The BSA and Loughborough University School of Business and Economics, welcomed the new (second) intake onto the first year of their Leadership & Management MSc in mid-October. This three-year programme covers key topics to grow internal leadership talent, from financial management to leadership and change - all with a customer-ownership/mutual twist.
The 21 new students from 12 different building societies and one credit union came together for the first time on the Loughborough campus on 18 October. During a packed two-day programme, they covered the practicalities of getting back into study-mode and what to expect over the next three years. For some it was their first university experience, for others it had simply been a while.
Sector participation in this programme has been fantastic right from day one. During the induction programme students heard from Chris Pilling, Chief Executive of Yorkshire Building Society, Robin Fieth, Chief Executive of the BSA and Graeme Winser, Head of Property Risk at Nationwide. They spoke on leadership, the objectives of the programme and their personal reflections on career development. Other CEO’s and senior leaders from the Penrith, Hinckley and Rugby; Nottingham; Dudley and Melton joined the student group for a lively evening Q&A. Our thanks to all of them.
Commenting, Programme Director, Michelle Aitken-Fisher, said:
“It was wonderful to welcome cohort 2 to Loughborough as they embarked on their new Masters programme. Comparisons shouldn't really be made but they were just as enthusiastic and ready to throw themselves into the programme as our first BSA cohort, which is great for the lecturing staff as we love working with a group of experienced people seeking ideas on their business issues and willing to grow. I'm looking forward to seeing their first assignment results.
“The two-day induction was a combination of information on returning to study as well as exposure to topical issues in the industry. Chris Pilling kicked off a very interesting panel session with his inspiring and challenging key note address which encouraged the students to get as much out of the programme as possible.
"The ensuing Q and A session tackled topics such as new entrants into the mutual world, the impact of digital influences and collaborative working to name but a few. It was an evening filled with debate - a very healthy start to a great three years.”
The first student cohort resumes their studies in early November, starting the second year of their MSc programme looking at value focused decision making.