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A Zoom celebration of MBA achievements

On Thursday 2 July, what would have been congregation day for students before the pandemic arrived, the School instead held an online celebration to mark the occasion. The Zoom event was organised by the School’s alumni team along with faculty staff members and aimed to recognise the efforts and achievements of the MBA and DBA students who would have been graduating at Durham Cathedral on that day. Open to the family and friends of the students, it also recognised their support in the students’ success and allowed everyone to meet, albeit virtually, and take part in a celebration prior to the official awarding of their degrees now scheduled, virtually, for early August.

Over 70 students, and their families and friends from around the world, connected with staff on the hour-long event. The attendees were welcomed by Professor Julie Hodges, Associate Dean for MBA and DBA Programmes, before the programme directors from the 3 MBA routes announced the prize-winners from the respective cohorts.

Best Strategic Business Project for the Durham MBA (Full-time) was announced by Dr Amir Michael naming Henry Clarke. Dr Michael said: “Henry did a self-sourced project entitled the Challenges of Finding External Finance for SMEs using Memery Chrystal LLP and his insights and conclusions were really appreciated by the firm. These findings not only apply to similar sized companies in the UK, but also across the world. Well done Henry.”

Best Strategic Case Analysis and Best Overall Academic Performance for the Durham MBA (Online) was awarded to Christopher Heron by Dr Chris Williams, who commented: “Chris performed at an outstanding level across the programme with consistently high grades in all modules. When it came to the Strategic Business Case Analysis, which is the capstone module of the Online MBA, he took on a very difficult challenge in my opinion, but the way he analysed and presented that data was absolutely exemplary. So, congratulations to Chris.”

Best Strategic Business Project and Best Overall Academic Performance for the Durham-EBS Executive MBA, run in partnership with the European Business School, was announced by the joint programme director Brian Gibbs and went to Julian Todter. Brian said: “Julian’s humour and probing questions were evident from the very first day of the programme start in Durham. He was admired and respected by all for a keen commitment to learning, for selflessly sharing and for ably aiding others.”

Following the presentations there was also the opportunity to hear a poignant message from Executive Dean, Professor Susan Hart, where she acknowledged the achievements of the students in these unprecedented times and looked forward to the opportunity to congratulate them in person at the rescheduled congregations in April 2021.

The celebrations were brought to a close by Penny Hawley, School Alumni Manager, who reminded the students that they were joining the Durham University Business School alumni family of over 36,000 graduates from over 150 countries and with active alumni chapters in many countries that they could join.

For more information

  • To find out more about the three MBA routes offered please click here
  • To find out more about the three DBA programmes offered please click here
  • Information on the Durham University Alumni Association, Dunelm, can be found here