#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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Induction and the Start of a New Year

By David Collins, Suffolk Business School

It seems to come around more quickly each year…and it’s here again. It is of course ‘induction week’; that point in the calendar when as Head of the Business School I have the very great honour of welcoming new and continuing students to the University of Suffolk. My welcome to you is genuine and heartfelt. I am very pleased to see you. Education changes lives – it certainly changed mine – and I am delighted that you have chosen to join the Business School at a very exciting and highly dynamic point in our history. In future posts I will talk more about the exciting changes that we have under development at present. For the moment however I want to take a moment to remind you of two key points that I made in my welcome address. These key points relate a) to our mission as a business school and b) to one of the key ways in which we are working to make this vision a reality.

On our mission: This is to ensure that you are not employable…but are ‘career-ready’. So our mission as a Business School is – whether you are in the first year or the third year of your UG programme – to work with you in order to ensure that you are, (metaphorically-speaking) awake for and alive to what it will take to carve out that life-long and life-enhancing project which we call ‘a career’.

And how will we make this a reality?

Good question…we will do this in a variety of ways but for the moment I simply want to draw your attention to the 5 ‘big ideas’ which now shape our curricula. These are, namely:

  • Advocacy
  • Plurality
  • Accountability
  • Empowering
  • Application

You will find these terms in each of your module guides and in your Course Handbook and perhaps more importantly you will find additional text that explains how and why these ideas underpin your modules and your degree programmes. Please study these carefully: They underpin our teaching and learning strategy and they guide our assessment. And perhaps more importantly these Big Ideas signal what makes our programmes distinctive, they are consequently the narrative materials that you will draw upon when it is time to convince future employers that you have the knowledge, skills and the attitudes that deserve a career!

And… finally I was a little perturbed to learn, during induction, that no-one recognised my reference to the novelist, Kurt Vonnegut. In response to this I am, of course, tempted to say… ‘so it goes’. But I won’t (despite the fact that I just have) but will instead ask the dear Webmistress to conjure a web link… Click away dear friends… and in case you doubt the wisdom of the 5 Big Ideas you might like to reflect upon the fact that I have called upon each of these in the course of this blog!

You’re welcome!

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).