Bringing the Intelligent Business Cloud to the Classroom

Bringing the Intelligent Business Cloud to the Classroom through Microsoft Dynamics 365 – article from Microsoft

To encourage and support students in achieving their full potential, the University of Worcester has promoted the hands-on learning of cutting-edge business applications in their classrooms. Through their membership in the Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance, the University of Worcester has integrated Microsoft Dynamics 365 into their curriculum and has witnessed tremendous growth in student satisfaction and engagement. The students now have the opportunity to experience Microsoft Dynamics 365 firsthand through real-world learning examples and to understand the impact intelligent business applications have by bringing people, data and processes together.

The University of Worcester in Worcester, United Kingdom is equipping their students with competitive technology skills by using Microsoft Dynamics 365 in their curriculum. They have access to this integrated, cloud-based customer relationship management (CRM) application for educational purposes as a benefit of their membership in the Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance program. Richard Wilkinson, a former IT consultant and current lecturer consultant in Software Development and Programming at the University of Worcester, recognizes the need to provide his students with an opportunity for experiential learning beyond the basic concepts and theories of business applications covered in traditional coursework.

Wilkinson reflects, “In the business world, the one constant is that change is inevitable. Yet, by providing future graduates with a hands-on learning experience utilizing technology at the cutting edge of business, they can enter the workplace as qualified business and IT professionals.” This ideology is what led Wilkinson to enroll the University of Worcester in the Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance program, in order to access Microsoft Dynamics 365 licensing, online training, curriculum inspiration, service and support, and facilitated connections to Microsoft partners and customers.

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Learning across disciplines

While the business application concepts are integrated within the Introduction to Information Systems course at the University of Worcester, those enrolled in the course represent multiple areas of study as business application skills are relevant in a variety of disciplines. This course allows students to collaborate and learn from one another while using real-world technology. Whether the students are working towards becoming a manager for a large corporation, a financial advisor for a nonprofit or a programmer at a local start-up, it is critical they have an understanding of business applications in the real world to expand their understanding of related theories. The University of Worcester’s membership in the Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance program empowers them to deliver a holistic understanding of business processes and interactions across different departments, enabling their students to be better prepared for the modern workforce upon graduation.

In the first months of implementation in curriculum, the University of Worcester saw a significant, positive impact reflected via test results and student engagement. As Wilkinson states, “Students engage better when they feel as though they are doing something worthwhile.” The students at the University of Worcester are recognizing the value of hands-on learning which can be applied to their future careers.

In today’s evolving business climate, the practical relevance of coursework is key for early success. Equipped with Microsoft Dynamics 365 experience, the University of Worcester’s students have an opportunity to combine their academic lessons with real-world scenarios by engaging in the university’s partnerships with local businesses, hospitals, schools and other public, private, and community organizations. The partnerships provide university students with exceptional work placements, volunteer opportunities, and collaborative projects within their local communities. In addition, these essential connections build upon the university’s value of combining human values with true professionalism.

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Preparing for the future

Wilkinson believes future trends within technology are based on the anticipated growth of cloud-based services, including business applications. To demonstrate relevance and innovation, he expects his use of Microsoft Dynamics 365 to steadily increase. To continue building on student experiential learning, the University of Worcester intends to integrate additional Microsoft Dynamics 365 business applications into curriculum to “give their students another tool to add to their armory.”

With a focus on the sales, marketing, and customer service capabilities of Microsoft Dynamics 365, Wilkinson plans to continue developing relationships between the university and Microsoft partners and customers. The real-world examples provided by Microsoft partners and customers inspire his students, intensifying their awareness of Dynamics-related careers. Through the holistic learning opportunities including hands-on Microsoft Dynamics 365 experience and industry and local connections, Wilkinson acknowledges the potential impact on his students, stating “We may have the next top consultant or developer currently sitting in our classrooms.”

The University of Worcester is a university in the United Kingdom and a member of the Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance. Students of the University of Worcester have a competitive advantage in the job market through hands-on experience with the latest Microsoft Dynamics 365 business applications. Find out more about how you can differentiate your programs and take your curriculum to the next level by visiting the Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance site at http://www.microsoft.com/dynamicsaa.

Richard Wilkinson: Lecturer Consultant in Software Development and Programming
University of Worcester

Free business start-up course

We are running a free business start-up course at the Worcester Business School. It comprises of a 5 day intensive bootcamp, starting 19 June and then 1 day a week thereafter for 9 weeks.

On the 5 days there is a theme for each day covering, ideation, business structure, legal aspects of a business, finance, sales and marketing. It will be based at the Jenny Lind Centre.

The course is free and is partly funded by the EU. It is open to anyone with a Worcestershire postcode and has an interest in, or is in the process of setting up a business, or in the early stages of a business start-up.

Please contact Joanne Murphy to find out more: joanne.murphy@worc.ac.uk or to sign up go to http://www.worcesterenterprise.org/summer-startup-bootcamp/

Free business start-up course

We are running a free business start-up course at the Worcester Business School. It comprises of a 5 day intensive bootcamp, starting 19 June and then 1 day a week thereafter for 9 weeks.

On the 5 days there is a theme for each day covering, ideation, business structure, legal aspects of a business, finance, sales and marketing. It will be based at the Jenny Lind Centre.

The course is free and is partly funded by the EU. It is open to anyone with a Worcestershire postcode and has an interest in, or is in the process of setting up a business, or in the early stages of a business start-up.

Please contact Joanne Murphy to find out more: joanne.murphy@worc.ac.uk or to sign up go to http://www.worcesterenterprise.org/summer-startup-bootcamp/

Business start-up event

The Worcester Business School held yet another successful event last Wednesday evening, as they held a ‘Business Start-Up’ talk at The Hive.

The event had six speakers, from all aspects of the Worcestershire area, who informed attendees how to start up their business ventures and where they can receive support.

Dr David Bozward, who is a senior lecture in Entrepreneurship at the University of Worcester, talked about the Business Model Canvas and how crucial it is to create one that provides a roadmap for your business. While Dr Adrian Burden, who works as a tech and social entrepreneur, spoke about reaching the endgame and achieving goals in your company.

There were also talks from the University of Worcester’s Enterprise Manager Nick Bancroft, Worcestershire Business Central’s Ellie Brown and Hereford and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce Gail Dendy De Santos.

Jo Murphy, the University of Worcester, Business Bootcamp lead also took time to explain and promote a FREE project for people in Worcestershire that runs between 19 and 24 June. Jo explained that the intensive full week programme has been developed to provide participants with the knowledge, skills and ongoing support needed to start their own business.

Once again, the Worcester Business School have produced another insightful event for students and even for the wider community.

If you are interested in the Summer Business Bootcamp, there are still spaces available. Contact Jo Murphy at j.murphy@worc.ac.uk

Free business start-up course

We are running a free business start-up course at the Worcester Business School. It comprises of a 5 day intensive bootcamp, starting 19 June and then 1 day a week thereafter for 9 weeks.

On the 5 days there is a theme for each day covering, ideation, business structure, legal aspects of a business, finance, sales and marketing. It will be based at the Jenny Lind Centre.

The course is free and is partly funded by the EU. It is open to anyone with a Worcestershire postcode and has an interest in, or is in the process of setting up a business, or in the early stages of a business start-up.

Please contact Joanne Murphy to find out more: joanne.murphy@worc.ac.uk or to sign up go to http://www.worcesterenterprise.org/summer-startup-bootcamp/

Free business start-up course

We are running a free business start-up course at the Worcester Business School. It comprises of a 5 day intensive bootcamp, starting 19 June and then 1 day a week thereafter for 9 weeks.

On the 5 days there is a theme for each day covering, ideation, business structure, legal aspects of a business, finance, sales and marketing. It will be based at the Jenny Lind Centre.

The course is free and is partly funded by the EU. It is open to anyone with a Worcestershire postcode and has an interest in, or is in the process of setting up a business, or in the early stages of a business start-up.

Please contact Joanne Murphy to find out more: joanne.murphy@worc.ac.uk or to sign up go to http://www.worcesterenterprise.org/summer-startup-bootcamp/

Worcester Business School Annual Lecture: Ken Olisa OBE

You are warmly invited to the Worcester Business School Annual Lecture, which takes place on Thursday 18 May, full details of which are on the attached invitation and below.

The WBS Lecture has become an established event in the local business community and we are delighted that Ken Olisa, Lord Lieutenant of Greater London and Deputy Chair of the Institute of Directors is able to join us to deliver the lecture.

We look forward to seeing you at what should be, once again, an enjoyable and informative event. To secure your place please RSVP to Sally Docherty by reply on s.docherty@worc.ac.uk.

5.30 for 6-7pm lecture
Joel Richards Suite, the University of Worcester Arena

Worcester Business School Annual Lecture: Ken Olisa OBE

You are warmly invited to the Worcester Business School Annual Lecture, which takes place on Thursday 18 May, full details of which are on the attached invitation and below.

The WBS Lecture has become an established event in the local business community and we are delighted that Ken Olisa, Lord Lieutenant of Greater London and Deputy Chair of the Institute of Directors is able to join us to deliver the lecture.

We look forward to seeing you at what should be, once again, an enjoyable and informative event. To secure your place please RSVP to Sally Docherty by reply on s.docherty@worc.ac.uk.

5.30 for 6-7pm lecture
Joel Richards Suite, the University of Worcester Arena

Worcester Business School Annual Lecture: Ken Olisa OBE

You are warmly invited to the Worcester Business School Annual Lecture, which takes place on Thursday 18 May, full details of which are on the attached invitation and below.

The WBS Lecture has become an established event in the local business community and we are delighted that Ken Olisa, Lord Lieutenant of Greater London and Deputy Chair of the Institute of Directors is able to join us to deliver the lecture.

We look forward to seeing you at what should be, once again, an enjoyable and informative event. To secure your place please RSVP to Sally Docherty by reply on s.docherty@worc.ac.uk.

5.30 for 6-7pm lecture
Joel Richards Suite, the University of Worcester Arena

Worcester Business School Annual Lecture: Ken Olisa OBE

You are warmly invited to the Worcester Business School Annual Lecture, which takes place on Thursday 18 May, full details of which are on the attached and below.

The WBS Lecture has become an established event in the local business community and we are delighted that Ken Olisa, Lord Lieutenant of Greater London and Deputy Chair of the Institute of Directors is able to join us to deliver the lecture.

We look forward to seeing you at what should be, once again, an enjoyable and informative event. To secure your place please RSVP to Sally Docherty by reply on s.docherty@worc.ac.uk.

5.30 for 6-7pm lecture
Joel Richards Suite, the University of Worcester Arena

WBS Annual Lecture Invitation

Business Start-up fair

Business Start-up fair 5 April – Riverside 5.15pm- 7.15pm

This year’s business start-up fair saw nearly 100 students and stallholders attend and participate in the event.

We had 10 of our very own student businesses exhibiting their products and services ranging from video production to jewellery retailing and a number of other start-ups from the local business community. We were also really encouraged by the level of support from other stakeholders such as our own Entrepreneurs in Residence, International Trade representatives and staff from the City Council economic development team.

All the stallholders had a chance to “pitch” their business concepts to the audience and in doing so, sharpen up their commercial focus and sales skills.

The winning pitch came from Philip Hubbard who has already prototyped, and now plans to manufacture, a Bluetooth hi-fi system.

The winning business idea came from Natalie Plant who has developed a mobile app that remotely tracks and monitors care practitioners daily work schedules including time travel time taken getting to appointments and time spent with clients out in the community.

We are hoping for even bigger things from next year’s event, so if you know of any students who are already working on their business ideas do let us know at enterprise@worc.ac.uk

Alternatively, you can encourage students to come to our Business Ideas Clinic. The clinics require no appointment, are informal in nature and run by business professionals. They take place every Tuesday from 12-2pm in CH LG031 Charles Hasting Building, City Campus.

 

Worcester Business School Annual Lecture: Ken Olisa OBE

You are warmly invited to the Worcester Business School Annual Lecture, which takes place on Thursday 18 May, full details of which are on the attached and below.

The WBS Lecture has become an established event in the local business community and we are delighted that Ken Olisa, Lord Lieutenant of Greater London and Deputy Chair of the Institute of Directors is able to join us to deliver the lecture.

We look forward to seeing you at what should be, once again, an enjoyable and informative event. To secure your place please RSVP to Sally Docherty by reply on s.docherty@worc.ac.uk.

5.30 for 6-7pm lecture
Joel Richards Suite, the University of Worcester Arena

WBS Annual Lecture Invitation

Worcester Business School Annual Lecture: Ken Olisa OBE

You are warmly invited to the Worcester Business School Annual Lecture, which takes place on Thursday 18 May, full details of which are on the attached and below.

The WBS Lecture has become an established event in the local business community and we are delighted that Ken Olisa, Lord Lieutenant of Greater London and Deputy Chair of the Institute of Directors is able to join us to deliver the lecture.

We look forward to seeing you at what should be, once again, an enjoyable and informative event. To secure your place please RSVP to Sally Docherty by reply on s.docherty@worc.ac.uk.

5.30 for 6-7pm lecture
Joel Richards Suite, the University of Worcester Arena

WBS Annual Lecture Invitation

 

Business Start up Fair – Wednesday April 5 at 5:15 pm – 7:15 pm – Riverside Building

The Business Start-Up Fair is the largest event in our annual calendar. The event brings together students and local micro enterprises to show case their ideas, products and services.

It is a great opportunity for students who are interested in Business to speak to local entrepreneurs and members of the business community. Stallholders are also encouraged to pitch to the audience who vote and pick the winners.

Attending the event are representatives of local micro enterprises such as Philip Hubbard who is promoting in Bluetooth speaker system, Rebecca Harding from Kidwells solicitors and Natalie Plant from Home Care4Eva.

Also in attendance are some of our Entrepreneur’s in Residence who are supporting the University and its students in a number of innovative ways.

We also have a number of students and graduates who will be exhibiting at the event that include:

Jonah Broadbent – who will be show casing his new events planning website for couples called ‘Date Night Out’.

Nathan Hill Illustration- Nathan is releasing a new illustration book he has produced for retail markets.

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Amar Bains and Lukas Wickens, who are relaunching their clothing business Deziired with a new website and distinct marketing proposition.

If you would like to come to the event and support our enterprising students or encourage our other students to attend, here is the link to book a ticket:

http://www.worcesterenterprise.org/event/business-start-fair/

Free pizza and drinks included.

University Diploma in Leadership and Management programme

Worcester Business School will again be running its successful part-time University Diploma in Leadership and Management programme, starting January. This programme is open to University Staff who are practising and aspiring managers and leaders. This programme is specifically aimed at team leaders, first-line and junior managers, those aspiring to their first management position or wanting some formal management development to prepare them for their next challenge.

Further details and the full teaching schedule can be found here: http://www.worcester.ac.uk/courses/university-diploma-in-leadership-and-management.html

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University Diploma in Leadership and Management programme

Worcester Business School will again be running its successful part-time University Diploma in Leadership and Management programme, starting January. This programme is open to University Staff who are practising and aspiring managers and leaders. This programme is specifically aimed at team leaders, first-line and junior managers, those aspiring to their first management position or wanting some formal management development to prepare them for their next challenge.

Further details and the full teaching schedule can be found here: http://www.worcester.ac.uk/courses/university-diploma-in-leadership-and-management.html

UDLM

University Diploma in Leadership and Management programme

Worcester Business School will again be running its successful part-time University Diploma in Leadership and Management programme, starting January. This programme is open to University Staff who are practising and aspiring managers and leaders. This programme is specifically aimed at team leaders, first-line and junior managers, those aspiring to their first management position or wanting some formal management development to prepare them for their next challenge.

Further details and the full teaching schedule can be found here: http://www.worcester.ac.uk/courses/university-diploma-in-leadership-and-management.html

UDLM

Entrepreneurship support in 2017

The University of Worcester is launching three new programmes in 2017 to support you; starting a business, incubating a business and the growth of a business.

principium – summer startup bootcamp

Starts: June 2017

The summer business startup programme is aimed at those students or graduates who want to start a business. Each person will be supported over a ten week period to start their business with a range of support tailored to ensure they have the skills and knowledge to take advantage of the opportunities. This programme is part funded by the European Commission’s, ESIF fund.

Cost: Free

Further Details: http://www.worcesterenterprise.org/summer-startup-bootcamp/

momentum – business incubation and support

Starts: April 2017

If you’re launching a new startup or growing your recently launched business, our momentum business incubation facility at our City Campus offers you business support, events, networking, hot desking office space and meeting rooms. We provide a structured environment for early stage startups supporting the next generation of entrepreneurial talent based in Worcestershire.

New business incubation facilities launching in April 2017

This incubation programme aims to support you and allow your business to evolve into a sustainable business, based in our local community.

Cost: Free to staff, students and graduates

Further Details: http://www.worcesterenterprise.org/incubator-support-package/

incrementum – business scale up programme

Starts: February 2017

The independent Scale-Up Report on UK Economic Growth 2014 identified a number of key barriers that businesses must conquer if they are going to achieve their growth ambitions. While high-growth SMEs generate 20% of all jobs growth in the UK, recent evidence from OECD shows that the UK has the lowest proportion of high-growth SMEs: the biggest problem for the UK is not in starting companies, but in growing them.

If you want to grow your business in 2017, this is for you!!

The University of Worcester Business School and its partners will deliver over a series of one day events, support sessions and mentoring giving you the support you need as a business owner to overcome these barriers.

Cost: £350

Further Details: http://www.worcesterenterprise.org/incrementum/

Even if you are not ready to join one of our programmes, register your interest here and we will keep you in touch.

Worcesterpreneur event

9 November Worcesterpreneur event- Riverside 5.15-7.45pm

Worcesterpreneur events are a high profile series of events held on the first Wednesday of every month, focused on starting or growing a business within Worcestershire.

On the 9th of November, The Worcester Business School Enterprise team successfully organised another event on the topic of “The Power of Social Media”. The event attracted more than 40 students across different institutes within the university and included approximately 10 professionals from local enterprises.

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The event showcased the impact of Social Media on our society as well as its importance in building brand identity for businesses. Four guest speakers attended the event and talked about their experiences with Social Media and how they use it in the context of their organisations.

Cleo Morris, a University of Worcester graduate and founder of marketing company MarketingMaker, gave a speech about how to maximise your online presence. Neil Sysum a director at local Accounts SA and W shared his views on how to select the most suitable platforms for you in order to grow a community of interested participants and win business. Mark Games gave a really inspiring talk about the power of drawing upon your own experiences when marketing yourself on Social media, showing your own colour and gathering support and interest from supporters and communities online. And finally Kyle Harding shared his tips about building an online brand, and the tactics Kyle applies to increase his followers on social media.

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Thanks to our inspirational guest-speakers and enthusiastic audience, the event was a great success. And we trust the rest of our programme events for 2016-17 will achieve equally positive feedback from our audiences.

Our next event is on the 7th of December is on the theme of “Self Employment and Creativity”. The event starts at 17:15 at Riverside. Free entry, pizza and drinks for everyone.

For further information, including an overview of content for upcoming events, please visit:

http://www.worcesterenterprise.org/

https://www.facebook.com/WorcEnterprise/

https://twitter.com/Worc_Enterprise

 

WBS Media Lab October update

During October, the Media Lab successfully delivered two projects for Smile Education – an education recruitment agency based in West Midlands.

Katy, the Managing Director of Smile Education, and University of Worcester Entrepreneur in Residence, met the Media Lab at a recent student networking event and expressed her interest in working with the Media Lab. Katy already knew that the Media Lab had already successfully produced a number of videos for the University of Worcester. The Smile Education brand is growing fast in West Midlands, especially in Birmingham and it was felt that there was a need to have their own promotional videos about the business to showcase to potential clients and secure the best teaching talent in the Midlands area. The brief for the project was to reflect the quality of the companies offering, the fun culture of the organisation and the quality of its staff.

The Media Lab’s first project for Smile Education was involved with filming the video of the annual community event. The Family Day is an annual event bringing all employee’s family members and community together and provides a wide range of fun activities for local children and families in the local community. The company also rewarded its best employees for their dedication during the event and successfully raised £1250 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Sandwell Young Carers.

During September, we also went on to produce a corporate video for Smile Education at their head office in Birmingham and had a wonderful working day with all people working there. Media Lab members filmed a number of interviews and their activities on that day then edited into this brilliant video demonstrating how fun it is to work for Smile and the values it promotes.

Since completion of the project Katy has said has been really delighted with the works, sand provided the following quote:smile-education-testimonial

If you have an unrealised project in your department we can also offer a match funded budget of up to £500 to realise your project with the Media Lab. Feel free to pop down to see us at Charles Hastings CH LG 018 City Campus for a chat, or contact us in any of the following ways:

Website: www.worcestermedialab.com

Email: info@worcestermedialab.com

Phone: 01905 54 2817