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Management School at the 2014 ESRC festival: Find out more

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Next week, Sheffield academics take to the floor and open their research up to the general public, thanks for the 2014 ESRC Festival of Social Sciences.

The Management School is hosting a number of seminars as part of the event, which runs from 1-8 November – all of which support the School’s Mission to promote socially responsible work practices and have a positive impact on organisations and society throughout the world.

On Monday 3 November, Professor Lenny Koh brings her substantial expertise in supply chain management and resource efficiency to the Management School’s Hitchcock Boardroom. In a session from 9-10:30am, Prof Koh will discuss the University’s new Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre (AREC) which combines the our expertise in supply chain management, advanced materials, agritech and energy to produce a unique, world-class research facility.

As the leader of AREC, Prof Koh is an renowned expert in this field so the event could be of great benefit to businesses interested in ‘Improving Supply Chain Efficiency and Competitiveness under Resource Scarcity’. Her second session on Monday could also be extremely useful: ‘Promoting Sustainable Supply Chain Growth by Research and Innovation Exploitation’. Here organisations could learn how working with AREC, or the CEES and LSCM research centres could benefit them, with particular focus on the SCEnAT tool.

Book onto Prof Koh’s sessions here:

http://management.sheffield.ac.uk/events/improving-supply-chain-efficiency-competitiveness-resource-scarcity/

http://management.sheffield.ac.uk/events/promoting-sustainable-supply-chain-growth-research-innovation-exploitation/

On Tuesday 4 November, Dr Tina McGuinness discusses her expertise in business risk for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), with a particular focus on flooding.

Dr McGuiness will explore the issues SMEs are faced with around flood hazard and how best to prepare your business for this. Sheffield suffered a major flooding event in 2007 which impacted upon a significant number of SMEs, particularly located around the Lower Don Valley. This event will give relevant stakeholders from business and policy the opportunity to hear about the latest research into flood impacts upon SMEs.  It will help you gain insights into the factors that facilitate and enhance resilience to flooding as well as those issues which can exacerbate business vulnerability to the impacts of a major disruption such as flooding

Book on to the events, titled ‘Business as (un)usual: flood risk and SMEs’, here:

http://management.sheffield.ac.uk/events/business-unusual-flood-risk-smes-breakfast-event/

Finally, on Wednesday 5 November, Dr Geoff Nichols touches on a very current subject – the transfer of public lecture facilities, such as libraries, to volunteers.

The event will share Dr Nichols’ research findings on the transfer of delivery of local leisure services from local government to volunteers.

The event provides him with an opportunity to disseminate the results of research into the process of transfer of public leisure facilities; including sports centres, libraries and museums; towards delivery by volunteers.  This transfer is happening rapidly – mainly in response to funding cuts – and it will continue.

There are a number of relevant speakers attending the event. You can see the full list of speakers, and book your place, here:

http://management.sheffield.ac.uk/events/transfer-public-leisure-facilities-volunteer-delivery-exploring-good-practice/

 

Organisations benefit from the Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre (AREC)

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Lenny Koh AREC

 

The launch of the Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre (AREC), led by Professor Lenny Koh from Sheffield University Management School, has captured the attention of organisations looking to improve their sustainable credentials, both locally and on a national scale.

AREC has been formed as a facility to promote collaboration between industry and academics who can help introduce resource efficiency and sustainability across supply chains. It also offers a platform for access to policy makers and focuses on four main industries: Advanced Materials and Manufacturing; Energy and Nuclear; Water; and Agritech/Food.

Professor Koh together with her exceptional team across Faculties and disciplines, taken from leading industry and academia, have identified a number of issues affecting the development of resource sustainable supply chains in large organisations including getting support from the board for sustainability improvements, unless there is a legal requirement or financial benefit. AREC also recognises that Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) need to overcome supply chain challenges so gives them the opportunity to collaborate with larger industrial partners to benefit from their cutting edge academic research and skills – this endeavour fits directly with current Government and EU policies.

Industry partners include the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Tata Steel, Unilever and DLA Piper – in collaborations overseen by Professor Koh’s team, organisations of every size can benefit from their expertise and resources.

It is AREC’s view that long-term success lies in achieving a fair and sustainable balance between rewarding all stakeholders in a business, not just the shareholders. With this approach, customers, suppliers, employees and the community in which the business operates should benefit.

‘Green’ and sustainable organisational elements are becoming increasingly important to reputation, and investors are developing a longer-term view on their partners – if firms are seen to be neglecting these vital criteria, customers may choose to go to a competitor that is doing them well.

AREC will support businesses in considering development in these areas, and will provide resources and partnerships with which to do so. Professor Koh said: “I am delighted to be leading this Centre. The calibre of our industrial and academic partnerships speaks millions about the attention and investment the University is putting into our initiative.

“Sustainability and socially-responsible work practices are built into Sheffield University Management School’s mission statement, so my involvement and that of my Management colleagues is very relevant. This initiative sits well strategically with the specific research priority of the Faculty of Social Sciences on climate change and sustainable growth. The translational and cross disciplinary nature of the AREC work in partnership with industry, departments and Research Centres from the Faculties of Social Science, Science and Engineering, as well as the University’s AMRC and Nuclear ARMC, is connecting lower TRL and higher TRL activities together for greater societal impact.”

To find out more about the AREC, visit www.sheffield.ac.uk/arec, or email s.c.l.koh@sheffield.ac.uk.

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Supporting supply chain resource sustainability

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Fifty-one industry representatives and academics explored supply chain challenges during a half-day workshop held at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre to foster closer working relationships between University of Sheffield academics and leading businesses in key strategic areas including advanced materials and manufacturing, energy and nuclear, water and agritech/food.

Professor Lenny Koh, supported by a distinguished team of respected academics, led the Supply Chain Resource Sustainability (SCRS) workshop, helping to shape the vision and programme of supply chain resource sustainability research for translational and high impact performance. The workshop was very well attended, resulted in an informed and diverse range of opinions and identified key collaborative areas, capabilities and tools around supply chain resource sustainability needed by industry to address their resources supply chain challenges.

The workshop also introduced the Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre (AREC), a facility for supporting the development of competitive advantage by creating world leading, resource sustainable supply chains through collaborative action between industry and academia, especially in the thematic areas where the University of Sheffield has deep expertise including advanced materials and manufacturing; energy and nuclear; water; and agritech/food.

The three key challenges/priorities in each of these sectors are summarised below. A report will be released in mid September 2014, to be followed by a collaborative steering group meeting.

Environmental and Energy Improvements – European funded collaborative project is thinking big for SMEs

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

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Key international stakeholders in a University of Sheffield managed team met in January 2014 and kick-started a ground-breaking new project which aims to help Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) deliver both environmental and cost improvements.The European consortium’s initial talks laid foundations for the implementation of a project, EU LLP PrESS (SCEnAT). SCEnAT (Supply Chain Environmental Analysis Tool) has been developed by Professor Lenny Koh, project Principal Investigator and Leader of the Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES) at Sheffield University Management School.

This project will further develop Professor Koh’s SCEnAT tool, which already helps SMEs understand their environmental impact, so that it can deliver carbon emission reductions and real cost reductions.

The consortium comprises four academic members, the University of Sheffield, the University of Lodz (Poland), the University of Naples “Federico II” (Italy) and the South East European Research Centre (SEERC – Greece), working in partnership with four private sector trade organisations from their respective regions. The University of Sheffield’s partner is Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI). The collaborative project’s objective is to help SMEs improve their environmental footprint and drive commercial benefits in this internationally competitive world.

Professor Lenny Koh, who is also Associate Dean for Alumni at Sheffield University Management School, said: “We believe that CEES has developed an excellent and simple tool [SCEnAT] which any SME can use to understand its carbon footprint. However, we recognise that most businesses will require help in not only implementing the tool, but also carrying out the beneficial projects that it will identify.

“The European funding gives us a great opportunity to work with three partner universities across Europe to assess SCEnAT’s wider applicability, and to commercialise the tool, making it a real benefit to businesses.”

Richard Wright, Executive Director of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, added: “SMEs represent the backbone of our economy. We need them to grow and be sustainable economically and environmentally if we are going to deliver a successful future.

“However, it is probably more difficult for SMEs to evaluate the options and implement improvements because they have finite resources, and environmental skills are not always a core capability. For instance, rising energy costs are putting significant strains on many businesses – but the time and skills required to optimise the unit cost do not usually reside within the organisation. SCEnAT and its forthcoming development are designed to tackle that issue.”

For more information on the project go to www.sheffield.ac.uk/scenat-press

This project is funded with the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union. This press release reflects on the author’s view and the Agency and Commission are not responsible for any use that made be made of the information it contains.

SUMS lights up the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences with free events

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Events-CombinedSheffield University Management School’s academics and researchers are a hosting a number of engaging events at the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences 2013, three of which still have availability.

The unique festival, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), offers Sheffield’s general public, as well as academics and students, access to some of the world-leading research coming from the University of Sheffield’s Faculty of Social Sciences.

As the largest department in the faculty, Sheffield University Management School has an excellent crop of speakers appearing this year. Opportunities to attend begin on 4 November with an event titled ‘Is there anybody out there? Why bosses don’t always listen’. Doctoral researchers Sarah Brooks and Peter Crellin discuss ways that senior management prevent their employees from talking openly to them. This can have subsequent effects on the employees and the wider organisation; Sarah and Peter draw on and combine their experience within the Institute of Work Psychology and wider research interests such as destructive leadership and workplace silence.

This event will be useful for both private sector and public sector workers, academics and students – keen to understand more about leadership, workplace dynamics and how to improve them.

The second event, to be held on 5 November, is presented by Professor Lenny Koh, Associate Dean for Alumni at Sheffield University Management School. It is titled ‘Greening supply chains: The SCEnAT (Supply Chain Environmental Analysis) Tool’ (www.scenat.com). The seminar, which is aimed at companies, will demonstrate SCEnAT and hopes to give attendees an understanding of how adopting the tool can benefit their business, drawing attention to GHG emissions within the supply chain and identifying tools to reduce their impact.

Attendees at the seminar will learn how this revolutionary  tool can greatly benefit their company, and understand more about green supply chains.

Other management school academics speaking at this year’s ESRC Festival of Social Sciences include Dr Tim Vorley, Dr Nick Williams, Dr Robert Wapshott and Dr Peter Rodgers, who will be hosting his event at Sheffield University Management School.

Places are also available at Peter’s event, which is being held in partnership with the South Yorkshire International Trade Centre (SYITC). Titled ‘Exploring Exports: Are You Ready?’, this workshop seeks to expose the misconceptions surrounding export and the internationalisation of SMEs. It will involve a number of interactive sessions with an academic research focus, enhanced by practitioner perspectives.

The event, on 7 November, is sure to engage and inspire, and is ideal for SMEs and entrepreneurs with international aspirations.

 

  • For further information, and to book onto ‘Is there anybody out there? Why bosses don’t always listen’ (4 November, 18:00-20:30), visit http://management.sheffield.ac.uk
  • For further information, and to book onto ‘Greening supply chains: The SCEnAT (Supply Chain Environmental Analysis) Tool’ (5 November, 09:30-12:30 plus lunch), contact Katherine Powell on 0114 222 8368 or email k.j.powell@sheffield.ac.uk
  • For further information, and to book onto ‘Exploring Exports: Are You Ready?’ (7 November, 17:00-19:30), visit http://management.sheffield.ac.uk/events

 

Events on 4 and 5 November will be held at the Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences (ICOSS), 219 Portobello, Sheffield S1 4DP (map). ‘Exploring Exports: Are You Ready’ will be held at Sheffield University Management School, Conduit Road, Sheffield S10 1FL

Sheffield University Management School alumni receive further honours

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Graduation-PiazzaTwo of Sheffield University Management School’s alumni were conferred with their honorary degrees at the graduation ceremonies last week:

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe awarded LLD (Doctor of Laws)
Alumnus of the Executive MBA programme 1999, Sir Bernard received his honorary degree on behalf of the School of Law in recognition of his services to the Metropolitan Police. He took the position of Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in September 2011 and was previously the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police.  Born in Sheffield, Sir Bernard began his career in the forces with South Yorkshire Police when he was 22 and also received his Knighthood early this year.

Simon Moran awarded DMus (Doctor of Music) in recognition of his achievements in the music industry
A Business Studies graduate of the Management School 1987, Simon Moran is the owner and managing director of SJM Concerts, one of the largest UK-based concert promotion companies. He produced his first live music events in the Students’ Union over 25 years ago and now works with such acts as Take That, The Stone Roses and Beyoncé. His company now operates over 2,000 shows per year.

You can see all of the most recent Honorary degree graduates at http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/news/nr/honorary-degrees-toni-minichiello-1.293003

Demonstration of SCEnAT on cloud the Supply Chain Environmental Analysis Tool

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

The advancement in cloud services now offers Universities and research groups access to an unparalleled level of technological power. The University of Sheffield will play host to this event to demonstrate the Supply Chain Environmental Analysis Tool (SCEnAT), an innovative application powered by Windows Azure. The event will also celebrate the launch of the Microsoft and Janet document pack.

Professor Lenny Koh Director of The University of Sheffield Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) Research Centre will speak about SCEnAT and its benefits to users. Carlos Oliveira, Managing Director of Shaping Cloud will discuss the development of the tool and benefits of utilising the technology. Mark McManus, Cloud Services Business Manager at Microsoft will talk about the Windows Azure platform and discuss the benefits to Universities and research groups. Tony Lewis of Janet will conclude the event by discussing the exclusive contractual amendments and due diligence available to research and education institutions in the form of the Janet Cloud Services for Education Agreement.

The advanced cloud technology used to build the tool has been recognised by Microsoft who have featured a case study about the tool on their own website.

This event is being supported by the University of Sheffield, Microsoft, Janet and Shaping Cloud.

To register:

To register your place and for more information visit:  http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/lscm/scenat

Energy we can all afford: public meeting and ‘Question Time’

Monday, March 4th, 2013

This winter millions of people across the UK have been struggling to pay their gas and electricity bills, yet energy prices continue to rise. How can we tackle the challenges of fuel poverty, fossil fuels and climate change to create energy we can all afford, warmer homes, lower bills and a cooler planet?

Come and join the debate

Date:  Friday 8 March
Time:  7.30pm start and refreshments from 7pm
Venue:  The Church View Centre, Church View, Doncaster, DN1 1AF (Parking available at rear of entrance, on street and market car park free after 6pm)

Speakers include:

Caroline Flint, State of Energy and Climate Change & MP for Don Valley
Martyn Williams, Energy Bill Revolution
Prof. Lenny Koh, Centre for Energy, Environment & Sustainability at University of Sheffield
Simon Bowens, Friends of the Earth Yorkshire & the Humber

For further information:
Contact Rachel at rachel.hubbard@foe.co.uk  or Tel: 07917 358796.

Organised by Doncaster Friends of the Earth with thanks to Doncaster CDT www.foe.co.uk/doncaster  and www.doncastercdt.org

Independent investigation reveals communities’ thoughts on Government’s Green Deal

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Implications and challenges surrounding the Governments energy-efficiency flagship programme the Green Deal have been raised by University of Sheffield researchers following an investigation into what low income communities in the Yorkshire and Humberside region think of the scheme.

Insulation in a home ©iStockphoto.com/LianeM

Experts from the University of Sheffield, as part of wider research into the BIG Energy Upgrade Programme, held focus groups in six towns and cities across the region to assess initial awareness of the Green Deal by residents in deprived communities.

The Green Deal is one of the flagship policies of the current Coalition Government stimulating economic growth and aiming for carbon emissions reduction, fuel poverty reduction and improved homes.

Initial costs of any improvements are paid for by residents who take out a loan from the Green Deal Finance Company then pay it off through savings to their fuel bills.

The researchers interviewed residents in Leeds, Barnsley, Doncaster, Scunthorpe, Dewsbury and Grimsby in community centres, church halls and cafes.

Although more findings are expected following a thorough analysis of their data, the researchers were able to draw out some feedback including:

  • Many residents who do not own their own homes perceive a financial investment in someone else’s property as unfair and illogical.
  • The Green Deal is good for the local supply chains and the economy.
  • Residents are dubious of the role that banks might play in financing the Green Deal.
  • It will boost the energy efficiency market and creates a low carbon future for our building stocks.
  • Confusion between the Green Deal and other Government initiatives, such as solar panels and the feed-in tariff
  • Residents concluded that it is only a matter of time before their Local Authority or Housing Association will fund interventions across all homes under one scheme or another
  • While the financial savings may be significant in time, increased warmth and comfort are immediate and tangible.

Professor Lenny Koh, who led the project, said: “Green Deal is a strategic and important financial scheme to help people to keep their home warm and afford access to energy. Hence, Green Deal will improve quality of life of individuals.

“It is important that the housing stock is made more energy-efficient and the Green Deal is the right scheme to do that. It has a customised element for the assessment and installation process which makes it tailored to the needs of the user.

“People are dealing with Green Deal approved companies so should get an expected high standard of work. It is also sustainable and should only be implemented when it will definitely benefit residents.”

This work was undertaken as part of the BIG Energy Upgrade Programme, a project part financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for the Yorkshire and Humber Programme 2007 – 2013 and utilised additional funding from the University of Sheffield.

For more information on the Big Energy Upgrade please visit: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/bigenergyupgrade

Unique programme to help organisations develop in-house sustainability expertise from The University of Sheffield Management School and C02Sense

Monday, February 11th, 2013

A pioneering new course is being launched by The University of Sheffield Management School in partnership with the low-carbon expert consultancy, CO2Sense, and supported by 2degress, an active sustainable business community that helps businesses and professionals find practical solutions and address their sustainable business challenges.

Starting in March 2013, The Sustainability Leadership Programme will be the first course of its kind to provide a strategic understanding of sustainability through six months of project-based learning where students work on the real-life issues affecting their business. Designed exclusively for executive directors, the programme shows how they can embed sustainability across their entire company in order to achieve long-term success and profitability.

Delegates will also receive expert consultancy support from CO2Sense, who will visit their business and help them to apply knowledge gained from the course into practice. It is expected that participants  will identify a minimum of £5k extra value within their company through the project and will reduce the need for external consultants.

Professor Lenny Koh, Director of Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES) at The University of Sheffield Management School, said:

“Sustainability is key to any business looking to improve their efficiency and performance and to face the challenges of today’s business environment. At Sheffield Management School we strive to develop and deploy innovative ways to advance the understanding of energy, environment and sustainability as we recognise that businesses need senior managers and leaders with these skills.   This unique project-based learning course is specifically designed for senior managers.  The programme equips them  in dealing with the environmental issues they are facing and helps them to become a sustainable and successful business.”

The course has been designed to complement busy schedules with just one day each month dedicated to classroom-based learning. The six lectures will feature presentations from internationally recognised business leaders and academics.. These sessions will explore the main issues around sustainability such as global supply chain issues, employee engagement and planning for severe weather events.

Dr Stephen Brown, director of partnerships and innovation at CO2Sense, says:

“No business can afford to ignore the sustainability agenda. Issues such as diminishing natural resources and energy supply are affecting how we all do business and pose a multitude of risks to long-term operations.  Consequently, we need to adopt  smarter and more innovative ways of working and business leaders are increasingly recognising the role of sustainability as a key driver new forms of value in their business success.

“Demand for senior business leaders who have the skills to navigate this new business environment is high. This course will provide a high-level understanding of sustainability, which in turn will put attendees ahead of their peers and by building in-house skills, companies will reduce the need for external consultants.

“Unlike most high-level courses in sustainability, our programme is project based and means that companies experience the financial benefits of attending the course with almost immediate effect.”

The six month programme costs £2750+VAT. For more information please  email SLP@co2sense.co.uk or visit http://www.co2sense.co.uk/leadership-programme

Notes to Editors

The Sustainability Leadership Programme is the result of a unique partnership between The University of Sheffield Management School and the low carbon consultancy CO2Sense.

The Sustainability Leadership Programme is aimed at executive directors and senior-managers looking to develop their expertise in this field and prepare their business against new environmental and economical challenges. The course is suitable for companies across all sectors.

Please click here http://www.co2sense.co.uk/leadership-programme to view the course structure and modules.

About CO2Sense

CO2Sense is the not-for-profit low-carbon expert company that helps organisations to cut their costs and to improve their environmental performance.

We help organisations to find real cost savings by developing low-carbon strategies, which give no-nonsense, clear direction to reduce energy and water use, to produce less waste and to use fewer raw materials.

We help organisations to generate both free energy and an income by developing renewable electricity and heating installations. Because we’re not trying to sell a particular type of renewable energy, we make sure that organisations install the technologies that will deliver the best possible return for their investment.

We help companies that sell environmental products to develop their business. We find new markets for their products, and we help them to get the right product accreditation to make sure that their customers can buy from them with confidence.

We can also help organisations to get capital investment to help with the costs of installing new renewable energy and other low-carbon installations.

We work with some of the UK’s largest companies to develop new ways of cutting greenhouse gas emissions. For example, we are working with businesses and with government to encourage the development of a carbon capture and storage (CCS) network in Yorkshire.

About The University of Sheffield

With nearly 25,000 students from 125 countries, the University of Sheffield is one of the UK’s leading and largest universities. A member of the Russell Group, it has a reputation for world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines. The University of Sheffield was named University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards 2011 for its exceptional performance in research, teaching, access and business performance. In addition, the University has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes (1998, 2000, 2002, and 2007).

These prestigious awards recognise outstanding contributions by universities and colleges to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life. Sheffield also boasts five Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and many of its alumni have gone on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence around the world. The University’s research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, Boots, AstraZeneca, GSK, ICI, Slazenger, and many more household names, as well as UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.

The University has well-established partnerships with a number of universities and major corporations, both in the UK and abroad. Its partnership with Leeds and York Universities in the White Rose Consortium has a combined research power greater than that of either Oxford or Cambridge.