KBS Spring Newsletter 2017

Welcome to the fifth edition of our KBS Newsletter for staff and students. This quarter, along with sharing our latest news, features, and views from our community, we’ve been taking a look at ideas surrounding Career Change and Change Management.

A New Home for Kent Business School: Watch the Video

In March, Kent Business School at the Canterbury Campus moved into its new home, the Sibson building.

Named after the University of Kent’s third Vice-Chancellor, the late Professor Robin Sibson, the state-of-the-art building with new teaching and learning spaces and modern social and breakout areas encapsulates KBS academic values and identity.

Timetabled lectures and seminars begin with the new student intake in September, but students and staff are already making use of the bright, open spaces. We are excited to share with you this video, captured the week before Sibson opened which showcases the first reactions of students and alumni as they entered the building for the first time.

Dockyard Ball 2017


The Dockyard Ball 2017 was organised in partnership with the School of Music and Fine Art. The celebration took place in the ‘The Deep End’, the new student hub on the Medway Campus and was conceived as an opportunity to mark the end of Spring Term and showcase student talent. Read the full blog post.


Chairman of MoneySuperMarket.com Visits KBS

At the event, organised by Kent Business Society, Bruce Carnegie-Brown presented on the need for ethical management and managing larger firms in difficult times. A Q&A session was then hosted by Professor April McMahon. Read the full article.


Academic Skills Development Week 2017

The Kent Business School Student Success Team worked with first year Medway students to support the development of their academic study skills, important competencies that underpin academic ability. Read the full article.

Dr Michele Bigoni Wins Above and Beyond Award

Kent Business School’s Senior Lecturer in Accounting Dr Michele Bigoni has won a Kent Union Above and Beyond Award. Michele was nominated by MSc Management student Stephen Knight. Read the full article.

KBS Pitch It! – Macknade Fine Foods

KBS undergraduate students were given the opportunity to pitch to Faversham-based Macknade Fine Foods. Student teams worked on a marketing challenge presented by the company and provided practical solutions. Read the full article.


Student Blogger Cai England: My Year in Industry at Inspira UK

Cai England is a third year BA Accounting and Finance with a Year in Industry student at Kent Business School, University of Kent. He’s currently on his Year in Industry placement as a Finance Assistant for Inspira UK, based in Northwood, London. In our recent interview, Cai shared some of his thoughts on his placement so far. Read full blog post.

Year in Industry

Survey: Change in the Workplace

As part of this quarter’s theme, we asked our social media followers to participate in a survey on Career Change and Change Management. View full survey results.

Many thanks to all our survey participants! Keep an eye out on our Facebook and Twitter pages for our next survey opportunity!

Dr Michael Koch: Do Successful Employees follow particular Career Paths?

As part of this quarter’s theme of Career Change and Change Management, we’re sharing the views from our academic community.  Dr Michael Koch is Lecturer in Human Resource Management & Organisational Behaviour at Kent Business School. He shares his recent study examining trends in successful career paths. Read the full blog post.



Pets as Therapy to visit Kent Business School

Tuesday 9 May 2017 12:00 – 15:00
Local charity Pets as Therapy brings five adorable dogs to Sibson to help KBS students de-stress during exams. Find out more.

Pets as Theropy

Looking to be more Efficient and Expand your Business

Thursday 11 May 2017 17:00 – 19:30
A Business Soundbites event; presented by Dr Jesse O’Hanley in partnership with Port of Dover and Priority Freight. Find out more and register.


KBS Summer Schools: Global Business in a Dynamic Environment

This year, Kent Business School will host a programme on Global Business in a Dynamic Environment, on the University of Kent Canterbury Campus. The high-quality postgraduate-level Summer School will run for two weeks in July and is open to professionals or students considering postgraduate study or who simply wish to benefit from a short and intensive international study experience. Find out more and enrol.


Complete the 2017 European MBA Survey

Whether you are a currently studying for an MBA, have already studied for an MBA, are thinking about an MBA for the future, or have no intention of ever studying for an MBA, we want to hear from you! Take part in the European MBA Survey 2017 to be in with a chance of winning an iPhone 7.

This survey is an industry-led initiative to better understand people’s perceptions of the MBA qualification, and how they relate to study experiences and outcomes of an MBA programme. It takes only 10 minutes to complete. Complete the survey.

Student Blogs

We now have a wonderful team of student writers contributing to our School blog, Kent Business Matters. If you are interested in becoming a student blogger, please email kbsbloggers@kent.ac.uk and we’ll get back to you!

Get in Touch

We hope you’ve enjoyed this newsletter, if you would like to contribute to future editions or have a story to share, please email us at kbsmarketing@kent.ac.uk.

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