Professor David Oglethorpe, Dean of the Management School gives his thoughts on this year as Christmas approaches.
"Once again we approach the Christmas break with a real spring in our step.
"This time last year, we were celebrating our performances with EQUIS reaccreditation and the Research Excellence Framework – headline successes which heralded a huge leap forward for the School. During the year we’ve had even more success, reflecting the excellence of our staff and students – a full five-year AMBA re-accreditation and outstanding results in the National Student Survey.
"As this year draws to a close, I’m delighted to report on some other successes.
"We are proud of every Management School graduate, and love to hear about their achievements. Recently, we were delighted to pass on our congratulations to a 2015 BA Business Management graduate James Bird when he won the Young Business Person of the Year Award at this year’s Sheffield Business Awards. He joined SleepCogni, an SME that the Management School has worked with as a corporate partner, straight after finishing his degree and has since made a significant contribution.
"James’s boss and mentor, local entrepreneur Richard Mills, enthused about the mutual benefits of organisations working with the Management School and told me of how invaluable our graduate has been to SleepCogni. With social responsibility at the heart of our mission, it is very satisfying to hear that our graduates are making such an impact on the regional start-up economy."
"Of course, our academic community’s research has been tackling fundamental national and global issues with their research, and I was delighted to hear that Dr Kamal Birdi and Dr Tina McGuiness were successful in their bids to be involved in TWENTY65, a University-wide interdisciplinary project with a value of nearly £4million which will work to ensure the UK maintains a clean, sustainable water supply for the future.
"In the meantime, Professor Tim Vorley has been working with the UK government to ensure that they understand the value of social science research and innovation; Professor Jason Heyes and Dr Tom Hastings have created a toolkit which aims to improve working lives for vulnerable employees in informal economies; and Professor Lenny Koh launched the new phase of her major research project, SCEnAT+, at Microsoft.
"The School’s reach and influence is astounding – our graduates are making a huge impact on local organisations and the city’s business community, while our research broaches some of the world’s major challenges. Our responsibility and potential cannot be underestimated, which is why 2016 is such an exciting prospect.
"To our alumni putting resolutions into action – I wish you all a fruitful start to 2016."