Bayes Business School MBA highlights of 2021

It has been another successful year for students and graduates of the MBA Programmes at Bayes Business School. Here are some of the highlights from 2021.

The Business School welcomes new Executive MBA in Dubai cohort

In January, Bayes welcomed its 14th intake for its Executive MBA (EMBA) programme in Dubai.

Twenty-three nationalities were represented in the 2021 cohort, including some of the finest talent in the MENA region, from a range of sectors including aviation, finance, energy, education, consulting, and telecommunications.

A Dubai landscape

MBA students named the pick of the bunch after earning entrepreneurs award

A group of six MBA financiers showed their flair for business in February, scooping an international entrepreneurship award.

The students, from the School’s Full-time MBA and Executive MBA programmes won the Entrepreneur’s Choice Award Regionals Finals prize and finished in second place in the Regional Finals in the annual Venture Capital Investment Competition.

VC students

MBA London Symposium returns to discuss the values and power of ‘Perseverance and Ingenuity’

The first-ever virtual Symposium was held in April, with the themes of perseverance and ingenuity in homage of the resilience, changes and growth shown during the pandemic as well as being the names of the latest space probes that have landed on Mars.

The first day of the event, which also used a virtual hosting platform, welcomed the Lord Mayor of the City of London, plus speakers from the worlds of technology, leadership and artificial intelligence, among other breakout sessions.

Day two welcomed venture capitalist firms, plus speakers from the Bank of England, and experts in astropreneurship and cryptocurrency.

The final day saw MBA students benefit from talks from companies including Marks & Spencer, America’s Mars Society, British inventor Richard Browning – dubbed ‘the real-life Iron Man’.


Bayes ranked as UK's top MBA programme for entrepreneurship for second year in a row

Bayes Business School’s MBA programme was ranked number one in the UK by Poets & Quants in October, in its third annual ‘Top MBA programmes for Entrepreneurship’ list.

The ranking, which uses indicators such as the ratio of full-time MBA curricula dedicated to entrepreneurship, resources available to students and the number of graduates starting companies or working for start-ups, places Bayes in ninth globally – a rise of eight positions from 12 months ago – and third across Europe for the second year running.

Financial Times European Business Schools ranking places Bayes as third best in London

The Financial Times’ European Business Schools rankings 2021 ranked Bayes as the 3rd best in London, 6th best in the UK and 23rd best in Europe.

The annual ranking assesses the top 95 graduate business schools in Europe, with Bayes jumping two positions across Europe from 25th position in 2020, maintaining its positions from the last two years in London and the UK.

Bayes’ full-time MBA programme was ranked the 16th best in Europe in 2021, with the EMBA ranked 20th in Europe.

Individual highlights

Business School MBA student wins WCIB prize

Executive MBA student Natalia Lopez has been awarded the Business School’s annual prize from the Worshipful Company of International Bankers (WCIB).

The prize was awarded for Natalia’s dissertation, titled ‘Covid 19 & European Banking Consolidation – How the pandemic could drive the next wave of M&A in the EU banking sector’.

Natalia Lopez

Meet Kiara Goodwin, Global Women's Leadership Programme Scholar

Kiara Goodwin, Full-time MBA student and Global Women's Leadership Programme Scholar, discusses the values of having equality in the boardroom, and her desire to work for a social enterprise or business that has social impact as its ethos.

Kiara Goodwin

Student matches personality and money to reach top 100 innovative wealth management companies

A fintech firm was named one of the 100 most innovative global tech firms in the wealth management sector.

Chris Tweed was one week into his Modular Executive MBA (MEMBA) when he found a gap in the market which took his six-month old company – Behavioural Finance Limited – to the next level.

The personality test he created allowed people to identify their relationship with money, and the effect that this may have with them achieving their financial goals and objectives. The idea is now being used by partners throughout the UK and, in May, his firm was listed on the 100 most innovative global tech firms supporting the wealth management sector in 2021.

Entrepreneur becomes youngest trustee in theatre company’s history

Brandon Relph, 21, was named the youngest Trustee in the history of one of the UK’s most established theatres in August.

Mr Relph is juggling his new responsibilities as one of seven new Trustee appointments at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre with his Global MBA.

The entrepreneur is also the CEO of technology and production company Studio BE and is currently incorporating a social streaming service concept with the entrepreneurial team in the Launch Lab.

Brandon Relph

Bayes entrepreneur targeting ‘next generation of personal training’ post-Covid

A new ‘personal trainer in your pocket’ proved a valuable ally for some during the pandemic after smashing a crowdfunding target by more than 250 per cent to hit £300,000.

Tristan Rushworth co-founded Class-ify, which combines bespoke websites, nutrition planning, workouts and an account manager for personal trainers, was making a monthly revenue of £50,000 six months after the idea formed during the Executive MBA.

The project is now backing fitness professional from across the world, with plans to expand to America and Australia. Class-ify is also a member of City’s Launch Lab and was working with students from the School’s MSc in Entrepreneurship Programme, who were conducting market research for them last term as part of their course.