Six high flying UK business students were presented with first and second prizes for essays submitted in each of three categories: undergraduate placement learning, postgraduate venture idea and Corporate Social Responsibility. The awards were presented at an event at Oulton Hall, Leeds, UK sponsored by SAP’s University Alliance Program in association with the Association of Business Schools and the highly respected Guardian Newspaper. Competition was strong in each category but six finalists were eventually selected and presented with their award by Nicole Anderson, UK Business Development Director who states: “This an excellent competition which SAP is very pleased to be sponsoring. I was very impressed with the originality and clarity of many of the ideas presented throughout the entries. I wish every competitor the very best success for the remainder of their degrees and for their future careers.”
Martin Gollogly, UK Head of University Alliances said: “The nature and scope of SAP provides a powerful and flexible resource to university faculty in the delivery of world-class business and computing education. Using SAP raises student interest, increases their understanding of the concepts being taught and enhances their employment prospects upon graduation. The University Alliance Program is unique in its scope, its size and as an illustration of how industry and academia can collaborate to enable young minds to fulfil their true potential. We are very pleased to sponsor this award and hope that these young minds go to achievements which match their obvious talent, drive and entrepreneurial spirit”. But this was not the end of the story for the three first prize winners. The winners in each category go forward to the UK National Business Awards to compete for the prestigious title of ‘Business and Management Student of the Year’.
This award was won by Richard Samuel, 23, from Nottingham Trent University at the major gala event attended by many of the UK’s leading business and political leadership. The National Business Awards were presented at the VIP event at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London and attended by over 1,200 guests from the UK’s leading companies. Speakers included the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, and John Harvey Jones – the former Chairman of chemicals giant ICI. The award was once more presented by Nicole Anderson in front of a 50 feet wide SAP logo to well deserved applause. Other recipients included Lord Kalms of Edgware, Chairman of Dixons Group, winning the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Peter Erskine, Chief Executive Officer of O2 winning the Business Leader of the Year Award.
Richard’s interest in international business led him to work in Tokyo, for an international engineering and construction company despite having minimal Japanese! He then spent six months on an international management programme at Orebro University in Sweden before returning to the UK. Here, he won a place on the ‘Inside Track’ placement scheme run by Shell Technology Enterprise (STEP) and the Design Council helping a medium sized bakery packaging firm with its marketing strategy. Having graduated in June 2005, Richard is now a management consultant for the Business and Technology Consultants, Impact Plus.
The twin events were sponsored by SAP’s University Alliance Program, which was first launched in 1988 and currently boasts over 500 members worldwide whilst in the UK this includes many of the most highly regarded and pioneering institutions in the country including the University of Warwick, City University, Cranfield University, Brunel University, Coventry University and Sheffield Hallam University. Jonathan Slack, Chief Executive of the Association of Business Schools says: “The Association of Business Schools’ Awards for Business and Management students are now an established event in the calendar of UK business schools. We have been delighted to have such an impressive sponsor as SAP this year and we look forward to building on this relationship in the future, not least in supporting the Global University Alliance Programme.”
Source: SAP UK University Alliance Program