“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.

 

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.

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.

UWE Bristol helps Airbus address industry skills shortages

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Mark Stewart, HR Director at Airbus

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

On Wednesday evening the Bristol Business School hosted Mark Stewart, GM and HR Director at Airbus for the first lecture in the Bristol Distinguished Address Series (BDAS) of the academic year.

The aim of the talk was to tell us about how Airbus is seeking to address skills shortages in its industry.

Impressive statistics abounded to set the scene, including pointing out that aerospace was number one in Europe for delivering exports. He saw technology as key, but cautioned: “Technology is fantastic, however, unless you have the people and skills to exploit that technology you can’t remain number one.

As a key local employer, Airbus have 4000 of their 55,000 employees based in Filton. Stewart pointed to sector research saying that 20% of companies are not confident in accessing the design and engineering skills they need, something that is important locally as Stewart highlighted that the Filton site houses the crème de la crème.

Airbus have been highly proactive in addressing the skills shortages in their sector through a variety of measures of an impressively collaborative nature including jointly sponsoring 500 MSc bursaries across a variety of disciplines like aerospace engineering, composites and materials, and he felt the sector was reaping the benefits. Coupled with this is joint work with other organisations in the sector to identify where the skills shortages are. For example, Stewart highlighted high value design and propulsion. Having identified the areas of need, universities like UWE Bristol then join the effort to produce specific engineering education and qualifications that meet the employers’ needs.

It was gratifying to see the idea of a colleague mentioned as a key plank of the Airbus approach to addressing skills shortages. Our own Professor Sue Durbin, had the original idea for designing a mentoring scheme for women in the industry and supplied considerable energy to gather support to get the scheme off the ground. Industry partners include Airbus, The Royal Aeronautical Society and the RAF, as well as a team of researchers here at Bristol Business School. Stewart reported that 150 women are registered for the new scheme and they have so far managed to pair 42 of those women with other senior people in the sector to mentor them and help develop and retain their skills. Sue attended the event with me and said: “It is great to see Mark Stewart identifying the Alta mentoring scheme as one of Airbus’s key achievements. Membership numbers are impressive and these will grow substantially when we launch the scheme to the wider industry in the Autumn of 2016.”

Overall Mark Stewart provided a strong case for collaboration when needing to take the long view in acquiring and retaining employees with key skills. Whether the collaboration is across the sector, with government or partnering with universities, he was persuasive in providing evidence that joining together works. And for such an important economic contributor to point to a scheme which had the genesis in our own research group and discuss it as one of their key vehicles in this quest, proves the value and importance of academic research and business/university collaboration.

To listen to Mark Stewart’s address in full click here.

Dr Glenn Parry speaks at Gregg Latham’s Solicitor Event: “The Internet of Us; What does privacy mean in the digital age?”

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Ed Boal, Geoff White, Emily Turner and Glenn Parry at the Gregg Latcham’s Business Network Event

On the September 1st, Dr Glenn Parry, Associate Professor in Strategy & Operations Management at UWE Bristol, spoke at the 2nd Gregg Latchams’ Business Network Event: “The Internet of Us; What does privacy mean in the digital age?”, held at the Watershed.

The event, hosted by Gregg Latchams’ Digital and Media team, explored the meaning of privacy in the digital age.

The event started with award winning television news journalist Geoff White showing attendees how the global technology industry harvests data leaking from personal devices through a live, interactive phone hacking stage performance. Geoff also took guests into the dark web, the hidden network of websites where a parallel black market in personal data is thriving.

Glenn spoke on a panel after the demonstration with Emily Taylor, Emily Taylor Internet Research and Editor of the Journal of Cyber Policy; Ed Boal, Associate Solicitor at Gregg Latchams’; and Geoff White.

Dr Parry spoke about his research focussed on the Digital Economy, where he is the co-investigator on the EPSRC Hub of All things project that aims to give control of personal data back to the individual.

As Dr Parry explained, online privacy is objective – are you being observed? Vulnerability is subjective and relates to your individual risk.

An individual may feel vulnerable even if online privacy is high. At the moment firms you use such as electricity companies, retailers, banks etc. each hold a ‘vertical’ supply piece of data but don’t know your use context. Context exists in the horizontal at a point in time, or location across multiple vertical data sets. Part of the reason Facebook and Google offer you the opportunity to use their passwords to gain access to websites is to get that horizontal data. However, this raises important questions as to privacy and vulnerability.

Dr Parry is working as part of the new EPSRC HAT Living Lab project to ask questions about user vulnerability. He hopes the research will lead to understanding of online privacy, vulnerability and help to create frameworks that can guide business in the future.

The full Q + A with Glenn can be found here.

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.

UWE Events Management students secure dream Glastonbury volunteer role

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Two students from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) have got a dream ticket to work behind the scenes as Events Operatives at Glastonbury Festival in the organisational hub at Worthy Farm.

Students Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Dimitra Dimitriadou, who are studying for an MSc in Events Management at UWE Bristol, have secured voluntary placements that will give them a unique insight into the running of the world’s biggest music festival.

The students will be involved in all aspects of the operation, including general office administration and support in Site and Infrastructure and the Licensing office. They will act as runners and help with phone and email monitoring, assist in the processes of co-ordinating plant, vehicles and site teams and provide direct support to key Glastonbury Festival managers.

Kyriakos is a postgraduate Events Management student, having already earned a degree in Music Technology at UWE Bristol. He would eventually like to work as an artist manager.

Of the two-week placement, Kyriakos said, “I’m from Cyprus and have never been to a huge festival before so I’m really excited. Having the opportunity to gain experience at a music event like this is awesome. As a career, I’d like to manage live events for bands. It’s great that I’ll get the chance to see behind the scenes and find out how things are managed at Glastonbury.”

Dimitra, an international student from Greece, started work alongside Kyriakos on 13 June. She said, “It’s a great opportunity and I’m looking forward to making closer connections with contacts that might help with my future career.

“My inspiration to work in event management stemmed from when I watched my Dad, who is a singer songwriter, perform at festivals and I was struck by the enormity of the organisation behind events. I researched my course very carefully – I have really enjoyed it and this opportunity is the icing on the cake.”

Dr Fiona Jordan, Associate Dean (External Engagement) in UWE Bristol’s Faculty of Business and Law, has worked with Glastonbury Festival for the past three years. She said, “Chances like this are all about putting theory into practice. In the events industry, learning through doing is essential and where better to do this than at the world’s biggest music festival? We are delighted to have helped secure such an amazing opportunity for our students to gain experience and to see what really happens at the centre of the organisation of the festival.

“In these roles the students will gain invaluable insight into the working of the biggest festival of its kind, before, during and after the event. They have a unique opportunity to learn and to prove themselves in a tough yet exciting environment. Events management is all about teamwork and making connections and I’m confident that Dimitri and Kyriakos will rise to the challenge and have a brilliant and rewarding time.”

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.

Discuss this event on Twitter using the hashtag #BristolLectures.

Improving a great national institution – the plan for modern public service

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John Manzoni, Chief Executive of the Civil Service and Permanent Secretary (Cabinet Office), sets out his thoughts on the future of the Civil Service at UWE Bristol’s Exhibition and Conference Centre this evening (Wednesday 2 March).

The University welcomes John to the Bristol Distinguished Address Series, to share his observations about his move from the private to public sector, give an overview of his vision for the Civil Service, discuss what he is trying to achieve in his role and what the future will look like.

Series organiser, UWE Bristol’s Professor Nicholas O’Regan, says, “We’re delighted to welcome John Manzoni 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.”

John became Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office in August 2015. He was appointed Chief Executive of the Civil Service in October 2014 and continues in this role also. He joined the Cabinet Office in February 2014 as Chief Executive of the Major Projects Authority.

John was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian oil and gas company Talisman Energy Inc. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the private sector. In his 24 years at BP, he contributed to its global growth and held senior strategic and operational leadership roles at global, regional and local level. Between 2002 and 2007, he was Chief Executive, Refining and Marketing, spanning six different businesses across more than 100 countries and he was a member of the BP plc main board from 2003 to 2007.

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

Discuss this event on Twitter using the hashtag #BristolLectures.