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Brighton School of Business and Management - Newsletter September 2014

BSBM Student Successes 

In the June Session for the CQI Chartered Quality Institute examinations, our BSBM students performed extremely well.94% were successful.

14 achieved a Pass, 15 achieved a Merit, and 3 achieved a Distinction.

The CQI is one of the business world’s most prestigious professional organisations, and their Certificate and Diploma qualifications are difficult to gain. These results demonstrate that our CQI students – all of whom are also working full-time, many in hostile working environments – have studied in depth and breadth over many months.

Congratulations to all of the successful ones.


BSBM NEWS – New Member of the TeamWe would like to welcome Marcia Gillet to our office team.  Marcia has taken over the role in Admissions from Anthony Rayfield. Marcia is an experienced administrator and has had previous experience working in a training company.  If you have any admissions enquires or queries, please email Marcia on:


Are You Behaving Ethically in the Workplace? 
Take this quick quiz – how many did you answer “Yes” to?

  • Adding unnecessary expenses/costs to the budget forecast for your team/department to increase your allocation
  • Promising a customer-client more than can be delivered – to make a sale/win a contract
  • Taking paper, pens, pencils, and using them at home
  • Taking days off by claiming you are unwell, when you are not
  • Making personal phone calls on the organisation’s phones
  • Downloading games or films from the internet on the organisation’s system, then taking them home on a memory stick
  • Taking the credit for something a colleague-team-member did – as if you personally did it
  • Accepting gifts from suppliers to recommend their products/services to your organisation
  • Gossiping – spreading unsubstantiated rumours – about others in the organisation
  • Not approving/arranging or delaying training of a member of your team, because you don’t like them
  • Regularly arriving late for work, or back from a lunch break
  • Making a particular decision because it is simplest one – when further actions/research/planning could have arrived at a better decision

You may be surprised at how many “yes” answers you have given.
So, are you behaving ethically?
In all of these cases, you need to look at them from this point of view:
If you were the one damaged by this action – how would you feel?

Study Tips

Don’t Study!  … At the Wrong Times

A strange heading – but there are times when, with a full-time job, and-or with a family or partner, you should turn away from your studies – albeit briefly.

You will, of course, need to study regularly in order to meet coursework deadlines, and to achieve the qualification in a reasonable time – to meet your career and professional development objectives.

But you also need to build into your schedule times when you will not study, but turn your attention and your energies to other aspects of your life.

For example:

  • if you have  a partner, or children, then you need to make sure that, during the many months, perhaps a couple of years, of studying, you regularly make time for them – to reassure them, to make them feel that they’ve  not been forgotten, pushed aside, have become less important than your course


  • when you have a planned holiday – don’t take your study materials! – you need a rest, a break, a chance to recharge your energies – and if that holiday is with your partner or family, make sure that you spend every moment with them, not your books!


  • if you fall ill – stop studying until you are feeling better – the studying you do when feeling ill will almost certainly be wasted, and will almost certainly contribute to a longer period of recuperation


  • if there is a genuine, serious, crisis in your workplace which you are heavily involved in, then give your full attention to that – if you don’t then you are likely to be creating more problems that will need attention in the future

Most professional development qualifications require substantial study time – many hours every week on a regular basis – but there are times – some which can be planned for, some which are unexpected – when the sensible action to take is to stop studying temporarily.

That way you will achieve your career and professional development objectives – whilst also successfully managing other equally important aspects of your life too.


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