“Life after UWE – different jobs and options” Panel event – Weds 25 January

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The Faculty of Business and Law are hosting a panel event on Wednesday 25 January to highlight some different career paths you can take after studying a degree at UWE. The panel includes three alumni from UWE Bristol.

The speakers are:

  • Jonathan Grant, Head of Legal for Markets, Banking and Notes at the Bank of England;
  • Steve Rowan, Director of the Tribunals, Trade Marks and Designs Division of the UK Intellectual Property Office;
  • James Poole, Team Manager of Company Secretarial Services at Capita Asset Services; and
  • Bryannie  Gibson, Senior Associate at PwC.

Each of the speakers will talk for around 10 minutes on their career path, from degree to their current job. They will explain their current role as well as sharing tips for soon to be graduates.

The presentations will be followed by questions and informal networking over refreshments.

The event is open to any Business School and Law School students.

The event starts at 1pm in 4B031, Frenchay Campus.

If you would like to attend this event please register via InfoHub.


UWE Women Researchers Mentoring Scheme: Applications open for mentors and mentees until 13 January 2017

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The Women Researchers Mentoring Scheme (WRMS) aims to promote and facilitate professional development for women researchers working at UWE Bristol, helping them reach senior research roles.

Applications to the scheme are now open and will close on Friday 13 January 2017.

This mentoring scheme provides support to female staff to develop and strengthen their research portfolio, thereby making them more able to compete for senior research roles alongside their male counterparts. It also aims to address the imbalance of male and female staff in senior roles. In the longer term, it is anticipated that such a scheme will help to achieve the strategic aim of increasing the number of women in senior research roles across the University.

The scheme offers a specified number of mentoring opportunities which aim to provide mentees with encouragement, support and advice from a more experienced colleague, and to help them realise potential and fulfil their research career aspirations. The scheme will entail a nominated woman researcher being matched to a mentor, who can be a woman or man.

The scheme is available for all women in academic and research roles, employed by UWE Bristol who wish to develop their research careers. Professors, Associate Professors and other experienced researchers are invited to take on mentoring roles.

PhD students, staff seconded from other institutions, staff in receipt of the current Vice-Chancellor’s Early Career Researcher Award and new members of staff who are being mentored as part of their probation period are not eligible to apply as mentees.

Applications are now open for both mentors and mentees. It is important that we gain as much information as possible on each applicant and their reasons for applying to the scheme in order to enable us to make the most suitable mentor/mentee pairing. The WRMS team will strive to match everybody that applies, so we welcome as much details as possible on the application form.

More information and the application form for mentors and mentees can be found here.

BME networking event for Business and Law students

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Photos from the BME networking event

The Bristol Business School and the Bristol Law School celebrated Black History Month 2016 with a fantastic professional networking evening for BME students on 17th November 2016.  Over 50 Law and Business BME professionals and entrepreneurs from across Bristol joined us in order to share their career insights and advise our students.

Organisations in attendance included Elite Solicitors Ltd, Gregg Latchams, Albion Chambers, Bristol Pound CIC, GE Oil & Gas as well as the Black Police Association. Many professionals in attendance were UWE Alumni who were delighted to return to Frenchay and meet the next generation.

Guests and students were treated to a delicious and authentic Caribbean feast provided by the award-winning team at Biblos, managed and owned by UWE Alumni and entrepreneur Will Clarke, also in attendance.

The evening included networking activities and talks from finance experts and motivational coaches as well as inspirational UWE Bristol Alumni. Rodney Wilson (UWE Law) Managing Director of Elite Solicitors shared his career journey with a captive audience. Elite Solicitors opened in the heart of Bristol in 1991, it has since become the leading BME-predominant criminal defence and immigration firm in the South West.

Solicitor-Advocate Melissa Toney (UWE LPC) spoke of breaking several glass ceilings as a successful young black woman, and of her appearances before the Royal Courts of Justice. She championed our female students to set their sights high and go for it!

Rahat Ahmed (UWE Economics) founder of KnowYourPower delivered an inspiring and uplifting account of how he overcame personal struggles to graduate with First Class honours and establish a successful career in finance. Rahat spoke of success, determination and the pursuit of happiness.

The event, the first of its kind at UWE Bristol, was a huge success and energised over 100 students in attendance.

Photos from the evening can be found here.

Our thanks to all alumni who attended the event, which was organised by Dr Zainab Khan (FBL).

A date for your 2017 diaries: 9th February 2017 6pm

Tunde Okewale MBE, the founder of the charity Urban Lawyers and recipient of numerous diversity awards, will be delivering Bristol Law School’s Annual Lecture, ‘No one Rises to Low Expectations.’  Registration for this event will be available online soon.

Business skills for a vibrant economy – are you equipped for the post-Brexit world?

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Expert Panel Discussion and Q&A with Hilary Lindsay, National President ICAEW

Friday 25th November, 12:00 – 14:00 , 2S704 Frenchay Campus

The Faculty of Business and Law at UWE Bristol invite you to a lunchtime panel  discussion and Q&A with Hilary Lindsay, National President of the ICAEW, and a panel of expert business leaders and researchers, followed by a light buffet lunch.

Please register your attendance at his free event here.

The discussion will  address some key challenges for business in the future as the national and global economy changes, focussing on the skills businesses require to take advantage of opportunities and be at the forefront of change.

The Panel will aim to provide some insight into how today’s young professionals and business leaders can be best equipped to excel in this environment. What will businesses demand from their teams? Where are the skills shortages, what are the opportunities and what will future career paths  to look like?

The Panel includes representatives from regional and international companies, the ICAEW and UWE research. It offers expertise across a broad spectrum, including  financial market structures and the challenges of globalised markets outside the EU, customer service and the effective use and management of digital media and communications,  regional business development opportunities, new enterprise growth and the role of the professions in supporting and driving the new economy.

Panel members:

Hilary Lindsay – President, ICAEW

Rick Sturge – Head of Business Development, Firstsource

Tim Lincoln – Practice Leader, Grant Thornton’s

Jon Tucker – Professor, UWE Bristol

Damian Whittard – Researcher in Regional Economics, UWE Bristol

Please register your attendance at his free event here.

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


Festival of Leadership Speaker Profile: “When it comes to leadership, self-knowledge is vital” – Riverford boss Guy Watson

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In the run up to the Festival of Leadership this month, we will be sharing profiles from the speakers taking part in the event. First up Guy Watson, boss of Riverford.

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Guy Watson

Self-made millionaire entrepreneur Guy Watson has described himself as a ‘veg nerd’ whose desire to provide affordable organic produce for everyone – not just the elite – led him to set up vegbox company Riverford. Based in Cornwall, he still surfs (“I feel better when I come out of the water than when I go in”) and writes a regular blog on the world of fruit and vegetables. Before giving a talk at the Festival of Leadership, Guy whets our appetite with some of his thoughts on leadership.    

“I was at least 40 before I realised nobody was like me. I am almost addicted to risk but it took me that long to understand that most people are fundamentally risk-averse. It was not until I reached this age that I also realised how diverse we all are and a big lesson for me as a leader was understanding other people’s responses to situations.

As I approached 50, I learned that people perform best when they feel good about themselves. I therefore believe that as a leader we need to highlight this in others. This knowledge led me to change my management style: now when someone has done something well, I make a point of acknowledging it, often in front of their colleagues.

There are many different leadership styles and you can lead people in good and bad ways, but I think to be a powerful but responsible leader, self-knowledge is incredibly important. You need to deeply understand what your motivations are and if you don’t, there is a risk your management style could become dictatorial. More tangibly, knowing what you are good and bad at and having people around you who will question you is crucial. My family have certainly kept a watchful and critical eye on me and although this can be close to the bone, such feedback is very useful. One of the first to provide feedback was my book keeper who said she thought something I was doing was wrong. I was annoyed at first, but in the end I realised the value of her comments.

My approach with business is to start with something I want to do, especially if it excites me and can generate genuine value. Then I start gathering evidence to support the view I have already taken. As a leader, knowing when to trust your gut feeling is really important. This comes down to accepting that a lot of our decisions are emotional but that afterwards it is important to question our decisions with a more logical process.

I think I have a lot more self-doubt than other managers. Sometimes when I hear leaders on the radio, I feel like they are bordering on the insane as they seem to have such a strong will to prove themselves.

We are in an uncertain world where technology is everywhere but I am a bit head-in-the-sand. As a result, I don’t keep up with technology like social media as much as I should. It can be exhausting, but we must remember that we are all still human beings underneath.”

Guy Watson will be part of an interactive discussion on ‘responsible leadership’ at the Festival of Leadership on the evening of 17th November in the Mshed.

Donna Whitehead Invites Business Alumni to Join New Bristol Business School Celebrations

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“Here at Bristol Business School, we are proud to have such a vibrant community of alumni underpinning our success and leading our development.

Our alumni are already a big part of the new Bristol Business school and the construction of its new home on Frenchay Campus. So when the building starts buzzing with life in early January 2017, we would love our alumni to join in the celebrations.

Over the coming weeks, we will be sharing ways for you to help us from donating to the new building, mentoring a current student, giving a guest lecture or getting involved with the alumni festivities, reunion activities and networking events wherever you are based.

Firstly, we would love to see photos of your UWE Bristol days, hear your memories and reflections on what your time here meant to you, to share and feature in the alumni archive for the new building.

All entries will go into our prize draw, to win a private trip for two people in UWE Bristol’s hot air balloon!

  • Tweet them to us using #UWEBristolMemories
  • Send them to us by email or post

It’s the growing success of our network of alumni that has made this new world-class hub for students, academics and professionals possible. We hope you will help us celebrate the successes that have led us to become the Business School we are today, and join us on the next step of our journey to drive innovation, research and economic growth.”

Donna Whitehead
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean, Faculty of Business and Law

Two Books by Authors from Bristol Leadership and Change Centre Shortlisted for CMI Management Book of the Year Award

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Two books by members of Bristol Leadership and Change Centre at Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, have been shortlisted for the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Management Book of the Year award. Held in association with the British Library and sponsored by Henley Business School, this competition aims to celebrate the best of management books published or distributed in the UK, from the most inspiring to the most useful.

The shortlisted books are Leadership Paradoxes: Rethinking leadership for an uncertain world, edited by Richard Bolden, Morgen Witzel and Nigel Linacre (Routledge, 2016), and Employability: Making the most of your career development, by John Neugebauer and Jane Evans-Brain (Sage, 2016). Both were been submitted to the Management and Leadership Textbook category, and are part of a shortlist of five.

Professor Richard Bolden, Director of Bristol Leadership and Change Centre, says “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award. Whilst traditional texts tend to analyze a range of well-known leadership theories and concepts, this book takes a problem-centered approach to illustrate the lived experience of leadership and how this informs, and is informed by, assumptions and beliefs about the dynamics of power, purpose, and identity in organizations. By exploring the ideas in this book, readers will recognize the limitations of many widely assumed truths about management and leadership and develop a more nuanced appreciation of the nature of influence and change in complex, ambiguous and uncertain environments.”

Dr John Neugebauer, Visiting Research Fellow at Bristol Leadership and Change Centre, said “We wanted a book which will be of real value to graduates. The book will help graduates find the right role and support their work development once they are in work. The book has been written to be support studies in employability and career, as well as being highly practical. In addition to theory, it includes our own HR management experience, and research with over 50 graduates across all disciplines. We have also included advice from employers as diverse as investment banking to international aid, careers advisers and recruitment specialists.”

Category and overall winners will be announced at an awards dinner at the British Library on 6th February 2017.  For further details please visit: http://yearbook.managers.org.uk and follow #ManagementGold on Twitter.

Help the Bristol Business School with a research project on wellbeing and space with a collective walk

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As part of a research project titled Thinking urban spaces differently: Articulating and contesting ‘green’ imageries of Bristol as an enterprising city”, Pam Seanor, Senior Lecturer in Strategy and Enterprise, is looking for participants for a collective walk.

The walk takes place on Saturday 22 October at 12.30pm from Arnos Vale Cemetery. The walk will take around 1hr 30mins and refreshments will be provided at the end of the walk. The walk is part of a series of events taking place as part of Healthy City Week.

The idea of a collective walk is that it enables ideas to flow more freely than they might do if sat behind a desk.

Pam is interested to hear about what Bristol means to you and if you see any perceived benefits between “green” spaces and wellbeing. She is keen to hear from local residents, people who use green spaces for leisure and those that work in Bristol.

This is the third walk that Pam has hosted as part of the project. In Spring 2017, she will be hosting a workshop “Exploring Spaces of “Green” Practices”. The workshop will include a short film of the walks and will collaboratively explore the different narratives identified on the walks. Additionally there will be a report shared on how walking and talking with other can help social change. Anyone who took part in the walk will be invited to attend the workshop but it will also be open to anyone who is simply interested in learning more about the project.

Places are free but most be booked. Email Pam for more information and to register your place: Pam.seanor@uwe.ac.uk

Students from The British College, Nepal graduate with UWE Bristol awarded degrees

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In September Associate Dean in External Engagement Fiona Jordan visited our partner college, The British College (TBC), in Kathmandu, Nepal to take part in their graduation ceremony.

42 students were awarded their UWE BBA (Hons) Business Management degree during the ceremony which was conferred by Fiona.


The remaining 10 students who graduated this year attended the UWE Bristol ceremony in July.

The accomplishment of these students is particularly impressive given that their studies were affected by the catastrophic earthquakes that struck Nepal in 2015 and the on-going problems with infrastructure being experienced there. Staff and students in Nepal expressed their gratitude to colleagues at UWE Bristol for all their support throughout what has been a challenging time.

The ceremony was attended by members of The British College advisory board including Lord Sandwich, The Earl of Sandwich and Paul Cleves MBE, CEO of Foodlines and Founder of Saigon Children’s Charity.


The British College was established in 2011 and has grown to be a unique educational institution, making international education accessible to Nepali students. There are two UWE Bristol awarded degrees at The British College, BBA (Hons) Business and Management and MSc International Management.