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your school february 2010 research learning corporate international reputation people spotlight events


your school Welcome to the second edition of your school, bringing you news from across the school. The news categories are once again focused on our key strengths as covered in the school’s vision and mission, which outline the future direction of Hull University Business School. Editions of your school will be stored on the HUBS portal site for reference. If you have any stories you would like including in upcoming editions, please contact business school PR officer, Kate Tyson – k.tyson@hull.ac.uk or ext 3335.

research Research review In response to the RAE 2008, and emerging issues related to the new REF framework, we are reviewing the way that research is organised in the school. The process aims to improve the school’s performance and ranking, ensure outputs are improved, and provide a focus on other indicators such as PhD awards, research council studentships and research council income. Consultations are currently taking place and analyses are being undertaken within the school. A transitional research committee has been formed to lead the review.

Knowledge production Kevin Orr was invited to speak at an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) seminar event in St Andrews in November, hosted by the Social Dimensions of Health Institute. The event explored contemporary understandings of how

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both research findings and practitioner-based information can influence knowledge production.

Top 10 paper David Menachof’s paper for logistics and supply chain academics, ‘An analysis of the value of supply chain management periodicals for teaching, research and outreach purposes’, has been listed in SSRN’s Top Ten download list for resource-based strategy and policy.

Logistics academics at conference David Grant and visiting professor Martin Christopher were both recently invited to present at the annual Logistics Ireland convention. With the volatile global economy firmly on the agenda, both Grant and Christopher used their wide knowledge and expertise of supply chain management and logistics to present persuasive arguments to over 200 delegates at the event.


Outstanding research results Mike Tayles and former postgraduate student Yi Ma have recently had their joint-authored research paper on ‘Strategic Management Accounting’ published in Accounting and Business Research, a highly rated journal.

Fellowship award from ESRC Interviews have taken place for the recently awarded Management and Business Development Fellowship from the ESRC, in the research area of European transport and logistics. Steve Armstrong, David Grant and Chandra Lalwani are responsible for the prestigious scholarship, which is one of only 17 awarded this year.

and were universally well-received. For more information, please contact the individuals directly.

learning Buddy scheme An international buddy scheme, a joint HUBS/FASS project, is being piloted, funded by the Student Innovations Fund. Take-up has exceeded expectations and indicates the real need to support the integration of home and international students. An initial evaluation of the project has been submitted to ULTAC and SMT showing that the programme has been a success.

Study leave review UG review Angela Espinosa, Graham Spickett-Jones and Denise Thursfield presented the findings from their recent study leave projects in a session held in December. The presentations showcased the research undertaken,

The review of undergraduate degrees has been completed and a new structure of core and elective modules has been agreed which is in line with the school’s vision and mission. As part of this process, the balance of assessment

methods at each level and for each programme is also under review.

Student monitoring The school has successfully introduced Tier 4 student attendance monitoring with effect from the start of the academic year. The monitoring scheme, is required by the UK Border Agency. To minimise any potential discrimination all students registered with the school are being asked to present for attendance.

Case study request We really do need case studies to enhance the school’s website and printed materials. We are not only looking for academic brilliance but for a wide range of student stories – for example, about those who have had a great experience at Hull, have interesting extracurricular hobbies, or gone on to good jobs. If you know of any appropriate students, please let Hayley know – h.thorpe@hull.ac.uk or ext. 3601. |3


Visiting lecturer Undergraduate and postgraduate students learning about research methods were able to put questions on the subject to a leading expert in the field, Professor Mark Saunders, in two guest lectures organised by Yilmaz Guney.

Partner event The school’s annual partner institution networking event was held on 16 December, attracting 18 colleagues from Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education, Doncaster Business School and East Riding College.

corporate Reach out Team Leader Development programmes have commenced with ABP. There is the potential that this could result in seven programmes, embracing 90 participants in total. There is strong demand for driver training with the Logistics Institute 4|

with significant work scheduled for 2010. A new series of discussion roundtable and lecture events are being organised in association with Ian Carmichael Training Ltd, looking at issues in the haulage sector. Work with the health sector continues to be a strong source of activity with work scheduled or under discussion with HEY NHS, York & N Yorks NHS and the City Healthcare Partnership. Work undertaken with the HEY NHS Trust on infection prevention and control was recently ‘showcased’ nationally as one of three examples of innovative practice by the Department of Health at a service improvement conference.

moved into the school on 18 January.

Works for You Building on previous mentoring success, the Works for You project, supported by Yorkshire Forward, is aimed at those with higher level skills who are unemployed or likely to become unemployed due to the recession. The first cohort of mentors and mentees began working together in December 2009. The scheme has recently received local press coverage for the tour of local libraries taking place which aims to encourage more people to join the scheme.

Funding review Work which was postponed in the last financial year is now being rescheduled with Kimberly-Clark in Australasia and Thailand and locally with Seven Seas Ltd. Demand for business space continues to grow and new company James McGuggan Associates, a lead generation business,

The Logistics Institute has been busy creating and getting funding for courses to help those who are unemployed due to the recession, as well as to assist businesses to enhance the skills of their workforce in preparation for the financial upturn. The institute has so far managed to win eight projects as part of the Innovation Voucher


Scheme. The scheme entitles small and medium sized businesses to £3000 of specialist knowledge from training and education providers in the Yorkshire region and helps them to research an innovative development idea for their organisation.

World of Work week 2010 The school will play host to representatives from the corporate world as part of WoW week 2010. More details will be released closer to the week, which starts on 22 February 2010 – but please remind your students of the events nearer to the time.

External speakers The school has welcomed a number of external speakers from the business world over the past few months. In Hull, Wen-Ling Liu invited Carl Källén, Head of Sales – Global Customer Unit, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, to speak on the challenges of international sales management and repositioning through the eyes of the multinational organisation. In Scarborough, Marcjanna Augustyn has welcomed speakers from Scarborough Borough Council, Visit York and local retailer Boyes to contribute to tourism and organisational insights modules.

MSc student projects At least six of the MSc students who undertook company projects have now submitted their work and the feedback has been excellent. We are now looking for new projects for next year – if you have any ideas for company projects, please contact Val Monaghan on ext 3302.

school’s activities within programmes, research and reach out. Anthea Gregory, deputy dean, will manage the strategic development of partnerships overseas.

Increased diversity With a record number of international students arriving this year, the business school has welcomed students from more than 100 countries. Additional study support programmes have also been introduced to support our international direct entrant students to undergraduate degrees. Feedback indicates that they appreciate the level of support – and further areas for future support have been identified.

International Week 2009

international Review of international strategy The school has reviewed how it manages its internationalisation agenda for the coming year with the aim of embedding it across the

The school was delighted to welcome a number of eminent visitors to the successful International week programme. Among them were senior representatives from KIMBERLY-CLARK PROFESSIONAL* who generously shared their experiences in |5


developing international careers in two sessions during the week. The keynote speaker was Professor Pablo Collazzo, who is, amongst other things, the chair of the Global Responsible Competitiveness Institute in Nyenrode and consultant to the UN Industrial Development Organisation.

Summer schools Work is underway to identify further summer school opportunities with our international partners, following good feedback from students who attended summer schools last year.

reputation Applications It is still early in the application cycle but home/EU applications to undergraduate programmes are higher than at the same time last year. As fewer students had to be recruited through clearing last year, this bodes well for recruitment in 2010. Meanwhile, postgraduate applications are broadly in line with those received at the same time in 2009.

MBA rankings

The requirements needed to submit the school to Funding has also been the Financial Times secured to provide rankings for the full-time financial support this MBA and generalist year to two students from masters programmes and widening participation The Economist rankings backgrounds in order to for the full-time MBA allow them to engage in programme are being put summer schools. in place.

Working with our MBAs Kevin Ord, Scarborough Management Centre, has been aiding a current MBA student in Salalah, Oman by helping to develop production efficiencies for the Dohfar Dairy company. 6|

Applications for inclusion in the rankings will be made at the earliest opportunity during 2010 and will help enhance awareness of the school.

Benchmarking The school has identified an initial set of 18 schools globally against which it will benchmark itself. These have been split into two groups, one of which contains schools similar to HUBS and the other schools seen as aspirational. Examples of good practice will be identified and performance indicators chosen so that the school can benchmark itself against competitors and gain a greater understanding of its positioning. The results of the process will inform future strategic and operational plans.

Accreditation update AACSB accepted the school’s latest Progress Report in early December 2009 and the school has now been asked to submit a Self Evaluation Report in preparation for a visit by a Peer Review Team. This is the final stage leading to accreditation, should the visit be satisfactory. No date has been fixed, but we expect the visit to take place in early 2011.


Rebranding update Working closely with the cental marketing and communications team and Precedent, we have made good progress with the new visual identity and rebranding project. Postgraduate pamphlets for MBA and MSc programmes and two editions of the Business magazine have already been produced in the new formats. The new website is ready to go live thanks to much hard work by Alison Smyth and the rest of the communications team.

Leavers Jessica Hogg, administrator. Joanne Ford, quality office administrator. Anne Wilson, administrative assistant. Lisa Wright, External Business Unit. Tim Butcher, Logistics. Tim Campbell, OBHRM. Andrea Delaine, reasearch manager.

spotlight World of work

people Starters Tracy Ord began in the undergraduate office at the end of September. Gavin Betts, lecturer in Management Systems started in October. Shona Lloyd began work as a KTP Associate, working in Scarborough firm Unison Ltd, at the end of November.

Valerie Monaghan – managing the work of the world of work office; overseeing activity within the school with regard to placements, student projects, guest speakers, employability and career skill development etc; managing relationships with external businesses.

The spotlight this edition is focused on the world of work office. The team is led by Val Monaghan, career skills and placements manager, who is supported by Matthew Beecroft, career skills assistant, and Joan Wilson, placements assistant.

Matthew Beecroft – deals with all job vacancies and business competitions; responsible for all WoW eBridge sites and compiles web resource subject listings; assisting with student projects and guest speakers. Joan Wilson – administers and tracks all the activity with regard to business school student placements. World of work week is the office’s main event of the year and is coming up in February – further details will be available nearer the time.

Top level individual responsibilities are given below.

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Events External events appeal External events of interest to colleagues are sometimes missed as not all members of staff are aware they are happening. In a bid to be more collegiate and allow others to get involved, if you are attending an event that may be of interest to other colleagues, please could you send the details to Kate Tyson to be included in this section of the newsletter.

Widening participation events What is business and management? Scarborough Campus: Wednesday 3 February Hull Campus: Wednesday 10 February Being a university business school student for the day Hull Campus: Wednesday 3 February Scarborough Campus: Wednesday 24 February

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Marketing a new product Hull Campus: Wednesday 3 March Scarborough Campus: Wednesday 17 March There’s no accounting for taste Wednesday 24 March: Hull Campus only Being a university business school student for the day Wednesday 21 April: Hull Campus only Business Sports Day Tuesday 29 June: Scarborough Campus only Please contact Julie Arnold for more details

Conference funding The business school is actively supporting academics who wish to attend subject specific conferences. Reports from these events are available on request – please contact Karen Walton or the attendee direct.


Your School - February 2010