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Representing Sheffield: Jessica reaches finals of Undergraduate of the Year Awards

Friday, May 5th, 2017

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One of our first-year International Business Management students is a UK Management Undergraduate of the Year Award 2017 finalist.

Jessica Lane, the only finalist in the awards representing the University of Sheffield, applied in January and was shortlisted – after a rigorous assessment process she reached the finals, held recently in London.

Jessica said: “I submitted my application after receiving emails about the Undergraduate of the Year awards. After some online tests, I was chosen from 300 applicants for a telephone interview. Forty-five successful candidates then attended an Enterprise Rent-A-Car assessment centre in Surrey which was really tough.”

“I was delighted to be chosen as one of the top ten to attend the finals in Canary Wharf and feel so proud to have represented Sheffield in becoming a UK Management Undergraduate of the Year Award 2017 finalist! I never expected to get as far as I did, and coming away with two summer internships with Enterprise Rent-A-Car was a great conclusion to an incredible experience!”

Other finalists attended from all over the UK, including Aston University, the University of Exeter and Strathclyde.

Programme director for BA International Business Management, Dr Julie Alevizou, said: “I’m so proud of Jessica’s achievement, especially reaching this level of the competition in her first year at Sheffield. The assessment centre had a very practical focus, including tasks such as ‘leading a morning meeting’, and it’s testament to her commitment to studies and natural leadership skills that Jessica progressed to the final stage.”

Click here to read more about the Undergraduate of the Year competition.

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International Business Management students progress through UK competition

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017
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ABOVE (L-R): Margaret Barrionuevo, Kristers Zuika, Meg Seaman, programme director of BA International Business Management Panayiota Alevizou, Dominique Von Oppell and Isaac Bamber Lister

A team of five BA International Business Management students have reached the UK semi-finals of a prestigious international competition.

The Universities Business Challenge (UBC), which runs annually, has educational and employer partners and guides them through three rounds of rigorous testing designed by Learning Dynamics. The Management School’s team, championed by programme director Panayiota Alevizou, stormed through the first round – an online simulation of a real business where they had to make business decisions with regards to the financial data of each trading period, the external business environment, competitor data, and other live factors that any executive board would have to consider.

Competing directly with seven randomly chosen groups from other universities, our team accumulated as much profit as possible after six trading periods, confidently progressing to round two which will be held at the Sheffield’s Octagon Centre on 7 March.

Should they progress to round 3 – the grand final – Margaret, Kristers, Meg, Dom and Isaac will go to compete live against ten other teams at a London venue in an event hosted by UBC’s lead employer partner.

Click here to read more about the competition.

Understanding our international minds

Monday, March 14th, 2016

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What does it mean to be an international student? Are our students culturally agile and how does this develop when they come to Sheffield or when Sheffield students go abroad? Dr Panayiota Alevizou is conducting a research project to find out.

Emerging in 2014 as an interest from her Certificate in Learning and Teaching (CiLT), it rapidly evolved into a longitudinal study of internationalisation and cultural agility thanks to funding support from the Management School and Faculty of Social Sciences.

Panayiota’s project adopts a case-study approach, focusing on students studying the MSc in Global Marketing Management, where they spend the first semester in Sheffield and the second at Hong Kong Baptist University. By studying the challenges, barriers, and opportunities of two different educational settings, from two different student identity perspectives (as UK and Hong Kong based students), the student perspective unfolds. This offers a voice to their concerns, feelings and opinions in terms of internationalisation, and helps the institutional partners enhance students’ experience and prepare them for future professional paths.

To generate initial findings, which were recently presented at a Faculty event showcasing its Curriculum Development Funding projects, Panayiota observed and interviewed students during their lectures at both institutions, also discussing her project with academic and professional staff. Preliminary research strongly suggests that programmes with a semester abroad are preferred by both home and international students who view this ‘international setting’ as an educational advantage. Other findings relate to social interaction and activities, leadership, cultural flexibility and adaptability, in-group clashes and problem resolution.

The development of cultural agility and the ability of the Sheffield Graduate to work and compete in an international environment is one of the Learning and Teaching (L&T) Strategy priority themes of the University. Professor Paul Latreille, Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching in the Management School, said: “This is a really exciting project that addresses a vital issue for the school – learning about how our students experience multiple local contexts is central to helping them develop the cultural agility that is fundamental in the modern global business environment, and for which this programme in particular equips them.”

The study has continued with the latest cohort, and Panayiota will travel to Hong Kong in April to continue observation and interviews with a view to publishing the results in due course.

Management School stars make the Academic Awards 2014 shortlist

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Learning and teaching quality is at the top of the agenda at Sheffield University Management School, and we’re delighted to announce that our successes are being recognised on a University-wide level.

The Academic Awards 2014, organised by Sheffield Students’ Union with shortlists nominated by students, are awards given to staff and students to celebrate the efforts they make to create an excellent educational experience for all Sheffield students. Despite hefty demands on academics’, support staff’s and student representatives’ time, these individuals are nominated due to their sustained efforts to go out of their way to improve learning, teaching and support to students.

The University is keen to reward excellent teaching, and recognise that studying is much more than attending lectures – which is why we’re so proud to see two members of the Management School’s academic staff nominated this year.

Dr Dermot Breslin, lecturer in entrepreneurship, has made the shortlist for ‘The USE Enterprise Award’. Dermot’s commitment to working closely with the University of Sheffield Enterprise (USE, http://enterprise.shef.ac.uk/) has clearly struck a chord with our students.

The second member of Management School staff to be nominated is shortlisted in the ‘Best Postgraduate Supervisor Award’. Dr Panayiota Alevizou is a lecturer in marketing who joined us as a member of staff in 2012, following completing the Sheffield MBA and a PhD at the School. She teaches two modules on our MSc Marketing programmes – her teaching is informed by extensive business and research experience. We’re delighted that her supervisory skills have been recognised on this high-profile platform.

They’re in good company on the shortlist, but we wish the best of luck to both Dermot and Panayiota!

Under the category of ‘Best Educational Event’, Inspiration & Co 2014 is a strong contender. We were thrilled to see this appear in the nominations as Professor Penny Dick, from the Management School’s Institute of Work Psychology, was voted as one of the top 12 most inspirational academics in the University and conducted a TED-style talk as part of the event.

You can view all of Penny’s talk below.

Congratulations to all of our recent learning and teaching nomination – it’s fantastic to see such prominent and inspirational individuals representing the Management School at this level.

Management School students compete in the grand final to create the UK’s best student beer

Friday, March 15th, 2013

114 teamTowards the end of November 2012 two Marketing MSc students received an invitation from Dr. Panayiota Alevizou on behalf of two Engineering MSc students asking them to join the team that would represent The University of Sheffield in The Best Beer Competition 2012-2013.

This student competition is organised by AB InBev, one of the major players in the beer industry around the world and owners of Stella Artois and Budweiser, among other famous brands. The objective of the competition was to develop a new beer concept, appealing to the students of each team’s university (in this case The University of Sheffield). The beer also had to be sustainable and in line with AB InBev’s core values.

This is how Arjun Krishna and Damini Mahajan (Chemical Engineering), together with Alexandra Nicolau and Martin Fuentes (Marketing) teamed up to give life to 114 Sheffield Students’ Beer.

114 (one-one-four) is an outstanding smooth, crisp blonde beer with a refreshing taste and a tinge of honey. The bready notes of the malt and the sweetness of honey on the nose and palate are kept in check by the ‘piny’ bitterness from the unique blend of hops. In other words, “winter afternoon in a glass”. This 4,5% ABV beer is brewed in Sheffield in partnership with The Sheffield Brewery Co. Ltd., which kindly accepted the team’s proposition to be part of this competition.

The brand name 114 represents the number of selected students enrolled at the time of the University’s foundation in 1905 – our past and heritage. The honey used to brew it (represented by the bee) comes from the University’s beehives and shows our commitment and support towards sustainability in the local environment. The white rose of York gives a signature of locality to the product and the tagline indicates its origin and destination – by students, for students. All these elements are combined in our logo.

After developing the brand concept the team knocked on the Student’s Union door for further advice and guidance. They then realised that the Union, along with Sheffield brewery, would become two important players in the 114 story. In the words of Graeme Wood, Commercial Operations Manager of the Student’s Union, “This has been an amazing project to assist with. The team captured the essence of the University in so many ways from the original student numbers and the links with our bio diversity project and the sampling events allowed Sheffield Students to contribute to the process as well – the end product is stunning – and it is no surprise that they have progressed to the next stage of the competition”.

The team also received invaluable help from the Union’s president Abdi Suleiman and Interval Cafe Manager Chris Aucott.

It was with the Union’s funding and Chris’ help that the team was able to launch an innovative marketing campaign. The viral campaign featured “teasers” in the form of posters displaying only the brand name which were spread all around the University. The mystery behind the teasers was revealed a week later along with an invitation to a free beer tasting session at the Interval Café.

The event proved to be highly successful and 114 received very positive reactions from both students and staff at the University.

These activities gave the team enough evidence to support a strong concept in the competition, competing against student teams from more than 130 universities from around the country and Belgium.

After advancing past the regional and national stages, 114 Sheffield Students’ Beer is now heading to the final hosted on the 30th April in Brussels, Belgium.

The team is positive that its hard work, together with the support received and strong concept will take the University’s name to the top and place Sheffield on the map of European student brewing.