Posts by Alex Fenton

Great reasons to attend Creative Entrepreneur 2016

8 September 2016
Alex Fenton, Co-Producer of Creative Entrepreneur explains why you should attend our industry collaboration event

Alex Fenton, Co-Producer of Creative Entrepreneur explains why you should attend our industry collaboration event

Have you heard of Creative Entrepreneur 2016? It is Salford Business School’s industry collaboration event! Here at Salford Business School, industry collaboration is really important. We really want to make sure our teaching is real-world relevant and that our graduates are as employable as possible.

How do we do this? How do we create a bridge between theory and practice? Creative Entrepreneur is one of the ways! This will be our third year of holding the event at MediaCityUK and we hope, once again, to grow. I am always amazed by the generosity and wealth of talent of the range of industry experts, students, alumni and organisations involved each year. 2016 promises to be bigger and better than ever!

At the event you will meet young entrepreneurial students as well as staff and businesses from nearby and further afield. Join us at MediaCityUK on Wednesday 23 November from 9.00am to 5.00pm. The programme and registration for the 2016 event is now open. But, before you signup here is a taste of some reasons you should come to Creative Entrepreneur 2016.

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Bangalore: Silicon Valley of India linking up with Salford

20 May 2016

Alex FentonA team from Salford Business School, is travelling to Bangalore which is known as the Silicon Valley of India. Bangalore is the centre of digital innovation in India and this month we will take the next step to building better relationships in its tech and education sectors. India is seen as a key market due to ambitious plans by the Indian Government for 30% of its young people to go on to higher education by 2020.

Along with my fellow colleague Simon Ireland – International Partnerships & Business Coordinator, we will visit Bangalore on 24th May for a week.

Bangalore is well known as the Silicon Valley of India, due to its concentration of technology companies. We plan to tap into the expertise in the region, as well as assess how the University of Salford and its graduates can contribute and show Indian students interested in completing a degree in the UK, what Salford has to offer.

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Business School demonstrates teaching excellence

2 May 2016
Alex Fenton and Business School colleagues show teaching excellence

Alex Fenton

Each year, our Students Union (SU) 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:

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Creative Entrepreneur – Next Generation business event

22 January 2016
Alex Fenton, Salford Business School

Alex Fenton, Producer of the Creative Entrepreneur event

How can a business school teach entrepreneurship? Can you learn how to develop a business model or a marketing plan from a book? Meeting and hearing from successful international entrepreneurs sharing their real life stories, gaining feedback on ideas and establishing new links are all great ways to learn about entrepreneurship and grow your network.

At Salford we recognise the importance of strong links with industry. They help us keep our teaching relevant to the real world and mean we can offer great opportunities to help our students to get employment-ready.

Our Creative Entrepreneur event is a key example of this in practice. At the event, held annually at our state of the art campus at MediaCityUK, individuals from partner organisations volunteer their time and share their experience with students at the University of Salford.

At the latest event, on 25th of November 2015, we welcomed over 40 guest speakers who delivered an exciting programme of master-classes, panel sessions and installations to inspire, inform and entertain over 460 attendees. These were a combination of local businesses, University staff, students and local colleges. Several of our courses and modules were present, creating great opportunities for our students. Read on to find out more about key points from the event and what happened.

 

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10 reasons to attend Creative Entrepreneur 2015 #CreativeEnt

13 September 2015
Alex Fenton - Creative Entrepreneur

Alex Fenton

Salford Business School is once again opening its doors to our cutting edge campus at MediaCityUK to you, your friends and colleagues! We are bringing together our centres of Digital Business, Sports Business and Social Business to provide inspiration and education for all, thinking about global opportunity in a connected world.

Whether you are a student, young entrepreneur, graduate or a seasoned professional you will find great opportunities to inspire your entrepreneurial business thinking at our Creative Entrepreneur 2015 event.

Meet young entrepreneurs amongst our students, members of staff or many other businesses from near and far. Join us at this open innovation space at MediaCityUK on Wednesday 25 November from 9.00am to 5.00pm.

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Little Chip Placement Apprenticeship #BigChipAwards winner 2015

2 July 2015
Alex Fenton, Salford Business School

Alex Fenton, Salford Business School

Can a university keep up with the constantly changing digital environment? Here is industry proof – with another of our students being recognised by the industry in the Big Chip Awards 2015.

Keeping up-to-date is a challenge in the world of digital where technologies are disrupting old ways of doing things.

At Salford Business School, out students are given incredible opportunities for placements and internships. This allows students to connect with companies on various levels for mutual benefit. Companies get advice and practical help and students get the real world learning experience and skills that they need.

An excellent recent example, Business Innovation Project is with Web Shop Direct, who are an e-commerce, fashion business based in Macclesfield. Web Shop Direct have been operating since 2005 and consist of UK Swimwear and UK Tights. We were able to assist this company through our industry focused training courses and business internships.

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Top 10 tips to improve your professional digital identity

29 April 2015
Alex Fenton

Alex Fenton, Lecturer in Digital Business

Here at Salford Business School, our MSc Digital Marketing and Business IT students are often building their own websites and connecting their professional social media networks to create a professional digital identity online.

For many careers in IT and business, this digital identity can be a really important and powerful tool. It enables you to engage with a much wider audience and makes you more visible to potential employers, investors or like minded folk around the world.

If you are looking to build or improve your professional digital identity, this post will give you my top 10 tips and some examples of student’s digital identity profiles.  Read more…..

Creative Entrepreneur – Opportunities for students and SMEs

29 January 2015
Professor Kurt Allman and Alex Fenton opening Creative Entrepreneur 2014

Professor Kurt Allman and Alex Fenton opening Creative Entrepreneur 2014

Achieving the accolade of Business School of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards and running their first Creative Entrepreneur event at MediaCityUK concluded a tremendously successful 2014 for Salford Business School.

The University of Salford’s mission to ‘transform lives, stimulate discovery and realise potential’ is reflected in Salford Business School’s commitment to support economic regeneration – regionally, nationally and internationally. Recognising the critical role small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play in innovation, advancement and sustainable development worldwide, Salford Business School declared 2014 the ‘Year of the SME’. Throughout the year, Salford Business School staff have focused their efforts on delivering expert advice, addressing skills gaps and facilitating access to finance, networks and resource opportunities for SMEs.

Research, innovation and skills gaps can cause real issues for SMEs. Having access to bright, enthusiastic talent can really make the difference. At Salford Business School, there is a very strong commitment to employability skills and an emphasis on activity based learning with real world application. Internships and placements are a proven way to inject new ideas and experience into a business – both the student and business benefit hugely. Creative Entrepreneur – Next Generation 2014 represented a culmination and celebration of this amazing year and the creative ability and ingenuity of SMEs locally and internationally.

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10 great reasons to attend Creative Entrepreneur 2014 #CreativeEnt #MediaCityUK

1 October 2014

Keep Calm and RegisterSalford Business School is opening its doors at our cutting edge showcase space at MediaCityUK campus to YOU!

Whether you are a young entrepreneur or a seasoned professional you will find a great networking opportunity to inspire your digital business thinking at our Creative Entrepreneur 2014 event. Meet young entrepreneurs amongst our students, members of staff or many of our external contacts. Want to see what creative ideas there are around? Join us at this open innovation space on Wednesday 3 December from 9.00am to 5.00pm.

You will witness an amazing showcase of masterclasses, have your questions answered by panel sessions, join in some of the demonstrations, admire installations and performances that will inspire, entertain and inform you. You will have a great place for networking meeting some of the students and staff from the University of Salford including the award-winning Centre for Digital Business, Creative Hive and MediaCityUK team.

Whether you are already an entrepreneur, or thinking of joining the next generation of entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, this event is for you. The event is fused with the digitally-connected economy, helping you to help us celebrate the year of creative ingenuity of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs). This event is for those in the know and those that want to learn more.

Not sure if the event is for you? Here are our top 10 reasons to register and attend this great event:

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Is Manchester United’s tablet ban about safety or shrewd business?

15 September 2014
Alex Fenton

Alex Fenton

Manchester United supporters lucky enough to see high-profile signings Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria in action for the first time at Old Trafford at the weekend may have done well to remember we look with our eyes and not our hands. Or fingertips, to be specific. In an age where no experience is complete until we’ve recorded and uploaded it onto social media, fans may have been frustrated not to share their joy online. And the club’s first win of the season provided them with many a photo opportunity.

But that reminds us, United have added tablets to their list of items banned from being brought into the stadium. The club is keen to emphasise that the measure is to ensure the “safety and security of all spectators”. But the ban makes shrewd business sense and it’s likely that other clubs will follow suit.

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