The OU Business School celebrated exceptional achievements of students, graduates and tutors at the prestigious annual awards ceremony on Friday 20 April in the House of Commons. The awards were staged as part of the annual dinner of the School’s MBA Alumni Association.
OU Business School Dean Professor James Fleck said: “The awards enable us to publicly highlight the efforts, dedication and commitment of our students, alumni and tutors. The ceremony is always a rousing event at which students discuss their learning experience, which in many cases has been combined with work and other personal commitments. In addition, alumni and tutors invest a huge amount of time and effort in the School; these awards provide us with the ideal platform to give public recognition of their endeavours.”
Awards were presented to the Students of the Year on the following courses: MBA; Professional Diploma in Management; Professional Certificate in Management; BA in Business Studies and Certificate in Accounting programmes. There were also awards for Alumnus of the Year and OU Business School Tutor of the Year.
The UK MBA Student of the Year award is sponsored by the Chartered Management Institute and the winner will undertake its Chartered Manager programme, allowing them to demonstrate the practical impact that their skills, knowledge and understanding will have on their workplace.
A further award was presented to the Student of the Year among MBA students in Continental Europe; this award is sponsored by the OU Business School’s marketing representatives in Germany and Austria.
The OU Business School is one of Europe’s leading business schools and the major provider of management development programmes delivered by supported open learning. It is one of an elite group of UK and European business schools to hold the prestigious triple of:
The OU Business School has 30,000 students in the UK and more than 30 countries. Since its inception in 1983, more than 150,000 managers have studied an OU Business School course at Certificate, Diploma or MBA level; of those, 17,000 have successfully completed their MBA and joined one of the three largest alumni associations for MBA graduates outside the United States.
The School is among the largest schools and faculties of The Open University, itself the largest university in the UK. The university is ranked fifth of all UK universities in the table for teaching quality published in the Sunday Times University Guide 2006.