Third term starts here

After a (too-short) one week break to catch our breath, the students of the class of 2014 are back for the third term of the Manchester MBA. This time we are without our colleagues from the second year (class of 2013) who are now all done with their MBA and have to tip-toe back out into the big wide world and earn their keep for the first time in 18 months. We’ll miss them all although it will be nice not to have them clogging up all the computers in the lab ;-) Continue reading

Sustainable Venture Capital – World Champions

Out of the ashes of multiple defeats comes the phoenix of victory – 2013 Sustainable Venture Capital Competition World Champions!

The MBS team headed to North Carolina for the global final in hope but not necessarily in expectation. But we did it – beating off competition from Oxford, Stern, Ross, Duke and UNC to take the top prize. Continue reading

Business Planning on the Manchester MBA

Second place again!

This time the runners-up garland came in the MBS business planning competition where the team were pipped to the post once more on a split judges decision

So I miss out again. But am I as gutted as when I narrowly missed out on VCIC or McKinsey? I would answer no. We were beaten to the punch by a great idea and there’s no shame in that. Continue reading

Manchester MBA FAQ

MBA recruitment season is upon us and accompanying this has been a steady stream of questions from potential applicants to Manchester Business School in the hope that I will give them the killer answer that will make their mind up whether to commit or not.

I am, of course, more than happy to help. However, with the winter term starting to rev up with internships search I may not have the time to get back to people before their interview or decision deadline. To this end I’ve compiled answers to the most frequently asked questions that will hopefully help anyone who is currently going through the process: Continue reading

Venturing forth with the Manchester MBA

24 hours on from the climax of the Manchester MBA’s Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) school heat and I’m still numb with fatigue and disappointment. Our team came within a gnat’s leg hair of snatching the prize. First place was tied with another team so it went to a judges vote. We were pipped to the title on a split decision. Continue reading

Manchester MBA Not-For-Profit Project

A key part of the Manchester MBA’s first term is the not-for-profit project. At its core it basically involves five strangers bonding together in record time in order to complete a fully fledged consultancy project for a charity.

At least that’s the theory. Continue reading

Chip Shop Economics: Part 1 – The Railways

Not strictly relevant to the Manchester MBA but welcome to the first installment of an irregular series of blog posts where I give my (admittedly ill-informed) thoughts on one of the economic issues of the day.

These posts are not meant to be an in depth analysis of the issue at hand, nor do they necessarily represent the exact views of the author.They have not been thought through to a final conclusion, they are merely are an attempt to throw a curve ball at a subject that all too often is over-complicated by professional economists. Continue reading