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Message he freoumetDean Ex c tiv and staff alike It’s such an exciting time for students h record student in Nor thampton Business School. Wit new staff and numbers yet again this year, a dozen , we are looking the opening of our new student hub m successes. Once forward to many individual and tea n acclaimed in the again the school’s teaching has bee ch placed Business National Student Sur vey (2011) whi Students are 18th out of all UK business schools. , as such, we our first, second and third priority and centred facilities, are investing heavily in our student loyment orientated technology enhanced learning, emp broader student activities, social enterprise and the duates from the social and learning experience. Gra in multiple top school last summer have secured jobs companies while increasing num bers have chosen ement during to undertake a one year student plac ng a vibrant their study. NBS is increasingly becomi iness school with and exciting, truly international bus s from around students, business clients and par tner the world. @ianbrooks6 Featured in this edition... facilities in The grand opening of the new Cottesbrooke P.5 Comments Welcome year 1 students P.6 Would you lik e to commen en they on any of the t What your lecturers get up to wh stories are not teaching you P.8 featured in th is edition of BusinessWise k your ? Got an idea The Centre for Employability, boo for the next is sue? Let us ent appointment to discuss placem know –email 0 businesswis opportunities P.1 northampto e@ n.ac.uk Celebrating success Graduation summer 2011 P.11Published by Northampton Business School T. 01604 892036 E. firstname.lastname@example.orgEditors: Hayley Hunter and Michelle Smith. Design: Stampwww.northampton.ac.ukEvery effort has been made to ensure that all of the information contained in this edition of Business Wise is correct a the time of going to press.Please note that The University of Northampton accepts no liability for the accuracy of statements in this and other marketing publications.
BusinessWise - Student Edition Page 2Parisian Placement“ I originally heard about a placement year given a new way of looking at life. Since completing my work during my second year as a student. At first I placement I have increased my extracurricular activity and dodidn’t think it would be for me as I wanted to not miss an opportunity to meet new people because I trulyfinish my studies as soon as possible and I also believe that they are the key to everything.didn’t think I’d need the experience as I wasalready involved in volunteering groups and my grades were I am so glad that I decided to take a work placement. It isgood. I also wanted to work for a small company and didn’t really helping me with my studies and since I came back to thethink I would be able to. UK I have received more calls from companies for permanent positions than ever before. I feel 100 times more confident inOver the summer holidays, I went home to France and my family myself.and friends convinced me to use my personal network to find awork placement there. Coming from an artistic family I really I would definitelywanted to find a position in a theatre. recommend a work placement to otherI was successful in getting a work placement as a PR & students, the experienceMarketing Assistant at Le Theatre de La Tempete in Paris. is invaluable. My adviceMy job role was varied; I was responsible for developing to those looking for arelationships with prospective customers both companies and placement is to useindividuals, organising group outings, representing the theatre your network, develop “at events, developing marketing communication plans and it, contact differentworking on a new mapping system to better segment customers. companies and go and meet them!The placement year offered me the opportunity to think aboutwhat I wanted to do in the future and how to get there. I feelthat I would not have had the time to reflect on these issues BA (Hons) Marketingif I had gone straight into my third year of study. I have been ured work This year our students have sec mpanies: A year with BMW placements in the following co hampton Avon Cosmetics Ltd – Category Co-ordinator – Nort David Richards, a BA Business Entrepreneurship student - Devon Bovey Castle – Events Co-ordinator took a one year placement at BMW, Bracknell, as an nt - Coventry Broad Horizons Enterprise Centre – Student Placeme Internet Marketing Assistant. During his time there he - Northampton undertook such duties as project managing new pages Carlsberg - Change Co-ordinator – SAS Programmer - Leeds and applications, improving agency relationships as well Covance CRU Ltd ts Trainee – Cheltenham as problem solving for new projects. Cowley Manor – Management/Even ent Trainee – Newmarket Enterprise Rent-A-Car – Managem Special Events Intern - London Estee Lauder Companies – MAC bridge David commented: – Junior Software Engineer – Cam European Bioinformatics Institute “I decided to take a placement year as I knew it would unts Assistant - Banbury be beneficial for me to gain work experience and make Faurecia Automotive Seating – Acco - London Global Reach Partn ers – Financial Services Graduate myself more attractive to companies when looking for les, USA employment after university. I enjoyed gaining experience Gorgeous PR – PR Intern – Los Ange hampton in the real business world and it has helped me to realise Gringaux Acco untants – Trainee Audit Clerk - Sout Support – Midd lesex where I want to get to in my career. I also feel that IBM – System X Sales Operations taking a placement year has given me an advantage over nt Trainee – Corby Kettering Boro ugh Council – Accounting Placeme students who haven’t. on LK Bennett – PR Assistant – Lond tor Assistant - London News Internatio nal – Fabulous – Fashion Co-ordina Being on a placement year has really helped with my Pop PR – Press Assistant – London studies. I now have the goal to get a first, I had the goal ner - Kibworth before my placement but now I see the importance of this Stones Events – Assistant Event Plan er Swarovski Intern – London and how much it will help me in my career in the future. I Swarovski – Ateli / Events Assistant - Biggleswade would definitely recommend a placement year to anyone.” The Mansion House – Marketing Support Analyst - Northampton Travis Perkins plc – Business Risk pton Since graduating in July 2011 with a first class degree Union – Events Assistant – Northam University of Northampton, Student David has been employed as a Marketing Manager at pton Busi ness School – Placement and University of Northampton, Northam pton local company USB2U. Employability Assistant – Northam munication Manager - Peterborough Vivacity – Sales, Marketing & Com Marketing Internship – London World Design & Trade, Firetrap –
BusinessWise - Student Edition Page 3Accountancyvisit from A strategythe expertsOn the Thursday of welcome week the for a million?new accounting students were giventhe opportunity to attend sessions thatwere organised by a variety of externalvisitors. The students firstly met withLisa Day and her team from ICAEW(The Institute of Chartered Accountantsin England & Wales) The studentsengaged in a business game organisedby the members of ICAEW and aidedby representatives of Grant Thorntonwhere, in groups of five or six, theyhad the challenge of deciding whichinvestment opportunity would give thebest returns given financial and otherinformation about several competingcompanies. Each group presentedtheir decisions giving reasons for theirchoice and much discussion and debateresulted. Final year undergraduate students Delivery Service by Sulleman Petit and a studying Financial Strategy responded cleaning company. From an academic well to the challenging assignment set perspective these assignments achieved a by tutor Mike Eade. This year students richly deserved A grade. From a practical were encouraged to write a business plan standpoint some of these plans may turn which could be turned into the reality of a into a successful business which employs full or part-time job on graduation. Given others. the state of the economy a business plan was seen as a useful way of integrating The real challenge for students is to come an understanding of operational up with a practical idea which requires management, marketing and accountancy. minimal financing and offers opportunitiesAfter a buffet lunch there were a number There is also the hope of making a fortune for growth to the point where the businessof talks including a partner from thelocal accountancy firm Hawsons who or at least a decent living. can become fulltime. The usual practiceexplained his career path over the years in academia is to ask students to start athat resulted in his present position. A number of students thought through business with £25,000 from the mythicalGraduates employed by Nationwide their ideas to the point where serious long lost relative in Australia. Startingalso talked of their university experience consideration is being given to trying as a micro-capitalist requires a lotand their experience of successfully to put the idea into practice. This will more thought, research and planning.applying for graduate positions. One require the support of parents, friends and Throughout the business plan processof these graduates, Matthew, recently relatives on graduation. The businesses there was plenty of help available tograduated from The University of included proposals for a company that students during seminars.Northampton with a first class honours, will provide pollination services to farmersBA Accounting & Finance. The day and breeding services to apiculturallists Given the emphasis on employability andfinished with a talk from two recently (beekeepers), a custom-made soft entrepreneurship, so vital to the globalgraduated students, Sandra and Dana, furnishings business, a security company, economy, Northampton Business School iswith their tips on making the best of Sew Perfect a tailoring company by again focusing on the issues faced by alluniversity life having also graduated Tasmina Begum, Coastal Cuisine Food businesses.with first degrees in Accounting &Finance. ar studen Sur. Final yeThe National Student tsvey – in Have your say coming to an Inbox near you in the new year.
BusinessWise - Student Edition Page 4Ourveryown pin upWhen Luke Tate started out on the After graduating with a First Class Honours Luke was keen to share his story with otherBA (Hons) Business programme with degree Carlsberg were quick to snap students considering a placement year soNorthampton Business School he did Luke up on a full time basis as a Human our central Marketing team arranged anot expect to become a poster pin up on Resource Advisor. professional photo/film shoot. The resultinggraduation. video has been a major success on You Tube and on the University web site and this hasLuke took full advantage of the opportunity also led to a poster campaign around thefor a year out in industry and with the help county where Luke can be seen adorningof The Centre for Employability secured many of the bus stops.a placement with Carlsberg at the UKHeadquarters based in Northampton.Following a successful placement year,Carlsberg offered Luke some part time work The Centre for Employabilityto fit in with his final year of studies. has a new office located next to The Hub in Cottesbrooke soLuke believes that having the opportunity to why not call in and make antake a year’s work placement enabled him appointment to talk aboutto stand out from the crowd. The confidence placement opportunities.and experience he gained over this timemade him more of an attractive prospect toemployers.
BusinessWise - Student Edition Page 5Grand opening of theNEW Cottesbrooke facilitiesNorthampton Business School were delighted On Thursday 6th October Northampton sleight of hand, powerful card magic, and histo unveil the £1.7m extension to the Business School invited students and staff to ability to bend cutlery with his mind he was aCottesbrooke building which boasts a new celebrate the official opening. Vice Chancellor big hit with all the guests.social learning space where students and Professor Nick Petford, and Executive Deanstaff can get together to work in small groups of NBS, Dr Ian Brooks, welcomed over 100 Following the opening event pictures wereor share ideas over a coffee. Students were students and staff to the new facility’s official posted on Facebook and students have beenasked on Facebook for suggestions to name opening. tagging themselves andthe new space and we opted for ‘The Hub’. adding comments, ThomasThe Hub will be open from 8am – 8pm and BBC Radio Northampton Hughes posted his commentoffers wireless connection to the internet, broadcast live from the on Facebook ‘Very Snazzy’.allowing students to work with their laptops, in opening, interviewing Northants Chamber ofaddition we have vending facilities to get a hot guests. Svetlan Iltsenko, Commerce tweeted ‘Justor cold drink and a selection of snacks. The aged 20, a second year been to the opening ofHub provides a considerable enhancement student from Russia the Business School (@to the student experience for undergraduates whose Tourism degree NBSUniNorthants) extensionas well as our postgraduate and part time is based at the Business @UniNorthants. A fantasticevening students. We hope the space will be School said: “Last year facility’. We would love toa hive of activity allowing students to connect, we had nowhere to really hear your comments aboutlearn, reflect and inspire. go between lectures the new facilities on Twitter unless we wanted to @nbsUniNorthants.The extension also offers new spacious keep walking back andteaching rooms equipped with the latest forth across campus. The extension has been intechnology and student breakout rooms Now we have this great tentative operation sincelocated on the first floor which can be used space and I think our September 2011, and thefor group work and to practice presentations. time will be spent far facility has already beenStudents can book these rooms through the more productively. I’m very excited to use the used for external meetings for the Bank ofbusiness school reception using their student boardroom and have professional space for England for a conference on the ‘future of thecard. We also have an additional computer presentations.” UK economy’, as well as a seminar deliveredsuite and a boardroom which will be used by by Floyd Graham & Co Solicitors on agencystudents to simulate industry style meetings During the opening students were entertained worker regulations.and agency presentations. Reaction to by Robert Gough, an award winning magician.the new space has been very positive from Robert offers a fresh spin on magic andstudents, staff and visitors alike. provides a unique humour. With his expert
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BusinessWise - Student Edition Page 7In F cus Events... 3rd November 2011 11 – 3pm Careers Fair Come along to The University of Northampton’s annual Careers Fair and talk to employers about the including how to manage and measure multiple agendas. opportunities that they will have available when you graduate. Olinga will offer guest lectures and one to one mentoring, as well as supervising research students particularly in areas 3rd November 2011 6 - 8pm of metrics, connected communities, Guest Lecture - Peter Whitehead microfinance, Faith 2.0, social media, Financial Times regeneration and ‘Big Society’ How hard can it be to run a big paradigms. business? He built his corporate pedigree by To book please e-mail specialising in hypergrowth companies email@example.com and those in severe difficulty. He retired last year at the age of 50 from the business world, having held P&L responsibility in organisations from start- ups to US$ 600 million with 9000 staff, mostly as CEO/ Chairman positions across private, public and third sector organisations. 23rd November 2011 1 - 2.30pm Accountancy careers talk hostedOlinga Ta’eed, was described In the last decade Olinga has focussed by Lisa Day of Institute Charteredin April 2011 as an his efforts in the third sector as Chair Accountants England and Wales“entrepreneur, investor and of some of the largest BME (black minority ethnic) charities in Europe 8th December 2011 6 - 8pmsocial activist” by a leading in capacity development and mental Guest Lecture – Alan Fraser RushUS University. Olinga joins health, as well as smaller charities in Global Planning Director, SwedenNorthampton Business children’s environmental studies and Lowe Brindfors Advertising AgencySchool (NBS) as Professor Asian family issues amongst others. He remains involved in mentoring andin Social Enterprise at The the performance arts where he has Got an eveUniversity of Northampton, considerable hands on experience. Olinga advertise or bo nt tothe only such post in the UK. has returned to his academic roots to oks to sell? take up the position of Professor in Social Please feel free to use theOne of the key focuses for Olinga’s work Enterprise at Northampton Business designated stud ent noticeat NBS will be to enhance the student School adding to some 70 published boards on the 1st floor inexperience of cross sector blended solutions, papers. Cottesbrooke tosome with community engagement, advertise your events or sell books. Alternatively yo u can post a notice on our Fa cebook wall at NBSUniNor than ts. Children in need 2011 Visit the Centre for Community Volunteering to see how to get involved www.northampton.ac.uk/volunteers
BusinessWise - Student Edition Page 8Ever wondered what yourlecturers get up to whenthey’re not working with you?Thailand Ties embedding SFIA in the curriculum. Talks are now underway to look at the feasibility The RestaurantRoss Thompson, Senior Lecturer and of offering NBS students the opportunity to spend a year studying at INCAP. Inspector comesCourse Leader for the BAM Top-UpDegrees, spent five weeks working as a to townvisiting professor at Eastern Asia University(EAU) in Bangkok (Thailand). Ross spent his Global Entrepreneur Senior Lecturer in Marketingtime teaching the local students, working Project Grant Timms was featured in Channel 5’s The Restaurant Inspector, after hewith EAU staff, meeting educational agents, gave his valuable advice and support tovisiting schools and educational fairs. Ross Dr. Shaowei He, Dr. Dave Burnapp The Vineyard, a local family-runfound the trip invaluable – apart from the and Professor Zhigang Yan (Shaoguan restaurant.heavy rains – and feels the experience has University) have been leading on abenefitted him greatly in terms of cultural collaborative project with Shaoguan Grant Timms worked behind the scenesunderstanding and sensitivity. Ross has University in China, funded by the British helping restaurant owner Amy Walder.been helping to finalise an agreement with Council Prime Minister’s Initiative for Grant said ‘In these tough economic timesEAU which will allow their students to study International Education (PMI2). The aim it is more important than ever to focus onfor one year in the UK and receive a dual of this partnership is to help students customers. Amy and I have been thinkingBachelor’s degree award. of different cultures to work together creatively about finding new ways to attract to develop as global entrepreneurs, customers and most importantly, building by enhancing their cross-cultural strong relationships to encourage them toHugs and Kisses communication skills and knowledge of the business environment of other countries. keep coming back’.in Chile In order to achieve this, the project team has created an innovative training moduleIn early September Susan Bailey, Principal which aims to develop students’ cross-Lecturer and Field Chair for Information cultural understanding and communicationSciences and her colleague Carole skills alongside the traditionalMorrell were invited to the Technological entrepreneurial and employability skills.University of Chile INACAP by Chancellor,Gonzalo Vargas and the Dean ofInternational Relations, Joaquin Valenzuela.INACAP provided a very warm welcometo Susan and Carole. The Chileans have ahabit of hugging and kissing you everytime Warm welcome foryou meet up! Susan and Carole delivereda lecture on the implementation of Skills Izabela in BeijingFramework for the Information Age (SFIA ) Dr Izabela Robinson, Programme Leaderacross INACAP’s IT degree provision and for MA HRM and PG Diploma HRM hasprovided workshop support, in addition returned from visiting Capitol Universitythey facilitated a comprehensive workshop of Economics and Business in Beijingfor the faculty and administration team where she delivered a series of lecturesinvolved in the SFIA implementation NBS Student Rachel Franklin took to undergraduate, postgraduate and PhDprocess, on the practicalities of part in the project and said “I have found students on the topic of Strategic HRM and the experience to be exciting and rewarding. the contribution of SHRM to organisational I enjoyed working with both students from performance. Northampton and more excitingly overseas students. I also learnt quite a bit about entrepreneurship in the process. I think that this type of learning has great potential. To have the chance to study, talk and exchange ideas with students thousands of miles away in a totally different culture was the bit that was the most enticing for me.”
BusinessWise - Student Edition Page 9 THANK YOU TO ALL THE STUDENTS AND STAFF WHO TOOK PART IN THE MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING. IN TOTAL WE RAISED £160.00 FOR THIS VERY WORTHY CAUSE.Thoughts on theFINANCIAL The case for volunteeringTIMES...Northampton Business School arepleased to continue offering dailycopies of the Financial Times free ofcharge to students. The feedback fromstudents is very positive and there isa real sense of how much this helpsstudents with their studies.“Since I have engaged with this paper Getting a good degree is not enough; One recent Business Studies graduate,over the last couple of months it gives employers are looking for graduates that Peter Sara, found himself leading his ownme intellectual knowledge and allows stand out from the crowd, have relevant project, planning and organising a rangeme to participate in discussions both experience, can think outside the box and of awareness and fundraising events forwithin and outside the university. The who can demonstrate key skills through Fair Trade and commented “ Without thisFT has given me the confidence to practical examples. experience I would be leaving universityspeak openly about what is happening without a strong direction to follow, I’vein the world which has helped me to Volunteering is recognised by university’s as developed loads of skills and, as a resultdevelop hugely as a person.” a way for students to gain experience and of my volunteering I want to pursue event“The finance pages originally scared try out career paths and it has the added management in the voluntary sector’.me but now I am able to take my time benefit of helping communities and charitiesto read through and look over to gain provide vital services. CfCV will be holding regular dropknowledge and understanding of the in sessions in Cottesbrooke C121 onsubject….. The broadsheet paper has The Centre for Community Volunteering Wednesdays between 9.30 and 12.00 duringenlightened me. At first I was most (CfCV) is The University of Northampton’s term time so if you have questions aboutapprehensive about opening the own campus based service to help you find volunteering or you simply want to find outdaunting paper but now I am almost the type of volunteering that best suits your more about opportunities please pop into toexcited at the thought of picking out needs. So whether you want to do something see us or emailstories, facts and figures to share with based on your studies, interests or a passion, firstname.lastname@example.org or visitmy peers.” CfCV has hundreds of opportunities that you www.northampton.ac.uk/volunteers “The FT has helped me in my lectures can get involved in and a team of friendlyand seminars as I can now understand staff offering advice, guidance and support.the tutors and think the same way.This also means that when I come towrite up assignments I can use thevocabulary in my work to show thatI have a good understanding of thebusiness world.” News Flash: wship“I believe the FT to be a very good Mike Eade has been awarded a Fellosource of information, which when of The Institute of Chartered Secretariesread regularly can be a really good and Administrators (ICSA)way to increase your knowledge andgive you a better understanding ofbusiness and therefore better grades.”
BusinessWise - Student Edition Page 10 THE CENTRE FOR EMPLOYABILITY The Northampton Business School Centre Centre for Employability for Employability is based within The Hub. Mon – Friday 10 - 4pm You can book an appointment with staff to Community Volunteering - discuss a wide range of work placement Wednesday 10 -12 noon opportunities. In addition the Centre will provide a space for students to meet with Careers & Guidance – University Careers & Guidance Officers, Friday 10 -12 noon Advisors from the Centre for Academic Centre for Academic Practice – Practice and The Volunteering Team. availability to be advised Tambudzai Mangezi Lecturer in Financial Mobile To... Services phone Dr Nikolaos Pappas app Lecturer in Marketing Dr Ilenia Bregoli iNorthampton helps you stay Lecturer in Marketing connected to The University of Northampton from wherever Dr Cristina Quinones you are, on or off campus. Use Lecturer in Human iNorthampton to find anyone in Resource Management the directory and get in touch instantly, stay in-the-loop with theBettina DowningEnglish as a Second latest campus news, watch videosLanguage Leader from recent campus events, check Dr Holger Siemons timetables and courses as well as Senior Lecturer in browse our library catalogue, or International Business even check out our latest events. Search inorthampton Dr Andrew Gough Lecturer in Operations Management to download Dr. Olinga Ta’eed Professor in Social EnterpriseLisa HansonEnglish as a SecondLanguage Instructor Tannish Thakker Placement and Philipp Kuhl Employability Assistant Project co-ordinatorDr Kai Liu Sandra WhittlestonLecturer in International Senior Lecturer inBusiness Information Technology Service Management Dr Lien Luu Senior Lecturer in Financial Services