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School awards first Executive Fellow

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The School is delighted to announce its first Executive Fellow for MBA alumni.

Larry Banda, Divisional Director (Branch Network North) Nationwide external website has been named as the School’s inaugural Executive Fellow, following his significant and ongoing contribution and support of the School of Management.

The announcement was made by Veronica Hope Hailey, Dean of the School of Management, at the re-launch of the South West MBA alumni network on the evening of 25 February at the University’s Innovation Centre.

The title of Executive Fellow was designed to recognise the unique contribution our alumni make in furthering the research mission of the University, supporting candidates, and enhancing the visibility and impact of the University in wider society.

Graduating from the Executive MBA in 2010, Larry has been an outstanding supporter of the University and in particular the MBA programme for many years. He has funded research projects, endorsed an impact case study used for the School’s REF submission, mentored prospective MBA candidates within his organisation and referred several members of his team to the Bath MBA.

Rachel Foster-Borman, MBA Admissions and Marketing Manager said:
“We are delighted that Larry has become our first Executive Fellow. His personal case study has been an inspiration to many other candidates. He has consistently acted as a positive force in support of the programme and as an ambassador, inspiring others to undertake higher education.   

With his engaging approach, his sense of fun and enthusiasm, Larry exemplifies the best kind of leader. Energetic and committed in his contribution, he engages positively and inspires staff and contacts at all levels. We have already received many enquiries and offers of support from other MBA alumni who are keen to follow in his footsteps.”

Notes to Editors

Executive Fellowship Scheme
The Title of Executive Fellow for MBA alumni has been created to award and acknowledge the special relationship between the School of Management and our alumni. This prestigious official title is awarded by the Senate of the University of Bath. Criteria include making a significant and ongoing contribution to:

  1. Furthering the research mission
  2. Enhancing the student experience
  3. Enhancing the visibility and impact of the University in wider society.

Such contributions include: testimonials, candidate recommendations, mentoring, fund raising and marketing, sponsorship of prizes and projects, access for research projects and guest speaking - all of which help to maintain the School of Management’s high reputation and the quality of the Bath MBA.

If you are interested in finding out how you could become an Executive Fellow, please contact Rachel Foster-Borman, MBA Admissions and Marketing Manager.

South West MBA Network
MBA Alumni and current Executive MBA students based in the South West of England meet 2-3 times a year. Simon Scott (MBA Full Time 2009) helped to launch this group to provide networking opportunities for MBA alumni in the local area and to encourage knowledge and expertise sharing. Meetings take different forms; guest speakers from a South West based company, discussion groups based around key issues members are facing and thought provoking presentations on topical business or economic issues. The group have also set up a Linked In group external website.

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General Notes For Editors:

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.