Surrey Business School's new executive education Leadership Development Series offers masterclasses running from June to November 2017, centring around a variety of current leadership topics such as; mindful leadership, enhancing professional networks and leading in a digital world.
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The Centre for Management Learning (CML) is a research and competency centre for academic staff, students and industry. It aims to improve teaching excellence in management through industry informed curriculum design, new teaching practises, staff development and research.
Ranked 2nd for Business and Management in the Guardian University Guide 2017
|3/4| To celebrate International Women’s Day we’re releasing new blogs every week this month from Kasmin Cooney (OBE) Righttrack Consultancy founder, sharing her decades of experience in equality and diversity training in the business world.
At Surrey Business School we’re passionate about advancing female candidates with the MBA Women in Business Scholarship, covering between 10 – 50% of the total tuition fee awarded on a rolling basis.
In an ideal world, there would be no need for diversity quotas but sadly, we still live in a society that requires them. That’s not to say progress isn’t being made. We are living in the most progressive society there has ever been where women and those of an ethnic background have never before held such strong positions in many areas of society.
Organisations across the world are placing more emphasis on making their workforce more equal and diverse than ever before. However, in terms of gender, the pay gap between men and women currently stands at around 18% in the UK and Deloitte have revealed that the Gender Pay Gap won’t be closed until 2069. The UK also fell to 9th place last year in terms of female board representation percentages in Europe.
Furthermore, despite 11% of Britain’s 30 million workforce now being from an ethnic minority (that figure rising from 4% from 20 years ago), research has suggested that there is a 23% hourly pay gap between BAME graduates and their white counterparts.
There is still a huge disparity in pay from both a gender and an ethnicity perspective and in order to overcome these imbalances and quicken the attainment of true equality, quotas are a necessity.
Kasmin Cooney (OBE) Righttrack Consultancy founder
By Surrey Business School’s CoDE (Centre for the Digital Economy)
The last few weeks have seen the release of a flurry of new documents aimed at stimulating the digital economy and accelerating adoption of digital technologies. Discussion within and across government has resulted in a series of new digital government initiatives – not just the aims, ambitions and methods for the UK’s economy, but also how the government itself will transform. Three documents form the heart of this “reboot” for digital transformation in the UK: The UK Digital Strategy, the UK government transformation strategy, and the Digital Economy Bill.
Find out here what you need to know about the Government’s latest digital agenda in Professor Alan Brown’s (Founder of CoDE) report on ‘UK Digital Transformation Strategy’. Which sectors, issues and focus areas are influencing the government’s approach, and forcing its hand? How will the government attempt to re-define its own business model? Government’s ability to understand, arbitrate, and regulate is being severely tested; what could this mean for personal data rights? We’re poised on the figurative border between dystopian vision and economic prosperity; the better we understand how digital is shaping the future, the more the choice between the two will remain in our hands.
Last night Surrey Business School and Surrey Chambers of Commerce joined together to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD), inviting a panel of inspirational female speakers on campus, to share their stories and answer questions from a packed audience.
Among the speakers was Surrey Business School’s Advisory Board member, Cath Bishop former Olympic rower and diplomat, sharing her experiences on equality and leadership.
Cath commented: ”It was great to be involved in the International Women’s Day event today which Surrey Business School and Surrey Chambers of Commerce put on. We heard so many different tales of inspiration and being bold in a world where women are still fighting for equality in different ways.
The motto for International Women’s Day this year is #Be Bold for Change – and we heard so many different interpretations of what being bold can mean in a variety of contexts. It’s not just about equality for women alone, it’s about equality more widely, and about setting the right sort of organisational cultures that allow everyone to thrive, rather than play to the strengths of just a few.
So it’s about challenging assumptions, thinking differently and speaking out with new ideas and new ways of thinking.”
Cath also shared some advice on leading your own business: ”When it comes to leadership in business, establish as much clarity as you can about what the purpose of your business is and your passion for it, develop strong networks of collaboration, and don’t stop learning, embracing failure along the way as an essential part of learning – in short, be bold, be smart, make things happen!”
At Surrey Business School we are incredibly proud to champion real progress for women as leaders in business.
On Thursday, 23 of February 2017, Surrey Business School (SBS) launched the first Centre for Management Learning (CML) in the UK with a thought provoking opening speech by Professor Katy Mason, Vice President of the Management, Knowledge and Education (MKE) initiative at the British Academy of Management (BAM).
Surrey Business School project DESIGNSCAPES “Building Capacity for Design enabled Innovation in Urban Environments” has won funding from the European Commission’s research Horizon 2020 Framework Programme.
At Surrey Business School, we’ve created an innovative and stimulating environment in which our academics, students and alumni work with international corporate businesses, SMEs and government, offering bespoke consultancy and applied education programmes. Here are just a few examples of some of the organisations we’re currently working with: