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.

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

Faculty of Business and Law Fundraising Event at the House of Commons

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On Tuesday 6 September UWE Bristol launched its £2 million public fundraising campaign to help raise funds for the new Faculty building currently under construction.

This £2million fundraising campaign supports the university’s £56million commitment to build a new facility to house the Bristol Business and Law Schools, a much needed hub in the South West of England to drive forward regional growth and boost the local economy. The new building will promote collaboration and bring our students into direct contact with today’s business leaders, great legal minds and successful entrepreneurs.

The launch was held at the iconic Houses of Parliament and was attended by London based alumni. John Penrose MP welcomed the alumni and friends to the event before speeches were given by Donna Whitehead, Executive Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean, and Tracy John, Head of Research and Business Development.

Guests were treated to canapes and drinks which they could enjoy on the terrace which overlooked the sunny South Bank.

The event was designed to inspire alumni and friends to engage with the project and the university, as well as providing an opportunity for the alumni and staff to reconnect.

An incredible £1.2 million has already been raised towards the campaign target from previous fundraising activities. Thank you to everyone who has already donated.

All the money raised through this campaign will have a life changing impact on our current and future student population, as well as a huge impact on businesses in the Bristol area.

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If you would like more information on the campaign or to find out how you can make a donation you can take a look at our Business and Law Schools fundraising campaign pages or get in touch with the team on development@uwe.ac.uk.

Bristol Distinguished Address Series: Autumn schedule now available

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Bristol Distinguished Address Series Audience

The Bristol Distinguished Address Series provides a unique opportunity to hear about the challenges, issues and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership. The free lectures run throughout October and November 2016 and are open to all. The full schedule can be found below:

Wednesday 21 September: Developing the right skills for the future of the UK aerospace industry: Mark Stewart, GM and HR Director, Airbus

In this address Mark Stewart, General Manager and Human Resources Director, Airbus Operations Ltd and HR Director Airbus Group UK, will set out how the UK aerospace industry is meeting the challenge to get the best people with the right skills to design and manufacture the next generations of civil aircraft in the UK.

Click here to register and for more information.

Wednesday 28 September: The Annual Bolland Lecture 2016: Baroness Dido Harding, Chief Executive, TalkTalk Group

Technology is transforming our economy, our lives and our politics. How does Britain adapt to thrive? Is Britain winning or losing the race? What does it mean for today’s graduates and how do we ensure that the technology revolution benefits the whole of Britain, rather than creating new divisions.

Click here to register and for more information.

Wednesday 05 October: Enriching Britain – through our creativity and heritage: Vikki Heywood CBE, Chairman, The Royal Society of Arts

Building on her Chairmanship of the Warwick Commission 2015 “Enriching Britain: Culture Creativity and Growth” RSA Chairman, Vikki Heywood will examine the strengths of our creative nation in the new world order post Brexit.

Click here to register and for more information.

Wednesday 12 October: The certain challenge of managing in uncertain times: Lucy Armstrong, CEO, The Alchemists

People and organisations are living in uncertain times. Brexit has compounded this uncertainty. Lucy Armstrong will urge people to take the long view: plan for the future and prepare for changes. Things will not “settle down”. This turbulence affects small (very small) and medium sized businesses, as well as global organisations. No-one is immune from the challenging waves of uncertainty.

Click here to register and for more information.

Wednesday 19 October: Post-Brexit Britain- the road ahead: Vicky Pryce, Board Member, Centre for Economics and Business Research

The lecture will look ahead at the very difficult interplay of politics and economics that the UK will need to navigate through as a result of this momentous vote to leave the EU in a world currently dominated by geo- political tensions and migration issues caused by conflicts it seems to be unable to control.

Click here to register and for more information.

Wednesday 09 November: The future of nuclear: Lady Barbara Judge CBE, Chair of the institute of Directors

Successive governments have claimed support for renewing the UK’s ageing nuclear energy infrastructure, but progress to date has been slow. Hinkley point C will be a massive engineering challenge, requiring significant funding from China, but it can only be the first of a new generation of nuclear stations.

Lady Barbara Judge CBE will look at the state of play when it comes to nuclear power, and the issues governments face when deciding to build new power plants.

Click here to register and for more information.

Wednesday 16 November: Why luxury is relevant to the UK economy and the barriers faced by developing companies: Michael Ward, MD, Harrods

Michael Ward, Managing Director of Harrods will deliver a lecture as part of the Bristol Distinguished Address Series entitled: “Why luxury is relevant to the UK economy and the barriers faced by developing companies.”

Click here to register and for more information.

Wednesday 30 November: What does it take for a creative small business to thrive? Simon Belsham, CEO, notonthehighstreet.com

Simon Belsham, CEO notonthehighstreet.com, will speak about what it takes for creative small businesses to thrive in today’s world. His address will explore current retail trends, as well as the opportunity that the shift in consumer demand from mass – produced products to products with provenance presents for small creative businesses looking to set up and scale.

Click here to register and for more information.

The series is delivered by the Bristol Business School in partnership with ACCABristol City CouncilBristol Junior ChamberBristol Post,Business WestCBICMIFSBIoDICAEW and the West of England LEP.

Financing British Companies: evolution or revolution?

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Sir Howard Davies, Chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland, sets out his thoughts on the financing of British Companies at UWE Bristol’s Exhibition and Conference Centre, on Wednesday 9 March 2016.

RBS remains the largest provider of finance for British companies, though it is smaller than it was before the crisis and bailout. But how is the financing landscape for British companies changing? New ‘challenger banks’ have come on the scene, together with a range of new types of provider – peer to peer tenders, crowd funding etc.

The University welcomes Sir Howard to the Bristol Distinguished Address Series,to discuss how firms should try to navigate through this more complex marketplace.

Series organiser, UWE Bristol’s Professor Nicholas O’Regan says, “We’re delighted to welcome Sir Howard Davies to our 2016 Bristol Distinguished Address Series. These lectures have become a popular event for the Bristol business community, with the opportunity to network and hear directly from inspirational figures in industry with a wealth of strategic experience and leadership skills at the highest level.”

Sir Howard Davies was appointed Chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland on 1 September 2015. Previous to this, Howard was Chairman of the Phoenix Group between October 2012 and August 2015. He recently chaired the UK Airports Commission and was the Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science from 2003 until May 2011. Prior to this appointment Howard chaired the UK Financial Services Authority from 1997 to 2003.

Previously, Howard was Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, after three years as the Director General of the Confederation of British Industry. Earlier in his career he worked in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Treasury, McKinsey and Co, and as Controller of the Audit Commission.

Howard is a Professor of Practice at the French School of Political Science in Paris (Sciences Po).

Howard also chairs the Risk Committee at Prudential PLC, whose board he joined in 2010. He is a member of the Regulatory and Compliance Advisory Board of Millennium Management LLC, a New York-based hedge fund. He has been a member of the International Advisory Council of the China Banking Regulatory Commission since 2003 and in 2012, was appointed Chairman of the International Advisory Council of the China Securities Regulatory Commission. Previously Howard was an independent Director of Morgan Stanley Inc.

Howard has published five books focused on the financial markets and regularly writes for The Financial Times, Times Higher Education, Project Syndicate and Management Today.

The Bristol Distinguished Address Series is delivered by the Bristol Business School in partnership with ACCA,Bristol City Council, Bristol Junior Chamber, Bristol Post, Business West, CBI, CMI, FSB, IoD,ICAEW and the West of England LEP.

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