Sam Meets… Simon Grosse

Whiteknights at the University of Reading is a home for many; students, academics; small businesses, even ducks and swans. One organisation that truly considers Whiteknights as home is a business called Foundation SP, a business based at the enterprise centre in Early gate. Foundation SP is an award-winning Technology Company that provides dynamic technology solutions….

Machines (Back to Humans) or: Who leads whom?

At this year’s Henley Global Masterclasses, I was immediately pulled in by the motto “Championing humanity in a Digital World”. That’s due to two factors: I recently submitted my Henley MBA on the impact of digitisation on the music industry with its benefits (data transparency) and threats (staff redundancies) and the need for freelance or…

Meet Norma, Henley’s IdeaFest 2018 winner

A delicious, innovative and healthy business idea that surprised all of the 6 judges was this year’s IdeaFest winner! Imagine the best brownie you’ve ever had, made out of water, oil, Norma veggie mix and… salad!Yep, you read right, Norma brownies are vegan, have about 50% less calories than a normal brownie (466 calories per…

Team Henley wins 3rd Prize in Global Business Plan Competition BeeUp!

Team Henley (Mahin Redlin, Yen Chi Le, Dennis Kercher, Rohith Biju, Jilna Solanki and Smuruthi Kesavan), 3rd Place (Cash Prize of CHF 500 (equivalent to around £370)) Our group, Team Henley, completed the BeeUp Consulting Project as part of the postgraduate MSc module MMM121 “Understanding Emerging Markets”. We selected our individual group members to form…

My Postgraduate study visit to Moscow!

A cultural and study visit to Russia was not something I expected when I chose Henley Business School for my Master’s degree. However, on 25th March 2018 a group of Henley Business School Postgraduate students went to Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). Students came from various backgrounds including Digital Marketing, like myself, to…

UK Top 10 Male Undergraduate of 2018 -Emmanuel De Labauve D’Arifat

Whether you are reading this while applying for internships and placements, or whether you have secured your spot in a company, or are thinking about starting University, this experience I had the chance to go through will interest you. My name is Emmanuel De Labauve D’Arifat, a 2nd year undergraduate in Accounting and Finance from…

The toughest foot race on the planet!

The strapline of the Marathon Des Sables (MDS) is that it is ‘the toughest foot race on the planet’. The Discovery Channel described it as such and the words have stuck. The event has always held a sense of awe for me when thinking about the challenge of racing six marathons in six days across…

Expect the unexpected! Doing an MBA (part 2)

Of course the MBA journey is different for everybody. And, of course, the key learnings are different for everybody. On Saturday 21st April, at Henley’s MBA Open Day, I was part of the alumni panel. I was surprised how many of my fellow alumni mentioned that some of their key learnings were similar to my…

The Blame Game

I’m a firm believer that the key to success is to focus on what you can control and to let go of what you can’t. Sounds obvious, but every day most of us will be faced with examples where this rules goes out of the window and instead the ugly face of blame rears its…

Should we fear the dark side of automation?

Industry and Higher Education must work together to enlighten each other about the future World of Work “Have you ever heard of bearer bonds?” asked my taxi driver. I had to admit that I hadn’t. He went on to explain that bearer bonds were one of the ways to transfer money from organisation to organisation…

My Flexible MBA: 6 Months In

Around this time last year, Facebook (which seems to know me unnervingly well) insisted that I answer a question. I say it “insisted” because I tried to resist: yes, I’d been browsing MBA programmes and researching the effects of identity in the workplace, but no it was not a good time. In fact, by any…

Is the #MeToo Movement the Tip of the Iceberg?

It has been startling and infuriating over the last few months to see the emergence of story after story of women being sexually exploited by men in the workplace, whether that is the movie industry, music, the arts or indeed any other organisation or industry. The movement started as a result of the revelations in…