#SBSFest17: 3rd Annual Suffolk Business Festival is almost here!

Later this month, we will be welcoming students, professionals, and academics to the University of Suffolk for the 3rd Annual Suffolk Business Festival.

Suffolk Business Festival

Each year, we host a range of academic and professional development activities for students, and networking and keynote events for local and national business professionals. This year, we look forward to welcoming Professor Emma Bell, Professor Keith Still, Chief Inspector Matthew Rose, Minnie Moll, Michelle Pollard, among others, to the University of Suffolk #SBSFest17.

Please see below for the list of events, and links to the booking pages:

Monday 23 October

16:30-20:30 Business at the Movies: Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Tuesday 24 October

07:45-09:15 Ensors Business Breakfast: Supporting  Entrepreneurship in Female Students

11:30-13:00 Women in Management & Leadership Panel Discussion

Wednesday 25 October

18:30-21:30 Suffolk BME Business Awards 2017 

Thursday 26 October

14:00-16:00 Managing Risk with Keith Still & Matthew Rose

17:30-19:30 Keynote and Networking Evening: Stefan Stern, Director of the High Pay Centre – Can We Manage? A Short Talk About the Tasks Facing Leaders Today

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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).

MBA Student Consultants Return From Boston

Dr Tom Vine is Course Leader for the MBA programme at the University of Suffolk, and takes Student Consultants to Boston each year: 

This year, four MBA Student Consultants flew out to Boston to carry out work on behalf of an international manufacturing and processing company. With a turnover in excess of $50m, the company has yet to enter European markets. With this as their brief, our students put together a comprehensive market entry strategy for the organisation which included detailed branding, pricing and positioning recommendations, as well as specific advice as regards social media. They formally presented their findings at the Sawyer Business School to the two of the firm’s vice presidents, as well as the founder’s son. All were extremely impressed; so much so that the company has already entrusted them with some follow-up work, which will be fed into their final report.

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Sawyer Business School’s Prof Mike Barretti commented:

The MBA Student Consultants were superb; serious, focused and professional. Te staff here at the Sawyer Business School all appreciated their very evident effort throughout the week and the preliminary results of the project showed it.

James Long, one of the student consultants had this to say:

The Boston consultancy trip was a fantastic group experience. The brief that the company supplied to the group prior to travelling was comprehensive and required the group to remain totally focused throughout. Lectures from Mike Barretti gave the group a great start to the week and it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to learn from Mike who is vastly experienced but also current in his subject matter, also a fantastic host. The week was structured superbly by Tom who made sure that the maximum was taken from the experience, his hard work behind the scenes was truly appreciated by the group.

In my view the residential trip is a must for any MBA student, It allows every aspect of the course to be used in context under testing circumstances and results in great satisfaction. For younger students the week would give a true reflection of the working environment and would be a good addition to any CV, for the more mature student it’s great to be out of the comfort zone to implement the knowledge gained through the MBA.

Lawrence Howes, another member of the group, said this:

The Boston consultancy trip was a great experience that allowed the academic teachings over the course of the MBA to be combined and used in a real life business situation.

The visit to the company incorporated with the lectures received from Prof Mike Barretti gave a rounded approach to the week, with the presentation to the company being well received on the final formal day.

The residential trip to Boston is a must for any MBA Student as it gives real credence that all the hours and hard work from the modules are relevant and can be applied to any business in the UK or further afield.

The planning put in at both the University of Suffolk in the UK and the Suffolk University in Boston, plus the tireless hours put in by Dr Tom Vine, prove to me that this is a relationship for the future and both universities will prosper from continuing the connection.