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Management event at Goldney Hall

The Orangery at Goldney Hall

The Orangery at Goldney Hall

Management students

Management students

Press release issued: 31 May 2007

The Department of Management is hosting an open evening at Goldney Hall for managers, personnel managers and prospective students wanting to learn more about two of its most popular postgraduate courses.

‘Providing education for management rather than business.'


The Department of Management at the University of Bristol currently runs two highly successful masters programmes for managers, an MSc in Strategic Management and an MSc in Management Learning and Change. Both courses are aimed at future business leaders who need to discriminate between corporate hype and knowledge of lasting value and who want to apply theoretical learning to practical situations.


In line with current changes in the world of management and reflecting the needs of modern managers, both courses have been revised and updated and will be relaunched this autumn.


To mark the event, the University of Bristol is hosting an event for managers, personnel managers and prospective students 18.00-20.00, Thursday 31 May 2007 in The Orangery, Goldney Hall, University of Bristol, Lower Clifton Hill, Bristol, BS8 1BH.


The courses currently attract students, most of whom are sponsored by their employers, from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Employers include BAE Systems, drugs advisory agencies, Lloyds TSB, local government, the MoD, the NHS, Orange, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Rolls Royce.


All teaching takes place over weekends and students (most in full-time work) give up their free time to travel from as far afield as London, Lancashire, Wales and Scotland, even Greece. The annual intake for the courses is capped, to ensure each student receives individual attention and groups are small and focused.


Previous students speak very highly of their experience, not surprising given the advances most make in their career after completing the course.


‘I think differently about nearly everything — I analyse and challenge much more in terms of building an intellectual argument; I have been able to build [and think about] my career as a manager and leader in a way that three years ago I would never have imagined.’ Former student


‘As a strategic manager, the degree has put me one step ahead of my peers in my department.’ Former student

Further information

  1. The MSc in Strategic Management aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the theoretical aspects of management at the strategic level. It is aimed at working managers, who want to take the next step up to a senior management or leadership position.
  2. The MSc in Management Learning and Change (replacing the MSc in Management Development and Organisational Change) is a two-year degree programme. Two key elements of the course are reflective practice, e.g. keeping journals, and action learning and research, approaches which are increasingly used by organisations faced with complex change. It is very popular with professionals in human resources, training, coaching and mentoring.

  3. Students work for companies including Avon & Somerset Probation Service, AXA, BAE Systems, BP, BT, charities, Deloitte, drugs advisory agencies, the Environment Agency, higher-education institutes, IBM, independent consultancies, Lloyds TSB, local authorities, local government, the MoD, the National Trust, the NHS, Orange, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Rolls Royce.

  4. Four full case studies are available from Dara O’Hare, press officer (Wed–Thurs) at the University of Bristol and the subjects are available for interview.

  5. Case study 1: Sean is a senior consultant in the NHS, who has acted as an advisor to the Department of Health. He chose the University of Bristol over leading business schools, including Harvard, after meeting the course director.

    Case study 2: Jonathan is a corporate banker whose salary has doubled since he started the course. He considered three alternative programmes and selected Bristol for its flexibility and cost effectiveness.

    Case study 3: Joanna is an architect who works on large building projects, e.g. hospitals. The course has helped her understand how major change in an organisation affects all involved.

    Case study 4: Zara runs an innovative charity, which provides high-quality care for the elderly, particularly those with dementia.

  6. Goldney Hall, built in 1714, is a popular film location (Truly, Madly, Deeply and BBC’s Chronicles of Narnia) set in ten acres of English-Heritage gardens.

Please contact Dara O'Hare for further information.
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