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Bringing the School of Management PhD community together: students, staff and alumni come together.

  • 31 Mar 2021, 10.00am to 31 Mar 2021, 1.30pm BST (GMT +01:00)
  • This is an online event.
  • This event is free
Register to attend This event is invitation-only

Dean of the School, Professor Stephen Brammer, warmly welcomes you to what we hope you will find an informative panel and networking event, as we hear from current PhD students, staff and alumni, and learn about new ways to keep in touch with the School going forward.


9:30: Zoom Login starts

10:00 - 10.05: Your SoM today: The latest research, rankings and news from Dean Stephen Brammer

10:05 - 10:30: Management research: Can we do it all?

  • Professor Stephen Brammer, Dean of the School of Management
  • Professor Rajani Naidoo, Professor and Head of the Race Equality Taskforce
  • Professor Andrew Brown, Professor and Associate Dean - Research
  • Professor Mairi Maclean, Professor and Associate Dean

Discussion topics:

  • Research in the School of Management
  • Grants and impact
  • Doing excellent research with practical impact
  • Critical Research for Transformation

10:30 - 11.00: Your SoM PhD community today:

  • Insa Wemheuer (MBS division)
  • Ollie Thomasson (IDO division)
  • Juliette Engelhart (IDO division)

Breakout session 1

11:00 - 11:50: Break out Panel sessions (50 mins session)

1a. The final 12 months: Strategies to finish a Ph.D. (Breakout 1)

Panel members:

  • Dr. Varala Maraj, Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Marketing, University of Bath
  • Dr Jas Kalra, Assistant Professor in Operations and Supply Chain Management at Newcastle University Business School
  • Dr Brit Davidson, Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Analytics, University of Bath
  • Dr Meriem Bouazzaoui, Lecturer, University of Bath

Summary: Advice, hints and tips on self-care, staying motivated and juggling your academic commitments from those who have been through it.

1b. Bridging the Gap: Careers in Academia and Industry (Breakout 2)

Panel members:

  • Professor Jens Roehrich, Professor, University of Bath
  • Dr Stefanie Gustafsson, Senior Lecturer, University of Bath
  • Dr Anastasia Petraki, Head of Policy Research at Schroders Investment Management (graduated from the PhD programme in 2012)
  • Ridzuan Kushair, Public Sector Practitioner and Academic, Ministry of Human Resources, Malaysia

Summary: Debate the pros and cons of a career in Industry Vs one in Academia as we explore perspectives from experienced academics, and those who have ventured into different industry sectors.

Breakout session 2

11:55 – 12:45 Break out Panel sessions (50 mins session)

2a. Advice for mid career and beyond: Juggling the varied demands of teaching, research and administration

  • Shareen Nassar (Global Director of Logistics Studies, Director of MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management Suite, Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University Dubai)
  • Dr. Abdullah Al-Ghazali, Head of Business Studies Department at the University of Technology and Applied Science, Oman.
  • Professor Helen Walker, Chair of Operations and Supply Management, Cardiff Business School
  • Professor Michael Mayer Chair of strategy and organization and international management, University of Bath School of Management

Summary: Hear about the achievements and experiences of some experienced members of our alumni community on juggling demands of an ongoing career in academia.

2b. Developing your career in academia : Experiences from the UK, Europe and the US

  • Professor Miriam Wilhelm, Professor of Global Supply Chain Management, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
  • Professor Christoph Bode, The Endowed Chair of Procurement, University of Mannheim, Germany
  • Dr Veronica Villena, Assistant professor of supply chain and information systems, Smeal Business School at Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • Professor Brian Squire, Professor and Deputy Dean of the University of Bath, School of Management, UK

(Extensive knowledge of the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, US and UK.)

Summary: Advice for the early stages of an academic career in the UK and Internationally. We will explore hints and tips for the job market, as well as personal reflections on successes and failures from our early years as academics.


Closing remarks, keeping in touch and introduction of optional networking breakout spaces
End: 13:25


Professor Stephen Brammer will chair the event

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