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News Archive: March, 2012

New Employer Grant for SMEs looking to take on Apprentices

Published 2 March 2012

The National Apprenticeship Service are offering a new Employer Grant for those SMEs who are new to taking on Apprentices, who employ a 16-24 year old on an Apprenticeship.

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Sustainable Business: 'Activists in Action'

Published 2 March 2012

Sustainable Business magazine carries a feature article by Professor Judi Marshall, who explains how 15 years ago, a new MSc brought together a community of pioneers to address issues of sustainability and social justice in business. She describes how the graduates have had an effect on organisations. See page 20 for the full article.

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Student inventors seek funds to manufacture new products in China

Published 5 March 2012

​Student entrepreneurs with bright ideas are being encouraged at Lancaster University, where two new products are being developed for the mass market by undergraduates. One of the products is a water bottle which refills with juice invented by Zac Garton, who is studying for a BA in Management and Entrepreneurship at Lancaster University Management School.

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Lancaster graduate gets top role with Virgin Atlantic in India

Published 8 March 2012

Stephen King, who graduated from Lancaster University Management School in 2002 with a BSc in Operational Research and Operations Management, was appointed as General Manager-India for Virgin Atlantic in November 2011. In this article he recalls his career progress since leaving Lancaster, and how his degree has played an important role.

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Economy Watch: 'Breeding The Culture of Greed'

Published 7 March 2012

Professor Cary Cooper is quoted in Economy Watch, discussing bankers' bonuses: "The rule ought to be that until the entire bank is profitable, no individual should get a bonus. Some of them were working at RBS when it went bust, so they can partly be held responsible. In hindsight, the Government was in a rush and panicking a bit."

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LUMS students at prestigious New York conference

Published 7 March 2012

Two LUMS students attended a unique conference, held over four days in New York City and Washington DC, in February. The International Conference on Cultural Diplomacy and the UN brought together 140 students from top universities in the USA and Europe, with representatives from government, NGOs and the commercial world.

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The Independent: '45,000 caught cheating at Britain's universities'

Published 12 March 2012

Dr Niall Hayes is quoted in an article in The Independent on the rise in cases of cheating and plagiarism at British universities: "People come to us without experience of extended writing or formulating arguments and building on other's ideas. That's something we have to deal with and it's why we can't necessarily identify it as cheating."

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Bloomberg: 'Soaring Target2 Imbalances Stoke German Risk Angst: Euro Credit'

Published 13 March 2012

Bloomberg quotes Lancaster economist John Whittaker in an article about German angst over the funding of European debt. "The Germans are very much justified in their concern. The Target2 liabilities are just as risky and just as real as holding the government bonds of Greece and other peripherals," says Whittaker.

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Renowned venture capitalist Jon Moulton addresses The Lancaster Forum on turnarounds

Published 12 March 2012

March 6th saw Lancaster Chemistry (1973) alumnus Jon Moulton address an audience of small business owners, faculty members and students as part of the pre-launch activity for The Lancaster Forum.

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International Business Times: 'Culture of Greed'

Published 15 March 2012

Professor Cary Cooper is quoted in a story in the International Business Times on UK banks paying top executives big bonuses. "The Government missed the opportunity when they bailed out RBS and Lloyd's in 2008 to put clauses in the contracts saying there could be no bonuses for anyone until the public-owned banks were back in profit."

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EY graduate gains top marks

Published 16 March 2012

Ann Zhuang, who graduated from Lancaster’s EY Degree in July 2011, achieved top marks in her 'Test of Professional Skills in Financial Reporting' in a recent ICAS exam. Ann scored 92 in total and was the most successful candidate in the UK.

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People Management: 'Two-thirds of NHS staff raise staff shortage concerns'

Published 21 March 2012

People Management magazine quotes Professor Cary Cooper on a survey that finds that 30 per cent of NHS staff suffered work-related stress last year: "The high level of presenteeism, people attending work when too ill to do their job, may be because they were worried about their job security or felt pressured from managers to be at work."

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The Guardian: 'The case for a chief social scientist'

Published 21 March 2012

Professor Cary Cooper and Stephen Anderson (executive director at the Academy of Social Sciences) argue the case for the government to appoint a 'Chief Social Scientist', in an opinion piece in the Guardian. "Social science makes key contributions to some of society's most pressing and costly issues, including climate change, wellbeing, social cohesion, children and ageing. It is just too important in the national agenda not to have a seat at the top scientific adviser table where the real influence takes place."

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The Independent: 'Why internships and placements are a popular route to employment'

Published 21 March 2012

In an article in The Independent, Louise Briggs and Rory Daly of the LUMS Careers team explain the importance for students of building up a portfolio of relevant work experience as soon as possible.

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'Beyond Budgeting' pioneer visits LUMS

Published 26 April 2012

Bjarte Bogsnes, Vice President of Performance Development at Statoil and author of 'Implementing Beyond Budgeting: Unlocking the Performance Potential', visited Lancaster on 15 March to give a guest lecture to an audience of MBA, PhD and Accounting and Finance Masters students.

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