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Red Arrows fly past to celebrate 40 years of innovation at Nottingham Business School

The Red Arrows flew over Nottingham city centre on Monday 15 July to celebrate four decades of innovation in business education at Nottingham Business School (NBS), part of Nottingham Trent University (NTU).

The Red Arrows fly above Shakespeare Street

Taking place on the first day of NTU’s summer graduation ceremonies, the fly past marked the beginning of the Business School’s 40th anniversary and launched a year of events which will reflect on its history and explore what the next 40 years in business will look like.

The fly past also recognised the service of NTU alumnus and Red Arrows pilot, Flight Lieutenant Sean James Cunningham, who lost his life while performing pre-flight checks in 2011, and was led by a pilot who trained with Sean.  In his memory, NBS awarded a Sean Cunningham Memorial Prize to an outstanding student who has shown dedication to team work, support for other students and a consistently strong academic performance.

During the last 40 years, NBS has been a pioneering force in business, management and economics research and education and has seen a significant rise in international accreditations and rankings in recent years.

Dean of Nottingham Business School, Professor Baback Yazdani, said: “The Red Arrows fly past marked 40 years of our success in shaping education and research in business, management and economics that combines academic excellence with impact on business and society. We now look forward and will expand our programme of deep-rooted personalisation that could shape the future of business education for the next decade.”  

Deputy Dean of NBS, Melanie Currie, said: “The Red Arrows fly past was the perfect way to mark the beginning of our anniversary year with students, colleagues and the people of Nottingham. We were pleased to be able to use this opportunity to pay tribute to Sean Cunningham as an NTU alumnus and give a prize for excellence in his name. We would like to thank the Red Arrows and our friends at the RAF for this honour.

“Throughout our 40-year history we have developed a unique character as a Business School. Our personalised and experiential learning programme provides a transformational experience for our students and develops confident graduates who make a real impact in their careers.

“Our 40th anniversary will not only celebrate who we are now but will look to the future of business and business education and the leading role that NBS can play in shaping this.”

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    About Nottingham Business School

    Nottingham Business School is internationally recognised as a business school which combines academic excellence with impact on business and society. It creates globally responsible leaders through ethical, responsible and sustainable management education. NBS is differentiated by its leadership in experiential learning and personalisation

    Amongst the 130+ UK business schools, NBS ranks 4th for Accounting and Finance, 7th Economics and 11th for Business, Management and Marketing in The Guardian Good University Guide 2020. It is listed amongst the Top 100 European Business Schools by the Financial Times, which also ranks its Masters in Management amongst the Top 100 Globally.

    NBS is accredited by AACSB and EQUIS, a global mark of quality and gold standard for business schools. NBS is one of only six UK business schools to be a PRME Champion and is held up as an exemplar by the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME).

    At the centre of its achievements is its unique philosophy of:

    1. Experiential learning through a multitude of real-life learning opportunities that combine theory and practice
    2. Personalising each student’s entire experience to help them achieve the most
    3. Excellent research with impact
    4. Close partnership with hundreds of companies and public organisations that help to inform its research and educational programmes
    5. Commitment to sustainability and responsible management and global citizenship in its research and education

    All its educational and research programmes benefit from an extensive connectivity to business and integration of theory and practice and embed the values of sustainability and global citizenship.

    NBS programmes at bachelors, graduate and doctoral levels as well as its executive and corporate education are all designed in innovative ways that bring theory to life and ensure learning through academic study, as well as direct application through a variety of means in state-of-the art facilities.

    Its faculty is amongst the largest and most diverse of any business school in the UK, chosen for their academic pedigree and direct business experience who engage with leaders and practitioners in business, public bodies and government.

    About Nottingham Trent University

    Nottingham Trent University (NTU) was named University of the Year 2019 in the Guardian University Awards. The award was based on performance and improvement in the Guardian University Guide, retention of students from low-participation areas and attainment of BME students. NTU was also the Times Higher Education University of the Year 2017, and The Times and Sunday Times Modern University of the Year 2018. These awards recognise NTU for its high levels of student satisfaction, its quality of teaching, its engagement with employers, and its overall student experience.

    The university has been rated Gold in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework – the highest ranking available.

    It is one of the largest UK universities. With nearly 32,000 students and more than 4,000 staff located across four campuses, the University contributes £900m to the UK economy every year. With an international student population of more than 3,000 from around 100 countries, the University prides itself on its global outlook

    The university is passionate about creating opportunities and its extensive outreach programme is designed to enable NTU to be a vehicle for social mobility. NTU is among the UK’s top five recruiters of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. A total of 82% of its graduates go on to graduate entry employment or graduate entry education or training within six months of leaving. Student satisfaction is high: NTU achieved an 87% satisfaction score in the 2019 National Student Survey.

    NTU is also one of the UK’s most environmentally friendly universities, containing some of the sector’s most inspiring and efficient award-winning buildings.

    NTU is home to world-class research, and won The Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2015 – the highest national honour for a UK university. It recognised the University’s pioneering projects to improve weapons and explosives detection in luggage; enable safer production of powdered infant formula; and combat food fraud.

Published on 9 July 2019
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