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21 Aug 2013

Exceptional student achievements honoured at The Open University Business School Awards

OU Business School award winners

OU Business School award winners

Group Managing Editor at the Press Association, Managing Director the UK Branch of a German high-tech logistics company and the first female General Manager in the history of the Japanese machinery company were among those who collected awards at the 10th annual The Open University Business School awards last month in London.

The winners were congratulated by Professor Rebecca Taylor, Dean of The Open University Business and Law School and guest speaker, David Harrison*, MBA Alumnus and Managing Partner at True Potential LLP.

Professor Rebecca Taylor praised The Open University Business School students and alumni for their commitment to study goals and career ambitions: “I feel very privileged to be part of this annual awards ceremony, celebrating the achievements of our most talented students and alumni. I am really grateful for the opportunity to meet such an exceptional group of people. Our students are special as they demonstrate super-human levels of determination, dedication and resilience.”

The seven award winners were:

Alan Marshall was awarded The Richard Wheatcroft MBA Student of the Year 2012. Alan is the Group Managing Editor at the Press Association. Alan personified how OUBS students combine work, lifestyle and study as he started his MBA at the same time as relocating to India with work.

The Derek Pugh Award for Professional Certificate in Management Student of the Year 2012 was received by Catherine Tate a Procurement Manager at Celesio UK, who was sponsored by her employer to study the course. Catherine demonstrated a high level of dedication throughout her studies and found working with peers from other areas her company one of the most rewarding elements of her experience.

The Sally Aisbitt Award for Profession Certificate in Accounting Student of the Year 2012 was presented to Jonathan Powell, who combined working in a bank with working on the family farm and studying. Jonathan said that his studied benefited every facet of his life.

Emma Lambden, a Campaigns Manager at the University of Reading, was awarded The Rosie Thomson Professional Diploma in Management Student of the Year 2012. Her course significantly boosted her confidence both personally and professionally. She is continuing to develop her career as she undertakes her MBA with the OU Business School.

The BA (Hons) in Business Studies Student of the Year 2012 was given to Jane Bunce, Foundation Manager, for Health Education South West. Having not gained a degree through the traditional route, Jane has found studying to be a tremendous personal journey that has transformed her professionally and personally.

Irene Adler, received the honour of Alumni Award Outstanding Contribution to an Organisation. Irene graduated with her MBA in 2012, and made significant career progression while she was studying. In 2011 she became the first female General Manager in the history of the Japanese machinery company, and remains the only woman in this position today.

Chris Lima is the Managing Director of the UK Branch of Simon Hegele Logistics, a high-tech logistics company, was presented with the Alumni Award Outstanding Contribution to an Organisation for his success in turning the company around in just a few years. He was also recognised by the Institute of Directors regional Chairman’s Award for Leadership in Corporate Responsibility.

Others who were highly commended included Mandy Holman BA (Hons) Leadership & Management Student of the Year 2012, Jane Nolan Alumni Award 2013: Outstanding Contribution to an Organisation, Philip Skill Alumni Award 2013: Outstanding Contribution to an Organisation, Basil Sawczuk Outstanding Contribution to an Organisation and Heather Henry Outstanding Contribution to an Organisation.

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