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.
A business psychologist who pioneered a national scheme to increase social mobility and employability among young males from disadvantaged backgrounds has been appointed a member of the Board of Governors at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol).
Clive Lewis OBE has been appointed as one of the 12 independent members on the Board, which is the university’s principal decision-making body.
He set up the Bridge Builders Mentoring Scheme, connecting pupils from lower socio-economic backgrounds with business mentors. It provides mentoring, training, work placement opportunities and inspirational speakers.
Clive was inspired to start the scheme after he chaired a Government-appointed panel established to explore the costs of underachievement for young males from deprived backgrounds. The report produced by the panel, named REACH, identified a cost of £24 billion across education, employment and the criminal justice system.
In 2011, he was appointed OBE for his work on the three-year project as well as his efforts in the field of workplace mediation.
As founder of the Globis Mediation Group, Clive has worked tirelessly to raise the profile of mediation in the UK. A commercially-trained mediator, he specialises in resolving complex one to one, team, organisational and collective disputes.
A former Kingfisher and Dixons executive, Clive is also a non-executive director of an NHS Foundation Trust and the author of thirteen books. He was commissioned as a Deputy Lieutenant in 2012.
Professor Steve West, Vice-Chancellor of UWE Bristol, said, “It is with great pleasure that we welcome Clive to the Board. His commitment to boosting social mobility is very much in tune with the strengths and ethos of our University. Clive’s skills, experience and expertise will be highly valued as we progress with the University’s Strategy 2020 and our confident ambitions for the future.”
Clive became a Board member at UWE Bristol on 1 August. He will serve on the Board’s Strategic Planning and Performance Committee and on the Student Governor Forum.
The Board is responsible for setting the educational character and mission of the university, ensuring the efficient use of resources and approving budgets. Made up of a cross section of 19 internal and external members, it meets three times each academic year.
As part of its new University Enterprise Zone (“UEZ”) activity, the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is launching a pro bono legal service for small businesses in collaboration with Bristol law firm Gregg Latchams Ltd and international legal practice Osborne Clarke LLP. This support will be provided within the new Future Space Centre on Frenchay Campus.
The weekly Business and Law Clinic will provide pro bono legal advice to small businesses in Future Space and across the South West. The key objective of the innovative venture will be to provide SMEs, growing businesses and start-ups with business–legal advice at a critical stage in their development.
A selected group of law students, both undergraduates and postgraduate professional students, will provide the advice on areas such as corporate and commercial, employment, litigation and dispute resolution and tax. Supervised by practising solicitors from Gregg Latchams, Osborne Clarke and UWE Bristol, the students will gain real-world insight and experience, providing them with valuable skillsets and exposure to the world of business. In addition to the Clinic, students will also be providing ‘essentials’ workshops in the professional services of law and accounting.
UWE Bristol’s Future Space, which opened its doors on 15 August 2016, is part of a new University Enterprise Zone, one of four that have been set up nationally and supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Assisting businesses specialising inrobotics, digital and creative technologies, biosciences and other high tech areas, UEZ will bring an estimated economy boost of £85m as well as over 450 new jobs to the region.
Donna Whitehead, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean who has led this initiative at UWE Bristol said, “This initiative deepens and broadens the University’s engagement with local businesses and the community and will really enhance the experience of our students in the Faculty, ensuring they are business–ready whilst also providing valuable expertise to growing businesses and start-ups at a critical stage in their development. We are delighted to be working with Osborne Clarke and Gregg Latchams.”
Peter Clough, Head of Osborne Clarke’s Bristol office said, “Future Space plays to the strengths of Bristol as a vibrant technology and enterprise hub, offering crucial space and advice for startups and SMEs in the area. We’re looking forward to seeing the innovative companies and working alongside the best and brightest students that UWE Bristol has to offer.”
Ken McEwan, Director and Head of Dispute Resolution at Gregg Latchams Solicitors said, “Gregg Latchams are particularly proud to be associated with this project having a strong presence in the digital, media and technology sector. This exciting venture offers a great opportunity for us to build relationships with companies of the future, demonstrates our commitment to SMEs and fills an important gap to provide support to new enterprise.”
The new Business and Law Clinic is in addition to the renowned pro bono work that already takes place within the law school at UWE Bristol. As well as the services being provided for businesses, students will also from the autumn be offering a new weekly drop-in service under the supervision of practitioner tutors at Citizens Advice Bristol’s offices in Fairfax Street. Advice will cover areas such as benefits, debt, employment and family matters. In June, its work withAvon & Bristol Law Centre won ‘Pro Bono Initiative of the Year’ at the nationalLawyer Awards 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
We at UWE Bristol Business School are very proud and excited as one of our recent MSc HRM students, Cindy Fernandez, has been announced as a finalist in this year’s CIPD People Management Awards in the Outstanding Student category!
To be shortlisted, Cindy had to do some research for her MSc in International HRM that demonstrated how her studies have enabled an organisation to initiate and implement business improvements. Cindy was lucky enough to do her research placement with the employee-owned architecture and planning practice Stride Treglown.
In consultation with her host organisation, Cindy looked at designing and implementing a new employee engagement survey. I asked Elizabeth Kavanagh, Head of HR at Stride Treglown, what she thought the key benefits of Cindy’s work had been for their organisation. She explained that they had tried a number of off-the-shelf tools to measure employee engagement, but felt that these tools had not adequately tapped into the culture of Stride Treglown: “As a collective of highly qualified and creative individuals, the language of the survey needed to represent how we operate here” explained Elizabeth.
Cindy therefore approached the CIPD about using their employee engagement survey and the CIPD were very happy to share, allowing Cindy to take that as her starting point. Where Cindy added value was in tailoring that tool for the specific employee base she worked with at Stride Treglown. Cindy also conducted interviews with employees to establish how they felt about their organisation and its HR practices. This added to the survey data and led to Stride Treglown giving consideration to their feedback strategy as part of their efforts to keep improving engagement levels.
Elizabeth said: “We have regularly invited your students to conduct research in our organisation to further our HR strategy and keep developing our own practices. This has been invaluable in providing us with insights from an independent source with up to date ideas. Research projects have included our Performance Management Progress, Progression and Organisation Structure all of which have been very “applied” projects from which we all agree we wish to use the results. Cindy deserves recognition for the work that she did for us which will be used year after year as the foundation of our approach to measuring employee engagement. This approach is also going to be used by our alliance partners Todd Architects so Cindy’s work is not going to waste!“
Stride Treglown are important partners for us at UWE Bristol Business School, having hosted an MSc HRM student from us for the past six years. Last year they were so pleased with the work of Sean Peacock, who re-examined their Performance Management approach that they offered him a job there. It is fantastic to see their support for our students paying off again this year, when really useful work is delivered to them. As well as representing her own hard work and serious ability, Cindy’s place as a finalist in this award also highlights the importance of collaboration between the CIPD, us at Bristol Business School and organisations like Stride Treglown.
Well done Cindy! We will be keeping everything crossed for the Awards Ceremony on 27th September! Getting shortlisted is a fantastic achievement and everyone teaching HR at UWE Bristol Business School is cheering you on! !..and if you need a plus one, I’m never averse to getting glammed up for a black-tie event…
Cindy and Stride Treglown also helped us with this video about all our MSc HRM courses at the UWE Bristol Business School.
Lord Michael Bichard has been awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of his service to Government.
The Honorary Degree was conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the Faculty of Business and Law on Tuesday 19 July 2016 at Bristol Cathedral.
Michael Bichard was born in Southampton where his father was a school caretaker. He studied law at Manchester (and subsequently social sciences at Birmingham) and began a career in Local Government in Reading. He became Chief Executive of the London Borough of Brent aged 32 and then became Chief Executive of Gloucestershire County Council. With considerable reluctance he left the County to lead the Governments Benefit Agency then responsible for £100 billions of public money. To his surprise he was appointed Permanent Secretary of the Employment Department when that post was, for the first time, advertised publically and then became Permanent Secretary of the merged Employment and Education Department shortly before the 1997 Election. In that role he worked closely with the Prime Minister and David Blunkett to deliver education reforms which were the centre piece of Labour’s first term. In 2001 he decided to do something completely different and for the next seven years was Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Arts, London, the largest creative arts learning centre in Europe.
During this period, he also chaired the inquiry into the Soham murders; chaired the Legal Services Commission and the Design Council. He became the first Director of the Institute for Government in 2008 and is now Chair of the National Audit Office, the Social Care Institute for Excellence and the Shakespeare Globe. He was knighted in 1999 and appointed as a Crossbench member of the House of Lords in 2010 where he is now a Deputy Speaker. He had lived in Gloucestershire on and off for 30 years and is now settled with his wife Gillian in Nailsworth. He has had contact with UWE Bristol since he came to Gloucestershire and recently agreed to chair the faculty advisory board for the Business School. He has been an active supporter of Manchester United for fifty years and is glad to see the end of the current season!
David Relph has been awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of his contribution to management and leadership.
The Honorary Degree was conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the Faculty of Business and Law on Monday 18 July 2016 at Bristol Cathedral.
David Relph is the Director of Bristol Health Partners. He leads the partnership and his role involves promoting collaboration and ambition between Bristol’s NHS organisations, universities and council in order to deliver significant health gains and improvements in service delivery in and around Bristol.
David has a first degree from Bristol University in Economics and Economic History. He has further degrees from Cranfield University and Kings College London.
After graduating, he joined the British Army and spent 15 years working in a variety of roles. He served on operations in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. He also spent time in Whitehall working on security policy and the development of strategy across a range of UK and international partners.
After leaving the military David worked at the Carbon Trust, advising the UK and other governments on the development of low carbon technology. In 2012 he stared working in the health sector, leading on strategy development for a Hospital Trust in Bristol. In 2014 he became the Director of Bristol Health Partners.
David has studied, worked and lived in Bristol for much of the last 20 years. Outside work, he was an early campaigner for elected mayors in Bristol and other UK cities, helping to deliver a major change to the governance of the city. He is also the Chair of Happy City, a Bristol-based organisation that campaigns for happiness and wellbeing to be taken more seriously in policy and decision making.
David says of his work over the last few years:
“My work is about connecting people and ideas. This is what drives me and I am particularly focused on the power of informal networks to share ideas, build consensus, and mobilise change.
“Throughout my career I have been involved in connecting people and ideas, then leading people through the changes and challenges that inevitably result. I have been lucky enough to get opportunities in two of the areas that matter most to people and the way they live their lives – Energy and Health. I am motivated by a desire to develop approaches that will transform the way we deal with these issues.
“I also feel strongly that the city is the level at which we must address many of the challenges we face as a society. In Bristol, we have all the ingredients for an ideal city but plenty of challenges that we have still yet to tackle. Through my work, I am trying to do what I can to address this, and to help others to do the same.”
Donna Whitehead, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean at UWE Bristol’s, Faculty of Business and Law has unveiled an impressive new advisory team of 21 regional business leaders.
The new FBL Faculty Advisory Board has been assembled to look at how the new Faculty and its new £50m building can serve the needs of the region and its economy.
Business leaders from the region’s financial, commercial, legal, public and health sectors are represented on the panel. They are:
Chair – Lord Bichard, Chairman of the National Audit Office
Barbara Davies, Former CEO – West of England Local Enterprise Partnership
Bonnie Dean, CEO – Bristol and Bath Science Park
Chris Nott, Senior Partner – Capital Law
Clive Hetherington, Ex-Area Director – Lloyds Bank
Dame Ruby McGregor-Smith, CEO – Mitie Group
David Relph, Director – Bristol Health Partners
Iain Lovatt, Founder and Chairman – Blue Sheep
Jason Sprague, Management Consultant – ASE Consulting
John Moriarty, President – Bristol Law Society
Karl Brown, Senior Associate – Clark Willmott
Katherine Bennett, Vice-President – Public affairs – Airbus
Keith Probert, MD – Viimi
Luis Garcia, CEO – Bristol Water
Nicola Yates OBE, City Director – Bristol City Council
Peter Rillett, Chairman – North Bristol Trust
Phil Smith, MD – Business West
Rick Sturge, President – ICAEW
Sarah Pullen, MD – Trinity Mirror
Simon Gibson, CEO – Wesley Clover
Vanessa Moon, Moon Consulting
Donna Whitehead, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law says, “We’re delighted by the calibre of our new advisory board and the leadership experience they bring will stand the Faculty in good stead to drive forward our new strategy to make our provision meet the needs of employers and ensure that we forge an international reputation for business and law at UWE Bristol.”
Lord Bichard, Chair of UWE Bristol Faculty of Business and Law advisory board, says, “To be effective universities must work hard to stay close to business; build strong partnerships with local and nationally significant employers; show that they value and respect the voice of industry and look for ways of making their knowledge and research base more accessible to business. This is a partnership of genuine mutual benefit.”
Students are set to benefit from state-of-the art facilities, as the new building for the Faculty of Business and Law draws a step closer to completion. With completion due for January 2017, the new building will include: two showcase law courts, a city trading room, a 300 seat lecture theatre, two Harvard lecture theatres, a number of smaller teaching spaces, IT suites, flexible social learning spaces, external business engagement space, central social space and café.
The new £50 million Faculty of Business and Law at UWE Bristol (the University of the West of England) is a step closer to completion.
The new state-of-the-art building will house Bristol Business School and Bristol Law School and is part of the University’s campus development plan to build a University for the 21st Century.
A ceremony is being held on 4 May  to mark construction reaching the top floor of the landmark building.
Simon Walker, Director General of the Institute of Directors and an Honorary Graduand from UWE Bristol will mark the occasion by securing a golden bolt on the top floor of the building on Wednesday 4 May.
The new building is located on the northern side of the plaza at the heart of developments on the UWE Bristol Frenchay Campus and is due for completion by January 2017.
The new building will ensure that staff, students and businesses have access to world class facilities and it will enable achievement of the core of the Faculty strategy: engagement with the business sector in the region.
Research by the Association of Business Schools and the Chartered Management Institute, shows that UK business schools and businesses, who are key employers of graduates, could benefit from closer working relationships. Businesses say they want ‘business-ready’ graduates, and key to achieving this are student placements and work experience which are a core part of the vision for the Faculty.
The numbers of UWE Bristol business graduates entering professional jobs within 6 months of graduation has been consistently ahead of the marketplace for business graduates. The latest data based on the 2013/14 Destination of Leavers in Higher Education (DLHE) produced by the Higher Education Statistics Agency showed 74% of UWE Bristol graduates entering professional jobs immediately after graduation compared to a national figure of 67%, confirming the capability of these graduates and the underlining demand in the region.
Working closely with a modern practice-based university like UWE Bristol brings huge benefits for business and this new facility will foster formal and informal interaction between businesses and the University.
Simon Walker, Director General of the Institute of Directors says,“UWE Bristol is a great university with impressive international reach. It should be commended for investing in the workforce of the future. Access to skills is a major concern for IoD members, as shortages in key areas can prevent businesses from growing. Management, professional, commercial and entrepreneurial skills are vital to this region. UWE’s effort will create strong career opportunities for students and employees alike.”
Key professional organisations will have a base in the new building enabling barristers, accountants, small business owners and start-ups to mix with staff and students in the learning and social areas. Throughout the building there will be flexible workspaces available for staff, students and visitors to use.
Donna Whitehead Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law says, “This will be a live environment where staff and students and business work together – with collaboration and collegiality at its core. We consult with our advisory board of key business figures who challenge us to make our provision meet the needs of employers and the latest developments in the business world.
“Our students are very enterprising – for example we have very successful Pro Bono work carried out by Law students offering free legal advice to victims of domestic violence and benefit claimants – resulting in successfully gaining £1m in welfare benefits for people wrongly declared fit for work. We plan to develop this model of Pro Bono work for a business audience – enabling our students, with supervision, to offer advice to small businesses on areas such as start-ups, intellectual property, HR issues, marketing and communications. These activities help us to be engaged with the region, and they benefit students by giving them live experience interacting with business owners and developers.
“This new building will enable us to deliver our strategy by providing a first-class teaching and learning environment comprising lecture facilities, teaching and seminar rooms, as well as specialist learning facilities such as a trading room, team entrepreneurship hubs and law courts. It will have spaces that encourage interaction and learning areas enhanced by the latest technology, as well as zones for all subject areas.”
Bristol Business School and Bristol Law School educate future professionals in all aspects of business and law – from entrepreneurship, management, leadership, strategy through to economists, accountants, marketing and human resources. As well as offering academic law courses they also train barristers and solicitors. They provide alongside this, relevant research into important business and law issues that confront both businesses and society.
Innovative new courses, such as the successful Business Team Entrepreneurship degree, enable students to respond to the challenges of creating their own businesses during their time at university.
The new building will include: two showcase law courts, a city trading room, a 300 seat lecture theatre, two Harvard lecture theatres, a number of smaller teaching spaces, IT suites, flexible social learning spaces, external business engagement space, central social space and café.
ISG is the main contractor for the project.
The University is currently seeking further funding from the business and alumni community to develop Technology Enhanced Learning classrooms to deliver the very best in student learning experience and teaching. At the same time this will give these businesses access to talented students and graduates, research and development.