Learn Online for Free this April with a Massive Open Online Course

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Loughborough University is offering two courses as part of FutureLearn, the first UK-led provider of massive open online courses (MOOCs). Both courses are free and can be taken by anyone from around the world.

‘Innovation and enterprise‘ will give you the opportuntity to learn how an innovative idea becomes a reality. The course is led by our internationally renowned School of Business and Enterprise and runs for six weeks, starting on 14 April 2014.

Getting a grip on mathematical symbolism‘ will teach aspiring engineers and scientists to think mathematically and explore essential concepts. The three-week course is run by our award-winning Mathematics Education Centre and begins on 28 April 2014.

For further information, visit this link: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/moocs/

Global Entrepreneurship Week (12th-16th November)

This week is Global Entrepreneurship Week, and to celebrate the occasion the University’s Enterprise office is running a series of events across campus.

Over the week staff and students at Loughborough University will have the opportunity to develop their social enterprise ideas, win money and meet some of the world’s most successful organisations including The Big Issue, The Co-operative Group, The Eden Project and IKEA. There will be workshops, forums and a £37.5k prize fund to support your most promising ideas for social enterprises.

To find out more about the event and how to register, visit the Enterprise website here:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/enterprise/social-enterprise/whatson/

Entrepreneur in the Hot Seat: An evening with Peter Cruddas

Peter Cruddas, Entrepreneur of the Year 2007 and CEO of CMC Markets, will be on campus again to share his experiences of building an international financial trading company from an initial personal investment of just £10,000 into a one billion pound company without any outside shareholders or debt. Peter left school at 15 without any formal education and from a deprived background with challenging family circumstances.  His is a true rags to riches story.

This year’s event will take the format of a question and answer session – the entrepreneur in the hot seat.   As well as inviting you to register for the event, we are also asking you to submit interesting and challenging questions for Peter.   A selection of the best questions will be chosen for Peter to answer at the event.

The event will take place in the School of Business & Economics at 5pm on 1st Dec 2010.   Everyone attending the event is invited to a buffet reception afterwards.

Please contact Amy Bowmar (a.bowmer@lboro.ac.uk) by Friday 26th November to register and for a form if you wish to send in a question (you can still register if you don’t wish to ask a question). One question is permitted per form.

Calling all budding entrepreneurs!

Can you answer YES to the following questions? If so you may be eligible for support from the new Enterprise Inc project!

  • Are you a current Loughborough University student or recent graduate?
  • Have you ever thought about starting your own business?
  • Have you got an idea for a business?
  • Are you looking for some cash to get your idea off the ground?

Yes? Then why not enter your business idea and be in with the chance to receive a cash bursary of £2,490! Not only will you receive your cash payment but also be eligible for tailored business support and training to help develop your idea and personal business skills.

If you have a potentially viable business idea and the entrepreneurial drive to convert that idea into a real business venture, then this project is for you.

Check out the Enterprise Inc. website for more details of how to enter, or email Amy Bowmar (A.Bowmar@lboro.ac.uk) at the Lufbra Student Enterprise  for more information.

New Events from the Lufbra Student Enterprise

Have you got a product or an idea you want to market? Want to meet potential customers? Interested in marketing and buying & selling behaviours? Then Lufbra Student Enterprise has got just the Workshop for you!

Commercialising Your Idea is being held on Wednesday 27th October between 1-4PM in the Council Chambers at the Students Union, and is hosted by Andrew Corcoran, Company Director of Blueberry Training. It’s the second in the series of events which is being run tthroughout 2010/11. 

To register and find out more information, please follow this link. As space is limited it’s advised to book quickly.

You may also be interested in participating in the Prince’s Trust Million Makers competition, which offers students a chance to raise money for charity, improve your CV, compete against other universities all over the country, and improve your business and entrepreneurial skills!

The closing date for entry into this is Friday 29th October, so act now! You can find further details here.

Lastly the Higher Education Funding Council is running ‘Dare To Be Different: Social Entrepreneurship Awards’. These awards exist to help students develop their expertise, skills, knowledge base and business support structures in social entrepreneurship and social enterprise activity.

Fo further information visit the HEFC website.

Database in Focus: FAME

The Library will be hosting its first Database in Focus for the Semester on Thursday 28th October in Training Room 1 from 10AM to 11.30AM. The database under the microscope on this occasion will be FAME (Financial Analysis Made Easy).

FAME provides financial details for over 3.4 million companies in the UK and Republic of Ireland. FAME includes company accounts, ratios, activities, ownership and management data for the largest 2.4 million UK and Irish companies with summary information for a further 950,000 smaller businesses.

This session will outline how to:

- Access the database.

- Search the database effectively.

- Save bibliographic references.

- Keep up-to-date.

You are also given the opportunity to search the database yourself.

To book yourself on this course:

Staff – either book through Staff Development’s booking system or turn up on the day.

Students – No need to book, just turn up on the day.

Harvard Business School Faculty Seminar Series Videos

You may already be familiar with Business Source Complete.

Business Source Complete is the world’s definitive scholarly business database, providing the ultimate collection of bibliographic and full text content.

It now includes a business video collection from the Harvard Business School Faculty Seminar Series.  

There are 55 videos available for you to watch online, covering  a whole raft of topics such as business ethics, innovation management, portfolio management and much more.

Most of the lectures also provide a transcript in PDF format.

To access the videos, click on the link to MetaLib and type in Business Source Complete, in the ‘Find Database’ search field. 

Business Source Complete is hosted  through EBSCO. Click on the ‘More’ button in the top tool bar [next to Author Profiles] .  Click on Business Images/Videos from the drop-down menu.  You can now search  and see if there is a video avialble from the Harvard Business School Faculty Seminar Series on the topic of your choice..

Hole-in-the-wall

When we think of the long list of Scottish inventors, names such as John Logie Baird and Alexander Graham Bell spring to mind. Few of us would come up with John Shepherd-Barron, but he was responsible for a piece of technology which is used 5500 times a minute in the UK.

Shepherd-Barron invented the hole-in-the-wall cash machine, which revolutionised the way we handle our money. He came up with the idea while lying in his bath because he had just missed getting to his bank in town to withdraw money. The businessman, who worked for the printing company De La Rue Instruments at the time, said he was inspired by chocolate vending machines and put the idea to the hard of Barclays Bank “over a pink gin”

Mr Shepherd-Barron, who died on Saturday aged 84, did not patent his system and made no money from his invention, but was made an OBE in 2005 for his services to banking.

To find out more about ‘business ideas’ and ‘patents’ go to MetaLib

An unlikely Business Man

Unlikely business man                   

 When thinking of prominent business men, names like Donald Trump, Bill Gates and Richard Branson spring to mind, you wouldn’t automatically think of the rapper 50 Cent.  He is more synonymous with the multi platinum selling albums ‘Get rich or die trying’ & ‘The Massacre’ which sold more than twenty-one million copies combined.

But this unlikely name has turned away from music to unveil his new collaboration with US author Robert Greene and launched a new business and life self-help book.  Called The 50th Law, which is has links to both the rapper’s name and Greene’s previous book The 48 laws of power (http://tinyurl.com/ykdsw42), the text sees the hip-hop star draw on his experiences of the world of gangs and drugs in New York to highlight certain rules he has learnt about both power and confidence. Due to it’s subject matter, the book fundamentally focuses on how the Jamaican-born star has been able to draw parallels between the way that both criminals and businesses function, thanks to his exposure of both worlds.

He told the BBC’s Today programme : “The boss of the neighbourhood doesn’t rule killing someone out as an option to expand business. In corporate America I’ve interacted with people who absolutely have intentions of killing the competition in a different way” http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_8327000/8327278.stm

 

For more information on business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics, why not take a look at Business Source Complete  available via MetaLib .

Defra – making the most of packaging

 

Snowfall Before 2009 - Photo by Steve Keys

 Snowfall before 2009   -  photo Steve Keys [flickr]

Defra has published  a new strategy for managing waste packaging: New Packaging Strategy, Making the most of packaging,

Defra writes that the new publication ’ outlines packaging policy’s direction for the next decade. The Strategy’s overall aim is to minimise the environmental impact of packaging, without compromising its ability to protect the product and also sets out plans to improve the recycling of packaging waste.’

‘In 2008 the UK disposed of an estimated 10.7 million tonnes of packaging waste, of which around 65 % (Source NPWD) was recovered.  This is a significant achievement when compared to the fact that only 27% of packaging waste was recovered in 1998 (Source publication: e-Digest of Environmental Statistics, March 2006). However, more still needs to be done and Defra will continue working to:

  • minimise the amount of packaging used and so the amount of packaging waste, and
  • ensure that a high proportion of packaging materials are recovered and recycled

The management of packaging and packaging waste is enforced by EC directive 2004/12/EC which seeks to reduce the impact of packaging and packaging waste on the environment by introducing recovery and recycling targets for packaging waste and by encouraging minimisation and reuse.

Loughborough University subscribes to several  online journals which cover packaging and the environemt,  such as  Packaging Magazine,    Paperboard Packaging,   Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management and Waste News etc,  which can be accessed via MetaLib.  [Athens username and password required for off campus access.]. 

The University Library also has a comprehensive collection of books on packaging design, graphic design and  aesthetics of packaging, innovation, sustainability,  structure  and environmental issues.

If you would like to learn more about UK packaging and waste mangement, please see the links below.

 Packaging & Packaging Waste – recycling and recovery targets

EU directive 2004/12/EC

 WRAP

The Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP)

Department of Design and Technology, Loughborough University