Guest blog post for Global Entrepreneurship Week: Sir Rod Aldridge, Founder and Chair of the Aldridge Foundation

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The Aldridge Foundation and Bristol Business School are delighted to announce their partnership to create the Aldridge Institute for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at the Bristol Business School. 

Guest author: Sir Rod Aldridge

As an entrepreneur I had the opportunity to found my own business – the Capita Group. Over a 22-year period I led the company’s development from a start-up with one employee, me, to the FTSE 100.

Today Capita employs 74,000 people, with annual revenues approaching £5 billion.

What is unusual about my story is that my opportunity didn’t come until I was 38. Having failed my 11-plus, my education didn’t equip me to succeed, and I left school at 16 to be a post boy in the local Council offices. Fortunately, my family gave me determination and self-belief. I built a successful career in the public sector and, at 38, was in a position to take my chance.

I don’t mind admitting that I feel angry about my education. How it didn’t develop my enterprising skills from a younger age. I wonder what I could have achieved in those 20+ years if it had been different.

Increasingly young people want to start their own businesses. To work in sectors where self-employment is more the norm. The pace of technological and economic change means that many of tomorrow’s careers are only being imagined today. More than ever young people need not only good qualifications but the skills to adapt and flourish in an ever-changing society.

I established the Aldridge Foundation because I’m passionate about transforming the life-chances of young people. I believe this can be achieved through education equipping them to develop an enterprising mind-set alongside gaining their academic qualifications. Through the schools in the Aldridge Education multi-academy trust we have ten years’ experience of doing just that.

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Aldridge and the Bristol Business School at UWE share very similar vison and values. We have a collective focus on employability and tackling the issues around social exclusion. On developing innovative, evidence-based approaches to embedding enterprising skills in teaching and learning.

And so I am delighted that we have agreed a partnership to create the Aldridge Institute for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at BBS.

Led by a Professor of Enterprise & Entrepreneurship the Aldridge Institute will change thinking about how people learn and train teachers to teach in a different way. It will transform the skills young people develop in UK schools, colleges and universities, changing their futures and creating a more successful economy.

Coming at the end of Global Entrepreneurship Week I believe this is a really exciting development for UK students, educators and UK PLC.

Five things businesses can do to become digitally savvy

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Author: Tim Hughes, Professor of Applied Marketing 

In recent years, digital marketing has fundamentally changed the nature of communication with customers. This is true of both Business-to-Consumer and Business-to-Business markets. Digital marketing captured 48% of U.K advertising revenue in 2016.

  • Update your website – For commercial and non-commercial organisations your website is your shop window to the world. It needs to reflect your brand values and be easy to use. Websites built on older platforms may be expensive to update. Using a specialist agency may be the best way to create a new website, although building your own is relatively simple.
  • Ensure your customers can find you – Get familiar with Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), Pay Per Click (PPC), advertising and email marketing, then use these to direct traffic to your website.
  • Engage your customers and potential customers – Social Media provides a great opportunity to talk to people with particular interests and profiles. Success in this is all about developing stimulating content over a sustained period.
  • Listen to your customers- Social Media, Blogs and Customer Review sites allow you to hear what customers are saying without having to commission expensive research.
  • Use data effectively – Understanding Data Analytics is the key to making the most of the extensive data that is created digitally. Use analytics to see what’s working and what isn’t.

Digital marketing can be daunting for small and medium companies and organisations. Using an agency may be a solution for some, but this can be expensive and does not necessarily provide an integrated solution. Another way is to equip your own staff with the skills to manage your digital marketing. Bristol Business School offers a Digital Marketing Institute qualification to support this (link). The next course runs from February 2018. See here for more information.

First cohort of Bristol Business School students graduate from Villa College

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On Saturday 7th October, Professor Steve West CBE, Vice-Chancellor, President and Chief Executive Officer and Fiona Jordan, Associate Dean External Engagement and Nadine Fry Head of Department – Accounting, Economics and Finance attended the Villa College graduation ceremony in the Maldives.

Villa College is one of our partner universities which offers students the chance to receive a UWE Bristol awarded degree for the following courses: Accounting and Finance; Business and Management; Business Management with Marketing; and Business and Human Resource Management.

This is the first cohort of UWE students to graduate from Villa College since the partnership began. The graduation ceremony also marked the 10th Anniversary of Villa College.

Congratulations to all the students who graduated!

Professor Lukumon Oyedele gives Keynote Speech at CIMA Regional Conference

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Professor Lukumon Oyedele was invited to give the Keynote Speech at the CIMA Regional Conference: “Reflect, re-plan and respond” which was held at Celtic Manor on Friday 6th October.

Professor Oyedele attended the conference alongside Debbie Sturge, several Research Assistants and some PG students.

His Keynote on Big Data, looked at the challenges and opportunities for Businesses.

The conference was attended by a broad range of finance professionals  representing regional companies such as Computershare and  Nationwide.

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The Conference also heard from Leo Ringer of Global Counsel who gave a very clear economic analysis of the current state of Brexit,  and Justin Urquart Stewart  of Seven Investment Management (7IM) and radio and TV fame on the current investment environment in the UK.

Thanks to will James, Area Chairman of CIMA, for inviting the Business School to contribute to this event and to Lukemon for an excellent and well received presentation.

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.

Bristol Business School shortlisted for Business School of the Year

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Bristol Business School has been shortlisted for Business School of the Year category of the Times Higher Education Awards 2017.

This nomination is welcomed by the Executive Dean Donna Whitehead who said that making the Times Higher Shortlist is the culmination of a fantastic year.

Donna Whitehead said, “It is wonderful to be nominated for this coveted accolade especially in a year where we have seen our investment in a state of the art building come to life.

“The building is a symbol for the way we approach business education with an emphasis on practice based learning enhanced by the way we relate to and engage with thousands of business partners in the region.

“The new purpose built business school has completely moved away from traditional learning spaces and greatly expanded the use of technology enhanced active learning to allow for greater co-creation and student-led problem solving. We have created an ambitious, creative and inspiring place for our students, staff and the business community.”

The School is distinctive in five areas: engagement with businesses and region; enterprise, practice led teaching and learning, internationalisation and research that is shaping the future of organisations.

The award submission was based around our performance during academic year 2015/16 during which we are especially proud our strong performance in the areas of enterprise and practice based learning, engaging with business and impactful research.

Student satisfaction rates are excellent as evidenced by scores in the 2016 National Student Survey, for example, 100% on BA Business and HRM and 98% on BA Economics; and businesses in the region routinely describe the school as responsive, innovative and engaging.

Donna Whitehead continues, “We have embraced new learning methods, such as the BA (Hons) Team Entrepreneurship, where we achieved an NSS personal development score of 98%.

“Employability rates are impressive with 95% of our students in work and 75% in professional and managerial roles / further study six months after graduation.

“Enterprise is embedded within all of our courses ensuring that all students graduate as resilient, agile and able to deal with a working environment that is constantly changing.

“Students are encouraged to take part in summer internships with financial support and a mentor to develop a business. As part of a partnership agreement with Santander, students can compete in a Dragon’s Den competition with up to £5,000 available to winners.

“A Business Fellows Programme brings together an exclusive network of 40 business leaders, from a range of sectors, working in partnership with each other to mentor our students and work in collaboration with our academics.

“A world-class Bristol Distinguished Address Series is brought to the city twice each year where business leaders are invited to open lectures to provide valuable insight to record numbers of employers and students.

“In April 2016 our BA (Hons) International Business was accredited by EPAS, a highly regarded international accreditation system enjoyed by only the world’s best business courses.

“During 2015/16, Bristol Business School received £1,121,000 income for Business and Management research – exceeding that of all Alliance University Business Schools and a significant number of Russell Group Business Schools.”

Professor Steve West, President and Vice-Chancellor, said, “The Bristol Business School deserves to win Business School of the Year. Our strategic objectives are bold and distinctive and we are proud to open up opportunities to thousands of students who go on to become business leaders.

“I am proud of what the staff team has achieved and grateful to the hard work from across the university that has led to this recognition by making the Times Higher Education awards shortlist in this important category. Good luck to us!”

The awards dinner and ceremony when the winner will be announced will take place on Thursday 30 November at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.

Professional development courses: 30% alumni discount

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To welcome our alumni to our brand new, state of the art Bristol Business School building, we’re offering a 30% alumni discount on selected courses until 8 September 2017, in the following areas:

  • Leadership and Management
  • Projects, Finance, Marketing
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Digital Marketing

Leadership and Management

Advancing your career or new to management? Achieve your ambitions with our range of professionally recognised qualifications and courses.

Leadership and Management (ILM Level 7)

Middle Manager Training (ILM Level 5)

First Line Manager Training (ILM Level 3)

Projects, Finance, Marketing

Want to increase your skills, knowledge and confidence at managing projects, financial decisions and marketing? Our courses are designed for the needs of the current day professional.

Managing Projects (2 days)

Finance for Non Finance Managers (1 day)

Marketing Communications (1 day)

Social Marketing (1 day)

Coaching and Mentoring

Our new coaching and mentoring courses this autumn include supervisor training and one-day top up workshops for existing coaches, alongside our full coaching and mentoring training suite for every level from beginner to ILM Level 5 and 7.

Coaching Supervision (ILM Level 7)

“The course gave me an understanding of who I am as a coaching supervisor and as a coach, the opportunity to work with a broad range of coaches working in very different contexts and with very different supervision requirements” Emir, Coaching Supervision

New One-Day Top Up Workshops:
Creative methods within Coaching and Mentoring

Psychometrics in Coaching

Introduction to Mindfulness and ACT in Coaching

Coaching, Mentoring and Well-being at Work

Coaching and Mentoring (ILM Level 5)

Coaching and Mentoring (ILM Level 7)  

Digital Marketing

Want to develop your digital engagement expertise? Learning the latest in mobile, social media, email, PPC and SEO marketing from industry experts. For marketing professionals, beginners, and anyone wanting to improve digital engagement.

Professional Certification in Digital Marketing 

“The course has provided me with knowledge and skills that can be applied to my job immediately. Every week I learnt something that had real life application. We were given plenty of opportunities within each session to put theory into practise – and to talk things through with the course leader and other professionals.” Katy, Digital Marketing

See here for our full range of business professional development courses. Please note: These include selected courses with our 30% alumni welcome discount until 8 September 2017, and courses with our standard 15% alumni discount.

For more information please contact the Professional Development Team in the Bristol Business Engagement Centre:

fbl.cpd@uwe.ac.uk

Accounting and Finance student awarded the CICM Prize for Excellence in Credit Risk: Analysis and Management

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Accounting and Finance student Simeon Smith was awarded the CICM Prize for Excellence in Credit Risk: Analysis and Management and the ICAEW prize for the Best Accounting in Context Project at his graduation ceremony.

The award was presented to Simeon by Debbie Tuckwood, CICM Head of Education and Professional Development.

“I am delighted to have received the CICM prize as it has reinforced my self-belief and left me with a great sense of achievement,” Simeon said after the ceremony. “While studying BA Accounting and Finance at UWE Bristol, I enrolled on to both Credit Risk and Credit Management modules.

“The analytical nature of the subjects appealed to me, particularly the use of statistics to inform decision-making. Having recently secured my place on the Finance Graduate Programme at Airbus, I am confident that the skills I have acquired on these modules will mean I am better equipped to make key strategic decisions.”

Anthony Bray, UWE Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance, emphasised the value of academic prizes for inspiring and rewarding their top students:

 “The BA Accounting and Finance degree that Simeon completed is highly respected by local and national employers, as well as achieving student satisfaction of 90 percent.”

 Anthony adds. “Simeon chose to study credit management alongside a hundred of his peers from a range of degree programmes offered by the Bristol Business School.

“The credit management programmes continues to flourish at the Bristol Business School, with many opting for a placement year to gain valuable work experience.”

During their second year, students have the opportunity to study trade and consumer credit assessment and management, with a selected final year module covering aspects of sovereign and banking risk.’’

“Following completion of their second year, students have the opportunity to complete a year-long industrial placement with local, national and international employers. These placements give students an opportunity to gain first-hand experience of daily life in their chosen career. Businesses benefit from a valuable employee for the year, with many being offered graduate positions when they have completed their degrees,” Anthony concludes.

Currently 200 Bristol Business School students complete a placement each year and the university is keen to recruit more credit management departments that could offer work experience. If your organisation would be interested in recruiting students for an industrial placement or as a graduate, please contact careers@uwe.ac.uk.

Honorary Degree awarded to Gillian Camm for commitment to UWE Bristol

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Gillian Camm is to be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University (Hon DUniv) by the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) in recognition of her commitment and contribution to the University in the role of UWE Bristol Chair of the Board of Governors.

Gillian is Chair of the Board of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and Senior Independent Director of Wessex Water.

Gillian has held non-executive positions in a variety of organisations including in the Home Office, the General Medical Council and the law firm Capsticks. Her last executive position was a Board director of Clerical Medical Investment Group. Prior to that she was a partner in Hay Management Consultants where she developed a substantial South West office.

Gillian is a member of the Society of Merchant Venturers and the Honourable Gloucestershire Company and holds the position of the Deputy Lieutenant for Gloucestershire. She is also a Vice President of Quartet Community Foundation.

The Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University (Hon DUniv) will be conferred on Gillian Camm at the Degree Ceremony of the Faculty of Business and Law at Bristol Cathedral on Wednesday 12 July at 17:00.

Entrepreneur Luke Johnson to be awarded Honorary Degree

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Luke Johnson is to be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration (HON DBA) by the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) in recognition of his service to entrepreneurship.

Luke Johnson is a leading figure in private equity and the restaurant industry and the pioneer behind several instantly recognisable high-street brands.

An Oxford medical graduate, he began his career as a media analyst at Grieveson Grant, before being appointed as Chairman of PizzaExpress PLC in 1993. The business grew from 12 to over 150 restaurants during his tenure.

In 1999, he started Signature Restaurants, which owned The Ivy, Le Caprice and the Belgo chain, before establishing the Strada restaurant concept. The total proceeds from these two disposals were in excess of £90 million.

Luke is the Chairman of Risk Capital Partners, a private equity firm he co-founded in 2001, as well as Chairman and part owner of Gail’s bakeries, Neilson Active Holidays and Patisserie Holdings PLC.

He also serves on the board of Brompton Bicycles and is chairman of the Gaucho restaurant business. He also chairs Brighton Pier Group PLC. He was appointed Chairman of StartUp Britain in 2012 and, a year later, he created a think tank called The Centre for Entrepreneurs.

During his time as the Chairman of Channel 4 Television (2004 – 2010) the organisation enjoyed record ratings and revenues. He has also previously served as Chairman of the Royal Society of Arts and as a Governor of the University of the Arts. As well as being the Chairman of the Institute of Cancer Research and the Almeida Theatre, Luke writes weekly for The Sunday Times, and, until 2015, he contributed a weekly column to The Financial Times for seven years.

Commenting on his award Luke said, “I am very grateful to UWE Bristol for this honour. Every effort all of us can make to encourage more entrepreneurs matters. They generate new companies, jobs, innovation, tax and exports. Entrepreneurs are the future, and the more of them there are, then the better off we will all be.”

The Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration (HON DBA) will be conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the Faculty of Business and Law at Bristol Cathedral on Wednesday 12 July at 14:00.