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27 February 2018

Two students delivering speech
"We see a bright future.” James Clarke and Erin Barber address 2018 MBA cohort at annual programme dinner event.

An audience of staff and students have heard how public value teaching is making an impression on Cardiff Business School’s current MBA cohort.

At the annual MBA celebratory dinner, students Erin Mina Barber and James Clarke delivered an impassioned speech about their experiences studying at Cardiff Business School.

Working together

Erin Barber said: “Cardiff Business School has a public value policy that sees students taught to create not only economic value, but social value as well. It’s what makes the School so extraordinary.

“People from all walks of life, from all backgrounds, from all beginnings, from all nations working together to achieve excellence.”

Since the introduction of an ambitious new strategy in 2015, Cardiff Business School has put public value at the heart of its operations – teaching, research and governance.

James Clarke said: “You don’t have to look far to see why the School’s policy is so important. The news may have you feeling that the future is dismal and bleak...”

“It’s up to us to make a difference. Among us sit future diplomats, doctors, engineers, service men and women, scientists, philosophers, healers and, of course, business people. We see a bright future.”

James Clarke MBA student
Large audience seated at tables

Professor Martin Kitchener, Dean of Cardiff Business School, said: “We know we have set a bold agenda and one that challenges assumptions many hold of MBA graduates. So, it’s wonderful to hear, first-hand, how our students are embracing a public value ethos through their education...”

“They are recognising the role that business and management has to play in tackling some of society’s grand challenges and beginning to take ownership of the parts they will play in this process.”

Professor Martin Kitchener Professor of Public Sector Management and Policy

James, originally from Bristol, came to Cardiff for his undergraduate study where he successfully completed his BA in Ancient History. His interest in business administration developed after founding the AirSoft Society and overseeing its growth to the largest of 25 UK University Airsoft Societies.

Erin, originally from Los Angeles, came to Wales to study the Cardiff MBA after undergraduate study in California. Since arriving, she has been impressed by the international, small-town atmosphere which provides the perfect blend of student life and real life.

Innovative, interdisciplinary and challenge-led

Professor Helen Williams, Cardiff Business School’s Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching, added: “I am so proud of the way in which this year’s MBA students have responded to our innovative, interdisciplinary and challenge-led curriculum.

“They are evidence that public value teaching can impart a moral sentiment and sympathetic imagination to students.”

The Cardiff MBA turns theory into practice and provides you with real-world insights to business practice that will prove invaluable to your future career ambitions.

Learn more about this internationally-focused programme.

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