Hired newsletter: Issue 1 2018

April 2018

Welcome to the first newsletter of 2018 dedicated to alumni from UCB’s Business School! 

First off, some exciting news…

It’s all changed since summer 2017! 

Events management, aviation and tourism courses have now joined with The Business School to provide a clearer focus on wider business sectors, offering a host of diverse career pathways for students.
UCB’s hospitality courses have also joined with the College of Food to bring more clarity and variety to job opportunities within these sectors.

But, what does it mean for you? 

By having four schools instead of five, UCB will be able to focus its alumni newsletters to each specific school, making stories and updates totally relevant to you.

We love hearing about what you’re up to and any suggestions on what you’d like to read, too. So if there’s ever anything you’d like us to know, get in touch via alumni@ucb.ac.uk

Do you dream of being your own boss? Do you have the ambition to start your own successful company? We can help you turn your business ideas into a reality… 


UCB’s Enterprise Hive is here to nurture and support UCB students and alumni who wish to set up their own business and to promote the entrepreneurial spirit throughout the university encouraging independence and innovation.

Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) employ more than half the UK workforce and some £16 billion is generated annually by cities with the best growth prospects for SMEs. Birmingham has been recognised as one of the top six locations for new business start-ups, and UCB is at the forefront of promoting sustainable growth in the UK’s biggest city outside London.

Through the work of Enterprise Hive, the University is committed to supporting students who wish to set up their own businesses. An entrepreneurial spirit is promoted throughout the institution, encouraging independent thought, collaborative practice and innovation.

Students benefit from a variety of workshops delivered by experienced professionals in addition to tailored mentoring, networking opportunities and one-to-one support from the team in the Business School.

If your dream is to set up your own business, UCB can help you to achieve it during your studies or even after you graduate.* Book an appointment today to discuss your business idea and get the support you need to make your dream a reality. (email: enterprise@ucb.ac.uk). For further information please visit the Enterprise Hive network page  or email enterprise@ucb.ac.uk.

‘The Taught Becomes the Teacher’ by Kelly


I graduated from UCB in September 2015 with a first-class honours degree in Events Management. Fast forward to now, and I have my dream job at a local social media agency JC Social Media. As a result, I was invited back to talk to current UCB students about social media and how they could apply it to their future business ideas.

It was surreal to be back at university. I felt a little like a student again - it made me realise just how much I’d missed it. Now, if you are a student and you’re reading this right now (even though you’re meant to be writing an essay or finishing your dissertation), you probably think I’m crazy, but it’s true! Even though university was one of the most stressful times of my life (multiple assignment deadlines anyone?), it was also one of the very best times of my life to date.

The lecture I gave was only to a small group, and secretly I was pleased about this. The idea of having a hundred eyes on me was not something I was looking forward to! They were also a nice group, which was another plus point.

Being a former student made me more empathic. I’d been sat in those seats not so long ago, stressing about assignments, counting down the hours in until the deadlines and trying to figure out how people who went to university still completed all their work well and on-time, held down a part-time job and had a social life. With this in mind, I wanted to make this hour as useful as possible.

For the next hour, we spent time talking about everything social media; from when to post and the platforms to post on, to how to get the most out of your online audience. We even talked a little about web design and SEO for good measure. There was lots of note-making and questions asked, which I think is a good sign. It was certainly interesting to be the teacher rather than the student!

Overall, I found the experience enjoyable, and not just because it got me out of the office for a while. I think as UCB alumni we all have a duty to go back and (try) to impart some wisdom on those currently studying. My advice to anyone offered the opportunity to go back to university and deliver a guest lecture is to do it. It looks great on your CV, so not only will the student get something out of it, you will too!

Did you know UCB now offer a Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship? 


The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) now offers a degree-level qualification in Business Management. The course combines on-the-job learning and practical work experience, providing a great pathway for future career development.

The CMDA has been developed by a group of employers in partnership with a number of higher education institutions and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Apprentices who complete the course will achieve a degre in Business Management and will be eligible to be awarded Chartered Manager status. Course content is based on the published CMDA Standard and Assessment Plan as developed by employers, who will ensure the training remains current and relevant.

For further information please visit the CMDA web page.