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University celebrates 30 years of the MBA

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Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:45:00 BST

Thirty £1,000 scholarships are to be awarded to students starting a part-time MBA in September

TO celebrate the 30th anniversary of the delivery of the University of Huddersfield’s Master of Business Administration (MBA), thirty £1,000 scholarships are to be awarded to part-time MBA students starting September 2016.

The MBA is the leading internationally-recognised management qualification and caters for all areas of business.  It is stated as being ‘a practical and accessible course for aspiring managers who are wishing to further their career and professional development’.

The scholarship will allow successful recipients to have £1,000 subtracted from their course fees for their first year of study.

Dr Keith Schofield joined the University in 2014 and is the MBA Course Director in the University’s Business School.  He believes thirty years of providing the MBA to be a real achievement, especially with many institutions cutting back because of the rise in online courses.

Dr Keith Schofield “The landscape of higher education has changed enormously during the last thirty years,” said Dr Schofield (pictured right).  “There has been a rise of institutions offering massive open online courses, but I feel the students who do them are very much isolated.

“Our MBA students, here at Huddersfield, learn in an environment where they are with other experienced managers throughout their course thus aiding their personal development and are taught by leading experts in their field,” he added.

Chris Kirby Over its lifetime, the Huddersfield MBA has gathered an impressive list of alumni, including Chris Kirby, (pictured left) the Kirklees District Commander of the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, who will graduate from his MBA this summer.

“One of the best elements was the learning taken from fellow students during the discussions that take place in the lectures and seminars,” said Chris.  “It was really beneficial to share experiences about our respective careers and to listen to how things are done in different organisations,” he added.

The MBA at the University of Huddersfield has to undergo continuous revalidation in order to keep it up-to-date with modern business ideals and according to Dr Schofield, this will ensure the successful delivery of the Huddersfield MBA for the next thirty years.

  • Those interested in applying for an MBA at the University of Huddersfield can email the admissions tutor on mba@hud.ac.uk or phone 01484 472956.  To find out more about the scholarships, visit the MBA 30 website.
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Prof’s lead role in Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga

Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga (centre) at the Sendai Framework conference in Florence

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:17:00 BST

Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga and Professor Richard Haigh will produce two of a series of United Nations guidebooks as part of a major strategy to reduce loss of life

Professor Richard Haigh THE United Nations has chosen two University of Huddersfield professors to lead the development of guidebooks that will be circulated globally as part of a major strategy to reduce the risk of lives being lost and communities shattered by natural disaster.

Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga and Professor Richard Haigh (pictured right) earned the prestigious role after making a presentation that impressed 200 international expert delegates at a meeting in Geneva.

The professors are co-directors of the multi-disciplinary Global Disaster Resilience Centre at the University’s School of Art, Design and Architecture.  Now, they will play an important part in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.  Adopted in 2015 at a UN conference held in Japan, this international treaty will be in place for 15 years.

The UN is to disseminate the advice and the objectives of the Sendai Framework in a series of guidebooks that will be translated into multiple languages and distributed by the thousands in the 187 countries that signed the treaty.

Disaster area ◄ Tsunami damage in Sri Lanka

Professors Amaratunga and Haigh will take responsibility for two of the guidebooks – one dealing with governance and accountability, principally aimed at national governments; and one that covers construction policy and practice, targeted at industry bodies and building firms.

“This is very exciting for our Centre,” said Professor Haigh.  “The Sendai Framework is a major, high-level agreement, but now we are trying to translate it into meaningful action.”

‌He and Professor Amaratunga are frequent contributors to international conferences and workshops dealing with dimensions of disaster resilience.  It was after they conducted an international workshop in Sri Lanka in 2015 that the pair were asked to make a presentation to the UN support group of governments in Geneva, detailing their thinking about Disaster Risk Governance and the Sendai Framework. 

They duly spoke to 200 delegates, representing 88 governments.  An invitation to lead the development of two of the Sendai guidebooks followed.

Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga at a conference In order to compile material, the UN has selected a multi-national working party of 54 experts.  One meeting has taken place in Florence, Italy, and another is to be held in New Delhi, India as part of the Asian Ministerial conference that will be organised by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India under the leadership of Prime Minister of India, Honourable Ahri Narendra Modi.  Six languages are spoken by delegates, necessitating a team of interpreters.

‌The Huddersfield professors will then edit the contributions of the working parties, aiming to produce concise guidebooks.  The overall series title is Sendai Framework: Words into Action Implementation Guide.  Professors Amaratunga and Haigh will edit volumes titled Disaster Risk Reduction, Governance and Accountability and Construction Policy and Practice.

There will be an opportunity to discuss progress on the guides at the International Conference on Building Resilience, Auckland in September, when full drafts should be available.  The aim is that they will be published in December 2016 and will be officially launched by the United Nations Secretary General in May 2017 at the UN Global Platform to be held in Mexico.


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Top appointments for Dean of Art, Design and Architecture

Professor Mike Kagioglou

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:16:00 BST

Professor Mike Kagioglou becomes a CIOB Innovation and Research Panel Vice-Chair and a board member of CIB

CIOB logo THE University of Huddersfield is establishing itself as a major global centre for the study and research of Architecture and Built Environment, with existing and new undergraduate and postgraduate courses and PhDs with academics who are global experts in cutting-edge practice, technologies and contemporary issues, such as Critical Regionalism, Design Thinking, Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Lean Construction.

Now, the Dean of the School of Art, Design and Architecture has been appointed to key roles with two of the world’s leading organisations in the field.

Professor Mike Kagioglou – whose wide-ranging academic career was taken in disciplines including engineering, design, architecture and the built environment – has become Vice Chair of the Innovation and Research Panel of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), which is the world’s largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership.

Dr Rennie Chadwick Established in 1834, it is UK-based but has 50,000 members throughout the world.  Professor Kagioglou has been a Fellow of the CIOB for two years.  Now, his new role means he shares responsibility for formulating the institution’s research profile until 2020.  He will be an academic representative for the chair of the Innovation and Research Panel, industrialist Dr Rennie Chadwick, (pictured right) who is Director of Innovation and Performance for leading construction firm Osborne.

Professor Kagioglou said that CIOB’S innovation and research strategy has included priorities such as sustainability, application of digital technologies and BIM, zero carbon, corporate social responsibility and employment practices.  The University of Huddersfield researches and offers Master’s courses in these subjects and has now launched undergraduate courses in building surveyingquantity surveying and construction project management.  They are recruiting now and will start in the next academic year, in autumn 2016.

In addition to his CIOB role, Professor Kagioglou has been elected a board member of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction, known as CIB.  This major organisation, with some 5,000 members globally, was established in 1953 with the support of the United Nations, to stimulate and facilitate international collaboration and information exchange between governmental research institutes in the building and construction sector.  One important goal was to help rebuild the Europe after the ravages of WWII.  

International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction - CIB It was at CIB’s world congress in Helsinki that Professor Kagioglou was elected to its board, as one of 22 members from across the globe. 

Professor Kagioglou’s new distinctions coincide with his University’s growing prestige in the field of Architecture and Built Environment.  Research capacity has also been greatly increased, with the establishment of three interdisciplinary research centres in key areas: the Centre for Urban Design, Architecture and Sustainability, the Innovative Design Lab and the Global Disaster Resilience Centre






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