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BBA student wins Future Business Leader of the Year Award

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Baran Ceylan wins Future Business Leader of the Year Award

A final year University of Bath BSc in Business Administration student has been named Future Business Leader of the Year at the national TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards 2014 external website.

Baran Ceylan was presented with his award by Sir Trevor McDonald OBE and Julie Digby from Mars at a ceremony at East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf last week. Baran, whose award was sponsored by Mars, wins a summer internship with the global brand and a week at Mars HQ in Chicago.

This is not Baran’s first taste of success. He was named PwC and Bright-Futures’ UK National Business Champion in 2011, after co-founding the award-winning start-up, Recollar. With his passion and flair for business, he recently founded Wordme external website, a greetings card company. Baran has already obtained financial backing from several investors, currently employs four staff, and has secured retailers across the UK. Furthermore, he has accrued over a year’s work experience in the UK, Dubai and Turkey, having completed two six-month placements at Unilever and L’Oreal, as part of the BBA degree at Bath, as well as summer internships at PwC and AkBank.

The TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards launched five years ago to identify and celebrate the UK's best undergraduates in specific subject areas and in other categories such as future leader and commercial excellence.

Finalists are assessed on their academic excellence, communication and interpersonal skills, and undertake a number of online tests, interviews and assessment exercises. Each of the 12 awards is sponsored by a prominent graduate recruiter.

This is not the first time a School of Management student has excelled in the Undergraduate of the Year Awards. In 2010, BSc Accounting and Finance student Leanne Sweet won First Year Undergraduate of the Year, one of two overall winners from Bath and one of six Bath finalists, the most of any university. University of Bath also had overall winners in 2011 and 2013.

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The BSc in Business Administration (BBA) is a unique 4-year programme offering five distinctive elements:

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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.