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The School of Management and Zurich, a Corporate Partner of the School, recently joined forces to give MSc students the opportunity to volunteer and make a difference to local organisations that supporting disadvantaged people by taking part in the Zurich Community Challenge.

This year saw a high level of entries with over 140 MSc students taking part in 18 teams. The students presented their projects to Senior Managers and members of the Zurich Graduate recruitment team at a special event on Wednesday 4 December.  A number of representatives from the charities involved also attended the event.

Zurich’s Mark Heasman, who helped judge the winning team, said:
"This has exceeded every expectation we had of the community challenge programme and we are amazed by how creative and impactful these projects have been".

The winning Zurich project was PAWS-GIST. GIST is an abbreviation for GastroIntestinal Stromal Tumour, which is a rare type of cancer. PAWS (Paediatric/Adolescent Wild-Type and Syndromic) is an extremely rare sub-variant of GIST. Recently, GIST Support UK set up it’s own PAWS GIST sub-charity with the aim of increasing public knowledge about this rare type of GIST. The project team designed posters in order to raise awareness amongst doctors and patients who might be affected by this cancer; they also created and produced flat-pack collection boxes. Zurich donated £200 to the charity. The team were: Christoph Brandstetter, Trang Huyen Tran, Wanyin Liao, Hanqian Wang, Beatriz Costa Gomez, Maria Barcelo, Ni Wang and Daoqin Gao.

Two runner-up prizes of £100 were awarded to Bath Volunteer Centre, a project to promote volunteering across residents and businesses, and Swallows, a project raising awareness of a charity supporting people with learning disabilities in Midsomer Norton.

The School of Management also gave a prize for team work, which was awarded to the project for TimeBank Plus. The team raised funds to redecorate the reception area to make it a more welcoming place by selling cakes and supermarket bag packing, they then decorated the reception area themselves.

The student projects form part of the work carried out by the Zurich Community Trust, Zurich’s award-winning UK community involvement programme. As a registered charity, it works to support a range of local, national and overseas charities, many selected by Zurich employees.


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The School of Management is one of the UK's leading business schools. Currently ranked 1st for Student Experience (Times Higher Education 2015) and 1st for Business Studies (The Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2016), we are a leading centre for management research - placed 8th in the UK in the latest REF2014.

We are one of a select number of international business schools accredited by EQUIS, the European Foundation for Management Development's quality inspectorate and the Bath MBA has been accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) since 1976.

The centrality of research to teaching is an essential feature of all our programmes. The School offers a full range of programmes from undergraduate to postgraduate up to PhD level and post-experience programmes including the world-ranked Bath MBA. The School also provides tailored executive development programmes for middle and senior management.

The School of Management has a faculty of over 100 teaching and research staff, including visiting academics, with a professional support team of around 90 managerial and administrative staff. Research income averages £2 million per annum. There are approximately 2,400 students in total comprising some 150 MBA students, over 500 Master’s students, 250 full- and part-time research students, and over 1500 undergraduates following BSc degrees.