Faculty of Business and Law: The Steve Mansfield Employability Award Finalists’ Day

Faculty of Business and Law: The Steve Mansfield Employability Award Finalists’ Day

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Last spring, the University heard the sad news of the death of Dr Steve Mansfield (pictured), the Faculty of Business and Law’s first-ever Associate Head for Student Employability.

Many colleagues have since paid tribute to Steve’s pioneering work in equipping the Faculty with a strategic and detailed plan for Employability and his exceptional achievements that were accomplished in a very short time.

Dr Madeleine Mansfield, University of Chester and former colleague of the Department of Management at Manchester Metropolitan University, has generously endowed a memorial prize in her husband Steve’s memory: The Steve Mansfield Employability Award.

On Friday 26th May 2017, following nominations from academic and professional support staff, the Faculty of Business and Law welcomed the finalists of the inaugural Steve Mansfield Employability Award to the Business School.

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From left to right, the finalists were; Joshua Steer (Business), Laxmi Patel (Accounting & Finance), Jessica Krawiec (Tourism Management), Lydia Aspinall (Law), Mohanad Metwally (Law), Kicki Holm (Marketing Management), Edio Fan (Sports Management). Finalist Alyaksandra Dubrouskaya (Law) was unfortunately unable to attend the finalists’ day, and undertook the task element via a pre-recorded web link, meaning all eight finalists could compete for the title of ‘winner’ on the day.

After welcoming the finalists, the day started with Anne Thompson (Senior Lecturer, Department of Management) sharing some background on Steve and his impact on the Faculty and the students he taught.  A session focused on personal branding then followed, and a chance to network over lunch with the judges (Dr Madeleine Mansfield, Melanie Powell, Anne Thompson and Hayley Wright) provided the finalists with the perfect opportunity to get to know the judges and share their future career plans and aspirations.

In the afternoon, the finalists were put through their paces by presenting to the judges and sitting a short interview, finalists also benefitted from having professional photographs taken for use on their LinkedIn profiles, whilst the judges completed their deliberations.

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All the finalists greatly impressed the judges, in the words of Dr Madeleine Mansfield:

“The students were an absolute credit to the Faculty and to Manchester, demonstrating a real commitment to their own personal development and developing others in the process.  They were the embodiment of early career professionals and all will all go far, I am sure!..”

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The student chosen by the judging panel as the winner of The Steve Mansfield Employability Award 2017 was Law student Mohanad Metwally (pictured below)!

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The judges felt Mohanad ‘exemplified hard work and dedication’ to furthering his employability and ‘showed such a commitment to personal growth’ as well as ‘a wealth of experience in developing others through volunteering and society roles’.

As the winner, Mohanad has received a prize of £250 donated by Dr Madeleine Mansfield, as well as bespoke one-to-one mentoring to support him in his next steps. Mohanad will also have his name included in the Graduation Programme as winner of The Steve Mansfield Employability Award, as well as his achievement being recognised in the speeches at Mohanad’s graduation ceremony on July 25th.

The other seven finalists, who were all highly commended for their personal employability endeavours, will also receive one-to-one bespoke mentoring support.

And finally, some words from Mohanad explaining what being selected as the winner of The Steve Mansfield Employability Award means to him:

“It is a great honour to be selected for this prestigious award in its first year. I would like to thank the other finalists for being so inspiring, the University and the Students’ Union for the opportunities they provided that helped me achieve this award, and my family for always pushing me to improve myself and never give up.”

We look forward to running the Award again next year.