The End of Summer and the Start of the New Academic Year

By David Collins, Suffolk Business School

Grey hair and failing eyesight are not, I suggest, the first signs of advancing years. As I look to the dull sky and low clouds above Neptune Marina (a wonderful setting for a University even in the rain) and feel what I fear are the first chill signs of autumn on my hands and neck it occurs to me that the first sure sign of ageing occurs at that moment when the summer vacation, rather than being full of endless sunny days, simply disappears in the blink of an eye.

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University of Suffolk is a great place, in all weathers. Photography by the University of Suffolk.

Yes you’ve guessed correctly: I’m feeling guilty about not posting for a while. And if I’m honest I am also feeling a bit sorry for myself: I’m feeling old and I’ve got the post-holiday blues. Of course, I really have no right to indulge this self-centred and mawkish emotion. The University of Suffolk is, after all, a great place to work and a great place to study, and the wonderful location is a delight in all weathers!

So it might be worth reminding myself and you, my faithful readers (and I offer my heartfelt thanks to both of you) of some of the highlights of the new semester:

During the academic session 2017-2018 we will launch our new Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship. This degree is designed to allow participants to combine work and study. Indeed it prepares students for future careers in business and management, and so places great stress on learning in and through work activities. Degree apprenticeships, it is worth noting, are funded through employer levies so they will reduce personal student indebtedness.

If you are a large employer you are already paying for degree apprenticeships. But don’t worry – you can recoup your levy payments by enrolling staff members on degree apprenticeships with the University of Suffolk. Remember you don’t have to hire someone new for this initiative and it doesn’t matter if your preferred candidate already holds a degree in a non-related area!

During the coming academic year we will also offer a new optional module within our degrees. This module, developed with the Eastern Enterprise Hub, is entitled ‘The Enterprising Graduate’. It focuses upon enterprise and entrepreneurship and offers our students an opportunity to hone their management practice and their entrepreneurial skills. I think that this is an exciting development not least because it marks a unique collaboration between the University and its near neighbour.

The third annual Suffolk Business Festival will be taking place from 23-27 October, and we are hosting the second Suffolk BME Business Awards – an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the contributions of minority groups to business in the local area.

Finally it is worth observing that the Suffolk Business School will launch its Talent Academy in October 2017. This initiative which draws upon the skills and talents of our Visiting Professors and Senior Fellows has been designed to offer those tipped for future, senior, leadership positions a development challenge and a networking opportunity.

Enrolments to this programme are capped at just 16 delegates. Those interested in learning more about the talent Academy or about any of the other developments planned should contact me for further information (d.collins2@uos.ac.uk).

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