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We've chosen social enterprise to focus on for this issue to show the passion and ... Sue Wilson did an MBA at Newcastle University graduating in 1990 and ...
Issue 3 | Summer Edition

Social Enterprise Dear Alumni and Friends It’s a great pleasure to write to you all. I can say that Newcastle holds a special place for me, and I’ve met so many of you that remember their time here with great fondness. A warm thanks to all of you that participated in the #NCLMemories campaign and recent surveys – your thoughts and insights are very valuable to us. One of the things that inspires me every day is the outstanding contributions alumni are making all over the world to transform their communities and business. I am proud of our School; we have a bold ambition, a wealth of knowledge here and through our networks, and a growing global community of innovative thinkers. We’ve chosen social enterprise to focus on for this issue to show the passion and drive for excellence of others like you in action. Hope you enjoy their stories and please feel free to share yours by getting in touch with us. Best from Newcastle, Joel Terwilliger Alumni Relations Manager


Student Reflections Bananas and Bikes: Students Create Social Enterprises in Rwanda and Newcastle Newcastle University’s own Enactus society, headed by a committee of students from different schools across campus, including two Business School students Rebecca Jordan ( Business Management) and Eshna Madhub (Accounting and Finance), have been working hard on two different social enterprise projects. The Dufatanye project in Rwanda which tackles the taboo subject of menstruation and UniCycles in Newcastle, a bike selling business for homeless people and unemployed adults in Newcastle. The society has had great success with both projects impacting many lives and breaking down social barriers at home and abroad. Follow the link below to read more about both projects.

Going Global: Business School Students Influence Business in India Twenty students from Newcastle University Business School have been exploring different business communities around the world as part of the School’s Global Experience Opportunity (GEO) programme which provides internship opportunities in different global locations. One group of students have been working for the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India. EDI is a non-profit social enterprise that acts as a catalyst in facilitating the emergence of competent first generation entrepreneurs and aids the transitioning of existing small and medium businesses into growth-oriented enterprises.

Alumni Reflections 'It's not enough to give someone a bed; you have to give him a reason to get out of that bed as well' MBA Alumna Sue Wilson CBE shares the reason and motivation behind her work with Social Enterprise Charity Emmaus North East. Sue Wilson did an MBA at Newcastle University graduating in 1990 and enjoyed a successful career in industry as a director of an engineering company based in Newcastle and Leeds but now chairs Emmaus North East, a homelessness charity seeking to set up a 20-bed residence and social enterprise in the North East. Click the link below to find out more about her story and work.


Alumnus Douglas Jones Jr: Enterprise Development and the North East 'I vividly remember visiting Newcastle upon Tyne and touring the North East as a Research Assistant for Parliament nine years ago. I was immediately struck by the generosity of the locals and the rich culture and proud history of the North East of England. I returned to Newcastle in 2013 with a vision to pursue enterprise and entrepreneurship because I believed with the region being home to approximately 110,000 students across five major universities, this was where I could make the greatest difference working to decrease outward migration and improve unemployment...' Read more about Doug's journey by clicking the link below.

Corporate Reflections Ammar Mirza, David Goldman Visiting Professor: Linking Education to Enterprise 'Whilst I understood the importance of education early on in life, it wasn’t until I had become involved as a school governor some 14 years ago that I realised how critical linking education to enterprise was to help young people realise their aspirations and ambitions. Newcastle University is a special place and within a very short period of time I have begun to realise how much passion and enthusiasm exists in wanting to not only provide a world class learning experience, but equally importantly to create a community that makes a constant and consistent positive impact on the world of business and further afield...' Read more about Ammar's ambitions during his professorship by following the link below.

Research Corner Jonathan Kimmitt, Business School Lecturer talks on: Entrepreneurship and International Development "The idea of entrepreneurship as a root out of poverty and a path to development is not exactly a new one. From 1985’s Live Aid to the annual spectacle of Comic Relief, images of the lives of those in poverty and the challenges associated with alleviating these circumstances remains a pervasive issue. However, as Barack Obama outlined in his seminal trip to Kenya this year (see main article), the typical international aid narrative is changing..." To find out more about Jonathan's work, follow the Read more link below. Also, for more stories on Business School research, read our latest edition of Reach.


REACH Magazine At Newcastle University Business School we have a thriving research community with links extending across the world. To keep up to date with research happening at the Business School, check out our recent Reach magazine.

Upcoming Events

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Get Involved Would you like to get involved with the Business School? We’ve got plenty of opportunities for alumni to inspire and mentor current student as well as opportunities to meet other alumni. We’re currently looking for alumni volunteers for:

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Career Development Week – Lead a session on employability & share your story of success with Students Virtual Competition Mentor – Work virtually to guide a team of student to success in a business case study competition Guest Speaker- Return to the classroom and share your knowledge by giving a guest lecture. Become a panellist – sit on/or lead a panel discussion with other business experts at one of our events. Join or start a Local Alumni Branch- volunteer your time to organise alumni events in your city. Create Content- for both the alumni website and social media by completing an alumni profile or why not let one of our students conduct a video interview with you?


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Newcastle University Arches Magazine Business School Alumnus Duncan Swainsbury Starts Social Enterprise, Bounceback Food Duncan started up Bounceback Food, a social enterprise that sells a range of organic staple food on a 'one for you, one for society' basis, with the help of the Newcastle University Rise Up business support services. Click the Read more link below to read the full magazine, which includes stories of other Business School graduates and University news.

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Further Study Discount

Rise Up

If you are considering further study at Newcastle there are two brilliant alumni tuition fee discount schemes you can take advantage of:

Whether you are setting up your own business, growing an already existing one or doing freelance work you need an entrepreneurial spirit and excellent enterprise skills. With over 10 years’ experience, at Rise Up we draw on our expertise and professional networks to provide with tailored support and advice for graduate businesses.

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International Family Discount 20% Alumni Tuition Fee Discount

Other discounts and schemes which you may be interested in also include:

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A 2% tuition fee discount for up-front payment of annual tuition fees. Instalment scheme for 2015 entry whereby UK/EU students undertaking eligible postgraduate taught courses can pay their annual tuition fees via six instalments

• Career Service and Rise Up services are available to all graduates up to 3 years after graduation. To access Rise Up business support and Career Services, register here.