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Newsletter of the Faculty of Business, Education and Law January/Febuary 2013


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Microsoft to premiere Pulp the Movie on Xbox – Phil Bland...3

Dr Allan Watson ......................................................................3

Introducing our new Entrepreneur in Residence, Gerry Brennan

– Dr Stephen Malone..............................................................4

Research on stakeholder salience – John McManus ............5

Pioneers into Practice ............................................................5

Stoke Your Fires Film Festival 2013 – Jon Fairburn ...............6

Stoke Your Fires – question time panels ................................6

Funding ‘How to be Happy’ ....................................................6

Profile – Brendan O’Neill ........................................................7

Senior Citizens – saving energy and being a film star for a

day ..........................................................................................7

Berlin Transversal Visit: Mobility in Vocational Training – James

Fair .........................................................................................8

Staffordshire University’s Transversal study tour ...................8

Eternal Iris Film and Photography Ltd – Michael Beech.........9

Staff Profile – Russel Spink ..................................................10

Flogging a dead horse Pinewood Studio style – Jon Fairburn .


WMEF Business Breakfast – Stimulating Innovation: Financing

Exports .................................................................................12

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Reels in Motion was established by graduates from Staffordshire University with assistance from the Be

Inspired programme (http://www.beinspiredatstaffs.co.uk) run at Staffordshire University. They will make

digital history by having the first ever feature film, Pulp (www.pulpthemovie.com), to exclusively premier and

then be distributed on the Microsoft Xbox on 4th March 2013. Is this a brave new world for film distribution?

Is this another kick start for film making in Staffordshire? We will be discussing the sustainability of film

making in the regions at our film panels on 1st March at the Stoke Your Fires Film Festival (see page 6 for

more details) and Phil Bland of Reels in Motion will be one of the panellists.

A big welcome to our new Entrepreneur in Residence Gerry Brennan and also to Russell Spink and Vivian

Lloyd who join the Education team. Congratulations to Jo Beswick of the Law School who has recently

been awarded her PhD from Manchester University. Congratulations to the students who graduated at

Disted College in Malaysia; we have dotted photos through the issue.

Thanks to Garikai, Tom and Emma for all the work putting together Enterprising Times and the supplements

for this issue.

Jon Fairburn

To subscribe or unsubscribe to this newsletter please email jon.fairburn@staffs.ac.uk. Back issues can be

found at http://www.staffs.ac.uk/enterprisingtimes.

Front cover image – poster from Pulp (www.pulpthemovie.com) made by Reels in Motion, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire

British Ceramics Biennial (BCB) 2013 ..................................13

Parish Plan – Duncan Hindmarch ........................................13

Peer review publications.......................................................14

PhD – Jo Beswick ................................................................15

Inspiring enterprise education: an India/UK staff exchange

programme – Paul Williams..................................................16

Health news – ‘Eat, fast and live longer’...............................17

Institutionalising serendipity via productive coffee breaks –

Michael Soto .........................................................................18

LSIS project update: Supporting employability in Initial Teacher

Education – Duncan Hindmarch ...........................................19

Book review – Bad Pharmacy by Ben Goldacre...................19

Book chapter – Dr John McManus .......................................19

Launch of ‘Entrepreneurship 2020’ Action Plan ...................20

Innovation in European enterprises ......................................20

Presenting research on Emigrant Earnings and Remittances –

Sokol Havolli .........................................................................21

PhD student profiles .............................................................21

Distribution of Enterprising Times .........................................23

Notes for contributors ...........................................................23

Re-use of material ................................................................23

Deadlines for 2013 ...............................................................23

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Microsoft to premiere Pulp the Movie on Xbox – Phil Bland

Someone once told me that making a film isn’t easy. And they were right. In fact, it’s ridiculously

difficult. I can say with some certainty that EVERY single movie that is completed is like a beautiful and

rare miracle. On the achievement scale, watching a movie should be placed just above riding a unicorn

to a Grand National win.

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Having completed Pulp in September 2011 I thought the hard bit was done. I was wrong. That was the

easy bit. With the DVD market dying a death and independent theatres closing all over the country, there

is no longer a platform for indie films to be released and achieve a significant groundswell. More and

more people watch films online through platforms such as netflicks or lovefilm but unless you have either

a) studio backing or b) millions of pounds of marketing budget your film will disappear into the online

ether with barely a whisper. Thousands of

indie filmmakers worldwide are all trying

to solve the distribution riddle, but in times

of austerity and bleakness, there are

always opportunities.

For Pulp, that opportunity was Microsoft.

Through their Xbox platform they can

reach 4 million people in the UK alone –

most of whom use the console as their

primary source of watching movies. By

featuring on the movies landing page it

is also an efficient marketing campaign.

Switch on your Xbox to watch a film.

How about this one? No TV adverts. No

billboards. No full page ads in the papers.

Pulp will become the first feature film

to exclusively premier on Xbox on

March 4th. As with all new explorations,

it is a journey into the unknown. But

with the announcement making headlines around the world through Deadline Hollywood and Screen

International, there is a sense that this could be the glimmer of hope that indie filmmakers have been

searching for. I hope that proves to be true because making a film can be easy, but getting it to an

audience is certainly not.

For more information visit www.reelsinmotion.co.uk or www.pulpthemovie.com.

Pulp will be released on 4th March 2013 on Xbox UK. It will also open the Stoke Your Fires Film

Festival on 1st March. Pulp is directed by Adam Handy and Shaun Magher, and produced by Dare

Productions and Reels in Motion.

Dr Allan Watson

Dr Allan Watson’s (currently at the Geography Department, Staffordshire University) PhD, ‘Sound

practice: a relational economic geography of music production in and beyond the recording studio’, is

now available under a creative commons licence from Loughborough University (http://bit.ly/Ya5Tbb). It

should be of interest to anyone working in the creative industry in general not just music studios.

You can follow Allan on Twitter at https://twitter.com/AllanWatson1.

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Introducing our new Entrepreneur in Residence, Gerry Brennan – Dr Stephen Malone

The Business School and new Faculty of Business, Education and Law are always keen to investigate

new ways of engaging with our key stakeholders both inside and outside the organisation. One

outcome of recent deliberations led to the opportunity to appoint an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR)

via a successful Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) bid to support a pilot project.

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What exactly is an Entrepreneur in Residence and what do they do?

There are different models of the role and many ways that the EIR may

be involved in university life – from mentoring new start-up businesses, to

giving advice to students and bringing an ‘outsider’ perspective to Faculty

Management. Indeed we have prepared quite a long list of activities that

we would like to persuade our new EIR to lead on or become involved in!

Originally an idea from the US quite a few universities in the UK have now

appointed EIRs (Lancaster, Surrey, Brunel to name a few) with their own

particular preferences for how they like their EIRs to operate.

Chris Doran, a highly successful academic entrepreneur from the

University of Cambridge gives some insight into how an EIR might help:

‘Businesses don’t want an academic solution or to work to the academic

timeline… they want you to solve problems for them and they remember

the delivery not the price! So deliver!’

In which case one element of the role is for the EIR to act as a reticulist

– a sort of expert boundary spanner between ‘academe’ and ‘business’.

More importantly our EIR Gerry brings a wealth of experience from the

private sector and his own businesses which can inform our curriculum,

educational processes, research and commercial partnership working.

It is therefore with great pleasure and after some searching that we are able to introduce our new

Entrepreneur in Residence, Gerry Brennan. Gerry has already been active in support of the new

Faculty as an advisor to Global Entrepreneurship Week in November 2012, as a ‘Dragon’s Den’ panel

judge and as a student mentor. Gerry introduces himself below.

Gerry Brennan, Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Following my promotion to a board level director in my mid-twenties, I started my first business at the

age of 31 and built that company up to become a major software house managing space and facilities

booking for blue chip companies such as Lloyds Bank, GE, Rolls-Royce and Centrica until I sold it a

few years ago. I have since invested time, money and energy into several new ventures and provided

mentoring and advice to a range of small companies and to aspiring entrepreneurs. I also found

time to buy back my original business last year and have since expanded it substantially. My most

recent contract with Lloyds Bank will see the company into its 15th year as a supplier. Also, one of

the companies I invested in last year is about to land a major funding deal with investors in California,

which will allow it to expand its innovative new search engine and create a platform for rapid growth

next year.

I am keen to help anyone with a good idea either to provide encouragement and advice or help with

strategy and investment if required and my focus is on technology business ideas mainly but I have a

resourceful and creative mind so I am happy to explore any idea that has potential. The dire state of our

economic climate ironically presents the greatest opportunity in a long time for entrepreneurs to take a

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risk and see their business ideas flourish and I want to offer the security and protection that comes with

years of experience to ensure that new companies grow and mature in a secure and stable way.

Away from business I have a young family and I am also a scuba diver and instructor and have been

on several overseas diving trips as well as some colder expeditions in the North Sea and other coastal

waters of the UK!

I look forward to my new role as a partner and ambassador for the faculty.

Contact Gerry at gerry@gerryb.co.uk or on +44 (0)1782 294039.

Gerry will also be involved in various events at the university, which will be advertised as they arise.

Research on stakeholder salience – John McManus

I have recently concluded some empirical research with Simon Webley (Institute of Business Ethics)

on stakeholder salience. Our research focused on European software ‘service’ firms (in Spain,

Germany, Italy and the UK). The research suggests that the stakeholder salience approach and

frameworks can offer a strong foundation from which to develop ethical and stakeholder strategies,

behaviours and activities in an organisation. Using empirical research and data gathered from within

the European information technology industry this paper attempts to answer the question why do

firms concentrate on particular stakeholders and to what extent does ethical responsibility influence

stakeholder salience? The empirical results were interpreted in the light of stakeholder salience theory

power, legitimacy and urgency.

The research will be published in March/April 2013 in the Journal of Management Services (a follow up

paper will be published in 2014).

Contact John at John.Mcmanus@staffs.ac.uk or on +44 (0)1782 294186.

Pioneers into Practice

Are you involved in sustainable, low carbon development? Receive €8000 to boost your career,

develop your skills, expand your network and have lots of fun at the same time! Become a Pioneer into

Practice through Birmingham Science Park, Aston and Climate-KIC. As a Pioneer you will:

• spend two four-week placements with leading low carbon innovation organisations across the six

European regions involved;

• participate in a series of intensive workshops to share experiences and develop thinking on

ckimate-change innovation;

• be mentored by leading European experts on transition management; and

• have the opportunity to showcase your ideas at the annual Climate-KIC Innovation Festival.

The call for 2013 Pioneers has begun, for more information on how to apply please contact Kate Martin

at kate.m@bsp-a.com or on +44 (0)121 250 3507.

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Stoke Your Fires Film Festival 2013 – Jon Fairburn

The Stoke Your Fires Film Festival will run from 1st to 5th March 2013. Most of the events are based at

either the Mitchell Arts Centre or the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery (these are a very short walking

distance apart). Staffordshire University is one of several partners involved with the festival which is led

by the City Council. The Festival has a mix of screenings, master classes, question panels and events

(some free, some paid for). The short list for the animation prizes have already been announced and

are on the Stoke Your Fires website.

For more information visit the following links:

http://www.stokeyourfires.co.uk/ – main website for the festival

http://www.mitchellartscentre.co.uk/ – Mitchell Arts Centre

http://www.mitchellartscentre.co.uk/contact/ – details of free parking at Tesco

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag – Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

http://www.stokefilmtheatre.org.uk/ – Stoke Film Theatre based at Staffordshire University

Stoke Your Fires – question time panels

The following question time panels will take place on Friday 1st March in the Potteries Museum and Art

Gallery. Both will be chaired by Jon Fairburn, Faculty of Business, Education and Law, Staffordshire


1.00-2.00pm Panel 1 – the theme will be ‘film in the region’

Brendan O’Neill, Stickleback Productions – http://sticklebackproductions.blogspot.co.uk/

Phil Bland, Reels in Motion – http://www.reelsinmotion.co.uk/

John Bradburn, Film Director and Senior Lecturer at Staffordshire University –


Roger Shannon, Film Maker and Professor of Film at Edge Hill University –


3.00-4.00pm Panel 2 – film question time (any and all questions surrounding film)

Mark Reid, Head of Education, British Film Industry – http://www.bfi.org.uk/

James Fair, Grand Independent and Staffordshire University – http://www.grandindependent.com/

Tim Beasley, owner of UKFilmlocation.com based in Stoke on Trent

Plus other guests to be announced

Potential questions can be submitted beforehand to Jon Fairburn at jon.fairburn@staffs.ac.uk.

Examples of questions

What is the current state of film making in the region? Do we have a healthy film ecosystem? How do

we grow the film industry here?

Funding ‘How to be Happy’

Students on the MSc Film Technology at Filmbase Ireland (partners with Staffordshire University) are

trying to crowd fund €10,000 to make their film ‘How to be Happy’.

There is a lovely little promo video at http://www.fundit.ie/project/how-to-be-happy.

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Profile – Brendan O’Neill

Brendan O’Neill is a Birmingham based writer, producer and director with a

range of projects in development. In 2011 he was selected for the Regional

Emerging Producer Mentoring Scheme run by Screen West Midlands

and Producers’ Forum. He was mentored by Nottingham based producer

Rachel Robey.

In 2010 his Stickleback Productions team won the 2 Weeks 2 Make It

music video competition. Since then as lead writer and producer in the Film

Division collaboration he has twice put 50-person teams together to make

high quality 48 hour shorts. He has also produced several Bhangra music

videos including an Indian No. 1 shot at Aston Hall in Birmingham. Brendan

is currently working with UKFilmlocation.com based in Staffordshire.

Senior Citizens – saving energy and being a film star for a day

Steve Hall (Education), Tony Bickley (Business), Neil Packer (Engineering), James Fair (Film

Technology), Tom Ward (Business) and Jon Fairburn (Business) have been working on an EU

Grundtvig project called SEE GREEN (http://www.see-green.eu) to promote energy saving and

renewable energy for senior citizens.

Funding was made available from Higher Education Innovation Funding

(HEIF) to produce a series of 3 minute films by our Level 4 Film

Technology students. To create the films students worked in partnership

with senior citizens, senior citizens’ groups (e.g. local University of the

Third Age), registered social landlords (e.g. Aspire Housing, Berry Hill

Village) and schools.

The films will be premiered at a dedicated event as part of the Stoke

Your Fires Film Festival to be held on 5th March, 12.00-2.00pm at the Mitchell Arts Centre in Hanley,

Stoke-on-Trent. The programme is as follows:

12.00pm Lunch served and energy advice available

12.30pm Introduction: Jon Fairburn, Staffordshire University and the SEE GREEN project

12.35pm Screening of the short films (3 minutes each)

1.20pm Presentation to the winning team by Peter Bullock, Chief Executive of North Staffordshire

Age UK

1.30pm Next steps for the project – how you can get involved – SEE GREEN team

1.35pm Amy Cross and Phil Dawson (of E.ON) and others

1.45pm Advice available

2.00pm Finish

Project website – http://www.see-green.eu/

Stoke Your Fires Film Festival – http://www.stokeyourfires.co.uk/

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Berlin Transversal Visit: Mobility in Vocational Training – James Fair

Last November I travelled to Berlin for a Transversal study visit. The topic was ‘Mobility in Vocational

Training’. I was part of a group that included Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Italian, French, Austrian

and Turkish perspectives. My own particular interest in this topic was the German dual education

system, where students work within a company whilst studying for their qualifications. I am interested

in this topic because we have been exploring this area within the Film Technology area at Staffordshire

University, where we hope to embed qualification opportunities in employment as an alternative route to

traditional higher education.

The visit was very useful. We were focused on

the opportunities and challenges to mobility in

vocational training. There was an interesting

dynamic between the participants, especially

between the countries with little traditional

respect for vocational training, and who

face a struggle trying to convince different

governments of its value. The introduction of a

European framework that includes vocational

education is certainly one way forward, but

with each country currently adopting individual

frameworks it seems a long way off.

One benefit that emerged from the visit

was a trip to Konrad Wolf Film School

at the famous Babelsburg Studios. I met with Veit Quack, a lecturer at the school, and we

discussed opportunities for further collaboration between our courses in Stafford, Stoke and

Dublin with their courses in Potsdam. I will give a lecture at Konrad Wolf in early February as

the first part of this collaboration, quickly followed by a visit from our students to their campus

as part of the Berlinale festival.

The visit was therefore very productive and I recommend others to try the Transversal scheme.

Contact James at j.e.fair@staffs.ac.uk or on +44 (0)1785 353245.

Staffordshire University’s Transversal study tour

An EU Transversal study tour on ‘Developing student entrepreneurship and employability’ is to be

hosted at Staffordshire University from 18 to 22 Nov 2013 to coincide with Global Entrepreneurship

Week. The programme brings between 8 and 15 interested parties from across the EU to discuss and

study the topic under review, with travel and cost of stay expenses paid by the EU.

For top level overview of Transversals, go to http://bit.ly/gy3jjX

For the list of contact persons in your country, go to http://bit.ly/XQYSfa

For the catalogue page, go to http://bit.ly/VXU882

Applications are done online and are fairly easy; it will take you maybe 45 minutes.

Our study tour is in Round 1 Group 32 on page 64 of the main catalogue (page 74 if looking at the pdf).

Applications are now open with a deadline of 28th March. Please note that you are only eligible to apply

to a study tour that takes place outside your home country.

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Eternal Iris Film and Photography Ltd – Michael Beech

Eternal Iris Film and Photography Ltd is a team of professional videographers and photographers

based in Stoke-on-Trent; its primary business model is aimed at providing the highest quality wedding

photography and cinematic wedding videos for the surrounding regions, as well as providing general

videography/photography (special events, portraiture, family,

headshots, etc.).

Founded in August 2012, Eternal Iris’s owners Michael Beech

(above left) and Ben Chapman (below left) graduated from

Staffordshire University with degrees in Film Production

Technology. They started their business by being accepted

onto the European development funded Be Inspired business

start-up programme (www.beinspiredatstaffs.co.uk), providing

them with both the money and support needed to embark on

their business venture.

Eternal Iris’s owners boast an incredible amount of creative

experience behind them, including, but not limited to, liveaction

trailers for major studio video games, short films, feature

films (both on-set and the editing of), business conferences,

charity events, etc. This crucial real-life creative experience (as

well as their degrees) allows them to blend and apply all they

have learnt, breathing it into their wedding videography and

photography, the result of which is a fresh, professional, highly

creative and cinematic product.

As well Eternal Iris Film and Photography Ltd, both Michael

and Ben are also co-founders of a newly formed production

company entitled ‘The Underground Film Movement’. This

movement is formed of a variety of camera crew, actors,

directors and writers from within and around the Staffordshire

area, helping to train/encourage more local people to get directly

involved with filmmaking.

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‘The Underground Film Movement’ is currently

working on a variety of creative short films, one of

which is a 10-minute psychological drama called

‘Deadline’, capturing the story of a domineering

husband (Jack) and his long-suffering wife

(Margot). ‘Deadline’ has already been shot and

is currently in the post-production stage, with a

scheduled release date set for some point in March.

Anyone who wants to get involved is open to join

‘The Underground Film Movement’, all they need

to do is get in touch with either Michael or Ben, let

them know about their skillset and they will aim to

get you onboard with their next project.

Contact Michael at mike@eternaliris.com or on +44 (0)7751 569786, or Ben at ben@eternaliris.com or

on +44 (0)7903 518413. Follow Eternal Iris on Twitter: @EternalIris, @mjaybeech, @BenChapman91.

Further information can be found at www.eternaliris.com or at www.facebook.com/EternalIrisWeddings.

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Staff Profile – Russel Spink

I have enjoyed a tremendously warm welcome from colleagues since joining the university, in a full-time

capacity, some four weeks ago.

From my early teenage years I wanted to become a teacher and, after graduating from a leading

Conservatoire of Music, I completed a PGCE year and started my first job in Chelmsford. I then

enjoyed 24 years working in a number of high schools, responsible for curriculum management and

pastoral provision. I have experience of senior leadership in the field of pastoral welfare and guidance

and as a senior examiner for A level Examination Boards.

In 2009, I joined Keele University working with the Initial Teacher

Education team. I was responsible for leading sessions in

‘Education and Professional Studies’ and for supervising Associate

Teachers whilst they were on teaching placements. I was invited

to become a Partnership Development Advisor in 2012 with

responsibility for securing and maintaining high quality placements

in local schools.

Prior to my recent appointment, I delivered a number of MA

Education modules (on a sessional basis) for Staffordshire

University. My first group of learners consisted of serving RAF

Officers! You can imagine how impressed they were when I shared

with them my love of all-things ‘aviation’, both before and since

achieving a Private Pilot’s Licence in 1990. I also have an interest in

wine but never mix the two, of course!

At Staffordshire University, I am delivering MA Education modules both on-campus and in four schools.

At the moment, I’m a ‘Pre’ Early Researcher and full of enthusiasm to work towards a Doctoral

qualification. Here, I am particularly drawn to the ‘Troops into Teaching’ initiative and, more especially,

how the recruitment and subsequent training will support such teachers in their guidance and

management of students in school.

I still enjoy practical music-making and concert going. My principal instrument is Piano (although

Clarinet was my first study instrument at college) and I have a special interest in Modern Jazz,

improvisation and the ‘Big-Band’ repertoire.

Thank you for your warm welcome and I’ll look forward to working with you and also to meeting more

colleagues in the coming months.

Contact Russel at r.spink@staffs.ac.uk or on +44 (0)1782 294199.

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Flogging a dead horse Pinewood Studio style – Jon Fairburn

Last year Pinewood Studios lost a five year planning battle to extend their site (largely because they

wanted to develop green belt land). Despite this it hasn’t stopped them from re-starting the process

again and amongst other activity they have commissioned a report from PWC (* see end) in support of

this. You have to wonder how it is that Pinewood can set up studio systems in other parts of the world

but can’t or rather won’t in other parts of the UK.

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Why Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire would be a good place for a film studio

1. Plenty of cheap, vacant land and buildings standing empty and unused. Many of these sites are very

large and so ideal for film stages; three examples will suffice:

• The Royal Doulton site on Nile Street, Burslem is one obvious contender for a studio complex. Of

course there are quite a few large empty buildings in Burslem so there would be the potential for a

local cluster there, and this would tie in more broadly with the creative industry that is developing in


• G.Park Blue Planet at Chatterley Valley is an empty distribution centre of 383,036 square feet. It

would be an ideal building for a film studio due to uninterrupted internal construction of the building.

• The Spode site in Stoke would be another obvious possibility for a film studio. This is currently a

vacant 10 hectare site within easy walking distance of the university and railway station. The council

is keen to have creative industries on the site.

2. Staffordshire University has one of the largest amounts of film, TV broadcasting, special effects,

animation and creative industries degree courses and postgraduate courses in the UK. The university

also has its own technical facilities such as TV and recording studios.

On the Stafford campus the film and special effects awards have 430 students across the three years.

On the Stoke campus Media (Film) Production, FTVRS, Radio Production, Music Broadcasting, Media

Studies, Scriptwriting and Drama have 557 students. Media (Film) production at Stoke has another 150

approximately over three years.

The university has expanded into postgraduate provision with external industry facing partners

Filmbase (http://www.filmbase.ie – Dublin) and Raindance (http://www.raindance.co.uk – London).

These courses provide a platform for our network of festivals and film markets. The course in Dublin is

used to stimulate film production practice in Ireland, and a feature film is produced in Dublin as part of

the award. We have the potential to replicate this model in Stoke through a external cost centre model.

The Business School also has an established course in Event Management which organises the

Staffordshire Performing Arts Festival, including a film strand.

3. The area is one of the few places in the UK that will be eligible for higher levels of intervention from

EU funds and grants under Transition Area Status (under new regime from 2013 onwards).

4. The Peak District National Park is nearby for films requiring scenic beauty, uninterrupted vistas and

plenty of historical buildings and canals for costume dramas.

5. Plenty of cheap modern housing is available.

6. The city has an established annual film festival – Stoke Your Fires.

7. Existing media include BBC Stoke (radio and TV), Signal Radio and 6 Towns Radio.

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WMEF Business Breakfast – Stimulating Innovation: Financing Exports

The West Midlands Economic Forum (WMEF) organises regular events around the West Midlands

region. The audience tends to be professionals, business people and professional support

organisations. Our next event will include local MP Rob Flello, UKTI and HSBC.

After graduating, Rob Flello worked for a short time at Cadbury in Bournville before joining the Inland

Revenue. In 1989 he left to join Price Waterhouse accountants as a personal tax advisor. In 1995 he

moved to Arthur Andersen then in 1999 he co-founded Platts Flello Limited, tax and financial advisors.

In late 2003 he left to work as the CEO of Malachi Community Trust until December 2004. In 2009 he

became Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Defence, Bob Ainsworth. Rob

was appointed as a shadow junior minister for Justice in October 2010.

Business Breakfast Schedule – 22nd February

7.30am Registration and Breakfast

7.55am John Fairburn, Staffordshire University Business School

Welcome and Introduction

8.00am Robert Flello, MP for Stoke-on-Trent South

Rebalancing the economy – the potential of Stoke

8.15am Panel Discussion

Phill Potter, UKTI Export Finance

Paul Robbins, HSBC

Mark Runiewicz, Trade and Export Finance Ltd

8.45am Q&A

9.30am Close, followed by informal networking until 10.00am


Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2DF

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8. A cohort of SMEs exists that can be awarded regional contracts from terrestrial broadcasters. Several

of these businesses (e.g. Reels in Motion, Inspired, ST16, Humanoid, and Grand Independent to name

a few) have formed due to university policies that support entrepreneurship and business development.

9. Proposed changes to EU funding for the 2014-2020 funding round. The proposal is that there will be

a far greater streamlining of administration, greater involvement of SMEs and far more projects that are

closer to market within the CULTURE and MEDIA streams.

* This is a curious report for two reasons. Firstly, it is not really a report but looks more like a powerpoint

presentation that was made into a pdf. Secondly, there is the strongest disclaimer at the start of the

report that I have ever seen on a piece of work – http://bit.ly/12lHBfx.


Admission is free but delegates must register in advance at stoke@westmidlandseconomicforum.co.uk.

Contact the WMEF on +44 (0)121 533 7130 or visit http://bit.ly/Xr8TQh.

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British Ceramics Biennial (BCB) 2013

Back for a third time in 2013, Stoke-on-Trent’s British Ceramics Biennial will run for 6 weeks from 28th

September-10th November, presenting work from the UK’s leading contemporary ceramic artists in a

series of new exhibitions and special events across

the city.

Following the success of the last Biennial in 2011,

the festival will again take over the spectacular China

Hall at the original Spode factory site in Stoke town.

In addition to the Fresh exhibition showcasing the

best of the current crop of UK ceramics graduates,

there will be a strong international flavour with work

on display from France, Norway and China.

In the city centre the prestigious Award exhibition

will return to The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

with a special award of £10,000 for one of the

selected artists displaying exceptional creativity in

their work. Across the road at AirSpace Gallery, expect something new and unusual from local artists.

In the build up to and during the festival look out for lots of events and activities, especially for young

people, families and adults, to have a go and join in making their own ceramic creations.

For more information visit www.britishceramicsbiennial.com.

Parish Plan – Duncan Hindmarch

As a Parish Councillor in a rural community, I am trying to initiate a community-led ‘Parish Plan’. I

would like to hear from anyone with experience of developing one, as well as anyone who could give

me guidance on how to evaluate planning applications.

Contact Duncan at d.n.hindmarch@staffs.ac.uk or on +44 (0)1782 294216.

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Peer review publications

‘The changing face of English universities: reinventing collegiality for the twenty-first century’

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In this paper we examine the creation and expansion of the English university system. We show

how the enormous increase in student numbers, which began with the Robbins Report (1963), led to

successive governments cutting universities’ funding and compelling them to act more like business

enterprises than educational institutions. In turn, vice-chancellors have become more similar to

powerful chief executives, collegial forms of control have been significantly reduced and academic staff

increasingly work in an environment in which they are told what to teach, how to teach, what research

to conduct and where to publish. However, we show that this can be dysfunctional not only for staff,

but also for senior managers. In place of this dysfunctional centralism, we argue for a win-win form

of collegiality, which is compatible with rapid decision-making at the university centre and effective

execution of change at the local/departmental level.

Keywords: higher education; collegiality; managerialism; Kurt Lewin; Mintzberg

Full reference

Burnes, B., Wend, P. and By, R. T. (2013) ‘The changing face of English universities: reinventing

collegiality for the twenty-first century’, Studies in Higher Education, pp.1-22, doi:10.1080/03075079.20


‘Consultant-client relationships in UK SMEs: The roles of the Personal Business Adviser’


This article reports on research into the role and value of a particular type of business consultant: a UK

government-sponsored Personal Business Adviser (PBA). While it is an occupation that is now defunct

in the UK, the author argues that its abolition may have been premature. The roles of the PBA are

identified and are found to be in line with emerging views of the consultant-client relationship that are

more moderate than popular extremes. This finding has implications for consultancy practice: various

elements of the PBA job have wider applicability and usefulness for small business support.

Keywords: consultancy; personal business adviser; advisory roles; business support

Full Reference

Malone, S. (2012) ‘Consultant-client relationships in UK SMEs: The roles of the Personal Business

Adviser’, Industry and Higher Education, vol. 26, no. 6, pp.505-519, doi:10.5367/ihe.2012.0127

‘“Hot”, “cold” and “warm” information and higher education decision-making’


This paper draws on the notions of ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ knowledge in analysing the responses of students

to the relevance of different information and sources of such information in university choice. Analysis

of questionnaire and focus group data from prospective and first-year undergraduate students

provides evidence that many students put most credence on ‘hot’ knowledge, from persons in their

social grapevine. However, this is supplemented by ‘warm’ knowledge from fleeting acquaintances at

university open days. University provided knowledge is often distrusted. We discuss the implications of

this given the recent government emphasis in England on the role of information provision in helping

students to make informed decisions, including the relevance to the ‘fair access’ agenda.

Keywords: decision-making; higher education; university choice

Full Reference

Slack, K., Mangan, J., Hughes, A. and Davies, P. (2012) ‘“Hot”, “cold” and “warm” information and

higher education decision-making’, British Journal of Sociology of Education, pp.1-20

doi: 10.1080/01425692.2012.741803

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PhD – Jo Beswick

Congratulations to Dr Jo Beswick; her PhD in law ‘A Brave new Bolam?’ was recently awarded from the

University of Manchester. It should shortly be available at https://www.escholar.manchester.ac.uk/.


This thesis will argue that it is crucial for the courts in clinical negligence claims to play a proactive

role in ensuring effective standards in medicine and to provide adequate redress if these standards

are not met. I will argue that the courts are, and always have been, the ultimate arbiters of the

standard of care in clinical negligence and that it is only right and proper for this to be so. There was a

considerable period when the English courts seemingly abdicated responsibility to the clinicians, and

failed in carrying out even the most rudimentary checks as to the credibility of expert witnesses. Many

commentators blamed the direction to the jury given by McNair J in Bolam. Yet Bolam of itself did not

offer any sort of privilege to doctors. Other powerful factors were acting on the judiciary of this period,

skewing the way in which the courts set the standard of legally acceptable medical care. The fear of

defensive medicine, the special status ascribed to clinical knowledge and the presumed particularly

altruistic nature of its proponents.

That the courts now have the authority to set the appropriate standard of care in clinical negligence

is not a particularly contentious claim. But the Bolitho decision, in and of itself, will not be sufficient

impetus to ensure that such unjustified weight is not accorded to the profession’s own views again.

Bolitho does no more than restore the true meaning of Bolam.

There have also in the past decade been changes to clinical professional practice largely led by the

medical profession themselves. An increase in evidence based medicine including the usage of clinical

guidelines provides a framework for a more assertive judiciary less likely to fall back into deference.

In order to provide comprehensive and effective redress within the modern NHS the existence and

extent of various institutional primary direct duties of care must be determined. In the increasingly

complex healthcare system both commissioners and providers of healthcare must owe a duty to ensure

care is taken. The courts must not compromise from an irreducible standard of reasonable care, despite

the resource issues facing institutions. A distorted interpretation of Bolam must not be permitted to be

revived when the institutional duty is invoked.

For more details contact Jo at j.l.beswick@staffs.ac.uk or +44 (0)1782 294916.

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Inspiring enterprise education: an India/UK staff exchange programme – Paul Williams

In 2007 the UK Minister for Higher Education, Bill Rammell, highlighted the importance of

internationalising higher education and equipping students with the requisite skills to enable them to

operate effectively in an increasingly competitive and globalised world. This subsequently led to a

greater emphasis on employability, enterprise and entrepreneurship education development across the


Following publication of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) 2011 White Paper,

Students at the Heart of the System, the imperative for all higher education institutions was how to

provide learning opportunities that ‘are meaningful, relevant and lead to skills that enhance lifelong


It soon became apparent that this call for a

renewed focus on employability and enterprise

education is equally relevant to international

students, for example, the Quality Assurance

Agency (QAA) conducted an audit of UK

collaborations in India and concluded that:

‘In order to attract students, partnerships

delivering collaborative programmes need to be

responsive to the concerns of Indian students

and their families about employability and the

relevance of their studies to the world of work.’

More recently the Confederation of Indian

Industry (CII) has estimated that India will face a

talent gap as existing educational institutions do

not impart employability skills.

British Council: UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI)

A review of MBA programmes delivered in India undertaken by the All India Council for Technical

Education (AICTE), the apex body responsible for a broad range of technical subjects including

business and management, revealed many industry based organisations commented on the ‘lack

of adequate skills in the technical education imparted’ to postgraduate MBA students which led to

significant ‘employability gaps’.

UKIERI was established by the UK and Indian governments in 1986 to enhance educational links

through initiatives such as skills development, innovation collaborations, fostering student mobility and

staff exchanges.

A successful funding application enabled me to visit APIIT SD based in Panipat, India, one of the

Business School’s current overseas collaborative partners between 28th-31st January to meet with

college management, faculty staff, students and local employers and provide a series of interactive

workshops aimed at ‘developing curriculum and pedagogy to enhance employability, enterprise

and entrepreneurship into postgraduate awards’.

This exchange provided a useful opportunity for me to provide extensive professional development in

approaches to learning and teaching within the Indian higher education setting. Drawing upon my own

research, knowledge and experience of leading designated Business School teams and participative

engagement with the university’s Staffordshire Graduate Forum and Implementation Group, and

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drawing upon the recently published QAA guidance on Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education, a

programme was devised which focused on:

• Employability context – UK and India

• Drivers of change

• Engaging with industry

• What is employability?

• The key to employability

• Graduate skills

• The Staffordshire Graduate – qualities and skills

• Application and further extension of the Staffordshire Graduate attributes to postgraduate level

• Embedding employability into the curriculum

• Integrating and assessing enterprise and entrepreneurship behaviours, attributes and skills

• Developing entrepreneurial mindsets, capabilities and effectiveness

• Becoming an enterprise educator

• Shifting the focus of teaching, learning and assessment

The visit was widely reported in the regional news media in Hindi which positively promoted the

work now being progressed by APIIT SD India in collaboration with the university to enhance the

attractiveness of its MBA programme. Going forward I will liaise with the School’s Programme Advisor

to enable the continuance of this work via ongoing professional development.

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Once the analysis of the data collection and feedback comments provided by the staff, students and

employers based in Panipat is completed I intend to work with the college’s award leaders to produce a

joint authored paper for future publication.

It is also notable that discussions with the college’s management revealed a clear commitment to

provide staff and students with relevant support and resources, work on integrating employability and

enterprise skills into the curriculum, and providing students with a variety of work placements and

exposure to professional settings through greater industry engagement.

The overall success of the visit is best summed up by the feedback provided to the college by Axis

Bank representatives following one of my meetings, who confirmed that precisely because of the focus

on employability and enterprise which was now being embedded into the MBA, they and other similar

employers in India would be more likely to offer higher grade placements and student internships to

APIIT SD students, as well as recruiting students post graduation.

Contact Paul at paul.williams@staffs.ac.uk or on +44 (0)1782 294064.

Health news – ‘Eat, fast and live longer’

In August 2012 the BBC broadcasted a Horizon documentary by Dr Micahel Mosely entitled ‘Eat, fast

and live longer’. The programme looked at the research and science experiments that had looked at

different types of fasting and their effects on health. Near the end of the programme he decided that

none of the schemes were suitable for him and embarked on a trial and would have two days a week

(not consecutive though) where he would only eat 600 calories. After 12 weeks he had lost 19lbs (1.5

stones), 3 inches off his waist and improved several key blood chemistry markers. A book is available

called the Fast Diet, and the idea has gone viral with many blogs, tumblrs and forums. Currently the

medical establishment has yet to catch up with the enormous public health intervention sparked by this


For more information visit www.fastdiet.co.uk or http://www.52fastdiet.co.uk/.

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Institutionalising serendipity via productive coffee breaks – Michael Soto

Inspired by Pedro Medina’s discussion of serendipity, Nesta’s Randomised Coffee Trials (RCT)

initiative responds to Pedro’s dual challenge of appreciating the benefits of serendipity and the

need to ‘build new fishing systems’.

Nesta staff that have opted-in are sent a weekly randomised match with another Nesta staff member

and the two are invited to grab a coffee together. There are no requirements or obligations regarding

the topics discussed, some RCTs are spent entirely on work-related matters, others are entirely

personal in nature.

It is just a coffee, but at the same time it is much more. RCTs give staff from across the organisation an

‘excuse’, an opportunity to meet, catch up and build connections with the people around them. This has

resulted in staff from different departments learning about unexpected synergies between their work, as

well as creating an increased level of comfort for subsequently approaching others regarding potential


After four months of RCTs at Nesta, we are in the process of conducting an informal survey of the 60+

staff involved in the initiative. The feedback has been incredibly positive and staff responses thus far

have indicated that they like RCTs because they:

• Provide legitimacy to chat to people about things that aren’t directly work related, although every

time there have been direct beneficial impacts on various projects and programmes.

• Result in totally random conversations, as well as some very useful work related conversations.

They break silos at Nesta in a really effective way.

• Offer the chance to make time to talk to people they should be talking to anyway, and to meet

people who they won’t be directly working with but it’s nice to know who they are!

• Are a really good way of revealing links within the organisation and encouraging us to collaborate.

It’s interesting that being part of the wider ‘RCT’ banners gives permission to spend and honour the

time. Less likely to cancel a catch up if it’s an RCT coffee than a social catch up on a busy day.

• Like the prompt to talk to someone new (or someone they already know), and the permission to

take 30 minutes just to see what’s going on, without any particular agenda or goal.

• Create an institutionalized space for serendipity. The randomised coffee breaks allow people to

break with their daily routine, make new connections and strengthen existing ones.

We are currently having discussions with other organisations interested in setting up their own RCT. If

you would like to learn more about this initiative, please contact Michael Soto at

michael.soto@nesta.org.uk or Jon Kingsbury at jon.kingsbury@nesta.org.uk. For more information visit


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LSIS project update: Supporting employability in Initial Teacher Education –

Duncan Hindmarch

As reported in the March 2012 edition of Enterprising Times, the School of Education successfully

bid for £60,000 from the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) to support employability in

teacher education for the further education sector.

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This money was used to drive forward an employability focused programme for initial teacher training in

the further education sector. Key changes included a flexible approach to engaging with the programme

through use of Recognition of Prior Learning, as well as an ability to step off the course with a nationally

recognised qualification depending on the trainees’ role.

This course is now running, with learner and tutor feedback mentioning the positive benefits of having a

work-based reflective approach throughout. We are now using this approach in our revalidation of several

other education programmes as well, using these principles of the Staffordshire Graduate attributes.

LSIS has recently announced opportunities for phase two of the bid, which Tina Richardson is leading.

Our new focus will be on promoting English and maths training programmes in relation to the latest

sector changes.

Contact Duncan at d.n.hindmarch@staffs.ac.uk or on +44 (0)1782 294216

Book review – Bad Pharmacy by Ben Goldacre

As a discipline health contains some of the very best research and also some of the very worst. Let me

explain – people working in the health field understand and routinely use random control trials (RCT)

to assess the effectiveness of different interventions or drugs (as compared to people working in the

field of evaluating business support or even public policy who often seem completely unaware of such

techniques). Ben Goldacre also shows the very worst of medical research, how trials can be skewed,

not published when they show unhelpful results and the systematic bias of the pharma industry in

claiming effects for drugs that are unsupported (compared with government funded studies).

This book provides excellent examples for those teaching business ethics or health ethics as well as

a good wide range discussing on scientific research techniques. For those who are teaching such

subjects you may also be interested in his earlier book, Bad Science, in which each chapter is a

concise case study and probably easier for use in tutorials.

The petition site he has started to gain access to all clinical trials (available in 7 languages) can be

viewed at http://www.alltrials.net/.

Test, Learn, Adapt: Developing Public Policy with Randomised Controlled Trials published by the

Cabinet Office is available at http://bit.ly/Z5oNoc.

Book chapter – Dr John McManus

Dr John McManus has contributed a chapter on ‘Modelling and Simulation of Complex Social Systems’

to a forthcoming book on Intelligent Systems to be published in June by Springer Publications.


Mago, V. K. (ed) (2013) Modelling and Simulation of Complex Social Systems, Intelligent Library Series,

Springer Publications.

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Launch of ‘Entrepreneurship 2020’ Action Plan

The EC has published a strategy called ‘Entrepreneurship 2020’ which aims to support entrepreneurs

better as a way to return to growth and higher levels of employment in Europe. Key elements of the

action plan include education and training measures to nurture new generations of entrepreneurs, and

tackling obstacles to entrepreneurship in Europe by means of simpler procedures for new businesses

and improving access to finance.

The action plan also states that: ‘many new ideas for successful businesses come from science and

research but more can be done to make business use research results. Therefore, more information on

the insights from projects financed by the EU Framework Programmes for Research and Development

should be shared with businesses’. The document sets out the planned measures to be taken by the

EC and by national administrations, one of which states: ‘adopt the necessary measures to support the

commercialisation of innovation, research and development projects taking into account the special

challenges of newly established firms’.

The full text and summary document on the action plan can be seen at: http://bit.ly/TUwniM.

Innovation in European enterprises

A recent Eurostat survey provides figures on the innovation activity of enterprises in different European

countries. The Community Innovation Survey 2010 includes data from 2008-2010 on aspects such as

innovation activity and also on co-operation of innovative enterprises with partners from other sectors

and countries.

According to the data collected, the highest proportions of enterprises with innovation activity were

found in Germany, with 70% of enterprises, followed by Luxembourg, Belgium, Portugal, Sweden and

Ireland with between 60-70%. In comparison, just over 44% of UK enterprises demonstrated innovation

activity. Countries such as Bulgaria, Poland, Latvia, Romania and Hungary were at the bottom of the

table with only around 30% of enterprises showing innovation activity. Other results included that,

overall, 27% of enterprises with innovation activities co-operated with other enterprises or partners such

as universities. In terms of co-operation activity, Cyprus tops the tables, and also when looking at cooperation

with other European partners.

Further information

Eurostat news release STAT/13/5 of 11 January 2013 is available at: http://europa.eu/rapid/

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Presenting research on Emigrant Earnings and Remittances – Sokol Havolli

Sokol is currently enrolled on the PhD (Economics) programme with a scholarship from OSF and

Staffordshire University.

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Sokol was awarded the Olga Radzyner Award in 2008. This is an annual prize which is bestowed on

young economists for excellent research on topics of European economic integration. Eligible countries

for the award are all Central Eastern Europe and South Eastern Europe Countries (21 countries in

total). Sokol was the second person to win the prize from the Western Balkans (in 2002 the prize

was awarded to someone from Bosnia and Herzegovina) and first from Kosovo. The paper that was

submitted was Sokol’s MSc thesis from Staffordshire University: Determinants of Emigrant Earnings

and Remittances: Evidence from Kosova. As a result of the award, the Governor of the Central

Bank (Sokol’s employer) awarded him with an acknowledgment for the year 2008 (employee of the

year). Given the quality of the paper, the Austrian Central Bank published a short version of it in their

periodical publication in quarter 1 of 2011 (authorial).

Part of Sokol’s MSc thesis was also published in 2009 as a working paper of the Central Bank of the

Republic of Kosovo (CBK). Sokol also won the UNDP/IMF (Kosovo) Prize for the Best Remittances

Study (2011), which investigates the use of remittances and potential investments from the diaspora.

The Governor of the Central Bank again awarded him with an acknowledgment (employee of the year)

for the year 2011 for this prize.

Sokol has also presented his research at several conferences, including the Bank of Albania’s

workshop Research in South-East Europe, at two out of four of CBK’s Research Policy Seminars,

at conferences organized by local and international organizations in Kosovo such as: the Ministry of

Diaspora, the International Organization of Migration, at UNDP/IMF/CBK conferences, and at Riinvest

Institute conferences, etc.

Among the most important conferences that Sokol has attended and presented at are the International

Council for Central and Eastern European Studies (ICCEES 2010): VIII World Congress, Prospects

for Wider Cooperation, which was held in Stockholm, Sweden and takes place every five years. In this

conference, the presentation considered the experience of Kosovo with migrants and remittances.

However, Sokol’s presentation at the 10th Emerging Markets Workshop of the ECB (which took place

in Vienna on 4-5 October 2012, organized this year by the Austrian National Bank or OeNB) was one

the highlights in international presentation and participation in conferences. This workshop is highly

competitive and the organisers receive a very large number of high quality papers. The paper that

Sokol presented at this workshop investigated the potential of Kosovo’s diaspora to become a source of

investment in the country.

Contact Sokol on S.Havolli@staffs.ac.uk

PhD student profiles

We are pleased to welcome Arta Mulliqi, Arbresh Mamudi, Arbëresha Loxha, Ermal Lubishtani and Simon

Milosheski onto the Business School’s PhD programme. Arta, Arbresh, Arbëresha and Ermal’s MSc studies

in the UK were funded by the OSF, the Chevening Programme and Staffordshire University and their PhD

studies are funded by the OSF and Staffordshire University. Simon’s PhD studies are funded by the OSF and

Staffordshire University.

The profiles can be found on the following page.

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Arta Mulliqi was born

on 25 February 1987

in Peja, Kosovo. She

was awarded the MSc

Economics for Business

Analysis with Distinction

in 2010 and is currently

studying on the PhD

(Economics) programme

at Staffordshire University

in the field of human

capital and exports. Arta

currently works as teaching assistant at the

European College Dukagjini, Kosovo. Her fields

of interest are education, human capital and

international trade.

Contact Arta at Arta.Mulliqi@staffs.ac.uk.

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Arbresh Mamudi was

born on 1 June 1984 in

Struga, Macedonia. She

was awarded the MSc

Economics for Business

Analysis with Distinction

in 2009 and is currently

studying on the PhD

(Economics) programme

at Staffordshire University

in the field of fiscal policy

and business cycles. Arbresh currently works

as a teaching assistant at the State University

of Tetovo, Macedonia. Her fields of interest are

macroeconomic policy mix and business cycle


Contact Arbresh at Arbresh.Mamudi@staffs.ac.uk.

Arbëresha Loxha was born on 15 August 1987 in Prishtina, Kosovo. She was

awarded the MSc Economics for Business Analysis with Merit in 2011 and

is currently studying on the PhD (Economics) programme at Staffordshire

University in the field of education and poverty alleviation. Arbëresha currently

works as a research fellow at Group for Legal and Political Studies in Prishtina.

Her main fields of interest are education, poverty and welfare policy.

Contact Arbëresha at Arberesha.Loxha@staffs.ac.uk.

Ermal Lubishtani was

born in Ferizaj, Kosovo

on 9 September 1986.

He was awarded the MSc

Economics for Business

Analysis with Merit in

2010 and is currently

studying on the PhD

(Economics) programme

at Staffordshire

University in the field of

entrepreneurship, innovation and economic growth.

He now works as joint Head of the Management,

Business and Economics Department at the

UBT College in Prishtina, where he also teaches

Macroeconomics, Microeconomics and Managerial

Finance. His fields of interest include industrial

economics, financial economics, entrepreneurship,

innovation and economics of growth.

Contact Ermal at Ermal.Lubishtani@staffs.ac.uk.

Simon Milosheski was

born on 17 January 1982

in Skopje, Macedonia. He

was awarded an MSc in

Financial Management

in 2007 by Nyenrode

Business University in the

Netherlands and an MSc

in Economics (Statistical

Methods in Business and

Economics) in 2011 by

University St. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje. He

is currently studying on the PhD in Economics

programme at Staffordshire University in the field

of financial economics. Simon currently works as

a research and teaching assistant in the fields of

economics and quantitative methods at University

American College Skopje. His fields of interest are

applied economics, financial economics, statistics

and corporate finance.

Contact Simon at Simon.Milosheski@staffs.ac.uk.

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