A podcast series hosted by Wendy Austin and brought to you by Ulster University Business School. Taking a deep dive into the world of business in Northern Ireland, Wendy explores key themes and the latest research in business today with a host of dynamic business leaders, industry experts and leading academics. Through thought leadership, stories and conversations this podcast offers valuable insights and guidance on topics such as leadership, future of work, skills, resilience, innovation and entrepreneurship. Make sure you subscribe to the series wherever you get your podcasts and keep an eye on Ulster University Business School’s social media channels for updates.
S3: Episode 3 | Degree Apprenticeships: Unlocking Tomorrow's Talent
32:10Recorded live at Ulster University’s new Belfast campus, in this episode Wendy Austin explores how Degree Apprenticeships are being used by local employers within the services sectors to attract, engage and upskill talent. Featuring Andy McKibbin (Partner, Deloitte), Rory McFadden (Senior Analyst, Deloitte), Darren Burrows (Founder and CEO, Funds-Axis), Stacey Irvine-Herald (Senior HR Business Partner, Danske Bank) and Clark Barnes (Project Analyst, Danske Bank).
S3: Episode 2 | Leadership Development: Trends and Future Outlook
36:05In this episode, Wendy Austin sits down with Justin Urquhart Stewart, Co-Founder of Seven Investment Management and Business Commentator, Professor Gillian Armstrong, Associate Dean, Development and Partnerships (Domestic), Ulster University Business School and Kevin Kelly, Co-Owner of the Management and Leadership Network to explore leadership trends and what this means for managers and leaders in Northern Ireland. This episode was recorded live at Ulster University's new Belfast campus ahead of the Management and Leadership Network's 20th Anniversary Gala.
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S3: Episode 1 | What is the future for a sustainable higher education?
46:25What is the future for a sustainable higher education?In this episode recorded live at the new Academy Restaurant (Ulster University), Wendy Austin speaks to Stephen Spinelli, President of Babson College, Tina Mc Kenzie, Chair, FSB, Roger Pollen, Head of External Affairs NI, FSB and Professor Mark Durkin, Executive Dean at the Ulster University Business School to discuss the future of higher education and the value of strategic partnerships in this new era.
S2: Episode 5 | Demystifying Degree Apprenticeships
43:43From bridging higher level skills gaps to improving organisational productivity, Degree Apprenticeships provide valuable opportunities to recruit new talent and upskill in key sectors of the economy. In this episode, host Wendy Austin speaks to Deborah Stevenson, People and Operations Director at PwC UK, Judith Wylie, Senior Lecturer at Ulster University Business School, Dermot Dempster, Managing Director, Clonallon Laboratories LTD and former apprentice, Johnny Mooney, Consultant, Deloitte to help demystify the world of degree-level apprenticeships for young people and businesses.
S2: Episode 4 | Accelerate your Career with Postgraduate Study
41:45From spotting gaps in our skills and knowledge to reinventing our careers entirely, the pandemic has prompted many of us to hit the pause button and reflect on our futures. Host Wendy Austin is joined by a number of remarkable UUBS alumni who have done amazing things following their time at UU. We hear about their interesting career journeys, personal successes and why postgraduate study is the ideal building block to help you maximise your career potential.
S2: Episode 3 | So She Did - Championing Female Entrepreneurs
37:03Whilst positive strides have been made in new business creation in Northern Ireland in recent years, studies show that entrepreneurial activity is typically lower for females than males, with men three times more likely to start their own business than women. In this episode, Wendy Austin speaks to Chris Shannon, Student Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Manager, UUSU Enterprise Centre, Leona Donaghy, Founder, Wholehearted Environments and Gabi Burnside, Entrepreneur Acceleration Manager, Ulster Bank. We hear of the work being done to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs and the inspiring start-up journey from one successful female business owner.
S2: Episode 2 | Planning for a more resilient future
38:36It's no secret that small-medium sized businesses form the backbone of the Northern Ireland economy, with family-run enterprises making up seventy-four percent of businesses across the region and contributing significantly to employment opportunities and the welfare of local communities. Wendy Austin is joined by Ian Smyth, Lecturer in Human Resource Management at Ulster University Business School, Darren McDowell, Senior Partner at Harbinson Mulholland and Paul Black, Chief Executive at Alpha Group, to discuss how SMEs, in particular family-owned firms, have fared over the last year and how business leaders can acclimatise to this new reality.
S2: Episode 1 | Building a Highly Skilled Workforce for Economic Recovery
40:30In the first episode of series two, Wendy Austin is joined by Diane Dodds, Minister for the Economy, John Healy (OBE), Vice President & Managing Director, Allstate NI and Professor Mark Durkin, Executive Dean at Ulster University Business School to discuss how increased investment in skills development and research and innovation will help power Northern Ireland's rebuilding agenda.
Episode 7 | Brexit Special
40:13In this special edition podcast, hear sector-specific perspectives from NI business leaders; Stephen Kelly (UUBS Visiting Professor and Chief Executive, Manufacturing NI) Seamus Leheny (Policy Manager, Logistics UK), Aodhán Connolly (Director, NI Retail Consortium) and Dr Trevor Cadden (Senior Lecturer at UUBS) on the key implications on cross-border trade for NI businesses, practical steps that can be taken now to mitigate disruption in 2021 and potential opportunities in a post-Brexit landscape.
Episode 6 | Unlocking Creativity
35:54The pandemic has challenged businesses across all sectors to think differently and create new value in imaginative ways. In this episode, Wendy Austin speaks to Natalie Nixon, President Creative Strategist at Figure8 Thinking and Author of the Creativity Leap and Dr Michael Brennan, Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management at UUBS about how creativity can pave the way for innovation and open up a new world of possibilities for businesses.