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University of Wolverhampton Business School

Postgraduate Newsletter Spring 2013

Building for the future Work will soon begin on a new home for the Business School. Built on land between MN and MH, the new building will be a purpose-built space for undergraduate, postgraduate and research student learning and teaching, and the focus for management development. It will become the heart of the Business School and connect directly with MN, where Business School staff are located. The vision for the new building is that it will provide an inspirational setting for our community of staff and students. Formal and informal learning spaces will sit sideby-side, allowing the fluid movement of people and ideas. It will feature areas tailored to your level of study, learning spaces that accommodate the latest technology, a cafÊ and venue space, as well as being a comfortable and welcoming environment to meet colleagues and friends. It will open during the 2014/2015 academic year. Students will be invited to contribute ideas and comment on the design of the new building to ensure it provides the right environment for you and future generations of students. This represents a major investment in the Business School and is a reflection of its success and importance to the University. We’ll keep you informed about the development of the building and hope you will take the opportunity to feed into its design.

Dr Anthea Gregory, Dean

Guest Speaker BBC Newsnight’s economics editor presents a talk on the financial crisis. “The disrupted wave: the financial crisis as a 50 year turning point for capitalism?” An inaugural lecture by Professor Paul Mason. Thursday 28 February 2013 MC001 5:30pm Reception with light buffet and networking 6:30pm for the Lecture The event is free but booking is essential as places are limited. Please contact Steve Greenfield on 01902 321772 or email:

Paul Mason Paul Mason, Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Wolverhampton Business School, is a leading expert on the global economy. In his inaugural lecture at the University, Paul will present: Paul is the BBC economics editor for Newsnight. His ground-breaking reports on the rise of China as an economic power won the Wincott Award in 2003 and he has twice been nominated for the Orwell Prize. He covered the collapse of Lehman Brothers live from outside its New York HQ and, “has hardly stopped for breath since then”, reporting on the social and economic impact of the global meltdown from the mean streets of Gary, Indiana to the elite salons of Davos. He is the author of several books including Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed; Live Fighting or Die Fighting, How the Working Class Went Global and Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions.


Former students return to share experiences in industry The Business School welcomed back former student Mauricio Hernández to talk to MA Human Resource Management (HRM) students regarding his role in HR. Mauricio Hernández (left), graduated from the MA HRM course in 2008. He is now the HR and Employment Law Advisor at Agility UK (Training and Consultancy). He has also worked in other posts in HR within the public and private sector. “I am very keen on having a close relationship with the University and in particular the MA HRM course. I really value the knowledge that I gained from the course and I am a strong believer of the academic foundation as a key success factor for a HR Professional. I really enjoyed attending the University for the day and I think it is a very good idea to give students the opportunity to speak to HR professionals.” Claire Smith (left), HR advisor from Allegis Group Services EMEA will be joining us shortly. Claire is a recent graduate from the MA HRM programme at the University of Wolverhampton, having submitted her dissertation in January 2013. Prior to joining Allegis Claire worked for 3 years in HR for LG Electronics UK. “I gained a great knowledge base from the MA HRM programme, before studying I was undertaking a HR role without little theoretical foundation. These foundations have provided me with a good understanding of how to develop my new role as a partner to a relatively new division. In addition, I am working with HR teams in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and the United States to put in place a supportive and strategic HR function that aligns to business needs.”

Coming Up… Post Graduate Graduation Ceremonies 2013 Ceremonies for the University of Wolverhampton Business School postgraduate students will take place on 4th April 2013 at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton.

The Social Committee The Social Committee was formed to arrange social events for postgraduate students. A big thank-you to Lijiao Wang, Salem Alenizi, Moqren Alzaben, Monique Ngo Som Ong and Ibrahim Alqahtani who have all volunteered to be members. The first two meetings have taken place of the postgraduate social committee. There are plans to hold an International Cultural event to celebrate the diversity of our student body. Did you know that the Business School attracts students from over 20 countries? There are plans for a Summer Party later in the Semester, details to follow.

Join us as we proudly celebrate 21 years of University status Here are just a few of the events available to students during Semester 2.

SPEED business idea – End of February The University will be searching for a new business idea during National Student Employability Week at the end of February. Successful students will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas for a place on the SPEED Plus programme - which helps entrepreneurial students and graduates to set up their own businesses in the region.

International festival - 21st March Come and take part in celebrating our many different cultures – do you want to showcase your cultural heritage, do you want to show off a talent? Contact Jane Dunn For full details on events and promotions: 21 and proud website

Attendance monitoring Students who attend regularly to lectures, workshops and tutorials are more likely to perform well during their time at University. Failure to attend or lack of engagement in class has a significant impact in modules where group work is expected. We are required as an Institution to monitor the attendance of all our students. In addition, as a School we receive requests for individual student attendance records from potential employers. Students who fail to meet a good level of attendance will receive an email from the University and may receive a call from the School to ascertain the reason for regular absence. If you find that personal circumstances are affecting your ability to attend, please do not hesitate to contact your Personal Tutor. (Details can be found on e:Vision, or contact Supang Simpson,

Resources for Business School Students WOLF Don’t forget to check your Course WOLF topic for timetabling and course information, news and updates. If you are not subscribed simply click on “Search for a topic” and enter your course title e.g. Business Management and click Generate.

International Student Trips The International Centre advertises trips for International students who would like to see more of the UK. Here are the Semester 2 trips on offer: Saturday 2nd March 2013

City of Manchester


Saturday 16th March 2013

City of Cambridge


Saturday 20th April 2013

Llandudno (Wales)


Thursday 25th April 2013

Lord's Cricket Ground, London

£25 (includes tour)

Click here for more information and to book tickets

Getting involved Employers are looking for candidates that stand out at interview. Becoming a volunteer could make all the difference to your employability. It is also a great way to make new friends and develop new networks.

School Reps Elections - Recruiting Now School Reps form a vital link between the Students' Union and the Course Reps. They are elected by the student body each year. These are paid positions based on performance, for more information contact: Or go to

Course Reps - recruiting for Block 2 Course reps represent their course group at their level. Course reps are invited to attend Course Committees and Student Council Meetings each semester to raise issues related to their studies and the University experience. If you would like to find out more about becoming a course rep, please email Donna Curbishley

We need you! We are currently in the process of rewriting our brochures. We’d like to include as many case studies and quotes from students as possible. We may video some case studies which will be an excellent opportunity to practise your presentation skills. If you’d like to become part of this by sharing your experiences about your course please contact Lynne Pennells,

Want to get involved in the Newsletter ? Want to develop your writing skills? Do you have something you’d like to share with us? Are you involved in charity work? Are you part of a Society? Are you an Active Volunteer or Student Rep? We’d love to hear from you. Contact:Lynne Pennells,, 01902 323631.

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