Future Entrepreneurs Wanted: Calling all SBS innovators!
What: Camp Digital is an inspirational conference that brings together the digital, design and UX communities for a series of seminars and workshops exploring the latest thinking
When: April 23rd 2015
Where: Museum of Science & Industry, (MOSI Manchester)
The Centre for Digital Business is setting Salford Business School students a business challenge.
We have recently acquired funding for a PopUp Research Unit (PUPru). Before you ask, PUPru will be a mobile space intended for installations in a range of public spaces. This installation will visit the high street and can be placed inside shopping malls, in the foyer of business premises, at sporting or music venues, at other education institutions or on the University of Salford campus. Your challenge is to help us to identify innovative uses of this space.
As global mobility rises there is an increase in the diversity of the learners creating challenges for both the learner and for the educator. International students are often seen as problematic, but, is it really their fault?
In the interests of equality and given internationalisation of the curriculum with the influx of international students to the UK, we have a duty to ascertain whether or not a traditional MBA course design is biased to the home student (UK) and prejudiced against the international student.
Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have a responsibility to ensure that all students accepted onto their courses have an equal opportunity to succeed and more needs to be known about the variables affecting international student performance and integration within the class room. Culture shock can be massive for all new students but particularly international students who are away from home for the first time in a foreign country where English is not their first language and they are not used to the UK HE learning environment and the culture of their new country.
The Middle East expansion of the University is a very positive development which presents outstanding opportunities for students from the region to further their education within a world-class institution.
The wider possibilities for public and private sector collaboration with the University are considerable and this is of equal interest. The long term effects of the University’s investment in this region lies in the positive contribution to the development of a knowledgeable and competitive economy.
Some time ago I published a blog post regarding a conference concerning the future of Digital Health (Aspects of Digital Innovation: Digital Health). The event was part of the EPSRC Digital Economy, Sustainable Society Network plus project with Imperial College London, has just taken place!
The conference was held at the University of Salford Campus at MediaCityUK, on 12 February 2015 and was a fantastic success, what a wonderful day! Here are a few highlights just in case you missed it….
Two and a half years ago I quit my safe, secure, and comfortable job as a Product Developer to embark on this crazy, roller coaster ride of an entrepreneurial journey.
It was an extremely tough decision; I’d worked in the fashion industry for approximately 10 years up to that point and was very used to my life, but I felt trapped… like there was something missing… something more for me to do.
Subsequently, I started a business partnership with a friend of mine. We’re currently working on expanding that business – Vinejuice, which is an event promotion and media company.
Along this journey I’ve learnt a lot of things. I’ve developed new skills and applications but more importantly it’s been a journey of self-discovery, with still loads more to learn.
Here are my 3 lessons that I think are key to successfully navigating along this journey whether you’re an entrepreneur, intrepreneur, or otherwise.
I’ve always seen the importance in User Experience (UX) but I found it a bit hard to find out where to start with really getting to know the practice and apply it in my work. As a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) associate in a role of Digital Marketing Executive at Salford Business School I took the next step to get myself more familiar with UX and here is how I did it!
What is UX? You might have heard about UX before but what does it really mean? UX is short for User Experience, UX is defined in many ways but the wider remit is to be focused on enhancing user satisfaction by improving the usability, ease of use, and pleasure provided in the interaction between the user and the product.
Building on the success of the two ‘Meet the SMEs’ events last year, Tuesday 27 January saw 25 local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) meet with over 100 of Salford Business School students and graduates, our biggest turn out yet.
These events help to match students and employers for short-term internships: offering our students relevant work experience that is now so vital when embarking on a graduate job search.
The event was organised by the Salford Business School Employability Hub team, of which I am a part of, alongside my colleagues Pam Mullin and Kerry Moores. The Employability Hub houses two fantastic schemes, Unite with Business and Business Innovation Projects, which give our students and graduates access to short-term opportunities within a wide range of organisations from local small businesses to multinational companies.
The HSBC bank has been criticised for helping its clients to avoid paying tax. Stephen Green, in charge of HSBC at the time, is an ordained Christian priest.
Whether or not he knew what was going on, is it right to help the rich avoid paying tax? Is it moral? Is it in line with the Christian – or any other – faith?
I share Stephen Green’s Christian faith but I approach such questions from a multi-aspectual point of view – which incidentally helps me see why Stephen Green’s book, Good value, is somewhat limited in its outlook.
In my time as an employer I’ve probably interviewed thousands of people, which would mean I’ve seen ten times as many CVs. Though the stats tell us we are seeing more jobs appearing, today’s labour market still demands pushing every opportunity to its limit; which means writing better CVs, making the most out of your experience, and preparing as best you can for any interviews you’re invited to.
This is doubly important for students of Computer Science, who have recorded an 11% rise in undergraduate enrolment in the last academic year, the joint highest with Biological Sciences, where the recorded average across all subjects was a 2% decrease.
This tells us that though the overall job market is on the up, when it comes to software development, the long-celebrated surplus of available jobs is starting to narrow. There always has been, and will continue to be serious competition. The astute job seekers (the ones reading this blog) will put themselves ahead of the curve and make sure they’re in the best position possible.
I used to lock the doors if my Master of Business Administration (MBA) students were more than 10 minutes late for a lecture and not let them in until the break.
Not that I am confrontational, although students that I have worked with during a wide-ranging career that has spanned both the Higher Education (HE) and Further Education (FE) sectors always know where they stand with me – probably because I am a blunt spoken Northerner.
Born and bred in Bolton – North West England- and being the first member of my family to go on to attend university full-time, I am always there for my students – unusually often giving them my personal mobile number: 07815 491 522.
Originally an accountant, I gave this up after a couple of years for a career “with a buzz”. That happened to be education and now many years later that buzz still remains!
The reason for the potential student lockouts was because at that time I was working for a for-profit private education provider, who being American owned their own set of rules and standards for the courses they ran to ensure their students got the “biggest bang for their bucks”.