country – flat productivity, unaffordable housing, stagnant incomes and government services pushed to the limit – and to announce a real change in direction. He should have announced a significant programme of public investment – in infrastructure, in R&D and in housing.

Instead, he did nothing of substance: a couple of new tax cuts and another nudge for house prices.

The chancellor is out of ideas. Today’s budget is one to forget.



















David Hong Tsung Lan to receive honorary degree for government role

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Professor Dr David Hong Tsung Lan is to be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration by the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol)in recognition of his long and prestigious career in government in Hong Kong and his contribution to international trade and education.

Born in Shanghai, David completed his early education in Hong Kong, joining the Hong Kong Civil Service in 1961 before studying to become a Chartered Secretary in addition to earning an external BA degree from London University.

During his time with the Hong Kong Civil Service, David worked in a variety of departments, including the Transport and Housing Authority. In 1979 David was appointed Official Justice of the Peace in Hong Kong.

In 1988, he was appointed Regional Secretary for Hong Kong and Kowloon before being appointed to Hong Kong’s Principal Economic and Trade Representative based in Japan. In 1997, after the handover of Hong Kong, David became the first Secretary for Home Affairs of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) Government.

David currently holds a variety of Board positions in the banking, commercial, infrastructure development and trust sectors including non-executive directorship to Nanyang Commercial Bank (Hong Kong) and Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Ltd, Hong Kong.

David has been conferred with many awards including Doctor of Humanities and two Visiting Professorships from overseas institutions. In 1991, David was awarded the Imperial Service Order for his services to the Civil Service and in 2000 the Gold Bauhinia Star Medal in recognition of his contribution to public service.

The honorary degree will be conferred at the awards ceremony of the Faculty of Business and Law at Bristol Cathedral on Tuesday 28 November at 5pm.

Journalist to receive honorary degree for contribution to business engagement

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Andrew Lynch is to be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration by the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) in recognition of his contribution to business and academic-business engagement.

Andrew, 58, has served as assistant business editor of The Sunday Times since 2009.

He graduated from Bristol Polytechnic, where he read humanities, in 1984 and joined the Bristol Evening Post as a reporter. After spells at the Financial Times, the Guardian and Sunday Telegraph, Andrew spent 10 years in Hong Kong as deputy night editor at the South China Morning Post and then editor of the rival Hong Kong Standard. He returned to the UK in 2002, working at the Daily Mail, the Evening Standard and the Irish Daily Mail in Dublin. He spent a year organising research and events for the Paris-based World Association of Newspapers.

At The Sunday Times, Andrew oversees production of the business section as well as writing about small businesses or editing the diary column. He also arranges events focused on the business agenda and has produced magazines and supplements such as 50 Years of Business, The Start-up List and The MBA List. He also curates the annual Maserati 100 list of entrepreneurs.

The honorary degree will be conferred at the awards ceremony of the Faculty of Business and Law at Bristol Cathedral on Tuesday 28 November at 2pm.

Case Study: UWE Bristol work with the Hire Association Europe and Event Hire Association in developing the ILM Level 5 in Leadership and Management qualification for the industry

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The Hire Association Europe and Event Hire Association (HAE, EHA) selected UWE Bristol for a partnership to help develop the ILM Level 5 Leadership and Management qualification for the hire industry.

HAE EHA are the industry leading trade association for plant, tool and event hire across their sectors. They assist businesses, from sole traders to larger independent and privately owned organisations, by providing operational resources, services and benefits to support the hire and event industries.

The partnership for this pilot programme began in October 2016 with the first module “Becoming an Effective Leader”.

The course is aimed at individuals who wish to progress into hire business management. The modules cover:

  • Effective leadership
  • Motivating People
  • Financial decisions
  • Recruitment
  • Customer relations

This current course is being undertaken by 15 candidates from tool, equipment and event hire member companies.

Lynda Williams, Associate Director for Professional Programmes within UWE Bristol’s engagement centre commented:

“The course is assignment based with a practical focus, underpinned withy study strategies that reinforce the learning process. Delivered by experienced academics and consultants with students given access to supplementary e-learning resources and current research papers.” 

Thoughts from the students:

Aoibhe Murphy from STS Access:

“I like this course because it’s about leadership. I know a lot of experienced managers but not many experienced leaders, which I’ve observed, is something that’s become important, especially amongst people of my generation.

I hope to gain more knowledge which will help me progress, this is key for me as I’m aiming to be a director one day.

The team at UWE are brilliant, Inge and Graham made our whole group feel very welcome and at ease. I’m pleased that we’re doing the study away from the workplace as it allows us to focus on the learning properly, not to mention we get access to all the resources at UWE which is very useful.

I’m coping okay with the level of learning, but I’m not long out of University myself, whereas some of the other delegates haven’t studied for around twenty years, so I’m finding it less of a shock to the system!

In those first sessions I really took on board the part about motivating my colleagues, which the guys at work are hearing a lot about, and feeling the benefit! I’ve tried to create a happy atmosphere here, I’ve got Christmas music already and we have sweets all-round the depot!

I am 100% committed to completing this course because I want to go on to the level 7 and keep learning! I would recommend this course to any manager wanting to progress, it’s been really beneficial to me.”

Terry McGuinness from Allens Catering Hire Service:

“I started on this course because I wanted the opportunity to further develop and learn new leadership skills. Our business is growing and we really need to attract and retain good people and to do that you need good leaders.

Initially I wasn’t sure what I would take away from the course but already feel it has helped me use different management tools, and helped me understand how to better manage my colleagues. I’ve gained a better understanding of myself and where I need to develop.

The first day was intense, there was a lot of information to absorb! The course is well organised and there was great information delivered to us beforehand, but they got through a lot of content in that first week and it took some adjustment – I’ve not been in education for a long time!

The learning has made me look at aspects of my style of leadership; where I’m getting it right and also where I can change or improve. Even in this first week, I’ve found what we’ve been taught to be beneficial and I would recommend it to others.”

Tony Wood from Artisan Hire:

“The facilities at UWE are fantastic, and our lecturers have been very motivational and supportive; Inge, Graham and Paul are always going over and above the call of duty! If I need help I have their direct email addresses, I can send them drafts of my assignments and they offer me one-on-one support and feedback.

I’m really pleased to have passed all three of the first modules on this course, I honestly can’t believe how well I’ve done! Whatever happens I do feel I’ve gained a lot of new knowledge and overall, the whole experience has been very worthwhile.

The things I’ve learned about leadership and motivating people have given me a new perspective at work. I’ve learned to take a more moderate view of things, and be more positive with people. I’m better at understanding how some people need managing differently, things that motivate some won’t motivate others, and that can be down to all sorts of factors like people’s age or experience.

It is a hard course but it is has been worth it. I’ve had my eyes opened to new ideas and it’s made me look at myself. I feel I’ve become a better manager already, and I have an improved relationship with my colleagues.”

Graham Arundell, Managing Director of HAE commented on the partnership:

“Equipping people with qualifications, transferable skills and knowledge will undoubtedly develop professionalism and competence ultimately improving and driving the hire sector forward.”

Graham Baker who helped deliver the course commented on what has been learnt from the first HAE EHA programme:

“Practice is just as important as theory

Behind every practice is usually a theory but real life is the perfect way of understanding theory, critiquing it and developing it. Theory only acts as a simplification of life; it allows us to make sense of real experiences and in turn these real experiences allow for their testing.

Engagement with real businesses and business experiences is vital for a university. It develops links and understanding which benefits both sides. For academics it means we are able to see a whole new range of experiences which can be used in teaching or research and the relationships created are mutually beneficial.

It gives us pleasure to see how quickly students start discussing common issues and moving from the surface to the deeper ideas behind situations at work. Students quickly start to reframe work practices and see them through new lenses. This form of work based leaning allows for mutual development between academic professionals and practice professionals.

We have however also learned it is not easy for students to go back to the workplace and in the madness of everyday management, try to apply and try out their new ideas. Very quickly it seems they are pulled back to ‘Business as Usual’, which again could be related to change theory where it is argued that change is difficult to implement because it is often easier to fall back on tried and tested ways of managing and leading as opposed to putting energy into ‘change’. This has shown us that classroom ideas and insights need reiteration and encouragement to be implemented and learning sets or coaching could be a way to support and consolidate the classroom learning.

We learned that as academics, used to teaching undergraduates on ‘term time’ programmes, we need to adjust our teaching and our approach to the professionals and experience we have in the room. We need to build on existing knowledge and existing skills and acknowledge that although we are seen as the experts, the expertise is in fact shared amongst those in the room; shared amongst all of us. As such we need to be open to learning as much as the candidates need to be open to learning. The learning comes from a mutual respect, genuine interest and openness to share ideas and experiences. Transmitting knowledge from a PowerPoint stand at the front of the room is not the way to work together.”

The delegates will be presented with their certificates at Hire Trade Fair and Convention in October.

HAE and EHA will be running a second a course starting in January.

Institute of Directors’ prize awarded to Bristol Business School student for second successive year

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A student who launched an innovative healthy meals delivery service while studying at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has won a prestigious national Institute of Directors (IoD) award.

Alex Gatehouse, founder of start-up company Pelico, was named Student Director of the Year at an annual awards ceremony in London celebrating directors at the forefront of leadership excellence.

His success follows that of fellow former UWE Bristol student Jamie Rawsthorne, founder of higher education analytics business Unique Insights, who won the prize in 2016. Both graduated from the pioneering Team Entrepreneurship degree programme, where undergraduates are encouraged to set up and develop their own businesses as part of their studies.

Pelico, whose co-directors are current Team Entrepreneurship students, offers its customers nutritious, chef-made meals delivered within 30 minutes for under £6. The company’s aim is to make it as easy as possible for busy professionals to eat well. Alex has steered the company’s growth and development over the past three years, helping create a successful food technology venture.

The Student Director of the Year award recognises students who have implemented brilliant and innovative projects that have created real tangible value for their audience.

Adrian Rivers, Programme Lead for the Team Entrepreneurship programme, said: “These awards are major achievements and provide added evidence of the ability of the students on our programme. Well done Alex!

“Jamie was a member of the first cohort of students to join the programme in 2013 and Alex was in the second cohort. Both graduated with good degrees. Alex’s 1st Class Honours degree classification was boosted by an outstanding dissertation in his final year, based around the future development of Pelico as a business.”

Nick Sturge, regional chair of Institute of Directors South West, said: “Our student membership has been incredibly successful and we’re delighted to have brought the award back to the South West and to UWE Bristol for a second year. The feedback we get is that the membership really helps entrepreneurial students make valuable connections, gives them access to mentoring and ensures they develop not only a portfolio of practical business tools but also an understanding of the role of effective directors in a business that will stay with them for the rest of their career.”

The BA (Hons) Team Entrepreneurship course is one of only a handful of its type in the UK dedicated to giving undergraduates the practical experience to launch and run their own ventures.

An alternative to a traditional degree, students work to a tailored programme to equip themselves with entrepreneurial and teamwork skills ready to start businesses or become effective team players within dynamic and changing organisations. The course was inspired by successful methods pioneered in Finland and tested in Spain and Hungary. The programme’s undergraduates – known as Team Entrepreneurs – develop skills in everything from event and budget management to marketing, PR and graphic design.

The course is based in UWE Bristol’s new state-of-the-art £55 million Faculty of Business and Law building and is part of Bristol Business School, recently shortlisted in the Business School of the Year category of the Times Higher Education Awards 2017.

UWE Bristol moves up three places in the Times Good University Guide

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The University of the West of England has risen three places to 57th position in the Times Good University Guide.

UWE Bristol is ranked fifth in the South West in the annual guide. The university is also top in the South West for student experience and second for teaching excellence based on the outcome of the National Student Survey figures for 2017.

Responding to the improvement in the rankings Professor Steve West, UWE Bristol President and Vice-Chancellor, said, “We are very pleased to see that we are moving forward in the right direction. Staff and students have strived over the past year to work towards making UWE Bristol an even greater place to study.

“We are among the top rated modern universities in the league table. We have invested heavily in our learning environment and seen the launch of two major buildings including the Bristol Business School and new animation and film-making studios in the past year.

“At UWE Bristol we pride ourselves on our employability results. Earlier this year the Higher Education Statistical Agency (HESA) showed we were ahead of all West Universities for employment and further study of students who graduated in 2016.

“We want to be a top 50 University by 2020 and our ambitious strategy to become the best university for practice based learning is absolutely taking shape. I would like to say a big thank you to our incredibly hard working staff who have helped us to move forward towards this goal.”

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 published on 24 September, provides students and their parents with an invaluable first reference point on the path to finding a university place. It contains full profiles of all universities. The league table is made up of nine indicators including student satisfaction with teaching quality and their wider student experience, research quality, graduate prospects, entrance qualifications held by new students, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, service and facilities spend, and degree completion rates.

Internships at UWE – ‘The past 10 weeks have been wonderful’

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UWE Bristol offer a number of opportunities for their students. Candie Walters, a third year Business and Management student, has just completed a 10 week internship in the FBL Faculty. Keep reading to find out what she got up to.

I am a UWE Bristol Business and Management student who has just completed a 10 week internship in the Engagement and Enterprise teams in the FBL Faculty at UWE Bristol. The past 10 weeks have been wonderful. I have thoroughly enjoyed every aspect, from managing social media accounts to planning events. The diversity of tasks has meant each day has been different and interesting; allowing me to continuously learn.

I was responsible for managing the social media accounts; writing weekly blogs, tweeting daily, and updating the Instagram account. I had to make sure I was aware of the different stories and activities that were going on in the university and publicise them. I created a content plan for each week covering what I needed to include in the following weeks social media posts. This meant I was able to keep track and make sure the content was interesting and informative for the audience.

Another task I was responsible for alongside Izzy, another intern, was to organise the FBL Level One Induction Activity. Izzy and I had to organise an event for 1500 FBL students in fresher’s week from start to finish. The activity consisted of four sessions spread out across three days in fresher’s week. The aim of the activity was to energise the first year students and introduce them to the enterprise pathway. The activity consisted of problem solving and crowdsourcing ideas on an online platform. We liaised with external companies, and were able use iDeeter’s online problem solving platform. It was an awesome tool to find opportunities and solve problems. Students had the opportunity to ‘up vote’ solutions and ideas in which a winner was granted a prize.

This event required event management skills along with a huge degree of organisational skills. Myself and Izzy, had to organise times, dates, groups, leaders, speakers, rooms, prizes and resources for the event; whilst also coming up with an agenda for each activity. This required successful communication with myself and Izzy as well as with other members of staff. Emailing and calling people was our main form of communication, but we also organised and held regular meetings with the academics and the iDeeter staff to ensure everyone was on board and knew exactly what was expected.

Furthermore, my role consisted of basic data entry tasks, data management, shoot logistics, event and research planning, liaising with stakeholders, project management and general organisation for meetings and car parking bookings. As you can tell, my line manager packed so much over the 10 week period for me, and I am leaving with a book full of knowledge that I can now put into my studies for my final year at UWE Bristol.

The team at UWE are the most welcoming and friendly staff I have ever worked for. They are always happy and willing to help with anything. I can’t explain how much I have learnt during my time working for UWE and I put that down to the amazing alumni team – Anna, Rachel and Laura.

I strongly recommend that anyone who is thinking about doing an internship, to come to UWE!

I am hoping to return once I have graduated! ‘