Brighton School of Business and Management - Newsletter November 2014
Brighton School of Business and Management – Newsletter
Happy Bonfire Night
In the UK November 5th is called “Bonfire Night” – “Fireworks Night” or “Guy Fawkes Night”. This event was for nearly 3 centuries a formal day of celebration (the Observance of 5th November Act 1605 – legally in place until 1859) – that celebrated the failure of a “Gunpowder Plot”, led by Robert Catesby, which had the aim of blowing up the UK Houses of Parliament during the State Opening of Parliament on the 5th November 1605, in order to trigger the return to power of Catholicism in the UK.
Guy Fawkes – an expert in explosives – was discovered planting 36 barrels of gunpowder in the House of Lords area of Parliament House.
In today’ world the night is an event full of fun and excitement, where, in the early-Winter darkness, fireworks are let off – both in spectacular formal, organised displays, and in small numbers in family gardens and streets.
And over the country – in large events and in family gardens, bonfires are set alight and an effigy – dressed to look like “Guy Fawkes” – is burnt on the bonfire – to the merriment of all !!!
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded Approved Centre status by two additional UK Accreditation-Awarding Bodies:
OTHM Organisation for Tourism and Hospitality Management
IoSCM Institute of Supply Chain Management
These new qualifications will be available at the beginning of 2015.
Congratulations to Tracy Alder-Ashwin who won our Twitter Competition.
Also congratulations to Missy who won our Halloween Pet Photo Competition.
Study Subject of the Month: Quality Management
11 Essential Steps to Managing Quality Successfully
1. Make sure that the needs of (internal and-or external) customers-clients are identified in detail, and that the satisfaction of those needs are given high priority
2. Make sure that any resource – equipment, tools, people, funds, technology – brought into/used by the “business” is exactly what is needed
3. Make sure that every resource is monitored regularly – for example: if it’s equipment that it’s checked, monitored, maintained, regularly – if it’s people that they are trained and developed appropriately and their performance is monitored regularly – and in both cases replacements are found and installed if it is not possible to maintain the standards required with the existing resource
4. Make sure that every member of the team fully understands the operational objectives and how those support the organisation’s strategic objectives and plans
5. Make sure that every member of the team understands their personal, individual role and responsibilities
6. Make sure that every member of the team understands that they have a responsibility to their colleagues to perform to the best of their ability
7. Make sure that there are clear, easy-to-understand Quality Standards in place for every activity and every stage – ideally within a formally recognised Quality Assurance Management System
8. Make sure that Quality Standards / QAMS are regularly audited by an external audit organisation, and necessary corrective action is taken
9. Make sure that there is a culture – an organisational way of working – which encourages professional development of every individual member of the team
10. Make sure that individuals, and the team as a whole, are rewarded – even if only by a “thank you” from the team leader – when they perform well
- Regularly review and evaluate each of the above steps regularly – consider ways to make improvements wherever possible – implement those improvements. In other words, practice Kaizen – Continuous Improvement.
How many of these steps are in place in your area of activity?
How many problems are caused by the missing steps?
Imagine how much improvement could be achieved by implementing all 11 steps !!
Useful Study Tips
It is not a good idea to be tempted by sites which offer ready-made assignment-essay responses.
And here’s one good reason why this is good advice – see below an extract from an article written by
Nicola Woolcock – Education Correspondent – The Times (UK Newspaper)
Essays For Sale Fail To Make The Grade
“Students who pay hundreds of pounds for work from essay-writing companies are being sent substandard work and risk being caught cheating, the Exam Regulator says.
Some essays are full of spelling mistakes or pompous language and others show little evidence of research and would barely scrape an E grade.
Ofqual commissioned research from a consultancy whose staff posed as A-level history and English language pupils. They asked for guaranteed A-grade work from three companies that charged between £70 and £220 per essay.
The history essays were graded B, C-D and E, and the English language essays were graded C-D, D-E and E-U.
In the report by London Economics, an examiner said that one of the English essays “read like the work of an unengaged, untutored and floundering student” with a “failure to undertake any language investigation at all”.
Glenys Stacey, the chief regulator, said: “These essays are poor quality, and more importantly… any attempt to pass this work off as the student’s own is cheating.”
If you are under time pressure and you are not going to be able to submit your assignment on or before your deadline – instead of using these types of assignment services, contact Student Services and you may be granted an extension on your assignment date. If you found to be using these types of services – you will be removed from your course without credits!.
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Also, 21 days of December coming soon, and a great discount offer on all our HNC/HND Courses.