Each year, our Students Union arrange the Salford Teaching Awards. These awards are run completely by the SU and are voted for by students. This year, there were over 400 nominations for 150 staff from across the University.
At the Business School, we are absolutely dedicated to our students and to teaching excellence. We have been very successful in attracting industry and teaching awards and accreditations in recent years.
The special thing about the SU teaching awards however is that, it is not colleagues or externals that are judging, it is our students, who are ultimately at the heart of everything we do. At this year’s SU Teaching awards, the Business School were incredibly successful, winning in many of the categories as follows:
Our project, FlexyDine, is our idea to let you book a table online quickly and cheaply. We are very excited that our idea has just won the 2016 Incubox Kickfactor enterprise competition. This is in addition to winning the University of Salford’s internal competition for the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards and we will be representing the University of Salford at the nationwide competition.
What is FlexyDine? It is a restaurant table booking platform available as a website and a mobile application. The key feature of this platform is last minute, same day option to book a table online with significant discounts and ability to search for “restaurants near me”.
Diners benefit from this app by being able to book a table online at local restaurants and great prices. On the other hand, restaurant managers using FlexyDine have a chance to get greater exposure to new diners and maximise the use of their facilities and make sure that food and restaurant tables are not wasted!
How did our team of students end up winning this Kickfactor contest and what is happening to the Santander Entrepreneurship Awards?
One of the joys of working at the University of Salford is the opportunity to go to a variety of interesting lectures. Today, the Business School welcomed Dr R Balasubramaniam to share his theories on Enlightened Leadership. It was a fascinating talk on how self-awareness and self-enquiry creates mindful leadership, based on understanding what drives us and what drives others.
This is a synopsis of his theories.
“Human progress and development affects people from all walks of life and success in any field now demands a multidimensional and comprehensive perspective. Governments and other Social Institutions are increasingly faced with preparing Leaders to operate in the social sector. As they acquire competencies and knowledge about different subjects, many find themselves inadequately prepared for taking on leadership positions in this sector. They are challenged by the complexity and diversity that a rapidly changing world presents them with.
In January 2015 I began studying an MSc. in Project Management. One of the reasons I chose to study at University of Salford Business School, was the possibility of a placement experience in a company whilst writing the dissertation. I believe that the practical work experience you can gain from this postgraduate programme is unique; it gives you a different angle on the dissertation, as well as possibly opening doors to permanent employment.
Higher Education courses widen your horizons, make you a more aware person. But, whilst education for general knowledge is helpful, practical work placement experience is getting more and more important in the competitive work environment. It is often challenging to find a first job after being a student for many years. A work placement will improve your CV and gives you an opportunity to stand out from the crowd.
“Why?” is such a provocative question and on so many levels.
This alone is reason enough to respond. The underlying assumption in these enquiries is that everything should be solely digital. A view that, on the surface, appears justified. The Centre for Digital Business recently produced practical advice for SMEs in the form of a “Going Digital” report and the School has been shortlisted in the UK Blog Awards as well as the European Search Awards and the Digital Leaders 100.
In combination, and with other activities, this is an impressive footprint in the world of digital business for any Business School.
Yesterday, I found out that I was shortlisted for The Drums prestigious Women In Search Award 2016 (#WomenInSearch)! The Women in Search Award is a celebration of women in the field of search marketing, particularly those who have demonstrated expertise, creativity and innovation.
What is Search Marketing? In its simplest form, Search marketing is a form of digital marketing that aims to improve the visibility of a website or digital profile, such as a social media page, within a search engines results pages. The overall aim is to improve web page ranking and drive targeted traffic back to a webpage or profile. A variety of techniques, tactics, tools and strategies are utilised in the process. For more insight into Search Marketing, in particular search engine optimisation, visit this page.
The Drum said the initiative also aims to highlight the “gender imbalance in the search marketing industry and to showcase and celebrate the opportunity for women in the sector”.
Salford Business School Academics show innovation and insight in business thinking.
I am delighted to be able to introduce you to the second issue of the Salford Business School (#SalfordBSchool) magazine Ignited. Having recently joined the School I had done my research before I joined as Dean. I knew that Salford has a great reputation for innovation in applied, industry focused programmes and research. When I arrived, I was delighted to find out just how much great work was being done here at Salford that I wasn’t yet aware of. This magazine showcases some of the best in thinking and research here at Salford. I’ll highlight just some of the articles below.
Students in Salford Law within the Salford Business School are being trained to provide assistance for those who cannot afford legal representation. At the same time they are helping to remove the stain of the discredited “McKenzie Friend” from the legal system.
The funding for the system of legal aid for those who cannot afford to pay privately for legal services has been under attack for quite some time. The legal aid reforms of 2013 accelerated this process and has left large swathes of the law without any funding for those who are most needy. This includes almost all Family law cases except those in which domestic violence is alleged. In addition to traditional legal cases there has also been a decline in legal services available to those who wish to appeal against decisions to deny or to restrict welfare benefits. Thus the most vulnerable and defenceless are often left with no advice and must face a bewildering legal system without any assistance.
Ever wondered what goes into building and financing a formula one car?
For the first time ever the University of Salford is competing in Formula Student. It is the world’s largest student competition, involving 100 teams from across the world tasked with designing, building and racing a formula style single seat race car. This is a multi-disciplinary project and requires a team from across a number of subject areas including business where sponsorship and marketing activities are required to raise the funding for the car’s development.
Salford University Racing Team is a fantastic opportunity to work on a real world class project. Currently we are in our first year and we are looking to develop a critical mass of enthusiasts to keep the momentum going for many years to come.
Do you like fast cars and want to get closer to understanding how the racing business works?