Bayes Business School student highlights of 2022

It has been another successful year for students and graduates at Bayes Business School. Here are some of the highlights from 2022.

Bayes students turn project to reality as hybrid onboarding process is adopted in the workplace

A new hybrid onboarding process designed by Bayes Master’s students as part of a project has been successfully adopted by a European business.

As part of the Master’s in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership creative thinking module, Zsanett Andresin, Natasha Cox, Rashmi Rajpal, Daniel Liendo Cana worked with Cantab Predictive Intelligence, a data science business, to redesign their onboarding process for new staff.

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Business Management students tackle ageism in the workplace

Bayes’ BSc in Business Management undergraduate students have been focusing on bridging the generational divide and addressing the issue of ageism in the workplace.

This included removing discriminatory language from job applications, establishing a ‘blind-assessment system, and changing advertising slogans.

Take off for international consultancies as Bayes MBA students support plans for growth

Bayes Executive MBA students travelled overseas to support European business projects as part of International Consultancy Week.

The 34 students represented companies in a variety of industries, including finance, education, social media, and ecology. Projects focused on providing consultancy advice on marketing strategies, entry to new markets, and business plans.

Businesses of today and tomorrow flourish at CitySpark

Innovators of the present and future took part in CitySpark, City, University of London's innovation and enterprise competition, in a bid to kickstart their business idea.

Winners included Clarice Metzger (Full-time MBA), Tianze Li (BSc in Actuarial Science); and Sumair Wahid (Executive MBA in Dubai).


MBA London Symposium – ‘time to build’ post pandemic and how London industry can lead from the front

The four-day elective welcomed participants from Bayes’ MBA programmes as well as visitors from around the world with a mix of highly-renowned guest speakers, masterclasses and business visits – where they are able to live and breathe some of London’s iconic industrial hotspots.

Day One highlighted London’s response to the pandemic and subsequent economic shock and recovery, as well as the United Kingdom’s independent position on the world stage following Brexit.

Day Two discussed the new demands of leadership in organisations, with trailblazers from across the world of business exploring innovative ways of working into the future – from the Royal Geographic Society.

Day Three focused on the challenges of energy supply, cost and sustainability in a politically fractured world, with talks from journalists, economists, and financiers at the Royal Institution.

Day Four highlighted the value of employers and individuals being progressive – from the National Gallery – as well as finding solidarity, community and purpose in their lives and work amid the evolving face of business.

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Bayes Innovate 2022: How entrepreneurs can regroup and restart post pandemic

Bayes Innovate celebrated entrepreneurship under the theme ‘Regroup. Restart.’ to hear different perspectives on business leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation from entrepreneurs, practitioners and students past and present.

Dinesh Dhamija, founder of online travel agency Ebookers, gave the keynote speech.

A packed room

Bayes rated 3rd in the UK for alumni career progression in Financial Times MSc in Finance Ranking 2022

Bayes’ MSc in Finance programme has jumped three places to 22nd in the world, according to the Financial Times Masters in Finance Ranking 2022.

The annual pre-experience ranking, which compares postgraduate finance programmes from global business schools, saw Bayes climb to 18th in Europe and consolidate 5th position in the UK and 3rd in London.

Among the highest performing metrics were alumni career progress, which has been ranked as the 3rd best in the UK, and overall graduate satisfaction which is named 9th best in the world.

Alumni and students celebrate one year of Bayes Business School

Alumni, students and staff gathered at Heron Tower to celebrate one year of Bayes Business School at the Bayes Summer Celebration.

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First ever Bayes Global MBA cohort celebrates Graduation

Bayes’ first ever online Global MBA cohort celebrated their graduation at London’s Barbican Centre.

The two-year, part-time programme saw 15 professionals graduate from a range of backgrounds – based across the world from the USA to Japan via Switzerland and Saudi Arabia.

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Businesses earn funding boosts with bright plans for the future

City, University of London enterprises received grants totalling £60,000 in the 2021-22 Santander Micro Grants awards, including several from Bayes.

These included Bayes pair Class-ify, a platform which provides business services for personal fitness trainers, and Leiho, an ethical retail brand which is supporting homelessness.

Starting up: Global MBA alumna sets up The Knowledge Shop during part-time degree

Victoria “Tori” Hanson (Global MBA, 2021) discussed her creation of The Knowledge Shop during her studies. The Knowledge Shop is a marketplace for founders and remote workers to host and join collaborative in-person co-working sessions to speed up business growth.

Bayes MBA for Entrepreneurship ranks as one of the best across Europe

Bayes Business School’s MBA programme has been ranked among the best in the Europe in the Poets & Quants annual ‘Top MBA programmes for Entrepreneurship’ list.

The fourth iteration of 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, placed Bayes 16th globally, 4th in Europe and 2nd in London. View the full story here.

New wave of entrepreneurs demonstrate ability at CityStarters Weekend

Students from across City, University of London and Bayes showed the future is bright following a weekend of entrepreneurial breakthroughs and learning at the CityStarters Weekend.

Students with expertise across entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, brand strategy and more created ideas including a bespoke spirits for occasions through a marketing and branding tool, creating tools and resources for international students to build a brighter financial future in the UK, improving financial learning in schools and making mortgages more accessible to Generation Z.

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Individual highlights

Bayes alumna appointed to prestigious ambassadorial role for Chartered Insurance Institute

Tabitha Mwathi-Mungai (MSc Insurance and Risk Management, 2021) has been appointed as Goodwill Ambassador for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Africa.

Tabitha, who runs her own insurance advisory business in Kenya, will encourage innovation and help develop professional industry frameworks in Africa, as part of the role.

Bayes EMBA journey proves rewarding for husband-and-wife graduands

There was more than one reason to celebrate for Chadi Dargham (EMBA, 2020) and Hanine Lteif (EMBA, 2022) at City’s 11th ceremony in Dubai.

The husband-and-wife, who are from Lebanon but live and work in Dubai, supported each other throughout their time studying at Bayes, having enrolled on the Executive MBA programme.

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Leading with Creativity

Diana Squires (Master’s in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership) discussed how her work with the Global Women’s Leadership Programme, the National Centre for Creativity Enabled by AI, and with the Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice

Diana discussed how the pillars of creativity, investing in people, social change and leadership impacted her career, post Bayes.

Diana Squires

Friends to business partners turn passion project into support for London’s homeless

Thuta Khin and Joey Li (MSc Marketing, Strategy and Innovation, 2019) are supporting London’s fight against homelessness, providing basic essentials to those experiencing homelessness.

Leiho wants to make a difference, one pair of socks at a time.

The need to advance business practice is already benefiting healthcare patients

Niaz Khan (Executive MBA, 2022) is the Chief Clinical Officer at HCA Healthcare UK – a private healthcare company based in the City – and leads the organisation’s Clinical Innovations Board.

He discussed how he is applying his newly acquired skills in finance, corporate strategy and operations management to support the health care provision services he manages.

Helping to grow pharma start-ups and novel cures to disease

Kerstin Papenfuss (Modular Executive MBA, 2019) is using her expertise in pharmaceuticals to give the next generation of companies the chance to succeed.

Dr Papenfuss, a winner of the Women in Business award at Bayes, has worked at organisations focused on advancing medicine and therapeutics, and is now Associate Director at Deep Science Ventures where she works with science-based start-ups to enable them to design and develop more effective therapies.


Bayes PhD students collect prestigious Best Paper awards

Jiaying Li and Liying Wang (PhD in Finance) won prestigious awards for their papers, gaining international acclaim on their quality and impact.

Jiaying was awarded the Larry Lang Corporate Finance Best Paper Award as well as the John A. Doukas PhD Best Paper Award at the European Financial Management Association (EFMA) conference in Rome. Liying was awarded the Best Paper Award at the EFiC conference at the University of Essex Business School for her paper, titled ‘Mutual Fund Trust: Evidence from Qualitative Disclosure’.

To Bayes and beyond: How one MBA graduate is targeting a career in space

Alejandro Leano (Full-time MBA, 2016) discussed how his learnings supported him in his bid to become an astronaut with the European Space Agency.