It was an evening of celebration at Loughborough University last week, as the BSA MSc Leadership and Management students marked the end of their first academic year on the programme, with an evening of reflection, celebration and a barbeque with their CEO’s, mentors and line managers.
The 26 students on the programme come from a real cross section of building societies, have a range of different roles, and may or may not have ever been to university before. All have grown in confidence, knowledge and practical skill through the year, and all have found a supportive and valuable network in their fellow students – now friends and colleagues for life.
There was creative flair in abundance at the evening event as each student had designed a poster outlining what they had learned and how they felt. The diversity of style, presentation and content was marked, but all were heartfelt.
Dr Sarah Cromie, Lecturer at Loughborough University and programme leader, commented: "It has been great to celebrate the first year of the BSA MSc in Leadership and Management with our student learning showcase.
“Students were asked to reflect on their learning so far. They have done a great job in articulating the change they have been through this year. Not only have they improved their knowledge and skills in a range of technical areas of business, they have also moved on in leaps and bounds in their confidence and strategic thinking.
“We are so proud of what they have achieved in such a short space of time.”
The three-year, part-time programme is supported by the BSA and is taught at the award-winning School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University.
Modules covered in the students’ second year will include Information Management and Governance, Value-focused Decision Making, Leadership and Change as well as Strategy and Planning. Year three is made up of an assessed business-relevant project.
Working with the University, these modules have been carefully selected and developed by representatives who are part of the Advisory Group drawn from across the sector. Students are already getting a huge amount from the programme, advancing their knowledge in areas of daily interest and getting to grips with topics which may be well outside their role and comfort zone but help put wider decision making in context.
The course aims to develop home-grown talent for the sector which will help it with succession planning and to deliver even stronger leaders and well-informed senior executives.
The collective feedback from the evening is that students continue to enjoy and learn from the course, and are looking forward to completing their second year, which begins in September 2016. The sense of fun, achievement and pride was truly humbling.
Recruitment is now under way for the second cohort who will start the programme in October 2016. There are a few places still available but the application window closes on 15 July. If you work at a BSA member firm, have the support of your society and want to apply for the MSc you can find the information you need in the programme prospectus