Executive MBA scholarship award could boost bioscience jobs in Nottingham

This year’s Nottingham Post Executive MBA scholarship has been awarded to a scientist with ambitions to make the city a major centre for a sustainable new form of farming.

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Mike Sassi, Dr Dhaval Patel and Dr Phil Considine. Image courtesy of Nottingham Post.

This year’s Nottingham Post Executive MBA scholarship has been awarded to a scientist with ambitions to make the city a major centre for a sustainable new form of farming.

Dr Dhaval Patel works at BioCity-based firm Azotic Technologies, which is working towards the creation of a globally-available biofertilizer product. He hopes that studying the EMBA course at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, will enable him to transfer scientific research into profitable products for agriculture.

The scholarship funds half the tuition fees of the £15,900 part-time course, which aims to improve professionals' management knowledge and leadership capabilities, enhancing their career opportunities.

Dhaval said: "As a scientist I'm so passionate about my work but the lack of understanding on the business side can be a limitation. I feel that if I want to grow and achieve my ambition, I need to understand more aspects of the business.

"I'd like to take on more of a commercial role and this is where the EMBA helps me to develop myself so I can bring together my technical perspective and commercial awareness.”

I feel that if I want to grow and achieve my ambition, I need to understand more aspects of the business.

Dr Dhaval Patel, scientist at Azotic Technologies, BioCity

Dhaval is keen that the city retains talent in biosciences and has plans to eventually start his own consultancy business in Nottingham.

He is the second person to win the scholarship since the EMBA course was re-launched last year, following in the footsteps of Helen Taylor, who owns urban landscape design studio Hosta Consulting, in Cobden Chambers.

This year's EMBA intake will include 18 students from a range of large and small companies, including BP. Students will attend lectures on an infrequent basis while working full-time.

Dr Phil Considine, principal lecturer and EMBA programme leader at Nottingham Business School, said: "Dhaval has clearly got a very strong academic background and is performing a key role within his organisation. It's a cutting-edge biotechnology business which is bringing really high-quality jobs to Nottingham.

"The ability that Dhaval will have to develop the business and create more hi-tech jobs will not only benefit Dhaval and his company, but also the University and city by helping to retain high-quality graduates."

The Post is really proud to help people like Dhaval and their work as they bring great credit and kudos to Nottingham.

Mike Sassi, Nottingham Post editor and publisher

Nottingham Post editor and publisher Mike Sassi added: "The Post is really proud to help people like Dhaval and their work as they bring great credit and kudos to Nottingham.

"We hope that the skills and experience the EMBA students pick up while they're at Nottingham Business School will help them to create jobs and benefit the local economy in the short and long term."

Read the full story by Nottingham Post deputy business editor, Dan Robinson.

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Executive MBA scholarship award could boost bioscience jobs in Nottingham

Published on 17 January 2017
  • Category: Business; Nottingham Business School

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