Page 1 BusinessWise Nov 2010 / Winter Edition In this Months Edition Emma Visits Haijin Gui Microsoft Zambia visits NBS Visit / pg 3 / pg 6 Campus / pg 10Businesswise/ Nov 2010 / Winter Edition News Flash / ____________________________ Calling all second year students, now is the time to organise your work placement. Contact email@example.com for further details. Dr Ian Brooks, Dean of Northampton Business School, reports on the recent National Student Survey results, 2010 “NBS frequently receives feedback from In the 1st quartile of 123 UK students on the quality of teaching Business Schools for satisfaction provision within the School. We welcome with the quality of the organisation this news and are always pleased to and management of courses. hear how students feel about their experiences with us. We are also Overall, I am pleased to report that formally benchmarked against other UK we were consistently ‘higher than the universities (via the National Student national average’ in all categories in the Survey) for quality of provision. survey. This year we are pleased that we have The quality of the work here is testament achieved the following results: to the efforts of our staff and also to the students for actively engaging with their 9th out of 123 UK Business Schools studies.” for the number of final year students who are satisfied with the overall Should you have any good news or quality of teaching on their course. feedback that you wish to share, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org DPSI Student wins coveted award! Congratulations to Anthony Adamberry (employed by the Ministry of Justice in Gibraltar). Anthony is the 2010 winner of the Chartered Institute of Linguists’ Susan Tolman Award for the best Diploma in Public Service Interpreting candidate in the English Law option and he is also the 2010 winner of the Susan Tolman CPD Prize for the best candidate overall in the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting examination. The prize was presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO in London in early November. Anthony Adamberry pictured bottom left
Page 2 BusinessWise Nov 2010 / Winter Edition Hard work..makes prizes!Engine Creative is pleased to announce that Lauren Jackson is the winner Previous winner Hayley Dunn is now working as a Digital Project Managerof the Engine Creative Prize for 2010. The prize was established in 2008 in a well respected agency and Engine Creative has just hired Advertisingto recognise creative talent and industry potential for students on the with Design (BA Hons) graduate Lizzie Howland as Production Assistant.Advertising with Design BA (Hons) course at Northampton Business This recruitment is further investment in the talented workforce currentlySchool. being developed in the region and testament to the work that The University of Northampton is doing in producing graduates that areAward winner Lauren receives a cash prize and will take up a work academically strong and also industry ready.placement with Engine Creative as part of the award. Following interviewswith a shortlist of candidates for the prize, Lauren’s strong knowledge base Engine Creative works extensively in the local region with a numberand obvious passion for advertising and marketing shone through. of organisations in a range of sectors and, being based centrally in Northampton, understands the importance of the role that The UniversityEngine Creative’s Strategic Director, Andrew Wise, comments: “The quality has in helping to create a positive image of the region and enabling theof candidates was particularly strong this year and Lauren stood out as town to maintain strong growth.someone who had the same open and positive attitude to the creativeindustry as we do at Engine Creative. She is looking to secure a roleworking agency-side across a range of media projects and we’ll certainlybe keeping an eye on her career progression.”Run by Northampton Business School, the Advertising with Design (BAHons) course has consistently produced talented graduates that have goneon to forge successful careers in the creative, advertising and marketingindustry.“We’re proud to be working with Wendy Langford (Senior Lecturer,Marketing Communications) on this prize and have been hugely impressedby her subject knowledge and her ability to engage and involve businessessuch as ours in the development of creative talent in the region.It’s the second time we’ve had the opportunity to offer this award whichfollows on from the Engine Most Promising prize awarded last year. Wewould urge all local businesses to get involved with The University across Andrew Wise and Lauren Jacksonthe great range of courses it has to offer.” says Wise. Santander Awards Second year BA (Hons) International Development students – Oshie Shulman and Fatima Manjra (pictured here with Prof. Richard Sanders) have each been awarded Santander International Development Awards. Initially available as one award, Santander have graciously given both students a scholarship based on the strength of their studies and applications. The scholarships are valued at £3000 each, to be spent on projects connected with their studies. Both will be working on projects abroad and are delighted with their successes. NBS Student wins Microsoft Intern Award Catherine Mandungu (BA (Hons) Business Studies) who is working at Microsoft as a Northampton Business School placement student in Reading, has won the Microsoft Intern Award for Personal Development. Catherine was one of 68 Undergraduate Interns at Microsoft and was nominated for two awards. Catherine won the award for her excellent understanding of the Microsoft Education channel and licensing model and added real value to Microsoft and their partners. Her achievements helped the Microsoft education team achieve their Education pricing level revenue and email growth targets. Congratulations Catherine! NBS is delighted to be developing further links with Microsoft…see page 10 for details.
Page 3 BusinessWise Nov 2010 / Winter EditionStudent experiences Events Management Student Emma Marshall visits Zambia Third year Events Management a fantastic experience and I feel privileged to have been able to represent both Orange and UNICEF, student Emma Marshall has meeting such inspirational people along the way! recently returned from a I feel that I can use my experience in Africa to community work experience encourage fellow colleagues and friends to get project in Zambia with Orange. involved and take part in future fundraising events. I will be able to show other students that there are “Throughout my time at Northampton Business fantastic work experience opportunities out there School I have learnt the value of networking, gaining and to make the most of them throughout their time as much work experience as possible and making studying at Northampton Business School. I’m sure valuable contacts for the future. In doing so, I have my final year at the Business School will be just as been very fortunate to have the support of my exciting!” course tutors and Orange (where I worked as a sales advisor throughout my time at university). I initially took the role within Orange to earn whilst at university but came to realise that they had many opportunities for me to develop within different areas of the company related to my course. I have been fortunate enough to benefit from different opportunities with Orange; such as helping to plan one of their largest corporate events earlier this year and taking part in their RockCorps project which helps local communities. After planning my own local fundraising event last year I was extremely lucky to be chosen to go to Zambia, Africa with Orange and their official charity partner UNICEF this September. Whilst in Zambia we visited villages and areas that had been extremely affected by flooding. We were able to see where money raised by Orange customers and employee’s had been used by UNICEF to benefit the lives of children and families in these area’s by providing basic education, health care and improved sanitation. The trip was
Page 4 BusinessWise Nov 2010 / Winter EditionBusiness student launchesLatvian newspaper for the UKDatsa Gaile, 37, who is in her third year of a BA in BusinessManagement at Northampton Business School, is a Latviannational living in the UK.As well as studying for her degree, Ms Gaile is also a trainedbi-lingual paralegal and saw a need for a Latvian-languagenewspaper and networking website for her fellow nationals nowworking in the UK.Her newspaper, Anglo Baltic News, is a monthly publication,produced in traditional black-and-white broadsheet format whichcurrently costs £1 per issue.Datsa credits the university for helping her with her publication,saying: “I applied for a grant and business start up programmeat The University of Northampton Enterprise Club, which gave me currently in negotiations with an airline to give it away for free toboth capital for publishing a newspaper and knowledge of how to passengers flying between London and Riga.start the business in the UK. It’s a monthly edition at the moment,and from November it will be free of charge. Hopefully in a year we Her success with Anglo Baltic News saw her being interviewed atwill be publishing weekly!” The University recently by Latvian TV. Anglo Baltic News is the first Latvian-language newspaper to be launched since 2004, beforeAnglo Baltic News is distributed to 200 Eastern European shops, Latvia joined the European Union.who sell Latvian food, nationwide. Entrepreneurial Datsa is Jessica Clark - Fashion Marketing graduate 2010 When asked about how she landed her dream job report was chosen to be sent to Tu and this is where in Merchandising with TU Kidswear, Jessica said… I began to network. After deciding I wanted some .”When first coming to university I had no idea which experience in merchandising, I emailed the Tu contact way I wanted my career to go, however through and organised a placement within their merchandising various lectures and modules I became more aware of team. This was the turning point for me and I really where my degree could take me. found I could use my strengths within this job role. In my second year I took it upon myself to find some I knew, after my placement, that I wanted to join Tu work experience in my chosen fields and initially permanently so I kept looking for opportunities with did a week long placement with the press office at the company. I applied for a job within Merchandising high street brand Warehouse. Even though this was for Tu’s Kidswear team and was invited to an enjoyable I soon decided that it wasn’t what I could interview. To prepare, I carefully researched the see myself doing after graduating. This left me feeling company and job role while reflecting upon my skills rather despondent and unsure of where I would find utilising the information gathered from the School my forte in the professional world…until I discovered of the Arts workshops and the guidance provided by Merchandising!! Northampton Business School. In my second year, we participated in a live My preparation for the interview definitely helped and merchandising project with Tu at Sainsburys; my being able to relate a work placement with them also
Page 5 BusinessWise Nov 2010 / Winter Edition gave me an advantage and a USP!!! I was informed through my time at university and using networking two days later that I was successful and have now opportunities to my advantage! been appointed the position which I am over the moon about. This is everything I could have hoped for as I see my long term career within merchandising and children’s In this economic climate, I feel incredibly lucky to clothing. I want to thank my tutors for their support have landed the start of my career so soon, however and guidance in the three years that I have spent with I believe it is down to the experience I gained The University of Northampton.” Norbert Dentressangle drives forward with Foundation Degree awards Eleven managers from Norbert Dentressangle have addition, for those managers with few qualifications, become the first students to graduate with the the programme offers the opportunity to achieve company’s unique Foundation Degree qualification, a degree, providing formal recognition of their eight of them with distinction. experience and competence. Developed and launched in 2008 by Northampton Mark Simmons, Norbert Dentressangle’s HR Director Business School in collaboration with Norbert said: “Having the right people with the right skills Dentressangle, the two year course was the first in is at the heart of our service to customers and the the country to offer the ILM (Institute of Leadership & ability to foster and retain talent is critical to Norbert Management) Level 5 Extended Diploma in Leadership Dentressangle as we continue to grow our business. & Management as part of a Foundation Degree. The first graduation ceremony was an extremely The course has been designed to meet the specific special occasion and I wholeheartedly congratulate needs of Norbert Dentressangle’s business. our first 11 graduates, whose continued development Covering modules such as team leadership, personal within the company we will follow with interest.” development and Health & Safety, all the assignments are work-based, enabling candidates to incorporate Chris Dolby, Learning and Development Manager, their studies into their daily work activity. Norbert Dentressangle says: Six more employees are expected to graduate in “We have found the Foundation Degree to be a very January 2011, with 19 having recently completed effective way of providing the right development for their first year and a new 19-strong cohort started the our people. The work-based nature of the programme course in September 2010. is ideal for us and our company Mike Fearey, Programme Leader said: “It has been a is already real privilege to lead the course. All the students have benefitting from thrown themselves into their studies and the results better skilled – eight distinctions and two merits – were a great managers. We are achievement and reflect the students’ hard work.” really happy with Norbert Dentressangle implemented the programme the Foundation to provide talented middle managers with the support Degree.” and training to help them fulfil their potential. In
Page 6 BusinessWise Nov 2010 / Winter EditionInternational NewsIan Brooks visits GuangdongPolytechnic Normal University NBS Dean, Dr Ian Brooks, pictured here at Guangdong Polytechnic Normal University, was invited to address students who are considering travelling to the UK to study for Masters qualifications at The University of Northampton. Northampton Business School enjoys a productive partnership with Guangdong and many students progress to Northampton annually. Following the lecture, Dr Brooks met with senior staff of the university accompanied by the University’s representatives in Guangzhou. It seems likely that the partnership between the universities will be further strengthened by holding a joint student competition in enterprise and the co-creation of new curriculum and student learning options.Staff News NBS says goodbye to visiting scholar Haijin Gui NBS said a fond farewell recently to visiting scholar Haijin Gui from Wuxi Institute of Commerce in China. Dr Gui (Dean of the Information Engineering Department) spent six months with NBS, researching and participating in the life of the Information Sciences Field within the School. Haijin was involved in postgraduate teaching and engaged in course preparation – bringing valuable scholarly knowledge and experience to the Field. She also experienced many British traditions, including steak and kidney pudding! Haijin commented: “During my visit, I entered the Information Sciences & Business Computing Department of Northampton Business School. I found that three points impressed me most deeply and would be instructive in my future work. The first is concerned with Team Oriented Teaching. At least two teachers cover each course and the work of the students (in most cases) is undertaken in teams. Student Oriented Teaching Methods feature highly too. Much of the work is drawn from real projects and the academic Susan Bailey and Dr. Gui
Page 7 BusinessWise Nov 2010 / Winter Edition will invite students to join discussions in class, encourage them to think and provide useful resources and information. It requires the students to prepare ahead of time with self-learning emphasized. The third point is about the use of online teaching methods. NILE (Northampton Integrated Learning Environment) plays a significant role in the teaching activities. With the popularisation of the campus information system, digitalized management has become effective in all fields. I would like to thank colleagues of Northampton Business School, especially Susan Bailey and her team, for giving me such a valuable learning environment.” Northampton Business School looks forward to future cross collaborative projects with Haijin and Wuxi Institute of Commerce. Congratulations Debbie Alexander…Congratulations to Debbie Alexander on achieving her ITIL Expert and Managers qualifications. ITIL® is the most widely acceptedapproach to IT service management in the world. This qualification will aid the student learning experience by focussing on bestpractice within the Industry and providing transferable skills to students. Congratulations….Doctor Fallon! Congratulations to Grahame Fallon government FDI-related policies) and the location of FDI. (Postgraduate Programmes Manager The consequent economic outcomes for host countries and regions, and the resultant implications for future FDI-related for NBS and a Principal Lecturer in policy development by governments are also included in the International Business) who has recently model. been awarded his PhD by Published The thesis makes a contribution to theoretical, works. methodological and practitioner knowledge and understanding, of potential value to scholars in the His thesis explored the causes and economic outcomes of political, development and transition economics, economic inbound Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) location and the geography, institutional and cross cultural theory fields, as resultant implications for government FDI-related policy well as to government policy makers and inward investment development. agency practitioners. The model generates specific propositions for A new model was developed, bringing together new testing in terms of the causes and thinking regarding the distribution of inbound FDI location, economic consequences of inbound its economic causes and consequences for Western and FDI location and the resultant Eastern Europe (drawn from seven already published implications for government FDI- research papers) and the pre-existing academic literature related policy development, with in the field. The model sets out an original approach to the the potential for application to conceptualisation of the causes and economic consequences studies at the national and sub- of spatial and temporal variations in inbound FDI location in national regional levels within the European context, centering on the key linkages between Western and Eastern Europe and in its underlying drivers (economic development, transition and other global countries and regions. transformation, path dependencies and institutional arrangements, integration and convergence, and existing
Page 8 BusinessWise Nov 2010 / Winter EditionGeneral News NBS moves The FT is here! forward with plans to enhance its facilities Students, staff and visitors will have seen the scaffolding being erected around parts of Northampton Business School’s Cottesbrooke building. We are delighted that construction of the new extension is now underway and look forward to seeing the building develop. The extension will provide a large social learning space; offering a relaxing but purposeful Students will have seen copies of the Financial Times in Cottesbrooke environment in which to meet and discuss building...140 copies are delivered every day and are all gone within an business ideas. Additionally the facility will hour! The excellent initiative seeks to introduce a serious newspaper to include a number of new teaching rooms, our undergraduate student population with the aim of improving their breakout rooms for group work, a mock understanding of global business issues. boardroom and a new PC suite. Draft plans are shown below. We apologise that the build schedule will cause some inconvenience to students, guests and staff and hope that you will bear with us – we should be able to enjoy the new facility from June/July 2011. Cottesbrooke is now wi-Fi Enabled!! Students and staff can log in by searching for wireless network “wireless” and entering their university username and password. Ground floor First floor
Page 9 BusinessWise Nov 2010 / Winter Edition Courses starting in January 2011NBS has a number of courses starting in the New Year. These courses will be attractive to both full time and parttime/distance learners. In particular we offer: PG Cert Enhancing the International Student Experience: Throughout the sectors of Higher and Further Education there is a continuing growth of various forms of internationalisation. This growth raises issues related to the quality of the provision provided by all parts of an institution and the overall experience of International Students. The course will enable learners to develop as reflective practitioners by initially exploring theories relating to cross-cultural education. Learners then examine current practice related to their own area of activity, teaching, learner support or administration, as appropriate. Students will have the opportunity to design and research the effectiveness of any form of intervention appropriate to their own work with the intention of improving the experience of international students. PG Cert Income Generation Bidding & Tendering: This course is designed to develop the competence and confidence of professionals from Higher and Further Education, and the Public, Private and Third Sectors in the increasingly important area of bidding and tendering for funds to deliver research, funded projects, and consultancy. Designed for busy people, the three modules of the Certificate programme are delivered over eight to ten months. The assessment tasks are overtly practical – to submit income-generating bids and tenders. The programme is ideally suited to any professional new to the strange and sometimes confusing world of bidding and tendering; as well as their more experienced colleagues who wish to further develop their competence.Additional courses starting in the New Year include:Course title Mode of StudyBA International Accounting top up FTMSc Accounting and Finance FTMSc Accounting top up (from ACCA/CIMA/AIA) DLMBA (Master of Business Administration) FTBA Business & Management top up FT / DLMA Management (all pathways) FTPostgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies/MBA top up DLMA Leadership & Management top up (from Edexcel/CMI/ILM/NCC/ABE) DLMA HRM top up (from CIPD) DLMSc IT Service Management FTPg Cert/Pg Dip/MSc IT Service Management DLMA International Marketing Strategy FTMA Marketing top up (from CIM) DLKEY: DL = Distance Learning FT = Full TimeFull course information can be found on our website: www.northampton.ac.uk or by emailing:email@example.com
Page 10 BusinessWise Nov 2010 / Winter Edition Guest LecturesIn the last edition of BusinessWise we highlighted a number of guest lectures. These lectures, often by Industry Professionals, areinvaluable to the learning experience of students and can often lead to placements or work experience.This term we highlight the following: Microsoft Visit Campus!!! Former BA (Hons) Business Information Systems graduate Farhin Khan was employed by Microsoft in September as a Premier Field Engineer (SQL Server). Her success as the first ever graduate hired by Microsoft from Northampton Business School has resulted in further interest in NBS students from UK Group Managers of Microsoft. In November, they attended Park Campus for a ‘Microsoft Careers Day’ where students were able to view demonstrations of new and emerging technologies and gain an insight into working life with the group. In addition, they were able to engage in informal discussions with Microsoft representatives on potential career opportunities. This was a wonderful testament to the high quality teaching of NBS staff and to the progress of Farhin as a newly employed graduate. Well done Farhin!Visit from Marketing Industry ProfessorAllan Fraser-Rush, the Visiting Industry Professor in It was an early start forIntegrated Marketing Communications spent some time with our year three Advertisingthe NBS Marketing Division in October to share industry and Design students onpractice with Marketing staff. Allan is the Global Planner Thursday morning. Allanfor Lowe International, based in Stockholm Sweden, and used an aspect of hisworks mainly on Electrolux/Zanussi and Saab. He ran a work with Electrolux totwo hour session for staff in the morning on the theme of challenge the students“Brand Engagement”. He provided an interesting insight to come up with ‘out ofinto how this is approached within his agency, with digital the box’ ideas to presentcommunications playing an increasingly important role in back to him. Allan also setgetting consumers involved with a brand. There was also the students a researcha discussion about how the subject can be taught to our brief that will culminate instudents across a number of the Marketing modules. them presenting their findings and ideas to Allan and senior management from Electrolux in June 2011.In the afternoon, Allan presented a lecture to staff, year threeand postgraduate students on “The internationalisation of This is the third year Allan has set the agency client projectadvertising campaigns.” In the lecture he discussed how and after seeing the presentations, Allan said “Year oncountries are being brought together under a regional year the students take on issues that our agency (Lowe andumbrella to reduce costs and the challenges this creates in previously TEQUILA) are engaged with for their client andusing similar communications across different countries and show a level of work that should be commended. This yeardifferent cultures. He also explored in some detail how Saab they have an exciting challenge that I hope they will take fullis promoted across a number of countries and the issues that advantage of.”need to be addressed to communicate effectively.
Page 11 BusinessWise Nov 2010 / Winter Edition Institute for Logistics & Transport In November, year two and year three Operations The personal experiences described by the presenters Management students were visited by the Institute for showed just how varied the career paths on offer in this Logistics and Transport (CILT) and key representatives industry truly are. We are extremely grateful to them from Norbert Dentressangle and Baxters Healthcare. for donating their time and expertise. One speaker had travelled in from Zurich, just to meet with our students. The Logistics Industry is a vital component in the world of Business. Every product and service we consume Both Norbert Dentressangle and Baxters Healthcare have relies on the industry to deliver goods between business major presences in Northampton and operate throughout and customer and business to business; whether it is our the world. One student commented “I was impressed clothes and food bought in the high-street and brought by the exciting opportunities for worldwide career from across the globe or a parcel delivered from an progression and shall definitely be looking to the Logistics on-line company. The industry recognises the need to Industry for a possible career path.” recruit high grade students into a variety of career areas, whether it be Operations, Marketing, Human Resources The event was arranged in conjunction with Catherine or Accounting and Finance. Klimes and the Careers and Employability Service, pictured below with the CILT representatives, Norbert Students were given an insight into the rich variety of Dentressangle, Baxters Healthcare teams and Tim activities this industry undertakes. Presentations included: Peacock, course leader. • the supply chain of grapes-on-the-vine to wine-on-the- table; • the challenge of supplying logistics solutions for high street retailers and supermarkets; • the challenges of supplying a huge variety of healthcare products to all parts of the NHS; • the vast range of high street brand names that have their logistics handled on their behalf by a Logistics Solution Provider.At the time of going to press, the following additional speakers are planned for this term (full details can be foundon our website www.northampton.ac.uk):• Jim Kerr, ACAS • Brian Capon, Assistant Director, Media British Bankers’ Association (BBA) • Professor Robert Grant, Author of the best selling textbook: Contemporary Strategy Analysis• Jenny Briggs, Business Improvement Leader at Northampton General Hospital • Ashley Portlock, HR Director at Goodrich • Professor Keith Still from Crowddynamics.com • Ed Brookes, Director of Finance, HR and IT, Silverstone Circuits Ltd• Mark Mulcahey, Director of Arthur D Little UK, Management Consultants • Martin Sutherland, CEO of the Royal & Derngate Theatre In addition, NBS is delighted to announce that we are planning a series of major research lectures whichwill begin in the New Year. This prestigious series is intended to enhance the student learning experience bywelcoming a number of key industry and research professionals to the School. Their experiences and research willbe invaluable and we look forward to this exciting period.
Page 12 BusinessWise Nov 2010 / Winter EditionResearch & EnterpriseNew Social Enterprise Scheme AtNorthampton Business SchoolNorthampton Business has been launched. This round In addition to the valuable contribution involves 200 graduates undertaking made by the above schemes,School strides forward a placement for a period of up to 12 Northampton Business School alsoin its social enterprise weeks. Working in a paid role in local offers a programme designed to help SMEs, graduates will gain valuable students set up their own business.activities through a new experience whilst undertaking a module Enterprise Inc. has been running for thescheme, designed to from Northampton Business School’s past two years through the University’s Master of Business Administration Enterprise Club and has seen 52benefit graduates and (MBA) programme. This module, undergraduates and recent graduatesemployers from across ‘The Effective Manager’, will further receive bursaries to help them start equip graduates to tackle work based up their own business. SuccessfulNorthamptonshire and problems in a structured and measured applicants receive a cash bursary ofsurrounding counties. way. During the placement, successful £2,500 alongside £3,000 worth of applicants will work on a specific business support including advice,Graduates, unemployed executives project selected by the host company. training and mentoring.and young people can take advantage They will be guided and supportedof one of three programmes being throughout their placement and on There have been a wide variety ofrun by Northampton Business School successful completion will meet with a businesses started up through thisin conjunction with social enterprise head-hunter who will put them forward scheme including podiatry practices,3e. The Graduate Boost scheme gives (where relevant) to companies with photographers, new productgraduates the chance to apply their vacancies. development and a children’s booklearning and help make improvements illustrator who has developed andto a real business through a paid work Funded through the European Social marketed her own children’s character.placement. Fund, Plan B is an Enterprising Skills The scheme will continue into 2011 Programme for Young People aged with another cohort of 25 placements.Following the success of the first 16–24 which seeks to developGraduate Boost cohort in January enterprise opportunities, attitudes and2010, the second round of placements strategies. Dean Morrison, a recent graduate of 3e, commented:“I entered the 3e programme with chance to lead, guide and sometimes people on a course that proved tofew preconceptions; an enthusiasm even push their contemporaries down a be highly regarded by my eventualto complete a relevant business road of greater expectation. For anyone employer. The confidence comes fromqualification and the hope to eventually who has been patronised by a typical being able to draw on so much of yourre-enter the workforce in a meaningful recruitment organisation, this may past experience - understanding thatway. What I actually discovered was seem too good to be true – it’s not. so much of it is still relevant, whilst ata team of committed individuals the same time, gaining an insight intowho, not only possessed the skills The Postgraduate Certificate of new methods and processes, tools andnecessary to support those of us whose Management was a fantastic techniques.career direction was floundering, but experience and a real confidenceindividuals who seem to revel in the booster; studying with like-minded
Page 13 BusinessWise Nov 2010 / Winter EditionOf course, it’s definitely not all about being spoon fed. The I found people who valued my help as much as I valuedmore you personally put into it, the more you will definitely their humour. It is a real journey: gaining a new job, a newget out of it. I found this to be especially the case with perspective and hopefully some new friends. I would haveregards to the work placement. I chose an assignment early no hesitation in recommending this program to anyone whoand committed to it for a full three months. Whilst there is prepared to take an engaging and positive approach towere times when I asked myself “why am I doing this” (which re-building their career.”I think is normal in most jobs), for the most part, I found aproject that was challenging and rewarding. Ric Ellis, Business Development Manager at Apex, a renowned social enterprise, based in Leicester commented on the success of their graduates through the Graduate Boost scheme:“We have offered placements to six graduates since 3e Our second cohort (Anne and Hinal) will be completing thebegan and they have been producing excellent work. Our following projects:first cohort of Reena, Raj, Dina and Asad produced somefabulous projects. All were presented with very good • Research and input to our Café business plan testimonials from us and three have applied for jobs at thecompany. All are considering volunteering with us in the • Research and input to our Training business plan future. The work that the graduates undertake for us is vital in thatBetween them, they have produced the following: it informs our business planning for the future. Graduates under• One new funding and investment database (for internal the 3e scheme are motivated use and for external sale) and committed; attributes• One analysis report which are invaluable within our• Multiple useful analysis and research organisation.” Supporting Enterprise in Corby Enterprise Coaching is a new project being delivered by the Funded Projects Unit to encourage and support enterprise to the residents of Corby. This is a free service, funded by the European Regional Development Fund to run to March 2012. The objective of Enterprise Coaching is to increase the levels of economic activity within disadvantaged communities; assisting individuals to start up their own business, become self employed or make a significant change in their life. To achieve this, the programme aims to support individuals to make a positive ‘enterprising’ change in their life through access to various coaching activities. This is not a business support programme but a programme which supports individuals to effect positive change in their lives. Since May of this year, 32 clients have engaged in the project receiving a total of 151 hours support. Actual support comprises of 1-2-1 coaching and 1-many coaching workshops. These help break down any barriers the client may be facing such as self confidence, self esteem and communication skills which may be preventing them from making that change.
Page 14 BusinessWise Nov 2010 / Winter Edition As part of the funding agreement, the project must provide minimum support of 12 hours to 140 people. The key to making the project work is to engage with the Corby community at grass roots level. It has become clear the project is an extension of what existing community groups are already doing. With this in mind, the project is looking to recruit four community groups as delivery partners. In doing so, we will support and develop them to deliver 1-2-1 coaching and in return they will develop the team to become community development workers - big society at work! One recent case study saw an unemployed couple from Corby start their own business in the Industrial Cleaning Industry. The couple, who had recently moved from Coventry to Corby, engaged in the project after picking up a leaflet at the local TA Centre. Enterprise Coaching worked with the client to utilise their previous experience in the contract cleaning industry to increase self esteem and confidence whilst offering practical solutions to their aspirations of owning their own business. After a period of short term employment, the couple generated enough funds to get their business underway on a part time basis initially, with a view to becoming a full time enterprise in the future. For further information, please call the Enterprise Coaching team on 01536 527427 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Be INSPIRE(D) Dr. Ian Brooks offered his full support and suggested that this becomes a cultural norm. Dissertation supervisors are now pre-empting publishing possibilities with their students as they develop. Internal Network of Student Publication for Integrated Dr. Grahame Fallon has isolated a number of quality dissertations for INSPIRE and several publications Research Excellence are already in embryo stage. Deborah Mattock INSPIRE was created in June this year by Linda is assisting with legal matters and Dr. Izabela Lee-Davies (following an idea from Professor Nada Robinson, Ross Thompson, Dr. Simon Burtonshaw- Kakabadse) that student publications could be used Gunn, Prof. Simon Denny and Dr. Kathleen Mortimer more effectively in our overall research activity. furnish the research advice. Linda and Nada felt that Northampton Business INSPIRE will become a focal point for NBS to School could maximise on the increasing quality encourage, gather, monitor and increase its of Masters level dissertations and other good research/publishing output. The project has started work. Opening doors to publication for these many well because of the collective effort of a modern talented students would not only enhance their thinking and proactive team who want to make CVs but also add to the research quantity, quality research more accessible for all. and robustness for Northampton Business School. In addition, NBS anticipates that relationships with local businesses will continue to increase as collaboration with employers develops. With the further observation that there were also many talented lecturers who could be encouraged to increase their research activity, Linda created INSPIRE to be flexible enough to accommodate their interests too. In addition to the original ideas and guidance from Professor Nada Kakabadse, Linda has been fully backed by a very strong foundation panel. Dr. Brooks, Prof. Kakadadse and Linda Lee-Davies discussing potential research papers
Page 15 BusinessWise Nov 2010 / Winter EditionStrategic PartnershipsNBS consistently makes its programmes relevant to the world of work through links with professional bodies and institutions.Students studying with NBS at either undergraduate or postgraduate level are assured that the teaching is of the highest quality andbenchmarked to industry standard. Our courses are designed to maximise exemptions (where possible) and to offer rigorous contentwhich ensures that students are prepared to go straight into their chosen career. We offer the following: Marketing and Entrepreneurship We are delighted to announce that our BA (Hons) Marketing programme has been granted ‘Dual Award’ status by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) in recognition of the professional relevance of our curriculum. Students joining the programme from September 2011 and passing with a minimum ‘Upper Second’ classification will gain exemption from two of the four units of the CIM Professional Diploma in Marketing. This will give our graduates a head start in their continuing professional development. More details about Dual Award will be available on the Northampton Business School website shortly. We are also in continued discussions with the CIM to offer students taking specific modules the opportunity to gain the CIM/CAM Diploma in Digital Marketing. Northampton Business School already offers a route to Chartered Marketer status through our delivery of the following CIM qualifications: Professional Certificate, Professional Diploma, Chartered Postgraduate Diploma, and MA Marketing (top-up). Diploma in Public Service Interpreting On successful completion of the examinations, students are awarded the DPSI qualification from the Institute of Linguists. The DPSI is accredited at NVQ level 6 by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. Accounting and Finance The strategy of the field is to develop programmes of study that best meet industry needs in the 21st century. This is achieved by either developing programmes in association with key professional bodies or benchmarking teaching, learning and assessments against professional body standards. The Field has entered into formal agreements with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, The Institute of Chartered Accountants, The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, The Institute of Financial Accountants, The Association of International Accountants, The Association of Accounting Technicians, The Institute of Accounting Technicians of Canada, The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, the Chartered Insurance Institute and Chartered Institute of Public sector accountants. Examples of links with specific courses include: Our BA Accounting & Finance course offers maximum exemptions from the ACCA. If you hold any of the professional qualifications above you will receive enhanced standing onto one of the field’s undergraduate or postgraduate programmes. For example, the field has an agreement with the IFA to accept holders of the “Professional Financial Accountant” qualification onto the one year BA (Hons) International Accounting degree programme that is delivered on campus or by distance learning. Members of ACCA and CIMA will gain significant exemption from the MSc Accounting and Finance also available on campus or by distance learning.
Page 16 BusinessWise Nov 2010 / Winter Edition Information Sciences / Business Computing Systems Our courses are linked closely to the IT Service Management (itSMF), Association for Project Management (APM) and Skills For Information Age (SFIA). Northampton Business School was the first academic partner for SFIA and the MSc ITSM programme recognised as Innovative by itSMF in 2008. This has provided students with a unique opportunity to align their skills with industry standards and to have access through their studies, to current and relevant material from itSMF, APM and SFIA. The Information Sciences team are qualified in ITIL® up to Expert level and in Prince2® and SFIA. Leisure Management and Languages NBS holds membership of the Association of Events Management Education (AEME), the National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA) and Eventia. Our new Leisure Management and Lifestyles course for 2011 (subject to approval) will be accredited by the Institute for Sport and Recreation Management (ISRM). In addition to robust specific knowledge, this course is coupled with an extensive variety of qualifications such as a Supervisory Recreation Management qualification, Spa Management, Employment awareness in Active Leisure and Learning Sector (QCF) and many more. At the end of the three year degree pathway, students will be accredited with the title as a diploma member of the institute which will allow them to carry the title, as well as BA (Hons) but also M.inst. ISRM. dip. Needless to say this greatly improves employment prospects for graduating students. Our Travel and Tourism courses offer strong links with the European Union of Tourism Officers, Tourism Management Institute and English Heritage as well as marketing organisations such as the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Human Resource Management and Management Postgraduate Diploma in HRM (Level 7), MA HRM (Level 7) and Certificate in HRM (Level 5) The CIPD have approved the content of these courses as fulfilling the knowledge and understanding requirements for Associate Membership. In order to gain full membership of the CIPD, students need to gain experience in an HR role at an appropriate level. This is done through the CIPD, and not through the University. During 2010/11 we intend to include some modules in BA HRM (single or joint) as fulfilling the knowledge and understanding requirements for Associate Membership of the CIPD, as well as the above qualifications. In addition, we will be seeking to gain Chartered Management Institute (CMI) accreditation for BA Management. Editorial Contact and School Manager: Jennifer Catlin Tel : 01604 892921 (E&OE) email: email@example.com www.northampton.ac.uk