Students from partnership University in Malaysia visit UWE Bristol

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UWE Bristol has partnerships with several Universities across the globe, including Taylor’s University in Malaysia, which enables students across the globe to gain a UWE Bristol accredited degree.

Established in 2004, the partnership with Taylor’s enables students from both Universities the opportunity to study in Bristol or Malaysia in their final year of study.

In mid-February, 12 first year students from Taylor’s came on a study visit to UWE Bristol in order for them to get a feel for what it could be like to finish their degree within the Bristol Business School at UWE Bristol.

Whilst on their visit, the students were given the task of working on a brief to launch a product in Malaysia or the UK. They worked closely with our Team Entrepreneurship students and the Academic Success Centre.

The end of their visited culminated in the students presenting their research and products back to Bristol Business School lecturers. Associate Head of Department (Partnerships) Business and Management Christine Comrie commented:

“The Malaysian students were very committed and engaged throughout the whole project. We were very impressed by the amount of work and research the students had undertaken into coming up with excellent product ideas”

Additionally to working on the brief, the students were given the opportunity to work with students studying for the same degree as them; attend lectures and take part in team building activities.

The students fed back that they had a great experience and some of them plan to hopefully return to UWE to finish their studies.

After the success of this study visit, it is hoped that visits like this will become regular events, and there are plans in progress to develop similar opportunities for UWE students to visit Taylor’s University.

 

Students gain “real world” presentation feedback from Robert Half Employment Consultants

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This term students in the final year of the BA Accounting and Finance degree work on an audit of a fictitious company Sheridan AV in the Audit and Corporate Governance module.   Last Friday they took part in a practice presentation of their work on the planning phase of the audit to a panel comprising the two tutors (Susan Whittaker and Nicola Horner) who acted as the audit manager and the audit partner.  Also on the presentation panel was Leo Hewett who is an Associate Director of Robert Half employment consultants.

Susan and Nicola provided feedback to the students on their technical audit knowledge and Leo gave them instant feedback on their presentation skills.

The intention is that students will be able to consider this feedback  before they make their assessed presentation next month.   Leo’s feedback will also be helpful for students to consider when interviewing for graduate positions.

Alumnus Jeremiah Daliel Launches his book at UWE Bristol – Thurs 16 February

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Jeremiah Daliel became an internet sensation when he stood for the first time in five years at his UWE Bristol graduation ceremony in July to receive his Law degree.

Join the Bristol Law School and the Bristol Business School help him celebrate the launch of his book on Thursday 16 February at UWE Bristol.

Since his graduation, Jerry has finished and launched his book Paradigm Uncovered which inspires setting and achieving goals. Paradigm Uncovered converts the reader from going with the flow to taking charge of life’s controls

Jerry became wheelchair bound after a bad car crash in 2011. However, Jerry used his time in hospital to study for a degree in Criminology and Law.

He is currently studying the LLM LPC Advanced Legal Practice at UWE Bristol and plans to go into full time practice on competition.

At the launch, Jerry will share excerpts from the book as well as recounting some of his experiences including when he stood at his graduation ceremony.

There will also be time for networking over light refreshments.

Places are free to attend but you need register via Eventbrite.

 

Equipping Line Managers for People Management: A Leading Edge Workshop, 5th April 2017

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Author: Debbie Bishop, Lecturer, Human Resource Management, Bristol Business School

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“I am very lucky, my line manager is Assoc. Professor Sue Hutchinson, who has impressive research credentials from her work looking at front-line managers and their role as people managers’. She understands the critical impact this role can have on operational performance. I get plenty of feedback from Sue, not just once a year, but whenever she has a chance to pass something on to me. She is accessible to me, if I want to ask a question or discuss an issue. My performance reviews, as you might expect, are very useful. I feel listened to, valued and know I have a variety of development opportunities available to me. And these are some of the key aspects needed in a good line manager.

Recent survey evidence from the CIPD[1] found that 35% of employees were neutral to dissatisfied with the relationship they had with their line manager. Further, they found that 40% of employees rarely or never had their training and development needs discussed with them.

Only half of employees felt they always or usually had the resources to do their jobs and perhaps a slightly different 50% felt their line manager always or usually recognised a good job. And there is plenty more research to back this up. Mike Clasper spoke at a Distinguished Executive Address in September 2015 and in his position as Chartered Management Institute President, pointed to their research findings that nearly 50% of line managers are ineffective. It is a frightening statistic, but the findings consistently point in this direction. But as Sue’s own research has shown, line managers face many challenges at work, with “people manager” being only one aspect of their demanding and varied workload. And when you add to this CMI research findings that 2/3 of employers offer no management training, we can hardly be shocked at the predicament.

On the 5th April at 5pm, Sue will be leading a free workshop aimed at helping you think about how to equip your line managers for people management. Sue will help you consider how to enable, resource and support your line managers so that they are equipped to manage people fairly and effectively. We hope the workshop will be interactive and welcome questions or discussion on your own circumstances and challenges.

We think the workshop will be of benefit to senior managers, owners/directors of SMEs as well as those with responsibility for HR. I will be there also, as will my colleague Dr Helen Mortimore. We will be adding our own mix of HR practitioner experience in this area, in the hope that this hour gives you access to as much expertise as possible!

Sue’s track record in this area is proven; her research findings in this area have helped a diverse range of organisations support their line managers as implementers of HR policies, and transformed the way they work in this area. She has also carried out research on this subject for the CIPD. A list of Sue’s research is available here.

For more information about this workshop and the Distinguished Executive Address that will follow click here. To book your place on the workshop please email us directly at Events@uwe.ac.uk stating your name, position and organisation and “Leading Edge Workshop 5/4/17” in the subject would be very helpful.

If you have any questions please feel free to email me at debbie.bishop@uwe.ac.uk

We look forward to meeting you!”

The Faculty of Business and Law launch new Research Centres and Groups

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A ‘soft launch’ of the new research centres and groups was held on 25th January 2017 at the Executive Conference Centre.  The groundbreaking research undertaken at UWE Bristol aims to make its mark on business, industry and the wider community.

There are three new research centres and five research groups:

  • CALR- Centre for Applied Legal Research
  • BCEF – Bristol Centre for Economics and Finance
  • BLCC – Bristol Leadership and Change Centre

The groups are:

  • IOMS – Innovation, Operations Management and Supply
  • HRM – Human Resource Management
  • AMG – Applied Marketing Group
  • EE – Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • BBEC – Bristol Business Engagement Centre

Donna Whitehead Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean in her introductory remarks stated:

I’m really excited about the future of our research. What we are launching today represents our ambitious and creative values. We have created new research centres and groups that really reflect our strengths; where we have significant resource, capacity, capability and ambition’

 Presentations were given on each of the research centres and the research groups, outlining the aims of each centre or group.

All the presentations stressed the applied nature of their research and links with their stakeholders.

The soft launch was held prior to Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, Chairman of Cobra Beer’s Bristol Distinguish Address.

In his concluding remarks Lord Bilimoria congratulated the centres and groups and focused on the benefits of collaborative research that impacts on both policy change and decision -making. Lord Bilimoria outlined the benefits of collaborative research and the resultant opportunities.

Over 120 staff and external stakeholders attended the soft launch.

UWE Student Conference: Final call for abstracts

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Organised jointly by staff and students, the inaugural UWE Student Conference will celebrate research/enquiry/evidence-based practice from undergraduate and postgraduate taught students across all years of study and all disciplines.

There will be prizes for the best paper and poster presentations, and posters will be printed at no cost. Your name, paper/poster title, abstract and short biography will be included in a colour programme.

 What can you present?

  • Dissertation work
  • Group based/individual projects
  • Placement/Internship activities
  • Essays
  • Evidence-based enquiries
  • Reflective evidence-based practice/ service improvement.

You can use existing coursework material or present new ideas to gain feedback

What is the time-line?

  • Revised and final abstract deadline: Friday 20 January 2017
  • Notification of abstract acceptance: Monday 30 January 2017
  • Conference registration opens: Monday 30 January 2017
  • Submit papers and posters online: Friday 24 March 2017
  • UWE Student Conference: Monday 10 April 2017 (first week of Easter break)

How do I submit an abstract?

You can find the abstract submission form and further details via: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/newsandevents/studentconference.aspx or by checking Infohub.

Email your abstract to learningforall@uwe.ac.uk using the conference abstract submission form by the revised deadline of 20 January 2017. In the subject of your email state: your faculty, your name, student conference e.g.:  ACE, John Smith, student conference.

 

UWE Bristol re-launches the International Talent Scheme

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In response to the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education’s report on ‘Supporting and Enhancing the Experience of International Students in the UK’ which highlighted the need for universities to engage with employers, promoting the international student body as a talent pool of cultural knowledge, language skills, and international contacts, UWE Bristol has formed the International Talent Scheme.

The scheme enables international students to access UK businesses and work placement activities whilst completing their academic studies. In turn, these students provide UK organisations with valuable international perspective with a view to trading overseas.  Employers are able to access a wide portfolio of export services such as translation and interpreting, researching and identifying new markets, liaising with key suppliers, customers and clients in specific markets, and providing cultural insight.

Dr Nick Wilton, Academic Director for External Engagement in the Faculty of Business and Law at UWE Bristol, asserts that student insights are enhanced by the school’s curriculum design that develops critical graduate attributes, including global citizenship and cross-cultural awareness.

International Talent works closely with regional SMEs and International Business Councils to promote engagement opportunities and project activity.

A case study from Phineas Products Ltd showcases the exciting scope and versatility of the International Talent programme:  “Liliana took the role of launching our company into the Spanish and South American markets. With the aid of a UKTI OMIS market report she was quickly able to identify the key players in our target market and start communicating with the decision makers. Her native Spanish language was invaluable in building relationships with key buyers in PLC corporations and understanding the market in depth”.

To learn more about International Talent projects and events, please contact Jessica Tomico at internationaltalent@uwe.ac.uk

 

Student shortlisted for £5,000 prize hopes to transform banking with virtual reality

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UWE Student Nominated for Prize A student from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has been shortlisted in a competition which calls on young people to help crack some of the financial sector’s biggest digital challenges.

Santander invited students and recent graduates from across the country to submit ideas outlining how technology could be used to transform the banking experience for customers in the future.

One of 13 entrants shortlisted for a prize in the Big Ideas challenge is UWE Bristol masters student Thomas Cottrell, who has developed a creative way of using virtual reality in banking.

The 24-year-old student on the university’s MSc Finance course hopes his idea can improve transparency between customers and banks, helping rebuild trust in the banking industry.

He said: “The biggest problem at the moment between banks and customers is that the general public essentially do not trust that banks are interested in the wellbeing of their customers. Even industry professionals estimate that it will be a decade before public trust in banks returns to where it was before the financial crisis.

“My idea is to add value to the way Santander staff interact with customers by helping the relationship to be founded upon trust. The specific way this will be achieved will be by making the process of dealing with Santander more transparent, and more engaging.

“By using an exciting augmented reality interface to make financial data come alive through a number of intuitive visualisations, customer and staff will find that decisions are made in a way that is clearly beneficial to the customer. The visualisations and financial models are so easy to use and understand that all customers, even those with no financial expertise, can feel that they are actively participating in their finances and can clearly see that what kind of deal they are getting.

“These kinds of models are very versatile, and can be made to work in branch and at home. For instance, as well as being used to talk someone through their options for a mortgage application in a branch, by putting the software directly into the Santander App, customers could use the process to make visualisations of their finances and financial planning right on their kitchen table.

“By being the most transparent bank at the point of contact with the customer, Santander can get a head start on the long road to earning back the trust of the public.”

Shriti Vadera, Santander’s UK chairman, said the competition was recognition that young people were often better with technology than their older peers.

The contest asked students to tackle challenges including semantic search, allowing bank staff to access customer information more quickly; digital authentication, ensuring online transactions are secure; and the incorporation of virtual reality into financial services.

Prizes of up to £5,000 are on offer for the best ideas, with Santander also looking to help entrants develop their proposals into solutions that could be commercialised.

The judging and awards ceremony will be held at a grand final on Monday (March 21) at Santander’s head office in London, where the winners will be announced.